Today’s Snippet is a short one – we’re only giving you a teaser, and that’s the first paragraph.
The first paragraph of any story should introduce the setting, and the character, as well as give you a hint of the type of story you’re about to read – if it’s humorous you don’t want to start on a dark note, if it’s a dark story, you don’t want to start with humor. (Well, maybe Inez Kelley might be able to pull that off.) It’s what can make you pick a book up and buy it in a bookstore, or conversely, put it back on the shelf and walk away. So writers really stress-out about getting just the right words for their first paragraph.
I’ve chosen to share the first paragraph from Private Property since that introduces you to one of the main characters, Jodi Tyler. And although she doesn’t know it at this point in time, it also hints at the imminent arrival of the very important second and third characters in the story.
A deep reverberating thrum filled Jodi Tyler’s chest and stroked the back of her throat with its raw promise of latent power. The unmistakable growl of a Harley. The sound bounced off the highwalled estate hugging the shores of Lake Arlington, then abruptly stopped.
Don’t forget to drop by the other participants of today’s Snippet Saturday and see what their first paragraphs reveal…