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An original Eddie LaCrosse short story - Read It Free!
THE SWORD-EDGED BLONDE
""The Sword-Edged Blonde has all the finesse and depth of a great hard-boiled mystery, but takes place in a fully realized heroic fantasy setting. From start to finish it's a treat for readers of either genre, and easily one of the better books I've had the please of reading this year. Don't miss this one." --Charles de Lint
The Sword-Edged Blonde was directly inspired by three things:
Tia taught Family Living, ostensibly a girls-only class, and my friends Danny, David and I took it for that very reason: it's where the girls were. But I never looked past the front of the room. Fresh out of college, Tia radiated the kind of outdoorsy beauty that needs no accent or enhancement. Of course, I could do nothing about this infatuation except what lovelorn geeks have done for time immemorial: try to write something that would dazzle her.
These elements formed the original basis for The Sword-Edged Blonde, then called simply Rhiannon. I wrote it, and rewrote it, and rewrote it, for the next two decades. One incarnation even won an award in 1985. But the story never fully worked, and I would put the thing aside in disgust, trying to figure out how to extend the successful first third into the next two acts.
The answer came to me after re-reading Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Until then, every draft took the LaCrosse character on an exterior expedition to help his friend. Conrad inspired me to make it an interior journey as well, and suddenly I knew both the rest of the story, and the correct approach to writing it.
Finally, my editors at Night Shade pointed out that calling the story simply Rhiannon didn't capture the tone or the genre, so it became The Sword-Edged Blonde. Thanks, Jason and Jeremy!
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