Sally Green author of young adult fiction

Interview by Bridget Osborne

September 2015

Bestselling author Sally Green spoke to us about her books, Half Bad and Half Wild, after delivering a talk at St Michael & All Angels Church for the Chiswick Book Festival in 2015.

The books are about Nathan, a witch who is half Black witch and half White witch, persecuted because of who he is. He is one of several strong, powerful characters who have made the series a run away success.

Goodreads review of Half Bad

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

Guardian Books review of Half Wild:

‘Character interactions aside, the world they live in is both horrific and wonderful. The world is beautifully constructed and will often have you changing sides, from one to another. The dystopian elements of the story, the council and the dehumanizing of one section of society over another, is extremely well done, as well as the close representation of racial discrimination, making the book a magnificent read’.