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Great Beginnings with Bestselling Author Hank Phillippi Ryan

When: September 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 am PDT
Where: Zoom, register below
Cost: Members $5.00
Nonmembers $10.00*

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Does your first sentence hook the reader?  Promise action? Provide a compelling snapshot of the character and/or setting?

Without a killer first sentence, paragraph, first page–readers and agents might even skip the rest of your amazing novel. Join bestselling author and Emmy winning investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan as she shares insights into crafting a first page that hooks the reader from the first line!

Hank Phillippi Ryan is a USA Today bestselling author of 12 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, and for The Other Woman, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 Emmys and dozens more journalism honors. Book critics call her “a master of suspense,” “a superb and gifted storyteller,” and she’s the only author to have won the Agatha in four different categories: Best First, Best Novel, Best Short Story and Best Non-Fiction. Her previous novel, The Murder List, is an Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee. NYT bestselling authors A.J. Finn says, “exciting, explosive, relentless,” and B.A. Paris says it’s “her best yet.” Hank’s newest novel: the chilling psychological standalone The First to Lie. The Publishers Weekly starred review says “Stellar . . . Hank Phillippi Ryan could win a sixth Agatha with this one” and bestselling author Sarah Pekkanen says “Book clubs will gobble it up.”

Hank is a founder of MWA University and past president of National Sisters in Crime.