There’s an art to writing the first line of a novel. You have to hook the reader who has, hopefully, already been snagged by the cover and the back cover copy.
I asked some friends to share the first lines of their works in progress. Some of these are from works in print, but who says brilliant people know how to follow directions?
In any case, enjoy. (I have collected so many of these, I may run them all week!) Which ones are your favorites?
Fugitive Casey O’Hare had gone days without food but never without her gun. –From Leather and Lace, by DiAnn Mills.
He didn’t remember agreeing to anything like this. –From Everlasting Love, by Linda Ford.
Paige Williams harbored a restless kinship with the living dead. –From Violet Dawn, first in Kanner Lake series by Brandilyn Collins.
A lofty full moon painted a jagged swathe of light across Lafayette Avenue. –From Remember to Forget by Deborah Raney
The letter arrived special delivery, signature required. –From Vanished, by Kathryn Mackel
It was spring and the war seemed very far away. –First and last line, A Dinner of Herbs by DeAnna Dodson
There exists a strange moment between sleep and wakefulness when dreams cease and realism remains at bay. — From RETURN TO ME by Robin Lee Hatcher
“Unbelievable!” from A Proposal to Die For by Yvonne Lehman
“You want me to do what?” From IN HIS EYES, by Gail Gaymer Martin
LARSON JENNINGS HAD LIVED this moment a thousand times over, and it still sent a chill through him. From Rekindled by Tammy Alexander
Charlie Dunworth knew death was standing behind him, as he unlocked the back door and stumbled into the dark kitchen. From Crime of Justice, by Wanda Dyson
“Like the slow rising of the river after an early snowmelt in the mountains, he seeped into my life, unhurried, almost without notice, until the strength and breadth of him covered everything that had once been familiar, made it different, new over old.” From A Sweetness to the Soul, by Jane Kirkpatrick