The Things We Do For Our Craft by Alyssa Alexander

Fencing in ClassI enrolled my kid in fencing classes.

In truth, I wanted to take them as well, but they didn’t have enough adult interest to form a full class so I was ousted. Also, I’m apparently too big for the kid class!

Instead, my 8-year-old Biscuit fences every week and I listen intently to everything the instructor says. Parry four, en guard, epee versus foil versus saber. Maintain distance between the fencers. When one steps forward, the other steps back. Riposte. Recovery. Disengage.

Oh my stars, it’s a world I’ve always wanted to be in. Now I’m living vicariously through my child.

Light SabersBut it gets worse. When we get home, we pull out our light sabers and Biscuit walks me through the steps. (Yes, I have my own light saber. It’s blue. And awesome. And lights up. It even makes the vvvvOOOO sound.)

Then, we fence. I give no quarter. He shows no mercy.

We are evenly matched, due to the fact that he’s in real classes and I’m out of shape.

En guarde. Lunge. Parry Four. Touch.

I’m in historical writer heaven…

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Despite being a native Michigander, Alyssa Alexander is pretty certain she belongs somewhere sunny. And tropical. Where drinks are served with little paper umbrellas. But until she moves to those white sandy beaches, she survives the cold Michigan winters by penning romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. She lives with her own set of heroes, aka an ever-patient husband who doesn’t mind using a laundry basket for a closet, and a small boy who wears a knight in a shining armor costume for such tasks as scrubbing potatoes. Alyssa’s debut release, THE SMUGGLER WORE SILK, was awarded 4.5 Stars and Top Pick, nominated for 2014 Best First Historical by the Romantic Times and Best First Book in the Romance Writers of America RITA contest. Her second book, IN BED WITH A SPY, released in December 2014 from Berkley, and received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly and 4.5 Stars and Top Pick from Romantic times. She has been called a “talented newcomer” and “a rising star you won’t want to miss.” You can find Alyssa at all the usual places! Please stop by and say hello! And you can always reach her by email at

9 Responses

  1. ki pha

    Oh! Fencing is one of my to-do goals, that and horseback riding, and ballroom dancing… Yeah, they’re all for research. =)

    • Alyssa Alexander

      Oh, ballroom dancing is so on my list! Horses… Not so much. They are tall, with large teeth. 😁

  2. Joanna M.

    I feel your pain. I live in a small town and there is nothing like that here. I’d have to travel over 45 miles to get to the closest place/gym that offers fencing classes. In the meanwhile my nephew and I bring out the lightsabers as well 😉