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Welcome to the blog! The first page is perhaps one of the most important pages in the whole book. It’s what draws the reader into the story. Why did you choose to begin your book this way?
Two reasons: I wanted to capture the reader's curiosity and imagination, and to give some insight into what the book will ultimately be about.
In the course of writing your book, how many times would you say that first page changed and for what reasons?
I take my first pages seriously. I changed it once to make it more streamlined and snappy.
Was there ever a time after the book was published that you wished you had changed something on the first page?
No. The manuscript goes through several editing stages giving me time to think about changes if I decided to change anything.
What advice can you give to aspiring authors to stress how important the first page is?
The first page, even the first line is like the hook in a movie. Think about what draws you immediately into a story or a movie, and that will help you make your first page a success.
Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and USA Today BestSelling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.