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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

Stephen Conley

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Your writing proves that you can still use platitudes and cliche's and it' still effective. The beginning should have been a boring read but it wasn't. I mean, it's a story about a carpenter, how can that be interesting? But your writing was effective enough that i wasn't bored for a second and i had no inkling of where the story was going. You know how to use your words effectively. My only complaint is a small one that you probably don't even need to fix. I thought the story could use a little bit of foreshadowing towards the beginning. Or maybe i just missed it? That way, when Cleatus takes care of his wife in the last half of the story, it's not so out of left-field. But anyway, you handled the violence well. You showed enough without going overboard, which would have ruined the story. I really liked this story, good job.

Tom Jackson

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Great story. Havent read something this fun in a while. Definitely need to recommend this author to others.

mizcaliflower

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Wow... very chilling tale. Excellent writing skills with a super charged psychotic character. Cleatus is a genuine psychopath. This story leaves me wanting more... very clever.

CariV

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Very interesting!

KittyMom

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Oh boy, Did not see that coming! Really entertaining story, kept me hooked! Good job!

gwen

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Very good reading. Love the story. Kent is a very good writer he really came put you right in the story with whatever he writes.

Penny 123

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Great story...can't wait to read more from this author...

Sandy W.

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Great short story - loved it - wished it were longer because I didn't want it to end. Great Job Kent! Good Luck.

JW

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This was a very interesting read. Man with a heart of wood.

Pat W

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Whew! Feared reading it to the end - gripping, and definitely felt the emotions and planned outcome building. Well written, and maybe unfortunately, believable!

Mo Gelber

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Very well done !!!

hoopmama11

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I'm with the BookWorm. I'm staying away from that workshop for sure. Really well written story!

Nene

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The main character was believable and well described. I felt like I was staring over his shoulder. It was a strange vision of poor Mabel.

Dragracers2

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My great author friend, Ken DuFault, has transported us into the mind of a genius psychopath ....and I loved it. Passion drives the whole balance of this tale, and who doesn't love passion? My stars, I was almost cheering Cleatus on before the story ended...takes an awesome writer to pull that off....and it was done with ardent intensity. Wow...!

Schmeatus

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Me gusta. Bellakentucky writes with the imagination of a secluded author holed up in the bowels of an Argentinian apartment. The depravity of Cleatus and his plan are subjugated quite effectively in the story due to his methodical and carefully planned approach. You can feel from the author the emotions of Cleatus, having slipped over the edge and into the abyss... well done.

HugoD

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Loved it! A very original, smart and well told little story. Well done Bellakentuky!

Bad Betty

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Great story. I certainly vote for Bellakentuky and his recent submission.

silvia

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La mejor historia que he leído en mucho tiempo.... Grande Kent, seguí escribiendo así.......

TheBookWorm

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Laughing. Remind me not to be around when Bellakentuky gets out his toolbox!

Chimbe

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Great story. Very entretaining and clever writting.

Dunae

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That was a great spin...

Ramon

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Never saw it coming. Clever little piece!

NikiC

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Cool story. Kind of scary actually. The writing was excellent. I totally felt Cleatus and his motivations.
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