First Sentences and the Whole Story

I did an interview this week for About the Authors TV with Jake Brown, an excellent and well-informed interviewer. He remarked that the first sentences of some of my novels seem to encapsulate the whole story, almost micro novels in themselves. Later, that got me wondering where these first sentences came from. No thoughts arrived on this subject so I soon gave up. The interview will be on YouTube and other places around pub date for Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge – July 25. Meanwhile here’s one of the first sentences Jake mentioned, from Their Wildest Dreams, one of several turning points in my career:

Mackie dreaded the mail.


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5 Responses to “First Sentences and the Whole Story”

  1. B. Stover
    11:11 am on March 25th, 2023


    Good day to all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    11:38 am on March 25th, 2023

    Good day to everyone. Of course he dreaded the mail. So does anyone who has ever been behind in their bills!
    Good weekend.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:45 pm on March 25th, 2023


    A very rainy day in this neck of the woods.

    Sometimes a first line or first paragraph is all it takes for me to get pulled into a book.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on March 25th, 2023

    Wildest!…snort!…Right now my friend and I are re-reading “Oblivion”. Before that we re-read “End Of Story”…yark!…Before that we re-read “Nerve Damage”…snort!snort!…I daresay if any of youse have not read these most excellent books, you Should!…wheeze!… And by the way “Their Wildest Dreams” is one of Siber-H and my most favorite!…chuffle!…We re-read that last year so it won’t be on the list again for a while. That poor Kat…heh!heh!

  5. mlaiuppa
    1:58 pm on March 26th, 2023

    I love the mail. I do a lot of mail order in lieu of going to stores to shop so every day brings a lovely “present”. It’s like having Christmas or my Birthday every day, only it’s something I really want or need.

    My Mother loves to shop and would go out every day before her accident. Now she can’t drive and doesn’t have the strength or reflexes. When she is feeling good I offer to take her with me to the grocery store and sometimes she comes but I have to watch her as she will buy things we already have or pile up the meat that will only end up in the freezer because she no longer cooks and my Dad can’t eat it as he only has a few teeth left. The electric carts in the store are a substitute for driving and she does rip up and down the aisles.

    Through the years I have lost interest in shopping. I waste time going from store to store looking for something specific and settling for something not quite what I want when I could go on the internet and in a few minutes find exactly what I’m looking for. curbside pickup has been lovely and I’m glad some stores continue to offer it. The shipping is worth it to me to save time and gasoline. Then there is the traffic on the roads limiting my shopping from 10am to 2pm and don’t get me started on the parking. Doesn’t anyone work any more? Why are the lots full between 10 and 2?

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