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Teresa Garcia

Teresa wanted to be an author, artist, college professor, and volcanologist since she was two (growing up close to several volcanoes probably contributed to that). She kept English class interesting by using vocabulary assignments to practice short stories, and would work on stories and novels in class when she wasn't reading (once her work was done). She set aside writing for a while to focus on raising her children. Said children have special needs, the youngest is autistic. Her eldest is allergic to wheat and cow dairy. She did go back to writing to entertain her kids and to get at least one novel published before cancer could take her father away. He not only saw her first be published, but lived long enough to see most of the writing of the manuscript for the second. Teresa writes in many genres, and is currently experimenting with webserial novel and the process of turning that into a print and ebook... and perhaps audiobook. She also helps others have their work published, writes quests for Dragon Hearts, and is nearly finished with a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations (Asian Studies). When not writing or stressing over homework, she like to plays with her kids, their friends, and her long-distance mate (rp games are preferred). Unfortunately, homework eats a large portion of her time. Teresa has accepted that she won't be the first volcanologist on Mars (or go beyond hobbyist), but definitely plans to get that professorship position. And she at least still has her thinking hat. As to religion? Shinto/Buddhist/Wiccan/Native American views have had the most influence, very different than the one in the below story.

Story: Kiss Cursed Princess


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
“Just keep writing,” was the best advice I've ever received. In school my teachers were accustomed to me working on novels and poems during my free time. Ms. Silva and Ms. Akridge were the most influential, always giving feedback and encouragement.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
Sometimes I'll start a new story with an outline, and sometimes I won't. If it is a novel, I generally have an idea, and things fall into place a chapter or so in... then I'll write out the chapter outline and work from there.
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I look through the story to see with new eyes what is being pointed out. Sometimes though, what is a complaint is actually what I want. Usually "this was confusing here" turns out to be something I only want to make sense later.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
Yes, there are a few things I would explore more in the story. The dragon's role would have been covered more for one. The religion of the country (it is non Christian though Angelic) would have been touched on more.


Addai Agyemang

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I really liked the fairy tale you created. I was immersed in the story the whole time. My favorite line in the story is when you wrote " until finally the sun of her smile broke weakly through the winter clouds of grief and confusion." The only thing I would suggest is maybe starting the story with the old queen telling a story to her subjects about the princess because I felt starting it with an unknown character speaking is a bit abrupt. Your story was great! If you have the time could you please check out my story "The Freedom of the Stars" and tell me what you think? Thanks :)

Margaret Alice

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I really enjoyed your story! There were some parts that seemed unclear, but other than that it was a good read. I also liked the ending as well. Could you check out my story, "The Fate Continuum?" Good luck!


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Writing should revel something, take you some place. This was like sitting still as something I've seen 1,000 times went past me. It was a rehash of a familiar plot decorated with what appears descriptions from a practice exercise from a writing class. The fantasy stuff is a bit tedious with the morality expected in your voice and unexplored. You would do better to write from a perspective of not expecting everyone has your moral point of view. It does seem you put a lot of work into it and tried really hard. I would bet you will get better and when you look back on this in 10 years will say "Yeah I can see what that jerk thought that " It doesn't mean you will agree with me but you might see why I thought it.

Lisa Rose

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A very good story. The ending was a bit of a surprise (not because of Raen) because we didn't know the story was being told. I liked it though. Maybe at the beginning you could add something about the queen sitting down to tell the tale. 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'm usually not into these types of fairy tales, but I couldn't stop reading. You had perfect detail, it was easy for me to picture everything. I was a little confused here and there about who it was speaking, but for the most part you were able to figure out. Oh, and I absolutely LOVED THE ENDING! Very well done!

J. K.

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I thouroughly enjoyed the story. Much more complete in detail than others I've read. Nice Job!


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Lovely story! It reminded me at times of a more feminine skewed Game of Thrones with a strong traditonal fairytale theme. You can see that there's a much bigger story in there, so I hope you're continuing with the book!


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i just finished reading this story, and i must state with absolute certainty that it held me totally enthralled from the first word to the last. I found the story to be well written and very engaging, both of which are signs of a master story teller. i strongly look forward to hopefully find more of teresa's works. maradjen/oct. 13, 2012

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