Michael Paul Michaud
I want to thank B.K. Stevens for inviting me to take part in her innovative blog series â€œThe First Two Pages.â€ My entry will actually examine the first 877 words of THE INTROVERT â€“ the entire first chapter – allowing me to analyze not only the opening of the book, but also the close of the first act. Letâ€™s get right to itâ€¦
â€œSir, Iâ€™m afraid we require a second form of identification before we can proceed. If youâ€™d like to come back another time, perhaps?â€
She was still smiling, but now the smile was waning.
The Introvert begins with a seemingly innocent exchange between a woman and a man. Neither is named, which is a hint of whatâ€™s to come, not only in the opening chapter, but throughout the novella. I wanted the focus to be on the charactersâ€™ actions and personalities, and to not influence the readersâ€™ perceptions by foisting a name on them. It is also consistent with the sparse nature of the cover, and with isolation/anonymity generally.