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AmyBeth Inverness

A writer by birth, A redhead by choice, and an outcast of Colorado by temporary necessity. AmyBeth is a writer of SciFi and romance. She has two short stories coming out this year, and several novels hopefully to follow.

Story: The Peanut Gallery Rebellion


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Turn off the inner editor. It's important to get the words OUT first... you can polish even the roughest draft in the editing process.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I write better if I can pants it, however my brain usually works faster than my fingers and I need to at least make a few notes.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
If it's just a troll, I try to ignore it, but I can't help but experience the emotional turmoil that still causes. Sometimes the criticism rings true, and I actually feel a giddy kind of high, thinking "Yes! Now I know how to revise that..."
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
Towards the end, I have one character babbling while the other is stoically silent. In light of what happens next, I'd switch the two. Hey, if George Lucas can tell us that Han shot first, can't I go back and switch my story around too? :)


Tamy Burns

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A little confusing at the beginning, but I love how much emotional oomph is packed into this story. Would love to read more.

Summer Beth

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Like the previous reviewers, I too was confused as to who all was in a relationship but understood as I kept reading. Being in a chair myself, I could relate well with Louisa's character and I'll admit, when I read the line about her being a "chore" for others I was a little frustrated, but it's true. I liked that you changed it at the end though. Another thing that was interesting to see was the intimacy you showed with her and one of her husbands. Most people don't see people like us as objects so I thought that was cool. In the end, great read! If you get a chance to review my story "Dear Mary" I'd greatly appreciate it.


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I like how much emootional heft is in this short story. Louisa is a terrific character. I could have read more and more. The prose is very good.


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It took me a bit to acclimate myself to the exact set-up of their relationship and situation, but I thought Louisa's struggle was written so beautifully and seeing the ways in which her spouses come together to support her is lovely and poignant.

A L Motsy

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A good read. I was a little thrown off in the beginning until I realized this was a plural marriage family. The story it self was engaging and the characters well developed. Well done!

Y Tracy

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Wonderful! I was more than a little confused through most of the first half but touched nonetheless.

Secret Reader

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I like it! I was afraid that Amy Beth was trying to write yet another 50 Shades type of book but, while there are some similarities, this is a story of its own.

Jester Queen

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This is a heartbreaking story of true love in its utmost extremity. By presenting an unexpected relationship through the eyes of one dependent woman, AmyBeth creates a piece that is more than the sum of its parts. Each paragraph reveals something new about the lovers, until a dramatic kink puts everything they love in danger.


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The world in AmyBeth's story, a world where a family is a village and love isn't restricted to pairs, is not without its trials. The heart of this story is Louisa's journey; regardless of whether or not the polyamorous relationship appeals, the protagonist's emotional landscape is achingly real and relevant.

My Write Side SAM

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I bawled from about the third paragraph, where she starts contemplating suicide, all the way to the end. This touched my heart. The story is beautiful, even if all the spouses and parent figures are a bit excessive. It's well written and hypnotizing. Everyone needs to keep a box of tissues handy when reading this story.


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A fun read! I really enjoyed the casual presentation of the polygamy. Plus, being a caregiver of a quadriplegic gentleman whose needs are always shifting, I felt the turmoil of the main character very realistic and compelling :)


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I thought this was a good short story. I some times will get bored when reading. This kept my attention all the way through. Good job

NC Narrator

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I loved this story - and love it more every time I read it! I am a little frustrated that the formatting doesn't allow for italics to be used to indicate internal thoughts. It took a few minutes to figure out what was going on, and that makes it harder to read. That's obviously not the fault of the story (or the author), but a deficiency in the hosting website. Hopefully they'll rectify that oversight soon!


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