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Ch’kara SilverWolf lives in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges in Victoria, Australia with her ever-patient partner and two beautiful Maine Coon cats. She travelled around the world in her early twenties worked in the film industry in London for ten years. Then spent a year travelling in America, and after returning to Australia worked in Advertising, as well as doing volunteer work for several years in her spare time, before settling down to write seriously. Daughter of Light & Dark is her first full length novel, and is the first in a trilogy ‘Prophecy of Nitesh’. She has written many short stories and a few not quite finished novels. Ch'kara has always had a love of fantasy, magik and the esoteric. Her interests are in "storytelling, medieval folk lore & myth, fantasy art". She loves the characters from her writing, has always had a love of mystical and fantasy creatures, they are like old friends who come alive on the pages. Blog: Website:

Story: Chloe's Magik


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Write everyday no matter what. If you have writers block just write about how you feel about that
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I just jump right in. I am usually inspired by something I see or hear and the story begins to take shape.


Lisa Rose

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Welcome to the contest. I really enjoyed your story, the only problem with it is... I wished it were longer. Chloe is a vivid character and totally believable. I really liked the dialogue between the women as they tried to figure out how to help Chloe. It reminds me of my grandmother, Mom and Aunts all sitting around the kitchen table. There were only a few things that I noticed in your text. When you change speakers you should start a new paragraph. This helps the reader tell which character is speaking. Also watch your punctuation when writing dialogue; you tend to leave out the period at the end. A word of advice. Don't let the reviews get you down (feel free to read some left on my page. They are not all good) and keep writing. If you are like me, you do it mostly because you enjoy it anyway. Don't let anyone take that from you. 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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