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Two tales with the same title about similar subjects by two different authors. Sounds like grounds for a lawsuit. Instead, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Kristine Dexter team up to show how ideas can spark both a novel and a short story. Or to be more accurate, Kristine Kathryn Rusch demonstrates that. Kristine Dexter is her romantic suspense pen name.


Rusch wrote The Perfect Man, a short story about a romance writer who was being stalked, then decided that the idea needed longer treatment. Characters changed, genders changed, and Dexter’s The Perfect Man was born. Two very different stories, one writer, one idea.


Both the novel and the short story are included in this volume, along with Rusch’s thoughts about writing, the writing process and, of course, the perfect man.


USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award. 
To keep up with everything she does, go to To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.


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