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Kris Piano

I'm a mom of a toddler, an avid reader and bibliophile, and a wannabe author. I live in the US and write in what little spare time I can find.

Story: Lucky Day

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
If you want to write, just do it!
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
I prepare a basic outline so sequencing works, but mostly just start to write the scenes that are the most clear.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I know it's cliché but I actually listen and try to adapt my technique, if the advice is technical at least. As for writing style, you can't please them all...
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 really like my story... I like the cliff hanger ending because it leaves room to continue, but still doesn't leave loose ends.

Reviews

Cinematics22

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Really captured my attention and drew me into the story. The content and message really spoke to me. I enjoy how you write because you write the way you know is right by you and you're confident in your style. It brings something unique and also shows the love and investment you have for your craft. Well done!

Dave20

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Great story!

JulieNoble38

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I love the optimism of the opening line duo: 'Today is a new day. Today’s the day I turn everything around and follow my dreams' and I'm glad that the thread continued, as this was very enjoyable! You have a lovely flow and I enjoyed the humor of the last line, very clever! If you get chance please will you read my story, 'Taking Leave'. It's a completely different style to yours so I would be interested to know what you thought as an 'avid reader and bibliophile!'

Addai Agyemang

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Great story! I loved how it just started off as an ordinary day but then, because Brandon decided to seize the day, Carpie Diem!, the day changed from an ordinary one to an extraordinary one. It was great. I loved how things just kept building up, one after until the story finally reached an unexpected climax. Lastly I really liked how you weaved elements of fantasy into everyday life. Great story! If you have the chance could you please check out my story "The Freedom of the Stars", I would love to know what you think about it. Thanks :)

Busyfingers

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Great writing! The descriptions were vivid. I had hoped Brandon's choices would be different, though. There were a few tense mix-ups, kept catching me off guard. Well done.

BkWorm

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Beautifully written story as this is sure to pull any reader in. Great lead in to a vol.2 so please let me know when the sequel comes out because I need find out more of what happens. Can't wait. Good luck. I hope you win!

lily

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I absolutely loved the twist in this story. Very descriptive, it pulls you in so you feel like part of the story.

cyndielouwho2c

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Very good. I enjoyed reading this book very much!

Viking

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I really enjoyed reading this short story. I wish this writer much success!

bleacherbum

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Great story! You are extremely talented! I was drawn into the story and didn't want to stop reading it. I can't wait for more.

Tiller

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Great story. Looking forward to more from this exciting new author

Johnny

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This was really cool. The twist really surprised me and I enjoyed the story.

Erik Gustafson

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This one really drew me and flowed nicely. The descriptions were alive and made me feel part of the story. The ending was great. Well done!

Kristy

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"Lucky Day" was very descriptive, it pulled me into the book as if I was in the story. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this, didn't want it to end there! Would definitely be interested in purchasing this book, and look forward to more books by this author!! Best wishes!!

JAWPBA

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For a young writer's first attempt, her talent is apparent and her potential reaches beyond her experience. Great story line with a nice twist for a surprise ending. Creative, absorbing, and a great read!

Letters2You

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I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Very good use of description and metaphors. I think I got the message and idea behind the fantasy twist. Hope you get to publish a full length version of this story because I just wanted more and more. Nicely done and good luck to you! :D

K2TKN

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I really enjoyed this story immensely, the descriptions set the mood almost cinematically. Best of luck in the competition!

LL2thePP

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I really Loved this Story!! The writing was excellent, and I found myself really hanging on to every sentence. I am hoping that I get the opportunity to see/read what Brandon eventually decides to do. Very Nice Job!

Clarky

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I love it! I want to read more!

Sydney

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Amazing! You are a very talented writer and I would love to read more of your work. Best of luck!

Harry

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I really enjoyed this one. Great descriptions kept my mind working. Hope to see more.

momohuny

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What a beautifully descriptive story...your imagery really spoke to me! Sign me up for your next work - I want to read it!

Boxedjuice

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Actually, finding this story was my "Lucky Day"! I can't wait to read more by this up and coming author!

Adeline

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I'd be lying if I said I wasn't searching for the author online as we speak. I want more! I love the brilliant descriptions she provides to truly evoke all the senses. I've read several of these entrees and this is the first one I've felt compelled to leave a review. You have a future in writing, my dear. If this finished, PLEASE let me know if I can purchase the rest of it.

Kay Dee

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I liked this a lot at first, but the change to fantasy felt very unnatural. I started reading it without looking at the category, so that might be my fault, but the transition was strange. However, you are a very good writer and I kept reading to the end. Good luck!

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