Hi! Kim Fielding here to celebrate the release of Love Has No Direction, my 26th novel!
Today I want to talk about demons. And I’ll begin by saying there are no literal demons in this particular book. If you want actual demons, stay tuned for the March release of Hallelujah, the horror novel coauthored by F.E. Feeley Jr. and me. Or check out Tenreal in Corruption, book one in my Bureau series.
Love Has No Direction is a contemporary with a touch of suspense, thus the lack of dark winged beings from the depths of hell. It does, however, contain metaphorical demons: those miserable and misery-causing creatures that flap around us, blocking out the bright rays of the sun and making our world cold and bleak.
I think we all have demons. If we’re lucky, they’re little ones that we can kick away or at least mostly ignore. Self-doubt is a common demon of this sort. It whispers in our ears: You can’t do this. You’ll never be good enough. Nobody else is going to like you or what you do. That’s an ugly little demon, isn’t it? Although it may be tiny, it’s persistent.
Anger is another common demon. Now, I’m not denying that anger can be a powerful force and can sometimes be a catalyst for much-needed change. And anger is often justified. But it can also be dangerous. It’s like a campfire that leaps its boundaries and burns out of control, destroying everything in its path. Oh dear, I’ve mixed my metaphors here. Sorry. My point is that when we listen too often to Anger, it keeps us from seeing any of the good in the world or in ourselves, and eventually it consumes us.
There are lots of these demons. Jealousy. Addiction. Greed. Selfishness. Fear. Impatience. Stubbornness. Indifference. Superstition. Biases of all kinds.
One of the characters in my new book, Wes, is beset by a different demon: guilt. He did something stupid ten years ago—with terrible consequences—and guilt over that stupid act has prevented him from moving forward in his life. He has isolated himself from others and can’t see any potential for growth and discovery.
And the other guy, Parker? His demon is capriciousness. He’s never been able to settle on a career path or a plan for the future, and his rash decisions cause him to be repeatedly rescued by his mother. Which is kind of uncool when you’re 27.
The good news is that no demon is invincible, and it doesn’t take magic to defeat them. Given sufficient strength, resources, and desire, every one of us has the capacity to chase our demons away. Sometimes those resources require drawing on other people and letting them use their skills to help us. That’s what Wes and Parker are going to try.
What are some of the demons you’ve recognized, and how have you fought them?
A Love Can’t Novel
Yet another series of poor decisions lands Parker Levin back in his mother’s house, working at her coffee shop, and feeling like a failure. Then he learns his ex-boyfriend has died by suicide and things go from bad to worse. When he meets a handsome stranger, he doesn’t have much left to lose.
Ten years ago Wesley Anker made a grave mistake. Since then he’s lived in near isolation, supporting himself by making custom furniture and only rarely connecting with other people. When he attempts to make amends, he encounters Parker, a beautiful and colorful young man, and he agrees to Parker’s impulsive request to join him.
Together, Parker and Wes find quick friendship and fierce attraction. But Wes’s past demons haunt his footsteps, and Parker’s struggle to plan a future has him stumbling through life. Then they uncover evidence that suggests Parker’s ex’s death might not have been a straightforward suicide, and every path seems to lead to dead ends and destruction. Can Parker and Wes find their way to lasting love when the route is hidden?
Kim Fielding is the bestselling, award-winning author of numerous m/m romance novels, novellas, and short stories. Like Kim herself, her work is eclectic, spanning genres such as contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and historical. Her stories are set in alternate worlds, in 15th century Bosnia, in modern-day Oregon. Her heroes are hipster architect werewolves, housekeepers, maimed giants, and conflicted graduate students. They’re usually flawed, they often encounter terrible obstacles, but they always find love.
Having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls California home. She lives there with her family 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.