giving my characters swords?!
Seriously. I do not know a thing about swordplay. Why would I choose a sword as my character’s weapon of necessity? I have no earthy idea!
Yes I do. It’s because my world necessitates the sword.
If you’ve read the first three chapters of Genesis, then you know that God puts a flaming sword to defend Eden from human infiltration after the sin of Man and his subsequent banishment from the garden. So, my world is based on a bastardization of my father’s bastardization of biblical interpretation, and that flaming sword was too tempting to leave out.
As I am writing the second book in my Guardian series, I have come to rely heavily on description and innuendo to relay fight scenes because…
I. Don’t. Know. A. Thing. About. Swordplay.
For example, an unedited teaser from Falling Angels:
I bit my anger down until it was at a usable level and raced toward them, too late to save the humans, but pissed off and ready enough to destroy the demons within them. They attacked together, bearing swords, but nothing like the one I wielded. With only a few quick strokes, they fell, downed by everlasting flames and eternal damnation. When their screams penetrated the rest of the demonic intrusion, ten demons swept out of the stables en masse, intending to cut me down.
Fighting with sword and fist, foot and fang, I dropped them one by one until none stood in my path. Covered in the blood of ten fragile humans, unable to save them from the taste of violent death, I entered the stables to a scene straight out of the movies.
Yuruch, what was left of his zombie body anyway, stood in the center of a circle of demons, holding his sword. It was so black the warmth in the room had been stolen along with the light from the overhead lamps. Demons hissed and spat at him, but wild-eyed and crazy with fear, he swung at any of them that dared near him. One demon didn’t flee his swing quickly enough and vanished the instant the sword touched him.
Ok, so now you have had a taste of me, time to introduce a new-to-me author: