Brighouse-born author has first novel published

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A Brighouse-born author has had her debut novel published just in time for Christmas.

Sally Jenkins’ (nee Mumby), award winning book Bedsit Three is available to buy now.

It is a tale of murder mystery and love and is set in a fictional area of north Birmingham, where she now lives.

The novel focuses on the desire of parents to do the best for their child and shows what might happen if that ‘best’ creates a monster.

Sally, a former Brighouse Girls’ Grammar School pupil, said: “It’s very exciting to see my novel in print. The cover design is brilliant and really captures the mood of the story.”

Bedsit Three had already impressed competition judges before it hit the bookshelves. It was the winner of the Ian Govan Award, organised by WordPlay Publishing, and was also shortlisted in a competition run in conjunction with Kobo Books.

Sally, a successful short story writer, was inspired to try writing longer fiction by National Novel Writing Month in November 2013.

“The aim of National Novel Writing Month is to write 50,000 words in thirty days,” she said. “This equates to a very basic first draft of a novel and it encourages authors to get their ideas down on paper as quickly as possible. Then the hard work of finishing, polishing and editing has to be done.”

During her teenage years in Brighouse, Sally was a bell ringer at St Martin’s Church and a member of the Ranger Guide unit in Rastrick. She now lives in Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, with her husband and two grown-up daughters.

Bedsit Three is available in paperback and for Kindle at Amazon and as an ebook for Kobo.