I was reading the Killer Year Class of 2007's blog about Prologues, the other day.
The prologue controversy alternately cracks me up and drives me crazy. Personally, I just don't understand why someone would skip a prologue. I don't understand why someone would even notice that they're reading a prologue. I mean, who cares if it says "Prologue" or "Chapter One" when you start a book? They're both non-descript, boring labels. I don't even look. I assume an author wants me to read on page one, and I start there. If he doesn't grab me on page one, then I don't buy the book. (Except for John le Carre. He tends to hook me by about Chapter 7.)
He has some free short stories posted on his bulky website. (I just love short stories!) I'm just taking a quick break from writing and I've got to get back to it, but I'll let you know how they are! On Amazon shorts, he also has a Four Pack of Jack that I'm going to slip into my shopping cart when I order Janet Evanovich's How I Write. Has anyone read it? How is it?
I don't have the money to buy J.A. Konrath's books yet, so I'll have to wait a month or two to tell you how they pan out after the prologues. (Damn!) But I do get to buy a really cool Vera Atkins biography called A Life in Secrets.
Oh man! I just discovered that J.A. Konrath has an anthology coming out at the end of October called These Guns for Hire. It's a collection of short stories (be still, my heart!) about hitman. I can't wait to read it!