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Award Winning Filmmaker Releases First Novel in A Human Fairy Tale® Chronicles

For C. Jill Hefte, human fairies were her constant companions as a child. Her passion was creating and developing her own worlds. Entertaining the neighborhood children with her storytelling and receiving pennies gave her much delight growing up in Northern California’s Silicon Valley.
Reading into the night under the covers, Jill’s imagination visualized each book in detail. She wrote her first play at ten years old. The subject matter included drinking at bars and bums. Dysfunction in families always, always makes for the best writers.

At UC Berkeley, she was the first undergraduate to show her art pieces at UC Berkeley Museum. During this time, she danced with the Oakland Ballet and performed as a back up dancer for Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck. Despite receiving a scholarship for the Master’s Dance Program at Stanford University, she accepted another scholarship with New York’s Joffrey Ballet.


In New York, Jill took a secretarial job from a Broadway producer in which she read screenplays. It didn’t look too hard. To her surprise, her first screenplay, Railroad Crossings, got her signed to the Harry Upland Agency in Hollywood—they also represented Marty Scorsese and Robert De Niro, among others.

She wrote, produced, and directed the film short, A Given Moment, which took a Bronze award at the New York Film Festival. She won a scholarship for screenwriting with the National Endowment of the Arts and finished her dancing career in International Latin Ballroom. Cheryl Burke, of Dancing with the Stars replaced her after she left her partner, Tony Delgado.


She has never forgotten what her crusty South African writing-partner, Frank Unruh, told her before passing: “Forget about original screenplays…. Go write a novel. Besides, you’ll get paid twice.”  Jill lives in Sedona, Arizona with her Bichon Frise, Sophie Tu. Clarissa Hedgestone and the Blood Moon is the first novel in her series, A Human Fairy Tale®.

Who is this dancer who now dances on Dancing with the Stars?

Dream sequence from the movie, A Given Moment

International Latin dance Competition with C. Jill Hefte & Duane May