No, neither of those lines apply to my good self, and they certainly don’t belong together. I’m about to start writing a new book and, as so often happens to us authors, I’m faced with that blank white page screaming for a great first line. Romance authors are told to get the reader right into the story, but that doesn’t necessarily preclude the possibility of a great opening. " " certainly gives you a strong idea of what is to follow, and I still believe "
" Right into the story, isn’t it? With Loveland, I had to scrap seventy-two pages before getting to " ? " That’s an awful lot of story gone out to pasture to get my readers where they needed to be.."
So what’re your favorite first lines? Or least favorite? Or what struggles have you had either reading or writing a book due to the first line. Cheer me up! I’d really like to know.
And to read the rest of Loveland, which was a finalist for the RONE Best American Historical, please head to either http://www.amazon.com/Loveland-Andrea-Downing-ebook/dp/B014RUQ746/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441679216&sr=1-1&keywords=loveland for the eBook or, for the print book, The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?
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