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Hello my name is Diane Labouré I live in a small village in the East of England in the UK. I am married to a wonderful man called Jacques and I have three lovely daughters and 7 wonderful grandchildren. I gained my qualifications later in life and went on to work as an Haute couture pattern designer. I have worked in London for some of the top fashion houses. I have owned and run two successful businesses but I had to retire after a stroke. This is when I started to write although I use the word ‘write’ lightly because the spell checker on my computer has a fit because I am dyslexic so I have been known to come out with some unusual spelling let’s say. I have never had any of my work published because I am a newcomer to this. I am currently writing quite avidly, I am writing a fictional novel and a book of short funny stories. I also love writing children’s stories and I have written a screen play for children’s television. I have also written brilliant concepts for reality Television. I hope you all enjoy my story and thank you for taking the time to read it.

Story: A Dreamer's dilemma


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Life is full of precious moments and don't you ever forget them. Take them and share them with the world by writing from within.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
An inspiration for a story comes into my head and I usually put pen to paper and from inspiration there begins a creation within the world of fantasy.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I listen to criticism because most criticism is constructive I take a look at my work and see if I can improve it from what has been said. I only ignore criticism which is written to be blatantly vindictive.
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 not really because I am happy with the way it has turned out and I think that most of the the comments and criticism stems from the differences between the American and English grammar.



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First I want to thank you for taking time out and reviewing my story and I am glad you liked it. Sorry I didn’t get to this earlier in the game. Anyway, I really liked your story. I like the back and forth twisting, and the overall concept. It was a fun read. Thanking you for your story and please keep writing, I like the way your mind thinks. :)


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Very good story, gripping from the offset. Holds the attention well, whilst being easy to follow. Please write more!


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Great story, easy to follow, grips the attention from the start and fantastic twist at the end!


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Good story very enjoyable with a twist at the end


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Really good story, got better as it went along. Good descriptions to set the atmosphere and it kept my attention to the end.


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Thanking you for reading and reviewing "The Party". I appreciate your critique and have taken all of the advice I have received and applied them to my book writing. I liked your story a lot. I really enjoy romance but this was an interesting read. I am new at writing so I don't have a critique. Keep up the good work D.S!!

Lisa Rose

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I understand why you used 'she' in the beginning of the story; Susie was seeing through the murder victim's eyes. This is a really good idea. You just need to work on your sentence structure a little. There were a number of times that you repeateadly used the same words in close sentences. It was very distracting. Also the dialogue was confusing at times for me (not being from England), but it was definitely good. If you have the time, please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it.

Summer Beth

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I really liked the idea behind this story, but there's a bit lacking. Instead of using "She" in the beginning dream sequence I think using the characters actual name "Susie" would be better. The story also needs more showing and less telling. What did the two main characters actually look like? With the dialogue at the night club, it was hard at times figuring out who was speaking, however, I really liked the dialogue between Susie and Pete and think you did a great job showing their love for one another, I definitely felt that throughout the story. Good job!


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A very well written story that grabbed my attention from the start, amazing use of words that carried me through the emotions of a dilemma that no-one would want to face. Such detail in a story so short made it believable from the start. Keep writing so i can keep reading.


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Fantastic short story grips my attention from the start.. great building up to the tension and atmosphere..very well written ...hoping to read more and more from this author.


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a good short story kept my attention, good atmospherics and tension. I look forward to reading more.


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A short story has to be a world of its own. With all the time jumps, I am not sure this story has done that. There needs to be a beginning, middle and an end. You could have accomplished that by telling the story in the past tense, tying everything together, rather than making jumps in time to keep everything in the present tense.

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