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Alyce Wilson

Alyce Wilson is the editor of the weekly literary magazine Wild Violet ( and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book, "Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom." ( Her first chapbook, "Picturebook of the Martyrs," her e-book/pamphlet, "Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags" and her book of essays and columns, "The Art of Life," can be ordered from her Web site, She lives with her husband in the Philadelphia, Pa., area and takes far too many photos of her attractive cat, Luke, and handsome toddler, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda. You can view her trailer for this story on YouTube:

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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
As a teen, I heard poet Maya Angelou read. Then, while she signed my book, I told her, nervously, that I wrote poetry. She looked at me with kind eyes and said, "Read everything."
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
Generally speaking, I reserve outlines for longer works. When writing a short story or essay, I don't commit an outline to paper, but I do work out exactly where I want to go. Taking a walk or swimming laps helps me think and plan.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
Criticism helps me understand how readers respond and if they get out of it what I'd hoped. Sometimes it prompts me to revise a piece, and other times it helps me to craft future projects. Knowing your audience is invaluable!
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
Since the most common suggestion is to make the story longer, I would continue a little further at the end, providing more about what happens between Sloane and the man she decides is her perfect match.



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I like this story. Well paced and well developed. The humor in it is slightly restrain, otherwise no real fault.

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