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'Write with...' - Week Sixteen: Twists and turns

We have all read books that fling an unexpected twist our way. Maybe you thought you knew that character and then something happens that totally throws your reality into a spin. We've read books that include lots of red herrings and then reveal something you weren't expecting. How can we build good twists into our books? How can we fool the reader without annoying them or putting in a twist that simply doesn't ring true? This is the topic this week. How do you go about constructing your twists - I'd love to know. See you next week. Lots of luck,

Cesca x

After studying History at Bristol University, Cesca went on to work as a TV Presenter for four years on various pre-recorded and live shows. She taught History for seven years and became a Housemistress at a Secondary boarding School in Berkshire.

Since winning a writing competition for the best opening paragraph to a novel, Cesca has won or been placed in prestigious short story competitions for: Women and Home, Wells Festival of Literature, Grace Dieu and has also had short stories published in the Sentinel Champion and Sunday People Magazine.

She has written regular reviews and features for the popular women’s fiction website Novelicious and now films weekly vlogs to help wannabe writers for She lives in Bradfield with her husband and their brood of ex-battery chickens.

The Silent Hours is her first novel.