Jilly Wood, Writer

Jilly was born in Derbyshire, where Jane Austen wrote Pride & Prejudice and Charlotte Bronte found the inspiration for Jane Eyre. She’s always been a bookworm, despite her parents’ best efforts to strike a healthy balance and get her outside into the fresh air.

She loved English at school, but thought she needed a career, so she decided to study law. She went to university in London, where she has lived ever since.

Jilly wasn’t cut out to be a lawyer, so she became an accountant. It wasn’t all spreadsheets and calculators. She made some good friends and travelled a lot, but she never gave up the idea of writing, and eventually the voices in her head got too loud to ignore. She started writing the kind of stories she likes to read: entertaining romances with memorable characters who aren’t perfect, but who discover they’re perfect for each other.

When she read through her first complete manuscript, she realised she needed help to make it as good as it could be, so she signed up for McDaniel College’s inaugural online Romance Writing Program, tutored by her favourite author Jenny Crusie. The program was everything she hoped for, with the unexpected bonus that her fellow students turned out to be the kind of smart, supportive friends most writers dream of. After they graduated, Jilly and a group of her fellow McDaniel alumnae started a blog about their continuing adventures. They post their ideas, stories and progress reports every day at www.eightladieswriting.com.

Jilly’s a proud member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme, and Romance Writers of America PRO. She’s working to improve her craft every day, and using her new-found knowledge to polish the story and plan the sequel. She’s having the time of her life.

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