The First Two Pages: One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

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.

Needless to say, I’m very pleased to be hosting Tara Laskowski—my wife!—at the First Two Pages today—and on a day that both of us are celebrating mightily: the long-awaited release of her debut novel, One Night Gone. Plenty more celebrating ahead, with the official launch this Saturday at One More Page Books in Arlington, VA—and then a second local appearance at Politics and Prose at the Wharf in DC on Monday—and then a third at Fall for the Book in Fairfax, VA the next Friday—and then an appearance at the Barnes & Noble in her hometown up in Pennsylvania—and then… well, lots ahead throughout the month and beyond (here’s her events page), including both of us heading to Bouchercon in Dallas in early November.

Check out Tara’s website for more on the novel and for information on her previous books—the story collections Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders—and other short fiction, including the recent Agatha Award winner, “The Case of the Vanishing Professor,” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

Hooray again, hon! Glad to be on this journey with you. 😊

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2 thoughts on “The First Two Pages: One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski

  1. Kaye George

    Wow–excellent beginning. There’s so much here to admire.
    I love the bit about using “a select finger.” Never heard it phrased that way.

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