I spent a seemingly-endless amount of time on the first page of my new novel, The House on Candlewick Lane, and I am pleased to announce that it never changed!
Butâ€¦itâ€™s no longer the first page.
Instead, itâ€™s the first page after the Prologue.
I have always been a fan of authors like Jane Austen, who can take the readerâ€™s hand and lead them through a quaint garden of description and backstory. But times have changed and todayâ€™s readers have less and less time to devote to reading. Iâ€™ve found that authors in the 21st century need to take the readerâ€™s hand so they donâ€™t fall off when the thrill ride starts.