A Dark and Stormy Write

photo of books and printed on them the words TURN THE PAGE
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Why am I a “failure” as a “genre” novelist?

People, readers, today want to see a murder — and a gruesome one — or a rape, or at least some lascivious kind of seduction or a horribly extreme kidnapping — perhaps of an infant or a morbidly handicapped child — on the very first page. And notice how brief the text is, usually, on the very first page.