Favourite quote: ‘My life fades. The vision dims. All that remains are memories. I remember a time of
chaos, ruined dreams, this wasted land. But most of all, I remember the road warrior, the man we called Max... And it was here, in this blighted place, that he learned to live again’
Owing to an ancient Mayan prophecy, people have been trying to kill N.W. Twyford for many years before he was born. So far no one has succeeded. Nick (as he'd like you to call him) grew up in Crowthorne, a town famous for Broadmoor Hospital, home to many of the country’s most notorious disturbed souls. Having seen it only in passing at his secondary school’s sponsored walk, he cannot confirm whether it bears any resemblance to Arkham Asylum, but hopes it doesn’t.
A lifelong fan of film and television programmes, Nick studied Film at Brunel University, and received a Masters in Screenwriting at Westminster University. He now works in the BBC’s Repeats Unit, which isn’t as repetitive as he thought it would be, and writes stories when he can, which is quite a lot of the time. His novel, Aurora, is the first part of the All Worlds Unseen series. A sequel (Avalonne) and prequel (Never Do Well) continue the series, with the final book in the series, Eden, well underway.
I've always loved writing short stories. To me, a good short story is like a good joke - you build it up, set the scene, and then you reveal, you subvert, you twist. A good short story shouldn't
just end. The only problem with a short story is what to do with one when it's done. Sure, you can send it to your friends, show them how clever you are, blog it, whatever. It doesn't really go
I genuinely don't remember where I first heard about Twisted 50 from. I must have been on a mailing list. It doesn't really matter. What did matter was that it promised (if you were lucky enough) to do something with the story. All you had to do was write the thing.