An author who grew up in South Fylde is being tipped as the next sensation of the literary world after signing a three-book deal which the trade press have claimed could be worth £1m.
Sally Green’s debut novel Half Bad, to be published next month, has been tipped to do for witches what Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight did for vampires.
And one of her first public appearances after publication will see her return to her roots to talk about and sign copies of Half Bad at an event at Ribble Cruising Club hosted by booksellers Plackitt and Booth.
Half Bad is set for release in 36 countries and Sally, who is now based in Warrington, has just returned from a trip to the USA, where she talked about the film rights, which have already been snapped up for an undisclosed sum by Fox 2000 and Karen Rosenfelt, who produced The Twilight Saga, inspired by Meyer’s vampires.
A former pupil of Heyhouses Primary and Queen Mary School, Sally fondly recalls working behind the bar at The County in Lytham and as a waitress at a local cafe before leaving the area, initially for university. Her mother Maureen still lives in Lytham.
Sally, 52, admits to being shocked by the massive response to her book, which is all the more remarkable for the fact that until three years ago, she had had no desire to write.
“When I was at school, I was more interested in mathematics than writing and for a long time, I really wrote nothing longer than occasional postcard,” she said.
After working as an accountant until she became pregnant, Sally later embarked on an Open University social sciences course.
She later switched to a creative-writing course and she did more and more writing to fill in the hours after her son, now aged 11, went to school.
Half Bad, which publishers Penguin have described as ‘1984 with witches’, is a supernatural thriller about witches living secretly in contemporary Britain.
I have always been fascinated by the relationship between black and white witches,” she said.
“But Half Bad is actually the second book I wrote. The first one is still tucked away in a drawer somewhere.”
Half Bad is published on March 3 and Sally is at Ribble Cruising Club on March 5.