Prologues in Novels – Yes or No

The following post is from Deborah Ledford, an author of Second Wind Publishing:

I’ve begun to tweak and polish the next book of my Steven Hawk/Inola Walela series and have come up with a bit of a stumbling block. ICE ON FIRE begins with a Prologue, followed by Chapter 1 which takes place 15 years later.

Many say not to begin with a Prologue—readers skim them, but I’ve never had an objection and do not skip a single word of how a book starts out (as long as the read is compelling, of course).

It is somewhat essential to preface the opening pages of ICE ON FIRE as a Prologue due to the passage of time . . . however maybe I’m wrong. What do you think? Do you have an objection to a novel starting out as a Prologue?

I’m sure many writers and readers would be interested in whatever advice you care to offer.

Deborah J Ledford is the author of the debut suspense thriller novel Staccato, now available from Second Wind Publishing, Amazon, Kindle, and independent book stores.

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