One of the perks of running this community is occasionally a post will yield unexpected benefits, and that is exactly what happened when valued contributor Sophie Masson posted about her love of Mary Stewart.
Well, the Internet is a wonderful thing. Word of our collective support for Mary Stewart reached UK publisher Hodder & Stoughton. They had just reissued Mary’s classic suspense novels in brand new jackets–beautifully vintage and very contemporary–and were hoping to find a new audience for her brilliant works. They offered books in exchange for a shout-out, and this contest was born.
What sort of contest?
Since Mary Stewart was the queen of the hook, we thought it would be fun if our brilliant WU community members took a stab at writing their best Mary Stewart-esque hook–meaning you hook us in one sentence.
Stewart excelled at posing the why question in the first sentence of her novels, and from this one sentence, a whole story would unfold, chased by an eager reader to discover the answer.
To get you started here are a few examples from some of her most popular novels:
This Rough Magic:
“And if it’s a boy,” said Phyllida cheerfully, “we’ll call him Prospero.”
The Gabriel Hounds:
I met him in the street call Straight.
Nine Coaches Waiting:
I was thankful that nobody was there to meet me at the airport.
What will I win if my hook is the best?
The ENTIRE SET OF MARY STEWART’S REISSUED TITLES–14 books in all–including:
Madam, Will You Talk?
Wildfire at Midnight
Thunder on the Right
Nine Coaches Waiting
My Brother Michael
The Ivy Tree
This Rough Magic
Airs Above the Ground
The Gabriel Hounds
Touch Not the Cat
Is there any fine print?
Yes. The contest is restricted to those living in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Hooks longer than one sentence will be disqualified.
When will the contest end?
One week from today, on April 30th at midnight EST.
How do I enter?
Post your one-sentence hook in the comment section below. Enter as often as you’d like. And please take the time to “like” hooks of others that you enjoy. Good luck!