Jill Dawson is the author of nine novels, the most recent being The Crime Writer about the author Patricia Highsmith. Others include Fred and Edie about the hanged murderess Edith Thompson, and The Great Lover, about the poet Rupert Brooke. She has won many awards and been nominated for the Orange (Baileys), Impac, Costa and Folio prizes.
She currently runs Gold Dust, a mentoring scheme which pairs established writers with those wanting to write their first book.
Words Away Salon: Writing Fiction Using Real Characters