It is an indisputable fact that the opening of a novel is the most important part of the story. There are many things to keep in mind to make the novel as good as it can be, but the fact is that people rarely pick up a book and begin reading at the middle or the end or any other part besides the beginning. The opening, therefore, has to do one thing and one thing only – keep a person reading. Without the ability to sustain a person’s interest, the novel will be placed back on the shelf. The result – a lost sale. But more important than that, it probably wouldn’t be acquired in the first place, if traditional publishing is your goal. Voice may be the soul of the book, the foundation, if you will, upon which the whole novel is built, but the opening, those first paragraphs if not sentences, must – MUST – be good enough to create and sustain interest as voice unfolds.
The opening is the first lines of your work, and can take several forms, i.e., there are several ways to start. All the thi...
In so many ways, literature is the backbone of humanity. It is, more than anything, the history of the individual. So what does that mean? We’ve all heard the phrase “history is written by the victors” and we’ve all seen how true it is. Literature stands as the record of what is hidden in the history books. Even more modern writers such as Toni Morrison use their talents to memorialize the past as it truly was. Those of us who never went through certain things like war or slavery can learn vicariously the pain of those who suffered through such events. Without these written accounts, history would lose precious aspects of itself. It would be out of reach, fading, and blurry to the eye.
However, that’s not the only reason literature is important. It is also a catalyst for expanding the mind. We can only experience so much in our day to day lives. By reading, we are living events through the characters. We are attending the balls of Jane Austen’s novels and on the pilgrimage in Chaucer’s...
S.P. Brown has a new author interview up! This month's interview is with Rob Horner, a Virginia Beach native and former Navy Avionics Technician. Rob writes supernatural fiction, thrillers, and action-adventures. Read the interview at the link below to find out more about Rob and read a sneak peak of his latest work, Surrogacy.
S.P. Brown has a new author interview up! This time he interviewed Jeff DeMarco, writer of post-apocalyptic thriller fiction. The interview contains information on how to communicate with and find Jeff and an awesome Q&A where we really dig deep into the mind of the author.
You'll also find a 500-word excerpt of Jeff's latest masterpiece, Tread: Fallen Nation.
Synopsis of Tread:
In the years of the second Civil War, and before the great tribulation, hope failed in the darkest of times.
Staff Sergeant Evan Decker is an EOD tech returning from war. The country he’s returned to bears no resemblance to the one he remembers. A virus has ravaged the population, as millions have died, the communication infrastructure is disabled, leaving the nation cut off, Washington D.C. is gone, wiped off the map. But who is responsible?
In the chaos, civilians and inner city gangs have risen up; at war with police and military forces, martial law has been declared. Ordered to do the unthinkable, Evan is a...
We have an exciting new category on the S.P. Brown site! We are announcing our new Author Interview series, which will include a NEW interview from an exciting Independent Author twice monthly.
Our first feature is on Keith & Judy Johnson, who write children's short stories together. Read their interview to find out more about them, their contact information, questions and answers and an exclusive excerpt from their latest work!