The incredibly talented Ollie Hancock is making a movie adaptation of The Forbidden Room called The Wendy House!
Check out the new facebook page for the film: The Wendy House
Update: :-( I haven't heard from Ollie Hancock for a very long time, so sadly, I don't think the movie is gonna happen - pity, I think he would have done a great job, and I'm hugely flattered that he chose my book in the first place. If I'm wrong, and it is still happening, Ollie, get in touch and let me know.
You can still read Blood And Snow for free if you have Amazon's Kindle Unlimited, if not it only costs £2.40 - so support your local struggling writer and cough up!
Name: Sarah Wray (before I was married it was Sarah Green, also I have a middle name - Rachel)
Born: 12/06/1969 Grew up in Formby in Merseyside. I went to Woodlands Junior school and Range High School.
Educated: I did my A levels at Kitson College in Leeds, and then went to Queen's University Belfast and did Genetics, then went back to Queens to do a PGCE in 1992, and in 2011 I went back again and did a masters in Early Childhood.
Married: I met my husband Paul at University, and stayed in Belfast to marry him in 1991
Kids: I have three kids - Rebecca (born 1994), Daniel (born 1995) and Christy (1997). Here's a new family photo taken by my brother, ace photographer, Steve Green at my parents Golden Wedding Anniversary 2013
Job: I am currently working as a supply teacher in Nursery and Primary schools. I would love to get a job as a full time nursery teacher, but teaching jobs are hard to come by here in Northern Ireland.
Favourite Movie: Moulin Rouge, now closely followed by Mamma Mia, oh, and I like Amelie too, and anything with Johnny Depp in it. If they made a movie of The Forbidden Room, Johnny Depp would have to play John Holland. Or I'd have a hissy fit. (And Johnny Depp would also have to be in the movie of The Trap - he could be Drew.) For an update on my feelings on Johnny Depp, see the very bottom of this page...
Favourite TV Shows: At the moment I'm loving Game of Thrones, Big Bang Theory, Dr Who, Modern Family, all Nordic Noir, Mr Robot, Orange is The New Black and Masterchef Australia (oh, and Bake off, of course!)
Favourite Book: Too many to mention (see my life is a booklist), although an enduring favourite is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
Currently Reading: The Gift of Rain - Tan Twan Eng
(If you want to know what I've read recently, and what I thought of it, check out the I just read... page.)
Favourite food: Chinese Hot and Sour soup (mmm mmm mmm!) and everything else except shellfish and sushi (yuck!)
Various Pets Alive and Dead:We have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Roxie, a cat called Lucy, several goldfish and minnows, Rebecca has a rat called Gomer and Christy now has a new corn snake called fluffy! Ooh - fluffy just shed his skin for the first time - how exciting! (Gomer the rat passed away 28/09/09 - RIP Gomer)
Update on fluffy: Christy sold Fluffy the snake (!!) in July 2010 because he wanted money to buy a PS3. I have mixed feelings. I was quite fond of Fluffy, although never completely happy with having him slithering on me. I think he's gone to a better home though - the family we sold him to have had snakes before and were much less wussy with him than we were. Roxie, Lucy and the fish are still doing well :-)
update - Lucy sadly passed away on Monday 8th April 2013, we'll probably get one or two new cats in the summer, so watch this space!
The new kittens have arrived! A boy called Dexter and a girl called Misty. See photos in my Wall of Various Pets Alive and Dead.
The kittens are now cats, but wee Dexter hasn't been home for more than three weeks now (23/07/2015) and we're sadly giving up hope. He was (is?) a lovely furry purry cat and we all miss him :-(
Update (16/08/2016) We recently got a new puppy - a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Chester, we've still got Roxie and Misty, I wish I could add a photo of Chester who is a total cutey, but I still haven't figured out how to add more pictures to my site. You can see pics on my facebook page though.
Bibliography: I've written loads of books(see The I Wonder Years), but most of them didn't get published . The first book that did get published is THE FORBIDDEN ROOM, my second book is THE TRAP and my third book, out now as an Amazon Kindle ebook is Blood and Snow . I'm not writing at the moment, there's a limit to how much rejection a person can face in one life, and I had to get a real job to pay the bills, so I'm back to teaching. I would love, love, love to write again and I'm sure I will one day.
The cover of Blood and Snow was designed by Sandra Giles
Hobbies: I like reading (see My Life is a Booklist), writing (well duh), going for walks with the dogs, watching movies (I like foreign movies with subtitles), doing word and number puzzles (yeah, okay, I'm a bit of a nerd) and embroidery (worse than nerdy - but I like it). I just won a box of artist pencils that turn into watercolours if you add water, so I'm about to become a renowned artist.
If I ever get rich and famous, my hobbies will change to: Shopping, eating out, going to premieres, taking trips on my private yacht, house buying, world travel, dinner parties with Johnny Depp, I could go on... (I'll stop typing now though because I'm in a happy little make-believe world...mmm Johnny Depp....)
Do you know what? I've kind of gone off Johnny Depp recently - he's got too weird (and I like weird) Now who will I pick to play John Holland when the Hollywood people ask for my casting advice?(yeah, still dreaming!)