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Malia lives in the Pacific Northwest and enjoys nature and outdoor activities. She is known for her animal rescue work and applies her carpentry skills to creating safe habitats. Her story "Missy" was inspired by the antics of the newest member of her family, a very petite hedgehog. She loves fiction, and her favorite author is Stephen king. With imagination, one can create anything.

Story: Missy’s New Home

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
I heard that many famous writers didn’t get recognized for several years. Just keep writing! That being said, important advice is that formatting plays a big role for a writer in telling a story; without it, one could get lost and/or bored.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
I get a thought and the imagination kicks in. Ideas flood my mind in a unique pattern, and as I place them I can show how characters became who they are, and tell their story. Then there’s editing, with more ideas and editing. A world is created.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I take it with a smile and an open mind; I like to recognize and/or identify my weaknesses in order to learn and grow. People are not perfect, and I understand that; if we were, we would never know any different, and there wouldn’t be anyone great.
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:
Since I was not able to submit pictures with the story, I would have added more imagery. Otherwise, with illustrations, the story presents a nice balance.

Reviews

Auntc

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I love the story for older kids, or a really great story to read to the grandkids and great grandkids

Boris2

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I've dealt with a lot of children's book professionally and while reading with my own kids. Your story is pleasant and feels fresh, though personally I think some parts are almost too cute and for its own good. I also found it difficult to compare this story to other submissions. Somehow a children's story feels out of place in this contest. But if the organizers allowed it in, then who am I to complain.

Mike e

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Good story!

D.S.Laboure

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This story is a really lovely refreshing story and well written, it also emphasizes the important morals of life and the grounding that we all hold on to which are the most fundamental things that children should learn from. Well done keep writing I really enjoyed it and I would have loved to have read it with the pictures but it would have just enhanced it. If you can please take time to read my story it is a totally different gene to yours but I hope you will read it with an open mind. Many thans and kind regard D.S Laboure-A Dreamers Dilemma

Ebeez

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A different story compared to others like us. Very creative piece.

Stephen Jennison-Smith

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Well done Malia!

laurel

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Lots of creative thinking! Will capture the little ones attention.

Auntie BaBa

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I loved this story. I have 1 grand niece and 3 grand nephews who I would love to read this to, or share it in book form. It's simply written and a child would easily follow it as well as get the message. Maybe the storyline could be written for a boy (Mikey?) or girl, Missy.

Lisa Rose

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I really enjoyed your story. The character of Missy is very sweet and gentle; never mean to those who were tormenting her. It would make a great children's book. I also liked the fact that she found her way back home to people that really loved and cared for her. The part I liked best? "Well, there are many types in this world, and it is a big world. Never mind them; they don't know what they are talking about, besides only you can let them hurt you. I don't listen to the mean creatures, just be yourself, and when there is someone who is worth having around they will like you just the way your are." If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

JulieNoble38

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Thank you for the kind words you have to my story, I really appreciate them and was very glad to review your story. It has a great opening sentence, lovely rhythm and image: 'Way out in the woods, off a long and winding road, a baby was born." I agree that this story would really go well with some gorgeous pictures and make a fantastic children's book. My five year old would really enjoy it. I'm glad it was a happy ending I was really rooting for Missie to be appreciated and loved!

Niño

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This story is great...love it!

Susan Gale Wickes

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I enjoyed your story. I can easily see this as a book for children, and pictures or drawings would only enhance this adorable tale even more. I'm glad to see a story for children in this competition and I think you did a wonderful job of bringing Missy to life!

Ladygran

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This is a delightful story with great detail about feeling alone in the world and how not giving up can bring about a happy ending.

Denni D.

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I loved the story. It was really cute. Good job!

tinydancer

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I thought this was well written and I enjoyed it a lot! Keep on writing!!

16step6

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The story was awesome! Great story to read to kids, they could learn allot from Missy.

Joshua

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Sometimes life brings unfavorable emotions, and it's important that we address fear, sadness and uncertainty as avidly as we do comfort, happiness and security so that children can be prepared to live meaningful lives. That is the moral I took from this story.

MellyMel

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Great childrens story. I loved it. Its a well rounded story that captured my attention and imagination. It had a excellent moral to the story. :) This has potential to become a sequel.

alias787

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Excellent story, I would like to see it continued. I would love to read this story to my grandchildren, if I ever have any.

Alyce Wilson

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As the mother of a 2-year-old, I appreciated this story. You did a good job of writing for a young audience, because you kept things simple on the children's terms. The lesson is a common one for children's books, but I liked that you highlighted a positive pet-child relationship, because it's important for kids to learn that pets have feelings. My only suggestion would be to provide more descriptive detail of the animals she meets. Overall, nice job! I hope that you read and enjoy my story, "Dating Safari," which also includes animals.

Crow

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Great children's story! Looking forward to more missy adventures.

stargazer

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Wow I love it! Missy is so cute and I am glad that she found a good home.

shababy

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Wow girl, ya really know how to write and bring your reader into the story!! love, love, love this book!!!

SandyK

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Loved It!!! Great Story. Will read to my grandson first chance I get!

Oates

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Although it has been a really, really long time ago, I can remember my grade school teachers reading to the class. I remember the captured imaginations as we would all follow every word becoming part of the story. When I read this it takes me back to that time, a time when a child could dream, play, and imagine. As we all know most of us loose that capability as life takes charge of our every thought. The author is a lucky person who can draw on that imagination and then share the ability to dream, play, and imagine. I picture a class room full of open minds becoming part of this story while listening to the caring voice of a teacher, and begging for the next adventure.

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