Gill grew up in Warwickshire until the age of seven, when her family moved to a derelict railway station in mid-Wales. She wandered the Welsh hills until the age of eighteen, dreaming and counting sheep, then studied French and Philosophy at University College, Oxford before starting the hunt for a career. She tried mental health work, environmental work, life in a VW van in the Outer Hebrides, busking, turning pigsties into craft workshops and working on an antiques stall... all fun, but none of them quite right. Then, at last, she discovered writing, and hasn’t looked back.
After five years as a writer/editor at Usborne Publishing, Gill went freelance in 2000, which has allowed her to combine her two passions in life – travelling and writing. A year in Egypt resulted in LOVE IN LUXOR (Piccadilly, 2005), a modern teenage love story, ORPHAN OF THE SUN (Bloomsbury, 2006) and the EGYPTIAN CHRONICLES series (Bloomsbury, 2009-10), all set in ancient Egypt. Further travel has led to titles such as THE GENIE OF TIMBUKTU (Barrington Stoke, 2008) and travel writing for the Independent, Travel Africa magazine and Bradt travel guides.
These days, Gill can usually be found in West Africa, London, Wales or somewhere in between.
The fourth in the series: the first and second titles were published in August and October 2009, the third in February 2010. Fantastically atmospheric evocations of Egyptian life are encased in an exciting adventure story. Each story features the boy and girl characters Hopi and Isis, and their struggles for existence and adventure in Egypt circa 1150 BC. In this story, The Deathstalker, Isis and Hopi try to help a Libyan girl who has been taken prisoner. The author has spent much time in Egypt and the stories are meticulously researched. The book includes factual detail and notes about Egyptian lifestyle, the importance of the gods for the Egyptians, the tombs and much more.