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»An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.«

Stephen King

Writer Joe Fassler knows why Stephen King spends months and even years writing opening sentences. He talked with Mr. King on the phone – at The Atlantic you can read the transript.

»He was looking at me and neither his eyes nor his gun moved. He was as calm as an adobe wall in the moonlight.«

Raymond Chandler

This two sentences from Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye changed Walter Mosley’s life. Joe Fassler talked with Mosley about the influence of Chandler. Read his portrait at The Atlantic.