Wordsmith– I also write books

Does a prologue help the reader get into the story? If writing a series, giving background information kick-starts the plot.  In sci-fi the alien or futuristic world illustrates essential characteristics and functioning.  Just plunging the reader into a foreign world can get them lost and lead to disinterest.  As I am finishing the second book of my INTERVENUS futuristic series for new adults, BETRAYAL AT CRATER’S EDGE, I’ve decided to grab my readers’ attention with a scene from the first book, A BRAND NEW ADDRESS.

For a prologue a different point of view from the original scene focuses on a secret. The characters leave Ice Age Earth for a now habitable Venus. As an author I need to tell the reader of great danger the characters face when they land– evil Vito Savage brought drums of nerve agent on his shuttle.

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4 thoughts on “Wordsmith– I also write books

  1. Hi Mary Alice. By the way thank you for submitting that one-liner for the cover of Betrayal! It is “Don’t miss another adventure with Yardley and Marchand.” I’m going to “stick in” the prologue today–
    Six months ago…

  2. Dash Hamelton

    Kathleen, I think you mentioned doing a box set, and Betrayal will be included in it. How is that project coming along?

  3. Dash, we (the other authors submitting to FLING) are having a great time working together. We have our book cover– generic since our stories are different. The cover has bachelor buttons on it. In my story intergalactic gardener brings vintage seeds from Earth to plant on Venus, and bachelor buttons are included!

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