Judy Penz Sheluk
When it comes to short fiction, you probably don’t have two pages to capture someone’s attention. You certainly don’t have the luxury of a prologue to hint at the backstory, or an entire chapter to start outlining what’s coming and who’s who. At best you have a few paragraphs. If you can hook the reader with those, you have a fair shot at keeping their attention. Let’s take a look at the opening of my short story, Live Free or Die, which is included in LIVE FREE OR TRI: a collection of three short mystery stories, published January 2016.