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SAM is a 40 something author with a trunk full of tricks thanks to a checkered past. She haunts tropical islands in her dreams while living the reality of a Central East Coast existence as a mom, a wife, a coach, a teacher, a maid, a chauffeur, a woman, and a survivor. While she considers herself a horror/thriller writer, she enjoys all genres, particularly fantasy, the supernatural, and psychological thrillers. She finds the inspiration for her writing in her dreams and in enjoying the life surrounding her. She writes because it’s in her blood.

Story: Gloria

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Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Just do it. Just write. Forget you need a storyline. Forget you need a plot. Forget everything and just write.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
I jump right in with both feet, waiting for whatever adventure the voices in my head are ready to take me on.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I look at writing criticism as an opportunity to grow and so I approach it in that way. I look for common themes and start there.
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:
If anything, I might flesh out some of the backstory, add in the interview to really give it a large scale of creepy. Otherwise, nothing. I really like it as is.

Reviews

David Wiley

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I was captivated the entire story. You have a way with words that is masterful. I loved it!

Lisa Rose

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This is a really good story. The repitition added a new detail every time and was wonderful. I felt the helplessness right along with the character. What is happening? Why won't anyone tell me anything? Why don't they know who I am? How did I get here? Why won't they answer me? The ending was exactly right and quite chilling? "No more question." This is a perfect science fiction story. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Arlene O'Neil

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Intriguing!!

Lauri Fern

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Wonderful story... creepy, but great!

Wendy S

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A very good read from beginning to end! I loved the flow of the story and how the repetition added to the story inseadf detracted! Very well done!

Tamy Burns

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Wow, a great story. You made me feel so very sorry for her and wonder if she could at some point, make them regret it.

Summer Beth

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I very much enjoyed reading this story and it held my interest from beginning to end. I liked the repetition of the beginning paragraphs and the whole concept overall. My only thing is that I feel the placement of the part where she tries to resign from her internship and escape interrupts the flow of the story and should be placed elsewhere. Very good job though! If you get a chance to review my story "Dear Mary" I'd greatly appreciate it, thanks!

Angela

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The repetition and cooly factual narrative lead a creepy, menacing edge to this story. As the pieces begin to fall into place, the tension mounts, and the conclusion is wonderfully done for such a short piece.

Busyfingers

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Very cyborg-ish. I felt Gloria's growing helplessness and confusion. If only she hadn't signed up for that internship! Well-written, seemed to play out like a movie with the flashbacks and repetitions.

Darlene Elizabeth Williams

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Well done! The plot moves forward in measures, but still leaves the end completely unexpected. I was a little confused by the repeated sections initially, but understood the reasoning behind them as the story progressed. I am not a horror fan because I get too creeped out. I'm definitely creeped out!

@bluenotebacker

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The tension is definitely palpable, even through just the first time she wakes "again," and builds throughout, keeping me riveted to the scene, wanting more. I'm a big fan of creepy, and by the end I'm pretty creeped out, so I love it!

Abraham

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Fascinating. Kept me reading and left me feeling for Gloria. Well written.

USNessie

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This totally creeped me out! The repetition added a lot to the creepy factor. I love the SciFi!

KatsTheory

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Well, I am sufficiently creeped out enough to not want to know what happens next. Very well done....damn that just makes you think.

karenismuttering

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Oh yikes! This is a terrifying read!!! The use of repeat parts of the story demonstrates perfectly the pinch she finds herself in. And that No more questions ending?! O.o

Lisa H.

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I expected to find the repetition annoying, but it actually helped pace the story and keep me interested. I enjoyed finding out information right alongside the character. I also enjoyed the author's unlabored word choice. She gave us the story simply, and I think it was more enjoyable as a result.

Jester Queen

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The story's building tension coupled with the narrator's confusion combine to create an Orwellian dystopia with a chilling conclusion.

Andra Watkins

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Chilling piece, especially given that I just got off the phone with a friend who's been in the hospital for 30 days. I really like how you take us back to the beginning at the end, and how different it reads with the story in between. I felt scared for Gloria, and I got immersed in her confusion and sense of helplessness.

Karilynn3131

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Your story was very interesting reading. I thought you were very skilled at painting word pictures that drew the reader right into the story. The suspense was believable. I liked the "Twilight Zone" feeling given by repeatedly going back to the wake up. I would definitely enjoy reading more stories written like this.

Carrie Rogo

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It's one of those creepy stories that gives you shivers. And makes you wonder considering the advances of technology. Could this happen someday?

Cameron

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The eerie repetition throughout the opening sections is like a ping in your brain. Something is wrong! This story ratchets up the tension, preying on the MC's confusion, drawing the reader along. The ending was unexpected and shocking but also a little sad, and therein lies the best part, the very real emotion infused into a scifi framework.

Lance

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I. like. it. a . lot. There's a lot of unspoken emotional heft here that carries the story. I would read a lot more of this.

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