Hey all, Gerry Boyle here. About to set out for a reading and I’m puzzling, as always, about what part of the book to choose. I’ve decided on PORT CITY BLACK AND WHITE, but that’s as far as I’ve gotten. The problem is the difficulty of reading from a crime or mystery novel.
My choices: the first page so I can at least give the audience a taste. But I’ve been asked to speak for 20 minutes. The first chapter? That will take about 3 minutes, tops. Then what? The next chapter? An action sequence from the middle of the book? A character-building passage? Hey, I could read the climactic chapter and save everybody a few hours and $24.95.
I always puzzle over this and not because I don’t like to read from my work. I’m fine with that as I like my stuff as much as most authors like their own writing. And the sound of my own voice. But you can’t get too deep into the book without requiring a long intro to set up a scene. And if you read all from the early portions, where the tension is building and characters are developing, it can seem a little sloggy, especially if you drop in mid-chapter.
Too late to help me for this time around. But I’m all ears if my fellow Maine Crime Writers and the Maine crime readers have any suggestions. How do you authors choose? What do you readers like to hear.
So wish me luck.