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One day, after more than sixty years on this earth and contently retired from my life as a software designer, I unexpectedly decided to become a writer. My inspiration did not come from full length novels, but instead from some of the greatest short stories ever written, many played out on wonderful TV shows that I excitedly looked forward to each week, and never tired of. Shows such as Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, Rod Serling's Night Gallery, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. I wondered if I could come up with anything anywhere close to being considered a good short story. My chance to find out came when Amazon developed a new website for writers, called WriteOn, . They are the most wonderful group of people, all wanting to help each other succeed, offering tips and advice to make our writing the best it can be. Each weekend the community managers would set us a new challenge, a one line prompt, and we had to write a story in 500 words based on that one line. We had to learn to exercise discriminating judgment to make every single word have as useful and positive an effect as possible. This is where I found my calling, each week miraculously coming up with a new short story. The end result, a book of short stories. I grew up in East London and so the title, Monkey With a Twist refers to the Cockney slang for £500, a monkey. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
You can find Paul Westley’s publication here on Amazon:://www.amazon.com/Monkey-Twist-Really-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B01549CPKY/
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