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Charles Siefken

Charles Siefken is a recent graduate of high school. he is working as a service tech at a local store. He currently resides in rural central Iowa where he enjoys reading sci/fi books and playing video games among other things. Christopher Paolini was his inspiration to become a writer.

Story: The Curse of the Red Eyed Witch


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Keep writing, and keep reading. No matter what always move forward.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I like to think on my stories, write down my ideas. Then I discuss them to see how they sound out loud. Then we write the stories down on the computer. So a bit of everything goes into the creation of our stories!
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I take the learning points from a bad review and learn from it.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
I would have edited it more.



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It reminded my of "Night Circus" which is a big hit right now. I hope your story will be as successful.


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good entertainment. My teen read it too and thought it was great. You have talent.

Lisa Rose

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Hi, Charles. I liked your story. A very good message. I did not feel the least bit sorry for Mr. Crow. Every action has consequences and sometimes it takes a hard lesson for people to understand that. If you have the time please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Wendy Siefken

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A very good story with compelling characters and a lesson to be learned. Keep up the great writing!

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