Never mind the “X Factor”, Sarah Wray has just won “The Wow Factor”, a competition held by Waterstones and Faber to discover new writers for children. More than 3,500 writers entered the competition, which Sarah Wray won with a novel entitled “The Forbidden Room”. Sarah Wray (36) is a mother of three children who lives in Belfast, although she originally came from Merseyside. She moved to Belfast in 1988 to read Genetics at Queen’s University, and she has lived in the city ever since. Some of her studies have made their way into her fiction, since “The Forbidden Room” features illegal gene therapy. Sarah Wray began writing seriously 6 years ago, and as a result, she has written a total of 6 books, of which “The Forbidden Room” will be the first to be published. Sarah Wray has previously worked at a supermarket checkout, as a medical researcher, as a childminder, and she has also taught science. She is currently the manager of a toddlers group. The publication of “The Forbidden Room” will be the culmination of a lifetime’s ambition to be a writer, and since the novel will be heavily promoted by Waterstones, we have no doubt that it will be a big seller. “This Morning” presenters Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield were amongst the “Wow Factor” judges.
She may be the new JK Rowling and she’s from Belfast – how “The Belfast Telegraph” reported the story
Book deal for spare-time writer – the same story as reported by “The Guardian”
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