And this is the story Jill’s sharing with us today:
None of my childhood dreams were ever that I might one day become a bestselling author, because that was simply too far beyond all imagining.
Which makes it all the more bizarre that my big dream was to be crowned Miss World.
I was a skinny gawky plain little girl and staying up to watch the Miss World competitions was one of the absolute highlights of my existence. Every year my mum would say Julia Morley (wife of Eric, the organiser of the shows) should win, as she was more beautiful than any of the contestants. But silently I’d be wishing that I could be the winner. I wanted to be crowned and have that sash placed around me, and walk that triumphantly tearful winner’s walk across the stage while camera bulbs flashed and everyone applauded…
My parents never knew that later, up in my bedroom, I would make myself a red sash out of Sellotaped-together crepe paper. I didn’t own any high heels, of course, but I could stand on my tiptoes, smiling and holding my invisible glittering crown on my head as I gazed at my reflection in the dressing table mirror and teetered across the floor. And I always thought that maybe one day there was a chance it could happen, this shy ugly duckling might magically transform into a swan and my number one dream to be crowned Miss World could come true.
To be honest, I still haven’t completely given up all hope yet.
Jill’s latest in a long line of gorgeous books is A Walk in the Park.