The First Two Pages: “Running Interference” by Kathryn Prater Bomey

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.

Our series of First Two Pages posts celebrating the new anthology Three Strikes—You’re Dead! wraps up today with a post by Kathryn Prater Bomey, discussing her new story “Running Interference.” Edited by Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman, and Marcia Talley, the collection features sports-themed short fiction, and as Kathryn explains below, she had to request special permission for the sport at the center of her story: marching band! (Did she get that permission? Well, you’ll have to read the essay to find out.) Other contributors to the anthology include William Ade, Maddi Davidson, Lynne Ewing, Barb Goffman, Sherry Harris, Smita Harish Jain, Adam Meyer, Alan Orloff, Rosalie Spielman, Shannon Taft, F. J. Talley, Robin Templeton, and Joseph S. Walker, and we’ve already hosted two of those contributors here at the First Two Pages already: Joseph Walker on “And Now, An Inspiring Story of Tragedy Overcome,” and Bill Ade on “Punch Drunk.”

In addition to “Running Interference,” Kathryn Prater Bomey’s stories include “The Competition,” flash fiction in Shotgun Honey, and “Beneath the Surface,” a short story in Black Cat Weekly, and she’s currently pursuing publication of her first mystery novel. She has served as president and secretary of the Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Find our more about her on Facebook at

Congratulations to all the contributors to the new anthology!

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