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Sharon Love Cook

I'm the author of A NOSE FOR HANKY PANKY, by Mainly Murder Press and The Legend of Judgment Rock and other Mystery Stories. I've got an MFA in Writing and I'm an art school grad (I illustrated my book covers). My husband and I live north of Boston with a small herd of cats. Five days a week I drive to Gloucester, where I have a writing/art studio overlooking the historic harbor.

Story: Erasing the Past


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
After you've finished your manuscript, put it away in a drawer for at least a month. When you take it out the errors will pop out at you.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I try not to prepare a detailed outline because then I feel restricted and forced to follow it. For me, it's best to have a general outline, a vague plan of where I want to go.



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The definition of the word staid: Stanley! "She’d never seen him naked--nor did she want to." The part where they went to visit his mother was humorous, and later he said, "I think she likes you." Honestly! I also did feel sad to see Sadie go. Just a few lines, but I loved her already. You need to work on your paragraphing. Where there's a different person speaking, a new one needs to begin. The narrative was a bit stilted in a couple of spots, espeacially at the beginning, and there were a few punctuation errors, but I loved the sprinkles of humour at unexpected places. Well done.

Frances Bell

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I enjoyed this gentle tale of a woman who denies her years and keeps a youthful dream of romance alive - finding passion. Well done, Sharon, you obviously know how to write and construct a short story. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because I do feel you could have ramped it up a bit.

Lisa Rose

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Is life passing you by, or trying to run you over? Dorie needs to find her backbone and take charge of her own future. But unfortunately, she is still listening to Miriam and ran away instead of confronting Stanley with her decision. If you have the time, please read my story, 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know ifyou like it.

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