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Tina Morris

Born and raised in Western New York, Tina graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2007 where she studied English/Creative Writing. Since then she has been gaining life experience, as an Army wife, while traveling with her husband, living in Georgia and Missouri. Tina recently finished her first Science Fiction novel, and is now trying to get it in the hands of the right agent. She finds love in characters who find themselves in extraordinarily odd circumstances or who are just plain odd. Flash fiction is a favorite to both read and write because it’s quick and fun. In her spare time, Tina enjoys camping, hiking, and exploring her surroundings. People watching never gets old. She can be found blogging about her writing at http://fillingalacuna.blogspot.com/ and tweeting as @tinarazz.

Story: Counting Blows

Interview

Each week authors will be given a new question to answer which will lend additional insight into their story and writing process. Do you have a question you'd like to see the authors answer? Tweet it to @aNextAuthor!

Q:
What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
A:
Sit down and write.
Q:
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
A:
Jump right in! My stories are all character centered. Sometimes they enrage me when they simply won't do something I had planned on them doing. Sometimes they surprise me by doing something I had never thought of.
Q:
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
A:
I take a step back and think about whatever is being stated. Then I respond to it, directly or indirectly. Recently on my blog. In the past, in writing workshops or dialog with friends.
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:
Not right now. I changed it a lot to submit it to this competition and it is the best I could make it at that time. Ask me in a few years, maybe i would. At some point though, a story has to be complete.

Reviews

dola

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Great stuff! I look forward to reading more! Good Luck!

mmiller

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Phenomenal! Keep up the hard word, this was quite the surprising ending!

BlueDevilJM82d

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Good Story!

BenZosa

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More stories! I'm a fan.

Mayesjam

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Awesome!!! Keep it up!!! I wanna read more!!

Marci

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Great Job Tina! Your story held my attention right up to the end. I look forward to reading more of your work!

mert

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I really enjoyed this story. I was sad when it ended. I was totally sucked in!

momofca

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Great short story! My vote is for Tina Morris!!

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