Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The Girl with the Dragon Wing Eyes (cont.)
The title for the story was not meant to copy the late Steig LArson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I hadn't even heard of Larson or the book, which I later discovered was part of a trilogy. I actually came up with it based on Lucy in the Skies with Diamonds after hearing how Lennon got the title from his son. Having been to renaissance faires in the Detroit area, I've noticed quite a few people go in for body or face painting. The young woman who caught my eye a year ago had her eyes and face painted much like a dragon. It was pretty intriguing, to say the least. Anyhow, when I started writing the Harry Landers stories, I decided the faire would make for a colorful backdrop. I have a couple of friends who moved to the Clearwater Beach, Florida, area in their early twenties who often talked of the a similar faire taking place near them. Later I found out there is a circuit of such faires which allowed Harry to travel out of Michigan. It's been two decades since I was last in Tampa, but the sunset behinf the skyline has always stuck with me. It's the same sunset Harry drives into as he notifies his clients of the results of the case.