I’m currently working on what’s called the “front matter” for my next book and so I've been rereading what I wrote in COUNTDOWN TO DEATH, the first book in my Magnolia Medical series. The front matter includes the author’s Bio, Dedication, Scripture Verse, Dear Reader letter and Questions for Discussion.
An author’s bio usually remains fairly constant from book to book, but the dedication changes and is one of the first things I read when I buy a new book. The dedication provides a glimpse into the author’s life and the people who may have influenced the story’s creation.
I dedicated my current release, COUNTDOWN TO DEATH, to the laboratory professionals with whom I have worked, especially my former coworkers at Peachtree Regional Hospital. I also mentioned my hubby and children, my critique partners and my editors and agents.
In the Dear Reader letter, I talk about how issues in the past can keep a person from truly living in the present. My characters, Luke Garrison and Allison Stewart, learned that by turning to God they could move beyond the pain of their past to a place of love and acceptance. I hope readers will enjoy reading Allison and Luke’s story. Hopefully, the lessons my characters learned will ring true.
The Questions for Discussions at the back of the book are tools for group discussions, but individual readers can gain insight from them as well. I usually turn to the questions after I’ve finished reading a story as they can sometimes be “spoilers” if read first. The questions often reveal new facets or subtle nuances of the story that I may have overlooked.
Authors spend time writing the “front matter” for their stories, which, hopefully, enhances the reader’s enjoyment.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the “front matter.” What do you like/dislike about the various sections?
Happy reading! Happy writing!
Wishing you abundant blessings,