Thanks to everyone who commented on the two possible beginnings for my light romantic suspense novel. If you haven’t already, please let me know which option you preferred and why. Since many of you have already left comments in this regard, I’ve been able to get a good feel for what is and isn’t working.
This weekend, I took the time to browse the romance aisle in a new Indigo branch. I discovered romantic suspense novels start in two basic ways: action packed or character based. If the book is high in suspense and/or a dark romantic suspense (see previous post for definition), it usually starts with a prologue. This is often written in the victim’s or killer’s POV. If there isn’t a prologue, the story begins with the POV of the MC who’s a cop, sheriff, FBI agent, or some sort of legal authority. This person has just discovered the crime scene or is going over the details with other law enforcement officers.
According to my recent findings, light romantic suspense novels all start slowly in the hero or heroine’s “normal” life. This means, option #1 would make more sense in my novel. However, I think I’m going to cut the first paragraph because I have yet to see another light r/s that begins with introspection rather than narration.
Any comments or questions before we move on to something else tomorrow?