Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: Honorable Mention Winner Carrie Ann Alexis


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The winners of July’s Word Weaver Writing Contestshare their thoughts on the contest, writing in general, and other stuff. 

Today our honorable mention winner, Carrie Ann Alexis, was also a winner in our April contest. Carrie Ann answers a few questions about our contest and other writerly things.

(Click HERE to read her contest entry)

DAN: Welcome back to the winner’s circle!

Carrie Ann: Thanks. Since my profile was featured last time, I have only answered a couple of these.


Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?

This was a story I had written before.  I brushed off the dust and applied the tips I received from my critique from the last contest.

There are a lot of writing contest out there. What drew you to this one?

author Carrie Ann Alexis

Being an Honorable Mention recipient from the last contest I was invited back. The critique I received was worth so much more than any prize I could have won.  Though, the prizes are pretty awesome too.  I entered again, to see if I could improve my ranking.  Plus, having my stories reach a much larger audience is nice too.

Did you know the piece you submitted was special?

This piece was special to me, even though I have not actually experienced this in real life.  It was one of those stories that was easy to write, and came out of nowhere.  It’s a story I know a lot of people can relate to. Even though it’s a very emotional thing to have to deal with, there’s beauty in experiencing such pure love from a pet.  They are truly a significant part of the family.
Several things inspired this story.  A neighborhood dog named Holly, my own dog I had growing up and the sound his tags made.  Another neighbor who walks her beautiful Irish Setter past my house that I stop and pet whenever I get the chance.  My dad always wanted an Irish Setter, but never got the chance to actually have one.  I got my love for them from him, plus, I’m drawn to the red fur.

What’s next for you?

I’m looking over the short stories I have written, and will be choosing which ones can be put together for a book.  I look forward to going back to these stories and applying what I have learned from the critiques and making them better.

Thanks so much for sharing these insights, Carrie Ann!

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The next winners will be coming up on the blog soon. Stay tuned!

10 thoughts on “Word Weaver Winner’s Profiles: Honorable Mention Winner Carrie Ann Alexis

  1. So true, Carrie Ann, that pets are part of the family, and just as difficult to lose as any family member… Have gone through it several times, and I’ll have to do it one last time… Irish Setters always took my fancy, as well. I never had one to love as part of the family because I always ended up at the nearest shelter to choose another furry friend and never found an Irish Setter there. Although I did rescue a wonderful female Newfoundland once. So many needy furries at these shelters, and their ultimate goal is the same — unconditional love to their rescuers! Beautiful story, Carrie Ann!

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