Guest Post ~ The Girl From Here by Adam Mitzner

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THE FIRST LINE

                Is there anything more frightening than a blank page? And then the first line is written, and it begins. As the expression goes – Once begun, half-done. Or at least that’s what my mother often said.

I’m a big believer in the importance of first lines to set a mood, and yet that’s much easier said than done. For every “It was the best of times, It was the worst of times . . . ” there’s “It was a dark and stormy night.”

                I’ve written four legal thrillers, and spent more time on the first line than any of the others. Here’s my contribution to the canon (in order of publication), with my explanation of what I was trying to achieve:

                A Conflict of Interest      

The first time I set eyes on Michael Ohlig I was beside my father’s casket and he was standing toward the back of a group of mourners comprised almost entirely of my father’s extended family.

I liked this line because I wanted establish Michael Ohlig was a mysterious figure, and I figured someone who was at your father’s funeral, but whom you’d never met before, set that tone.

                A Case of Redemption

Where should I start?

This is what my clients would say, back when I had clients.

                This is my favorite of my opening lines. I like that it works on two levels. It gets across immediately that the narrator is unsure of the story he’s about to tell, and that something has happened to him because he once had clients and now does not. A magazine listed it as one of the best opening lines of the year, which I was quite happy about.

                Losing Faith

                                You’re wrong, Aaron.

                                Samuel Rosenthal’s tone suggests he’s talking about much more than the topic at hand. It’s as if he’s addressing something innate about Aaron Littman himself.

                This establishes at the outset that Aaron Littman may not be exactly who he seems, which I always think is a provocative way to introduce your protagonist.

                The Girl From Home

                Sitting in a prison in East Carlisle, Jonathan recalls that he often considered his hometown a prison unto itself, and it seems redundant for him to actually be incarcerated within it. Only a few months ago, a future of endless wealth and possibilities awaited him, but that was so far behind him now it felt as if he’d only imagined it.

                In my most recent book, I wanted to establish from the beginning that the protagonist has had a reversal. This line is actually from the prologue, and repeats itself at about the 200 page mark. I likened it to a movie trailer – the reader gets a glimpse of where the story is heading, but doesn’t know how it’s actually going to play out.

                So, how’d I do? Are my opening lines more Dickens or Snoopy?

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girlPublisher: Gallery Books (April 5, 2016)
Genre: Suspense, Thriller
ISBN-10: 147676428X
ISBN-13: 978-1476764283
ASIN: B010MHAB2W
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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The acclaimed author, whose recent novel of suspense Losing Faith was declared “startling…a well-crafted story” (Kirkus Reviews), takes you on a gripping psychological thrill ride in this electrifying tale of a millionaire who will go to deadly lengths to get what he wants.

Jonathan Caine is a true master of the universe—a currency wizard with a trophy wife, a penthouse condo with a view of the Statue of Liberty, and the desire for more—when his world comes crashing down, spiraling him into a relentless fall from grace. Devastated, Jonathan returns to his hometown to care for his ailing father and attend his twenty-fifth high school reunion, where he becomes reacquainted with former prom queen Jacqueline Williams. Back in the day, Jackie didn’t even know Jonathan existed. Now she is intrigued by the man he has become. But their budding relationship has problems, not the least of which is Jackie’s jealous and abusive husband. Jonathan is determined to learn from his mistakes, but is he capable of complete transformation? Or will a shocking temptation test his desire for redemption beyond anything he could have imagined?

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adamI grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey, which is about an hour outside of New York City. I graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. and M.A. in politics, and from there went directly on to law school at the University of Virginia.

After law school, I joined the litigation department of a large New York City law firm, and after a few more stops, am currently the head of the litigation department of Pavia & Harcourt LLP, which is located in midtown Manhattan. Pavia & Harcourt recently received some fame because it is the law firm where Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor practiced before she was appointed to the bench.

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  1. I am having a giveaway for this book, US only, if any of your readers want to enter.

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