…I reckon as a writer I’ll keep learning until they nail down the lid… one of the planks on which I endeavour to build my novels is in having opening lines that intrigue and hopefully pique the reader’s interest immediately… I like other scribblers’ WURK that gets me interested from the start… one of the most prolific great producers of ‘hooks’ was Charles Dickens… ol’ Chuck really knew how to tease yeez in… fr’example, A Tale of Two Cities—‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…’ ; David Copperfield—‘I am born’ ; A Christmas Carol—‘Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that…’ and the Victorian readership of his day LUVVED it, and many a generation since has enjoyed his books ever since… I lay no claim to literary craftsmanship such as the esteemed Master Dickens, but my Jack Calder series is action-/character-oriented crime thriller stuff, and my four openings thus far are :
THE VIOLIN MAN’S LEGACY
Ang Chu was good. He knew that. Killings were the least difficult of all the initiations expected of a good man and being an enforcer for the triads marked a step up the ladder.
VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way.
The walk from Green Park subway station took her five or six minutes each morning depending on pedestrian traffic. This Tuesday was no different, except when she reached the junction with Piccadilly, the place was deserted.
The smell should have given it away in the first place.
..I’d sincerely be interested to know what the rest of yeez think?… so, yer starter for 10, Authors and Readers… can yeez take it?… see yeez later… LUV YEEZ!…
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