A personal mantra of "leave no stone unturned", has led Gillian to a life of adventure in five countries. And after being an editor, an entrepreneur, a corporate executive, a communications consultant, a project manager and a university lecturer, the only occupation left to her was writing.
Born in Jamaica on the shores of Kingston Harbour, Gillian left the island to attend Colorado College in Colorado Springs – the beginning of her life journey through the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
After working as an editor for NASA and the Institute of the Black World, she gained a doctorate from Emory University and taught at Clark Atlanta University (then Clark College). The Caribbean Sea, forever running through her veins, pulled her back to Jamaica to work as a communications consultant and entrepreneur.
She authored her first book, Business is Good, a history of the Canning’s Corporation, a historical Caribbean company, while living in Trinidad. Back in Jamaica, she worked as project manager for a large charity in the ghettos of Kingston, coming face to face with drug dons and war lords.
After returning to the States to lecture first at Georgia State University and then at the University of the Virgin Islands, Gillian began writing the Shad Series, later to be published by Simon & Schuster. She has since retired from academia to write full-time and has ventured into short story and script writing.
Her first film script has been made into a short film, Preciosa, directed by Peter Sagnia and shot in St. Croix in 2016. She is currently working on a pilot film script for a TV series entitled Nuff, based on the Shad Series.
Gillian's play How to Be an Immigrant was one of the three winners of Pistarckle Theater's New Playwrights Contest in St. Thomas, USVI, and was read before an audience in May 2017.
Her latest venture is a short story in the anthology Atlanta Noir, edited by Tayari Jones and published by Akashic Publishers of New York (2017).