Jill Turner began writing as a three year old. What started out as little stories about horses and cats developed over the years into teenage novellas and romances, which are still in a bedroom drawer (and should probably stay there).
A love of writing was fulfilled by a very successful and fast-paced career as a Fleet Street journalist at The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, and The Daily Mirror among others. Working in journalism fed Jill’s interest in the individual human experience, and developed Jill’s storytelling abilities. The pursuit of journalism exposed Jill to many of the complexities, tragedies and socio-political contradictions of the human condition.
Jill now lives in the beautiful coastal countryside where she writes full time, still writing periodically for national press, and increasingly dedicating her time to fiction writing. She lives with a very clever little boy, who adds infinitely to her life. Jill also spends time in Hampshire, and is available for events and writing and editorial commissions there.
A voracious reader, she is passionate about getting young people into literature and has worked as a mentor with Youth At Risk, and Fairbridge/ The Prince’s Trust. She has also delivered creative writing courses for Cornwall Libraries and for the Fowey Festival, helped with literacy with school children, trained national newspaper journalists and given media training workshops across the country.
When not working, she likes to be out on the beach with her son, or at the nearest riding stables. She is currently working on her second book.
The Children of Albion and various journalism in local and national media
Recent Awards and Residencies
Journalist and Communications Specialist at Falmouth University
Creative Writing Classes, Readings, Editorial work, Journalism, Literary Festivals, Copywriting, Literacy work with children and young people, Media Training. Anything related considered, I love my work!
As a working journalist and communications expert as well as a novelist, my speciality is helping people translate their stories or specialist knowledge to ensure media coverage. I'm also adept at giving public talks about any of my experiences, including my years on Fleet Street or working with disadvantaged children - something I still do.