Hi! Kim Fielding here, and I’m excited to announce that my newest novel, Staged, is available now from Riptide Publishing.
Some of the things I researched for this book:
- The history of tea
- Modern-day slavery
- Real estate in San Francisco
- Hotels in New York City
- Boy bands
- San Francisco geography
- The FBI
- Omaha geography
- Classic rock songs
- French restaurant food
- Body waxing
- BDSM gear
- Club clothing
- Treatment for broken ribs
- Semiwashed-up rock stars from the 70s
- Treatments for sore throats
It’s no secret—I love the research part of writing. In fact, I find the process of research enticing and captivating. I often start out looking up something simple—the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, for example—but then I get sucked in. An hour later, I come up for air, having learned all sorts of fascinating and ultimately irrelevant things. If Google were animate, I imagine she’d have swirly pinwheel eyes like a cartoon hypnotist. Look, Kim, look. Look at the list of the Wonders of the Modern World. See the description of how cantilever bridges are constructed. Read about earthquakes. Look, Kim, look….
Of course, some topics are especially, um, mesmerizing. I seem to have found an inordinate number of times I needed to research men’s underwear. My advice if you find yourself in a similar situation and want to actually get some work done? Avoid the Andrew Christian website at all costs.
As helpful as online research may be, sometimes I need to do more than just read about a topic. Previously, the only close experience I’d had with a gun was while being robbed (an experience I’d have been happy to skip, thanks very much). I needed to know what it felt like to shoot one. So my husband and I went to a gun range and shot at paper zombies, which was much fun. I was better at it than I’d predicted. I also took a tour of the Armory in San Francisco, which is where kink.com films their porn. Also interesting. There was a spanking class going on in one room.
Is there something you’d love to research firsthand?
Once the second-prize winner on My Slave’s Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he’s torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.
Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.
A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn’t even sure of his master’s real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.
About Kim Fielding
Kim Fielding picked up a pencil when she was three years old and never put it down. She always dreamed of becoming an author, but took a roundabout way of getting there, first spending an inordinate amount of time as a student and ending up with a law degree and a PhD in psychology. She wrote plenty of academic articles and even a few books, but fiction continued to call to her. One day, she finally put that pencil to its intended use again and began to write novels.
Today, Kim is the best-selling, award-winning author of numerous gay romance and fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning multiple -genres. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in fifteenth-century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, slaves, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
Kim writes authentic voices and unexpected heroes.
After having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls the boring part of California home. She lives there among the cows and almond trees with her husband, her two daughters, and her day job as a university professor, but escapes as often as possible via car, train, plane, or boat. This may explain why her characters often seem to be in transit as well. She dreams of traveling and writing full-time.
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To celebrate the release of Staged, one lucky person will win a $25 Riptide gift certificate and a copy of Treasure by Kim Fielding in audiobook. Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on July 23, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!