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Sally Green

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Hi - I'm Sally Green. I'm the author of the real-world/ fantasy Half Bad Trilogy, which is made up of Half Bad, Half Wild and Half Lost. Most people read them in that order but there's always a few who don't. Many people who read them are teenagers but there's a lot who aren't.

I'm currently working on a new series called The Smoke Thieves, which is due to be published in spring 2018 and is definitely fantasy (there will be a map).

I said I'd never write another trilogy after Half Bad but it seems I lied.

I live in a village in north-west England.

There's some stuff about the Half Bad trilogy at

Follow me on twitter@sa11eGreen

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Sally Green Hi Michael,

I'm currently editing HALF LOST. Then I'm hoping to write a short story related to the HALF BAD world, but will have to see how that goes.…more
Hi Michael,

I'm currently editing HALF LOST. Then I'm hoping to write a short story related to the HALF BAD world, but will have to see how that goes. In September I'll start on a completely new novel. I've got a few different ideas but haven't decided which one to follow yet - I think it will depend on the mood I'm in. That book will probably be a stand alone, just because I want a break from trilogy/series writing.

Great to hear you're looking forward to HALF LOST. I'm really excited about it.

Sally Green Hi Justine, Good question.

When I came up with the idea for HALF BAD I did think it would be a trilogy from the start. This was well before I had an…more
Hi Justine, Good question.

When I came up with the idea for HALF BAD I did think it would be a trilogy from the start. This was well before I had an agent or a publishing deal. I can't really comment on what publishers or marketing departments want except that, as far as I can see, they want great books whether as stand-alones, trilogies or a series of seven-plus books.

My initial idea for HALF BAD was to show how perceptions can be wrong: I wanted to write the whole of the first book from the point of view of White Witches, showing them to be the goodies; then the second book would completely reverse that, and Nathan would go over to the Black Witch side and we'd see things from their point of view; and then the third book would somehow bring it all together and we'd see that neither side was all good or bad.
This sounded fine to me in theory but as I wrote HALF BAD I found that I couldn't keep to that initial idea and wanted to mix the perceptions up in the first book. But I still had the idea of the story arc for the three books (the arc of what would happen to Nathan) and I've stayed with that.

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“The trick is not to mind.
Not to mind about it hurting.
Not to mind about anything.”
Sally Green, Half Bad

“The point of being good is doing it when it’s tough, not when it’s easy.”
Sally Green, Half Wild

“I can’t not be with you, Nathan. I wanted to leave you in that grave and walk away but I couldn’t. I can’t walk ten paces away from you without it hurting me. I treasure every second with you. Every second. More than you know.”
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To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
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And then he meets a girl.

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Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Good old ordinary, uneventful hard work. Only, Amy and her sister, Phin, aren't alone. There's someone in the house with them—and it's not the living, breathing, amazingly hot cowboy from the ranch next door.

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“Ruth once told me when I went to visit her at HMP Highpoint that it is surprising how much of what you imagine to be your innate sense of self actually comes from things that aren't one's self at all: people's reactions to the blouse you wear, the respectfulness of your family, the attentiveness of your friends, their approval of the pictures in your living room, the neatness of your lawn, the way people whisper your name. It is these exhibitions of yourself, as reflected in the people whom you meet, which give you comfort and your identity. Take them away, be put in a tiny room, and called by a number, and you begin to vanish.”
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