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’m pleased to be hosting this week an alum of the “First Two Pages” blog series. Catherine Maiorisi first contributed an essay to the series when B.K. Stevens hosted several contributors to the anthology Where Crime Never Sleeps: Murder New York Style; you can find Catherine’s reflections on her story “Love, Secrets, and Lies” here.
Today, Catherine write about her new novel—and first full-length mystery!—A Matter of Blood, featuring NYPD Detective Chiara Corelli. Congratulations to her on this milestone publication! Hope readers here enjoy her essay, and do check out the book itself too, of course.
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.