The First Two Pages: Beached by Micki Browning

In April 2015, B.K. Stevens debuted the blog series “The First Two Pages,” hosting craft essays by short story writers and novelists analyzing the openings of their own work. The series continued until just after her death in August 2017, and the full archive of those essays can be found at Bonnie’s website. In November 2017, the blog series relocated to my website, and the archive of this second stage of the series can be found here.

I first met Micki Browning at last year’s Malice Domestic when she and I were paired up as part of a mentoring program sponsored by the Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime. It was Micki’s first time at Malice, so I was supposed to help welcome her, introduce her around, guide her to making the most of Malice—not sure how much I offered in those regards, but did try to play host every way I could, and it was a great pleasure getting to know Micki, spending some time with her. It was good too for her that she already had a couple of footholds on the schedule. She was being recognized as the Dorothy Cannell Scholarship recipient at the SinC breakfast and also took part in the New Author Breakfast, talking about her debut novel, Adrift, which won the 2015 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence as well as the Royal Palm Literary Award. Check out more about Micki at her website.

For her “First Two Pages” essay here, Micki talks about opening to the second book in her Mer Cavallo mystery series: Beached, which releases this week. Congrats!

Please use the arrows and controls at the bottom of the embedded PDF to navigate through the essay. You can also download the essay here to read off-line.

Browning- The First Two Pages