|Posted by Kristen House on October 3, 2019 at 9:45 PM|
The opening scene is where readers are just starting to get to know your characters, the problem they're facing, and your book's overall plot goal. These first few pages are so important to get the balance of raising intrigue, providing information, introducing characters, and setting up your book's plot goal.
In the opening scene, 31-year-old book saleswoman Amelia Loman is stepping off the ferry to Alice Island, on her way to her first meeting with AJ Fikry, owner of Island Books. She takes a call from Boyd, her latest "online dating failure," determined ot let him down gently; only he's insulting, apolgetic, and finally, weepy. Finally, she tells him that it would never work out because he's "not much of a reader." She hangs up and remembers her mother's warning that "novels have ruined Amelia for real men." And as she nearly walks right past the purple Victorian cottage that is Island Books, Amelia worries that her mother might be right.In this scene, the foreshadowing is subtle but clear: Amelia needs to a man who reads, and she's about to meet one who may seem unsuitable in nearly every other way.
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Reading is Kristen's passion, so when the workday is over, she
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