It was a dark and stormy night is a very famous first line (you can find the history here). Wickeds, what is a favorite first line that you wrote? What book was it in? Do you remember what the inspiration was for that first line? Did it come easily or did you write and rewrite that line?
Julie: First lines are so important, aren’t they? My favorite, so far, is from The Plot Thickets, which won’t be out until next year. “If she was being honest with herself, which she usually was, Lilly Jayne had to admit that her days of slinking around outside peoples’ houses should be well behind her.”
Barb: That is a great one, Julie. For my own books, I have to go with Fogged Inn. “Jule-YA! There’s a dead guy in the walk-in.”
Jessie: I love a great first line! Julie and Barb, yours both grabbed me! My first line of my first novel, Live Free or Die, reads ” Beulah Price’s body looked like a hotdog that had been left on the grill too long.” I still feel a bit sorry to have been so mean to Beulah!
Edith/Maddie: All fabulous, ladies! I am still fond of the first line of my short story, “Just Desserts for Johnny,” which was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. “She hadn’t planned on killing Johnny Sorbetto at the end of winter. He had promised her so much.”
Liz: Love all of these! I really like the first line of one of my Pawsitively Organic books, Purring Around the Christmas Tree : “The whole night could’ve been straight from a Norman Rockwell painting, if only Santa hadn’t dropped dead in his sleigh as he rode up to light the Frog Ledge Christmas tree.”
Sherry: I love seeing what first line you all loved. I had a hard time deciding. I like the opening to All Murders Final! : “I didn’t expect to start my Saturday with a cup of Dunkin’s coffee and a dead body.” I always like to try something different in my books and with this one I wanted to see what would happen if I dropped the body in the first line.
Readers: Do you have a favorite first line that you’ve read or written?