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’ve long admired Elizabeth Zelvin‘s short stories in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and elsewhere, so it would already be a pleasure to welcome her here today for a First Two Pages essay on “Never Again,” her new story in the anthology Me Too Short Stories—but it’s a double honor to welcome her as an editor too, since she’s headed up this new collection from the start, as she explains in the post below.
Liz’s short stories have been named finalists three times for the Agatha Award and three for the Derringer as well, and she’s also the author of the Bruce Kohler Mysteries and the Mendoza Family Saga. And Me Too Short Stories isn’t her first time editing either; she also edited Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style 4.
B.K. Stevens hosted several contributors to Where Crime Never Sleeps at the First Two Pages back in October 2017; I’ll be following suit here and hosting three contributors to Me Too—so stay tuned for essays as well over the next couple of weeks from Eve Fisher and Julia Buckley.
Please use the arrows and controls at the bottom of the embedded PDF to navigate through the essay. You can also download the essay to read off-line.Zelvin-Never-Again