Lancashire fan fiction author bags six-figure advance

PAGE TURNER: Sophie Jackson at her book launch at Silverdell book shop

PAGE TURNER: Sophie Jackson at her book launch at Silverdell book shop

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A fascination with the cult vampire trilogy Twilight has led to a whole new career for a Lancashire teacher.

Sophie Jackson, from Chorley, began writing fan fiction about her beloved Twilight characters, but has now branched out to write a tantalising prison romance that sparked an international publishing bidding war

A Pound of Flesh was snapped up by UK publisher Headline Eternal and bagged a six-figure advance from US publishing giant Simon & Schuster.

But despite the zeroes, the down-to-earth teacher is not letting the fame get to her head and revealed she has no plans to give up the day job.

She said: “It doesn’t really feel real – a book was never an ambition of mine.

“I was just scratching a creative itch by posting a couple of fan fiction pieces and seeing if people liked it.

“It is exciting and scary that my work is out there.

“I’m excited to see what people think of it.

“I have been teaching for nearly 10 years – I love doing it.

“I have no plan to give it up.

“I’m used to being busy as a teacher and I’m just a bit more busy at the moment.”

Sophie’s new book is the first in a set of three and with two novellas due for release in between the trilogy, the former St Michael’s High School and Runshaw College pupil is in big demand.

The teacher managed to sneak out on a school night to launch her book on Tuesday at the Silverdell bookstore in Kirkham.

Now Sophie has been snapped as one of 50 authors at a mass book signing at Birmingham City’s St Andrew’s Stadium in July.

But the teacher just hopes people enjoy her work.

She said: “I never thought I would be signing books at a football stadium; it is incredible.

“But I will be one of 50, it isn’t just for me.

“The main thing right now is that people enjoy it and that it does well.”

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson is published by Headline Eternal for £8.99.