A University of Leicester tutor has recently had a novel - a mystery thriller - published by Macmillan.
Creative writing tutor Sally Spedding secured a two-book deal with Macmillan last June and has enjoyed the success of her debut published novel Wringland.
It tells the story of Abbie Parker, a woman who moves to the Fens and sells houses in a haunted area, involving strange and supernatural experiences.
Sally said publishing companies are generally hesitant about publishing ghost stories - but believes that it is an area that fascinates people. This is helping to make Wringland so successful so that when reading the novel “people can tap into the experience of the supernatural,” said Sally.
Born in Wales, and remembering her rather ‘untamed youth’ spent on the sand dunes near Porthcawl, Sally is significantly inspired by the countryside, describing Wales as an “atmospheric and full of history.”
From an early age Sally had a passion for art and literature. She admires French and German literature, and previously studied art at Manchester College of Art and St. Martin's, London; she now also holds art classes in south Northamptonshire.
Sally moved to the East Midlands when her husband, Jeffrey, a painter and Principal Lecturer, was offered a job in Northampton. She added that her literary success had enhanced her reputation as a tutor at the University's Lifelong Learning centre in Northampton - having received positive feedback from her students: “I think I provide them with encouragement that, after all this time, I have had work published.”
Wringland is not the first novel Sally has written - she has narrowly missed being published in the past and has enjoyed success in competitions and magazines with her poetry and short stories.
In the future, Sally intends “to keep on writing” and has plans to write, in medieval French, about the life, or rather inner life, of Joan of Arc, a character she is fascinated with.
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