Bringing Up the Rear: The Literary Mic Drop

Many years ago, my agent offered me the following advice: "The most important sentence of your novel is the first one. The second most important sentence is the last one." There certainly have been vivid, memorable first lines, many of which we can quote by heart--from "Call me Ishmael" in Herman Melville's Moby Dick to ...

Bromance: My Favorite Fictional Couple

I recently received a question on the Goodreads website asking who was my favorite fictional couple, and why. My first reaction was to flip through all of the literary lovers I'd encountered over the years--a list that includes: Romeo & Juliet; Elizabeth Bennett & Mr. Darcy; Lancelot & Guinevere; Odysseus & ...