Author’s book of short stories

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A HECKMONDWIKE author is hoping to give readers thrills and chills with her first book of short stories.

Jenny Twist, who grew up in the town but now lives in Spain, has penned a series of spooky, horror and romance stories which have now been released.

She said: “When I retired in 2001 I finally had the chance to actually sit down and write properly.

I’d just read Stephen King’s On Writing, which is a sort of textbook for writing fiction, in which he presents a scenario and suggests that aspiring writers complete the story as a training exercise.

“The result was Waiting for Daddy, the last story in my book. And I must say I was rather pleased with it. I’d wrestled with the plot one evening and woke up the next day with the whole story complete in my mind, including a very satisfying twist at the end.

“Inspired by this, I wrote a couple more and sent them to a local magazine, which, to my delight, accepted them, and went on to commission a story or article every month. This book is comprised largely of those stories, with a few later ones added.”

Jenny, 62, went to Millbridge School and Heckmondwike Grammar School.

She said: “I left Heckmondwike as a teenager and went to live in Manchester. I later went back to full–time education, doing a BA at Manchester and an MLitt at Oxford. I stayed in Oxford and worked as a recruitment consultant until I retired and moved to Spain in 2001.”

She said her grandmother, Margaret Thornton, had a second-hand stall in Heckmondwike market, and her uncle, William Thornton, had a greengrocer’s in Cleckheaton.

Her dad, Jack Thornton, was a Heckmondwike councillor and cousins Jill and Janet ran the Stuart Stage School in Heckmondwike.

She added: “I wrote my first story when I was quite young child, about a couple of mice called Bubble and Squeak.

“I wrote a couple of other things which I can hardly remember and then life got in the way.

“I was, in any case, quite set on being an all-singing all-dancing film star for a long time. But I always felt I would have liked to write.”

The book is available from www.melange-books.com.