An appearance in her home town by an author being tipped for big future is a sellout.
Sally Green’s newly-published debut novel Half Bad – part of a three-book deal reported by the trade press to be worth £1m – is tipped to be next sensation of the literary world and has already been snapped up for film rights.
One of Sally’s first public appearances following publication sees her return to her roots in Lytham on Wednesday to talk about and sign copies at an event at Ribble Cruising Club hosted by booksellers Plackitt and Booth.
Half Bad is being released in 36 countries and Sally 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, 52, 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.”