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Rosemary McKinley

Rosemary McKinley has had an essay published online by the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island. Another essay landed her a profile in the November 2006 issues of Money and Fortune Magazines. Several poems have been published in Lucidity, and LI Sounds, and Last year one was included in Examination Anthology. In 2006 articles were published in the Peconic Bay Shopper and Fate Magazine. In addition, two short stories were published online on Smashwords and another was included in The Ultimate Teacher. Her book 101 Glimpses of the North Fork and Islands was released in 2009. That same summer she was interviewed on the radio station KJOY and in the Suffolk Times highlighting her humorous classroom story and her book. Since then, several more poems, articles and short stories have been published online as well as in print. Summer Lovin’ won an honorable mention in Clarity, an International Poetry contest. The Mouton Coat was published in the Treasure Box edition of Patchwork Path, in 2010. Another story Max was published in Nurturing Paws by Whispering Angel Books. Her Y/A historical fiction novella, The Wampum Exchange, was released in November, 2011.

Story: Those Who Walk Among Us


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Believe in yourself. When I first began to write, I was thrilled to receive ant constructive criticism. Some of it was helpful but and some did not fit my purpose in writing my story. Be selective in editing your work based on this.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I have to say that an idea for a story has to hit me square in the eyes. I always write it down and go from there. The outline may come later.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I do listen to it but if I feel strongly that I want to keep something in my story, I keep it there. If a few people say the same thing then I know that I should take a long look at it and revise it.Ii
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 did read the comments and would consider making some change that would clarify some of the story line for readers.



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i liked this story as the plot is recognisable and comforting. The situations were ones which engaged the readers sympathy. I suspect Christian magazines would readily accept this story. Good luck in the contest!

Lisa Rose

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Hi, I liked your story, but a couple of things bothered me. If the group meeting in the 'upper room' were angels as I suspect, why would they have to look in the phone book to find their charges? Even if they were not angels, Billy's name would not be in the phone book, he is a child. Sorry, but that bugged me. I also noticed that several times, your punctuation was outisde of the quotation marks when someone was speaking. Otherwise, it was a good story and reminded me of Touched By An Angel. Please read my story, Drift Away, if you have the time. Write a review and let me know what you think. Thanks.


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In Those Who Walk Among Us the author has chosen to create three short vignettes in which a character is asked to make a difference in another’s life. This is not a new literary device, but the author has added a surprise element that makes this story unique and well worth reading.


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I enjoyed this story very much. It was well written and the characters came to life through the author's descriptive words. I have read most of the author's work and she keeps getting better and better.


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This story was great. I really enjoyed reading it. I plan on reading the Wampum Exchange by Rosemary McKinley next!


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I loved this story. The descriptions were crisp and clean and definitely let you visualize the characters. The air of mystery was a lovely way to get this story told. I didn't want it to end.

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