In every book I write, no sentence gets as much attention from me as the opening line. If I spent as much time on every sentence I wrote, I’d be finishing my first book...oh, about six months from now. Why is that opening so important? Well, I want to hook the reader into buying the book. But I also want to be true to my characters and the setting, and hopefully hint about the conflict about to unfold.
The best book covers have the same objectives as the first sentence, only using a title and a picture as tools to attract the reader’s attention while giving them an idea of the characters, setting and type of story.
So, theoretically, a good opening line should match the cover of the book, right?
To test this theory I came up with a matching game for my 6 book Carrigans of the Circle C series. Can you match the following opening lines to the correct book cover? (Note: I’ve substituted my name—Carla—whenever the heroine is named in the first line.)
Opening Lines: A, B, C, D, E, F
One more thing...this month I’m running a contest for a Kobo Glo HD. Wouldn’t you, or someone on your Christmas list, love a new ereader? Enter here: http://cjcarmichael.com/connect.php
It’s snowing in Calgary while I write this, thick, slow-falling flakes that are the true markers of a changing season. Winter is here. Happy Reading!
C. J. Carmichael