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Black Blade Blues, by J.A. Pitts – An interview with the man behind the woman

Black Blade Blues, the first book in a new urban fantasy trilogy from Tor debuts this month from first-time novelist J. A. Pitts. To his friends, family, co-workers and this interviewer, he is John Pitts.

Sarah Beauhall is a tough-as-nails blacksmith, movie props manager and medieval reenactor in Seattle, WA. When the lead actor in the low-budget movie breaks her one-of-a-kind sword, one of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf with skill at the forge, offers to help her repair it. Sarah then finds herself caught up in a strange sequence of events leading her to suspect her sword has magical properties and that the people around her are not what they seem. “It’s got dragons and dwarves, ancient gods and magic swords. Also, lots and lots of coffee,” Pitts said.

I caught up with my friend, John, in February at Radcon, a science fiction and fantasy convention held in Pasco, Wash. In the emails that followed, we talked about the debut of his first novel.

[Read the interview under the cut]