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Keddy Marshall

Keddy Marshall is 46 years old and has three grown children. She was born and raised on a farm in Illinois before moving to Northern Wisconsin in 1997. Prior to committing to writing, she has been a waitress, a cook and an Over the Road Professional Truck Driver. Now an avid gardener and flower lover, she writes about her experiences and people from her past, giving each character and location a personal twist.

Story: The Birthday Party

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
The best writing advice I've ever heard is...don't leave it in your head! Get it out of there and write! We are not mind readers! A great story can only be read... if it has been written!
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
I'm a big-time jumper! Put me on that diving board and look out! I may do flips on the way in, splash a lot, and even swallow some water, but I'm plunging straight in!
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
Give it a big hug!! Every tiny bit of criticism is a way of learning. As long as it's constructive criticism then it should be appreciated because it helps us all grow as writers.

Reviews

M.A.Wakanda

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Keddy, your life experience is really bringing this story to life. I can relate to what you are presenting in your story, and I like how the narrator/character grows in the span of the story. I am trying to do the same thing -- write what I know. Thank you for your story, and keep writing. Would you mind taking a look at my story? "Missy's New Home" http://www.ebookmall.com/author/maila-adal-wakanda

Nurdieh

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WOW what a story. Go ahead with books like this.

Margaret Alice

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I really enjoyed your story! Very heartwarming and nice. I loved how despite the circumstances, everyone was able to celebrate Jojo's father's life instead of focusing on his death. You didn't dwell on the tragedy, but instead showed that there are multiple ways to deal with grief. It does need some polishing, but other than that it was a great read! Could you please check out my story, "The Fate Continuum?" Good luck!

Bears Fan

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There were several grammatical errors in this story and some verb tenses that didn't agree with their subjects. In the middle of the story I was getting bored and thinking....so what? However, I did like the ending....it's unexpected. I think the girl's emotions should have been most of the story...if it was her father she would be much more emotional...like with physical pain and so forth.

D. Tori

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I really enjoyed this story. From the newspaper headline (which immediately caught my attention), to the character of JoJo, I was totally engrossed to the end!! Well written!!

mira

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Very sweet... wonderful character development!

Didi

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Heartwarming and with a sweet ending. Nice story.

Penniless Writer

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A nice story with a sweet ending, but a little hard to get into at the beginning. JoJo is very dour, and though the conclusion explains her mood, it doesn't explain her lack of personality. We need a little more dimension from her in order to empathize with her. The story overall needs editing and better pacing. There are also a few examples of odd capitalization. A nice idea, but it reads like a rough draft.

HM Gruendler-Schierloh

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Congratulations! So far, I have read several of the entries posted here - but I am in absolute awe of yours. It took my breath away - and I tend to be a rather critical reader! Keep on writing - you certainly do have THE TALENT (which includes insights, emotional depth, sensitivity, and just plain good writing skills). Again, this story is WONDERFUL!

Scott

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Great story!

Tammy

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I have read a lot of short stories in this contest and I must say, this one has actually compelled me to post a review!!! Very nicely written and a an absolute joy to read!!

Andy S

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Keddy, congratulations on your #2 spot! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story. The character of JoJo is very believable. The storyline had me wondering where you were going with this from the start, well done! I'm usually pretty good at figuring out the ending, but you befuddled me!! Again, congratulations and Bravo!!

Bookmonkey

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It was amazing. I really enjoyed reading it. I was surprised by the twist, I knew something odd was going on, but my guess was still off. JoJo was a wonderful character I and feel like I've met her through your wonderful description! Thanks for your comment on my story, I just prefer to leave comments by a username rather than my author name.

Lori Ann Clayton

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What a heart felt true emotion story. Love it. This story really makes one think for sure. Really brings you into the story.

Belinda

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A real tear jerker, beautifully written.

Judy Meadows

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Very well written! I felt I was right there every step of the way! Can't wait to read more!!

Kristine Pressel

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Can't wait to read more!

y

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very good

Andrea Burkert

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I really enjoyed reading it. Thank you so much

mary ann

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What a heart warming story!!!!! It shows that there are a million ways to deal with grief.

Ms. Marchese

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Very fine story indeed, Ms. Marshall. I hope to see a collection soon. Remember, writers write...

Katlpga

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I enjoyed this very much!

KIMC66

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nice story

Myrla21

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Really a nice story! I totally enjoyed it, a bit of a twist, I didn't guess what was happening at all. Great job of making us feel the emotions of the character.

Stacy H

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Pretty well written, kept my attention and the details really brought Jojo to life.

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