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Chloe JonPaul

About Chloe Her many achievements include: * Three published books since 2003: 2 non-fiction, 1 fiction * Title of Ms. Maryland Senior America 2003 * Recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship Seminars Abroad award to South Africa, 1996 * Volunteer internship during the 2005 Maryland legislative session as a Legacy Leadership Institute graduate * Lead facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project in prison and community workshops on conflict resolution for ten years * Former State representative for the National Family Caregivers Association’s caregiver community action network 2006-2008 * FormerAdvisory board member: MD, Healthcare Commission and the Interagency Commission for Aging Services: Maryland Dept. of Aging * Hospice volunteer: AIDS patients & veterans * Volunteer for Warm Nights homeless shelter * Coordinator for the Good Samaritan Project at her church * World traveler – all 7 continents. Chloe’s philosophy of life is: find a need and fill it.

Story: Estate Sale


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Be consistent and persistent with your writing. Write out your plan of action: short-term and long-term and then follow through with it.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I usually prepare an outline noting my target audience and then set up a brief character description for the main characters, set the time and place, and at least 3 main elements for the story.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
Criticism doesn't bother me at all. I look for constructive criticism in all my work. I welcome 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?
There is absolutely nothing I would change about this story!


Lisa Rose

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This story is so sad. It happens everyday, the death of loved ones, and there is nothing we can do to stop the march of time. You vividly bring you characters to life. As Rose wanders through the house, I felt like I was there, seeing the stories with her. The scene where she commits her grandmother to a nursing home is particuarly poignant. 'And then she heard it. What she had been bracing herself for since early morning and for which she had no answer. Teresa DiPietro had something to say after all. Very distinctly, and in pleading tones that made Rose's heart shatter into a thousand pieces, her grandmother spoke. "When are you taking me ?' she asked.' It is a shame that the only things we can keep from our past, are photographs and memories. Good hearfelt story. If you have the time please read my story Drift Away and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

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