Blue Quill Books authors Jillian Ward (also writing as Lucy Pepperdine, now with Wild Wolf Publishing) hails originally from the North of England but now resides in historic Old Aberdeen, Scotland, the people and the locale being the main inspiration for their writing.
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the industrial North West of England, but this did nothing to influence my writing, in fact, it stifled it. My writing only took off once I left the area and fled north of the border into Scotland, onto Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since I was about five years old, always the precocious scribbler in my class. I won an essay competition at school, and always got top marks for creative writing in English classes. My writing tailed off during college, ceasing altogether during my career, except for a few pieces for the workplace magazine, and during my time raising my children. It started up again with a vengeance almost the second I moved to my Scottish home 9 years ago.