Jenny Twist was born in York and brought up in the West Yorkshire mill town of Heckmondwike, the eldest grandchild of a huge extended family.
She left school at fifteen and went to work in an asbestos factory. After working in various jobs, including bacon-packer and escapologist's assistant, she returned to full-time education and did a BA in history at Manchester and post-graduate studies at Oxford.
She stayed in Oxford working as a recruitment consultant for many years and it was there that she met and married her husband, Vic.
In 2001 they retired and moved to Southern Spain where they live with their rather eccentric dog and cat
Her first book, Take One At Bedtime, was published 23 April 2011 and the second, Domingo's Angel, was published 10 July 2011. Her novella, Doppelganger, was published in the anthology Curious Hearts 24 July 2011, another novella, Uncle Vernon, will be published in the anthology Halloween Treats in October 2011 and a third, Jamey and the Alien, will appear in a Christmas anthology for Melange Books.
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on Nov. 05, 2012
Do You Really Want Your Child to be a Genius?
Harrison Avery is no ordinary little boy. He is a genius. And in the world he lives in that’s a dangerous thing to be. How long can his parents protect him from the sinister government people who keep all children under surveillance? Sooner or later they believe he will be taken from them.
This is a beautifully-written and rather disturbing tale.
Lynette Sofras has already won considerable acclaim for her rather special romance stories but this is, as far as I know, her first excursion into science fiction. I believe this may be Alexander Sofras’ first published work. And what a team they make. This story is gripping from the first page. It has all the sophistication of Lynette’s previous work, but with the added spice of Alexander’s ideas.
I was intrigued and delighted with it. It is one of those stories that leaves you thinking about it long after you have read it.
Well done Alexander and Lynette! I hope this is only the first of many wonderful stories from the Sofras team.
- Wishful Thinking
on Dec. 08, 2012
When Jess and her young son, Ben are nearly killed in a high-speed blow-out on the motorway, their escape feels like a miracle. And it seems like another small miracle when, unable to face the rest of her long drive, the roadside rescue man finds a small hotel to take them in, even though it is closed for a few days. And there she finds yet another miracle. She meets Chris, the man of her dreams.
It all seems too good to be true! Perhaps she is dreaming or has indeed died and gone to heaven.
But it is really happening and, as is the way of real life, the path of true love does not run smooth. Jess's baggage, in the shape of her young son, is nothing compared to the baggage Chris is carrying. He is bound, not so much by love as by guilt, to the woman who used to play in his band. And she will not let him go easily.
This is Ms Sofras' second novel and it is superb. Her beautiful, articulate prose is a pleasure to read. Her characters live and breathe and her plot is interesting and different. I fell into the story at the first page and did not surface until I'd finished. It left me wanting more and I shall certainly read it again.