Expect a flood of media attention to the publication of Half Bad by Sally Green. Here’s just a sample, from yesterday’s Times:
The buzz around first novelist Sally Green is drawing comparisons with Harry Potter, the Hunger Games and Twilight
Sally Green spent years in safe professions dreaming of writing a bestselling novel. Not a particularly original plotline. But unlike most paper-pushing fantasists, the mining geologist turned accountant, from Warrington, Cheshire, has achieved her ambition, aged 52. And this is no ordinary book deal.
“Look at me, I’m 52 — I’m 52! I’ll say it positively. And I’m just starting a career in writing,” she says, when we meet.
What a career start. Last year she landed a six-figure, worldwide deal for her trilogy, a young-adult series about witches living in the present day. It promises to make them the new vampires (clearly, it’s all come full circle) — with lashings of dystopia. Publishing rights have been sold in 45 countries. Film rights have been bought by Twenty-First Century Fox — with Karen Rosenfelt, the producer of the Twilight films, attached to the project. Green is now set to earn more than £1 million from her books. Which, all in all, is pretty good for an author who had written little more than a Post-it note before writing her debut. The first book, Half Bad, is out this week and Penguin are rolling out a book a year for the next two years in the sort of trilogy “dumps” that meet the demands of hungry fans.