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Aspiring writer. Attorney. Someone who can't write anything coherent about herself, other than the above. Oh, and I live in suburbia with my nice normal family. Where else would I get such creepy story ideas?

Story: DRYAD SONG

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Write. Every day. Even when you really, really don't want to.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
Jump right in. Probably not the best thing, since my plots tend to get away from me, but I can't do it any other way.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I listen to it. If it has merit (which it does, most of the time!) I use it to (hopefully!) improve.
Q:
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
A:
Hmmm. Great question. I think that if I looked it over again and had a chance to resubmit, there'd be something that would be tweaked...but I can't say for sure :)

Reviews

Ann Mason

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This short story honestly gave me the chills it was so amazing!

JulieNoble38

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Hi Anne, this is a tough subject but I do like the way you have brought the trees experiences into the story in a magical yet logical way. It's the freshest take I've seen on this subject. I think you have a strong narratorial voice and I would be interested in reading more of your stories. If you have chance please will you have a look at my story, 'Taking Leave', also a tough subject! Good luck with the competition, and keep writing!!! You've definitely got the knack!!!

Susan Gale Wickes

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A rather eerie tale, but I mean that in a good way! I thoroughly enjoyed it and I, too, wish the ending had not come so soon. The main character was intriguing and I think you created some very vivid images. I could easily see this short story growing into something much larger. If you have time, I would appreciate your opinion of my story, "Bigger Fish to Fry". Thanks...and good luck!

Lisa Rose

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First off, I love your title. This story is awesome. It gave me the chills. Your writing style draws the reader in. You didn't have to describe the violation for us to know what happened. The part I liked best? But we had one thing in common - we'd had to look into his eyes as he'd borne down on us. Eyes the color of sand on a beach, a murky yellowish, brown, that somehow mimicked the grain of the wood he contorted into shapes of his own choosing. And when I'd sat in the clearing that night hearing the whisper of the leaves, the sound of my name, I'd felt the rage of all those violatiions rising up in me. Like sap in a tree. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it. I could use the help. Thanks!

Margaret Alice

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I was very intrigued by the world you created...I was left wanting to read more! I was sad to see the story end so quickly. The mystery surrounding your story, the images, and writing style was excellent. Great job! Could you please check out my story, "The Fate Continuum?" I would love to hear what your thoughts on it. Good luck!

Addai Agyemang

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Wow this was a lovely story. I loved your use of imagery and metaphors throughout out the story. It really brought the setting and characters to life. When I read your genre I expect to read something gory or blatantly frightening. What I didn't expect was the sinister and ominous edge laced within the story. I loved the first paragraph and the way you kept repeating rude and rood. I also loved the main character Ariel's. She was funny and sarcastic and I love that in characters. I was also very surprised by the ending and the reason the person died. And finally I have to say I was really touched by the way you talked about suffering and the different types of ways people cope with it. Overall your story was great and I truly loved reading it. If you have the time could you possibly read my story “The Freedom of the Stars”, I’d love to get your opinion on it. :) Thanks and great story!

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