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ucat42 lives in rural Victoria, Australia. Member of the Australian Horror Writers Association.

Story: Through The Never


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What is the best writing advice you've ever heard?
Spell check. I am the typo queen... Seriously? Believe in yourself. If you have a little faith in what you can do, it will go a long way. And write. Read heaps, and write.
When you start a new story do you prepare an outline in advance or do you just jump right in?
I never do an outline, my story just flows. I have no idea most of the time where it is going, it just twists and turns all on its own. Sometimes I may have an idea, but the story goes a whole 'nuther way than I expected....
How do you deal with writing criticism, apart from just ignoring it?
I am very lucky, I haven't had any real criticism. I would happily take any opportunity on board, any chance to increase my skills.
America's Next Author has been running for almost 8 weeks. If you could re-submit now, would you change anything about your story?
Yeah... I would not have left it until the last week! Not much chance to get a lot of recognition. Then again, I only found the competition with a week to go, and had to quickly write a story to submit!!



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If it doesn't grab me immediately i loose interest and can't read...bloody loved it. Can't wait for your next adventure. :)

Bears Fan

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I LOVE HORROR! I think this was a good story but I was often distracted by the misspelled words and the varying paragraphs. I can see where this would make sense in a story with suspense but I think it was grossly over done. It was okay.

Margaret Alice

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I really enjoyed your story! You really know how to draw a reader in! The way you formatted your story and your writing style heightened the suspense and left me wanting to read more. I'm curious to read other stories you may have. Great job! Could you please check out my story, "The Fate Continuum?" Good luck!


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loved it, will never walk through my house again at night. Just wanted more!


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This was a fantastic story! Talk about scary. I'm glad I was in a room full of people when I read it. I'm glad him not usually home done at night. I hope there are more great stories to come.


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Y Tracy

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Good read. A little confusing when you jumped from Lauren's perspective to Harper's and the last line made no sense to me. I really liked the main character though and was scared right along with her.


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really loved it!!!!!!!!!! keep up the good work girl!!!!! you are officially one of my favorite writters!!!!!!!!!!!


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This story was great! I really was interested and having the cat as a character drew me into the story. (Sentence length relates to the ease of say a 16 year old reading it.) I just really liked it. I know that doesn't help much. Always review after spell check because you may have used the wrong word but spelled it correctly. (Not in this story though). I left yellow comments of the doc itself. Hope it doesn't harm anything. Also I love you.


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Very intense! The descriptions of the sounds and feelings of the night were very visceral and I felt I was in the house with the main character and her cat. I am left wanting more!

Priyanka Goyal

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I am not much of a reader but i enjoyed reading it, This story really grabbed me and I read until it was finished. I loved it. I will look forward for a complete book, of your work.

Lisa Rose

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Welcome to the contest. I am proud to be your first review, perhaps you will return the favor. First let me start by saying I really liked your story. It had a creepy feel to it... a woman all alone in an isolated house... in the dark... and then the mist creeps in. Everyone has typos and you did miss a couple of them. You wrote: ...wrinkling in disbelief as th long thin shadow fell ovr her and the top of the desk. If you proof read again and submit another version they will switch it for you. As long as you do it within the week. Also you have a few run-on sentences. I read somewhere that a sentence should be no longer than twenty words. You have one that is a little over fifty. Remember not to take the reviews to heart, some of them are a little rough. Just pick out the good things and forget the bad. If you have the time please read my story 'Drift Away' and leave a review to let me know if you liked it. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.


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Wow! Scary....

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