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Alice Kline

Alice Kline is a retired stay at home mother living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Now that her three sons are grown and left the nest, she has decided to dust off her writing folder and share it with the world. ~~~~~ Alice won first prize for fiction at the 58th Philadelphia Writer’s Conference words on the wall competition. She has been published in local newsletters and e-zines on-line. ~~~~~ Alice would like to invite you to read her blogs: A place where you will find love, laughter and life lessons. ~~~ and ~~~ For those of you that like your love, laughter and life lessons presented in a light-hearted fictional narrative.

Story: The Fairy Tale House


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
You can't think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block. ~~~ John Rogers. *********************************** Write what you love … Love what you write. ~~~ Alice Ciprani Kline
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
Most of my story ideas come to me as a whisper and then get so loud I have to write them down. When I get a lot of ideas based on a single concept, I take a deep breath and let my imagination take over.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I get a cup of coffee, a piece of cheesecake and my notebook, and then I read the critic’s opinions. I jot down all the helpful advice and then burn the notebook! I’m joking; I use the advice to help make my stories the best they can be.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
No, I wouldn't change anything … even if my story may be judged a little, to paraphrase an e-mail I received, “bright and bubbly” compared to most of the “dark and depressing” stories I have read in this competition. I guess that makes me a rebel.


Lisa Rose

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I really liked your story. When you were describing the decline of the house, I had an inkling of what had happened. The woman of the house was gone and the old man was left all alone now. I could visualize the interior of the little cottage from your descriptions. There is a small problem with your phrasing, (you kept using the words 'the room' over and over again) it pulls the reader out of the story a little bit. But still good. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

A L Motsy

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A very heart warming story. Well written and easy to fall into . I enjoyed the read. Well done.


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This is a very touching story of how one Loves in many ways.


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I love this story. It is so heart warming.

Uncle Monkey

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Truly a wonderful and thought-provoking story ... with a surprising and enlightening twist at the end. The story illustrates that what you come to see can be totally changed when influenced by what you come to know. I love stories that do that! Great job!

Mookey D Bear

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Wow great story, really makes you think


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Wonderful story, heartfelt and genuine. a great read for all ages! A tear jerker, but in a good way.


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What a sweet story. Your detail is on point, and there is a sweetness to your writing. This story shows a great moment in this woman's life.

Sweetie Darling

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An Absolutely Fabulous story … A must read … a real tear jerker!


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An enchanting story with a strong sense of familial closeness.

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