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Bellakentuky

Bellakentuky is an author of short stories and novellas. The author is a native of the United States but currently resides in Argentina. His stories are often sprinkled with dark humor. His recent award winning work includes a coming of age story about five boys growing up in Brooklyn that learn a lesson in generosity, a short story about an innocent young girl growing up on the prairie that learns to kill, and a science fiction romance with an unusual twist.

Story: The Power of Fine Furniture

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
The Chapter Two Switch-R-Roo by James Scott Bell. The advice? After you finish your first draft throw out Chapter One because the action usually starts in Chapter Two. What did I learn? Start all my stories with some action.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
Most of my story ideas come to me just before I fall asleep. Then they ferment in my mind for awhile until one day I sit down and just start writing. From that point on, I'm a total panster.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I embrace it as it provides me with a view outside of my own perspective. Negative criticism has turned me into a ruthless editor of my own work.
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:
Yes, based on the reviews I've received, I would add a little more background about Cleatus and Mabel's relationship to the front end of the story.

Reviews

Jen Villa

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Your protagonist is mentally ill and that always has potential. But that's a deep and fascinating pool of personas to draw from. I guess I felt like the murderous psychopath has been done to death. Then again, I do read a lot of thrillers.

matt

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Great story!

C. Elizabeth Remus (FEAR & FIRE)

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Wow. Very well written, very heart-poundingly detailed. All of the right things that needed exposition were very well described, and I think you did an excellent job of creating a very believable (albeit terrifying) character. Excellent work. I can't wait to read more of your stuff.

USNessie

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Although this isn't a genre I usually enjoy, the story was very well written. My mind was constantly leaping ahead, wondering "Is he going to... no!" The beginning was beautiful. I could almost smell the male-ness of the workshop. The ending... I wish my hubby was here to tell me "Don't look!" and then "It's OK to look now," when it's all over lol!

Regina

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The passion behind his final act is well crafted, but I do feel Mable could have come into the story a bit sooner. Still it was an enjoyable story and had a strong ending.

Egghead

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Reminds me of Misery by Stephen King, very nice short story. Good visual descriptions, which allow you to get into the mind of someone left of center.

Happy Dagger

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Cleatus has anger management issues! I love when I read a new story from an author and see a new way of expression that works for me, as a reader. I was very surprised how 'in the moment’ I felt reading this story. I was impressed with a story that spent almost 80% of it being expressed in one sentence paragraphs and it was very insightful and descriptive without tearing me away from the action. This is a great piece of work and has given me a lot to think about as an author. Best of luck in the contest.

Alyssa

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My heart is still racing from anticipation! Not at all the direction I thought the story was headed in, which just made me love it even more!

Sandy A

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Great read!

tbritz13

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Kent, you do have a wonderful touch with your characterizations. This story was another real good one, however the motivation for the final act was lacking a bit for me. It was a very good read however.

Mel in MN

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EGADS! I don't know which is more unnerving...the gripping story or the sadistic smirk I realized was across my face as I read it! Either way, GREAT job, Bellakentucky. THANK YOU!

Alyce Wilson

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Great use of detail and voice: you bring this character to life extremely well. I was fairly certain of what sort of "task" he was going to undertake, since it was clear from the beginning that something was up. It seems as if there should be more of a resolution, however. It would also help to learn more about how this man's mind slipped so precipitously. Simply having to work for a living doesn't seem to justify what he does.

TinyFox

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Completely enraptured! Hanging on every last word! Always so entranced by all of your pieces!

teecher

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paints a terrifyingly clear picture. I could picture every scene!

Rose

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Meticulous attention to detail from the author and Cleatus's calm nature made this a chilling horror story. Well done!

Randman

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Good writing.

Homealone

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Fun read

Bernadette

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Good read.

guitarmaven

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good read

FF

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Kent has the knack. Turn a neglected husband into a mad wood shop keeper who had a 'tool' for every occasion. Good job.

colegirly

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Great story. Wow! Bellakentuky you amaze me with what you can create!

JL

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Great read, author aways keeps you on the edge

FHornErin

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Somehow, I feel like I really, truly, personally know Cleatus... must be the author's knack for depth of character development.

big sis

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Great writing. I could feel the frustration and the rage. Perhaps we all have a little of that in us.

Book lover

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The funiture maker who just snapped...odd. But, even more strangely is how well the author made it work. Good story, surprise ending, and well written. Good job author...
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