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Benjamin Cheah

I'm an independent writer based in Singapore. I've written 3 stories for my Michael Chang mystic thriller series, and I'm working on other tales. My reading preferences lie mainly in urban fantasy, thrillers, and science fiction, and my writing tends to blend these genres together. Writing aside, I'm a blogger, part-time student, and all-round geek trying to make sense of life. Thanks for stopping by and reading this profile. The story I wrote isn't exactly general fantasy -- it's a blend of historical crime thriller and urban fantasy. General fantasy is the closest genre I could find. Do read my story and leave a rating and review. For more information about me, you can visit my blog at benjamincheah.wordpress.com or my Smashwords account at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/benjamincheah.

Story: The Wounded City

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Write! If you're a writer, you write. Write often, write regularly, put in your best work, and keep writing.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
Both. Usually I cook up some kind of outline. The more complex the story, the longer the outline. But I only keep key details in the outline. When the outline is done, I jump straight in and let the story flow organically.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I read it. If the critic has a point, it's a lesson learned. If not, it's an exercise in non-attachment . In understanding that different people have different perspectives, and not all are harmful or applicable to me.
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:
I'd have cleaned up the manuscript. Changed a few words, corrected the one egregarious mistake. Maybe made a few things more explicit. But when I started, I wrote the best story I could at that time. And that's what counts the most to me.

Reviews

Lisa Rose

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It began a little slow for me, but once the action started... I was hooked. Very good. If you have the time, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

tinyteddy

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I liked how the rich story was woven in & implied by the fast-paced plot. Well done, hope to see more from this author soon!

Oladapo

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Love the pacing of the story and the dialogue was superb. It was a very good read.

Sam_I_Am

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quite an excellent writer and story a friend asked me what i thought of this writer and to be honest i wasn't expecting much. yet i find myself pleasantly surprised very good writing that is both easy to read and gives a strong visual of what is happening, what the writer is trying to portray the overall story is good as well, i found it quite to my liking. overall 5/5 good work

The Guru

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Excellent. The writing was a little weird for me but the plot more than makes up for it. Keep up the good work !

xxCTLHxx

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The storyline unfolds like a movie scene while I was reading, which was really captivating. The plot is well thought out and story scenes are vividly depicted, together with the great use of imagery. There is also good closure at the ending. Keep up with the good work!

Sy

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This is an amazing story! Easy to read with attention to details that make the whole story attractive! I seldom read fantasy but this is one I have finished reading! Great piece! Do check it out!

Kenny

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Once I started reading, I couldn't stop till the end! I find the story interesting and keeps me wanting to know me. And I'm not usually a reader. So you did a great job'! Cheers!

Amy Midnight

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I'm also an airing writer and I appreciate your unique story telling skills. This story is highly entertaining and got my heart beating fast.Pls keep it up and I hope to see more of your stories in future! Good luck Ben!

Dreamer42

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Awesome read. I saw you were intop 20 and just decided download and read. Good attention to detail of character and action. Splendid!

Steven Hildreth, Jr.

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The pace picks up from the get-go, grabs the reader in a stranglehold, and doesn't let go until it reaches the end. A textbook lesson in short story action writing from Benjamin Cheah.

bookworm123

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I love your work! Pls keep it up! I grew up from Hong Kong and this is quite a cool story written in a western way! Thanks

shean

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Chilling, memorable, full of wonderful characters and written in a fluid style that makes the narrative accessible to all ages.

DM

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A well written example of noir fantasy, made more interesting by its Asian setting. It is clearly an introductory chapter to a book and this compelling beginning leaves the reader eager to know what happens next. I look forward to reading more.

BryanLo

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Hi Benjamin! I discovered you on the first page of ebookmall. At first I wasnt sure if I would like an asian setting with a british dude. But your story held my interest. Yuki was cute in my mind and later she was scary (I wish it could be intensified more) No more spoilers for those who haven't read! Keep it up! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story!

AmyBeth12

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The story is very engaging and well-written!

Blake30

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Unique writing, never seen before. Has a lot of potential to become a movie. Good work Benjamin. Keep going and good luck!

Krista

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Excellent story concept and the beginning pulled me right in! I didn't want to stop reading! :) In fact... I got an account on here just so that I could post a review. Great work, Benjamin!

RAZ3

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Truly an incredibly interesting read. I rarely read any books, but this book was shown to me by friends and I highly enjoyed it! Definitely left me wanting more. Good luck with everything Benjamin, never give up!

annie43

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Intense story that is very character-driven. I love the bi-cultural elements and the unexpected twist in the end was a great surprise. The story is fluid and flows from beginning to end. no choppy endings or parts which i dislike. Great job for a young writer!

SKY

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Epic dialogues, engaging and entertaining. Excellent and exciting piece!

fluffypuff

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Your story rocked my socks! It is easy to read and very interesting as well. I could picture it in my head. It is action packed and would have been a great action movie with fantasy theme! Simply breathtaking!

icymystic

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Very compelling, refreshing and original. Definitely an enjoyable read, especially the twist near the end. Interesting characters with depth, leaving readers constantly wanting to know more about them and what has happened in their past. Great work!

nanceh

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it was an interesting read with a nice emphasis on dialogue

starfighter

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After I read your works, I decided to like you on your facebook page to keep up with your works too! This story is awesome I wish I could see more magic involved and maybe even gang fights with magic~ That would have been interesting as I haven't seen a gang fight using magic! All in all, I find the story is well paced, the characters well developed and I believe it its the number limit that kept the story from becoming even more awesome. Good work, Cheah. Don't stop writing!

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