Tuesday, October 8, 2013

First Lines: Melinda Lane

Today's guest is an up-and-comer you need to be on the watch for!

French Army

Melinda Lane is an unpublished author who's got several projects going (I'm lucky enough to have read them, and let me tell you, I can't wait to see them in print!). She's an entrant of this year's So You Think You Can Write with "The King's Choice," and is also working on a historical based around the French Revolution.

Melinda's favorite first line comes from Lynn Kurland's Stardust of Yesterday:
"Damn you, man!" Kendrick of Artane exclaimed. "Have you no idea who I am?"

Melinda's love of character is responsible for her love of this line:
Rather than a description, you are plunged into the dialogue, the action.  This line says so much about Kendrick, who is actually the hero—the first line of the book, spoken by the hero just sets so much for what follows and what you start out knowing about him.  

Watch for great things to come from Melinda:
Author webpage
So You Think You Can Write

Want to know more about Melinda's French Revolution tale?
Severus Huntington, an English spy in Revolutionary France, is torn between his conscience and his duty as the Reign of Terror begins. Accustomed to his solitary life, he believed relationships were something he could not have. When he comes face-to-face with an Englishwoman in Paris, he finds new purpose and unexpected love.

Catherine Williamson, an Englishwoman stranded by the Revolution, is shocked when a mysterious Frenchman rescues her and returns her to England. Certain she will never see him again, she is shocked when he arrives in London and she soon learns that all is not as it seems.


  1. Wow, a blog about my writing! I do hope to have the French Revolution story back to the editor soon and my fingers are crossed on the King's Choice.