Ben Alvord

Ben Alvord has been writing across many different mediums since he was a kid. He's worked in screenwriting, slam poetry, live storytelling, sketch comedy and his original love, fiction. Ben lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife and pitbull mix. When he's not writing, he's working his day job in digital marketing and spending far too much time on home DIY projects.

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The Flames of the Son
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Paula Sheridan Thu, 31/08/2023 - 18:12

This is a comment from a publisher judge who asked us to post this comment:

This is a very compelling start. Diego’s plight is palpable. Jabri is quite the mystery so far, one that is fascinating and draws the reader forward. The very best YA combines the more fantastical elements (Diego’s physical strength and speed) with grounded, real world complexities (Diego’s mother’s cancer,) and this piece seems set to do just that in a particularly interesting way.

Ganesh Vancheeswaran Wed, 06/09/2023 - 06:29

I love it. Superb start, great plot premise and good turns of phrase. Good pacing, too. All the best for the rest of your manuscript and for finding the right publisher!