Book: Take One at Bedtime by Jenny Twistcategories: Book, Ghosts, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Romance, Revenge, Murder, Mystery, Love, Oldies, Anthology
Jenny Twistabout this book: Not long after I moved to Spain, Stephen King brought out his seminal 'On Writing', which has been my bible ever since. One of the things he does in the book is set the scenario for a short story and suggest that you finish it. The result in my case was 'Waiting for Daddy'. I was so pleased with it that I sent it to a local magazine. To my delight, they asked me to provide a piece every month, alternating between articles and short stories. This was really good for me, as it gave me deadlines to meet and I really set to and began to write down stories I'd had in my head for years (which felt a bit like cheating) and the occasional new one. I also started writing stories for competitions, one of which was set in Spain in the 1950s and became the first chapter of my novel, 'Domingo's Angel'.
'Take One At Bedtime' is the collection of all those early stories. Some of them have been in my mind for so long that it's difficult now to remember where the ideas originally came from. But I can remember a few.
'The Apple Tree', for example, is based on a ghost story told to me by another student one drunken night after the college ball. I thought about it on and off for years afterwards, trying to come up with an explanation for how the aunts could have been dead and alive at the same time.
'The Scam' is based on a real incident that happened to a friend of mine in a motorway service station in Madrid. It was my way of getting revenge. I thought, What if they'd picked on someone with the power to get their own back? My friend, incidentally, didn't like the story. She is much more forgiving than I am.
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