Wow! I can’t believe I’m here! As a writer, I have a NEWBIE sign around my neck. Thanks to the Stiletto Gang for taking a chance on me.
So, this is it. My one chance to make a first impression. I’d better not blow it. May I say pressure?
First impressions are promises of sorts. The serious young woman with no make-up, the one with her nose in a book, will probably not be body surfing tonight. The man who uses cheesy pick-up lines is probably not your soul mate. Impressions. Perceptions. Promises.
First impressions are like the first line of a novel. It is a truth universally acknowledged…does not set the reader up for a tragedy.
Then there’s this rather prescient opening…
Inasmuch as the scene for this story is that historic pile, Belpher Castle, in the county of Hampshire, it would be an agreeable task to open it with a leisurely description of the place, followed by some notes on the history of the Earls of Marshmoreton, who have owned it since the fifteenth century. Unfortunately, in these days of rush and hurry, a novelist works at a disadvantage. He must leap into the middle of his tale with as little delay as he would employ boarding a moving tramcar. He must get off the mark with the smooth swiftness of a jack rabbit surprised while lunching. Otherwise, people throw him aside and go out to the picture palaces.
Written by P.G. Wodehouse in 1919, the opening to A Damsel in Distress promises fun and comedy. As for those picture palaces, one has to wonder what Wodehouse would have thought of the television.
I have three (maybe four) books coming out in 2015. I thought I’d share my first lines. Hopefully, they’ll give you an idea what I’m all about (hint: no body-surfing).
From The Deep End to be released February 17, 2015 – My morning swim doesn’t usually involve corpses.From A Haunting Desire to be released in the spring of 2015 - Go to Marie Leveau’s tomb. Find the woman who can tell you about voodoo. She has what you need.
From Guaranteed to Bleed to be released November, 2015 - My second mistake was dropping my lipstick.
From A Haunting Need to be released late 2015 - Christine Lambert’s life changed with a waft of odor. The acrid stench of sulfur. The sickly sweetness of rotting fruit. They eye-watering sting of oily smoke.
So there you have it. Four chances for a first impression.
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Thanks for joining me on this new leg of my journey. I’ll end with a question. What is your favorite first line?