Siblings! with Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes + Giveaway

November 4, 2016
Siblings! with Venona Keyes and Kim Fielding

 

In our story, Running Blind, Kyle Green needs to depend on his slightly older sister, Lily, to help him get his bearings while he adjusts to his new life without sight.  They are the two youngest of the Green brood, and they have a good relationship, though they bicker and cajole each other.

We, Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes, sat down and discussed our own sibling experiences. Maybe you will pick up on a few traits we gave to Lily and Kyle.

Where are you in the sibling birth order?

Kim:  I’m the oldest. My brother is 3 years younger and my sister is almost 9 years younger. I think I can blame my control freak tendencies on my birth order.

Venona: I’m the oldest of five in the family.  We have a two part sibling group: the original three, and the two afterthoughts.  The original three, me, a sister, and a brother were born within three years.  Thirteen years later, my parents had my little brother, and four years later, my little sister came along.

Which sibling are you closest to in the family?

K:  Probably my brother because we’re closer in age. My sister was only 8 when I moved out of the house, so we had fewer childhood years together.

V:  I am closest to my littlest brother (the one I wanted my mom to return when she told me she was pregnant).  Nearly five when I left for college, he grew up and I only saw him in snippets as I didn’t return home after I left for school. I think it’s because we are the two oldest of each of our groups, we bonded. The next is my sister, who is a year younger than me.

Do you find that you still treat each other the same way as you did when you were growing up?

K:  Nope. We’re mostly grown-ups now. We hardly ever argue, and I’m probably less bossy. All three of us are married, too, which tends to change family dyamics.

V:  Yes.  We modeled our behavior on my mother’s family—we all argue at the top of our voices, butt in over each other, and fiercely defend each other.  Per my sibs, I’m generally the peacemaker, motivator, and the bossy one (birth order!). We all still crack up at the stupidest things. My youngest brother and I still giggle like kids when he brings out the Beavis and Butthead voicebox.

What do you and your siblings still do that may baffle your parents?

K:  My entire family gets along pretty well and we tend to be like-minded. I would say my parents don’t understand our tastes in music, although that’s nothing new!

V:  Argue. Not angry fighting, but arguing about certain topics. My dad is the only child of an only child. One time, while the five of us were arguing over something (as adults), he said he was glad he was an only child. I told him he should’ve had siblings—they would’ve kept him humble. He didn’t appreciate my wisdom. Imagine that!  My late mom, on the other hand, came from a family of four girls.  The house she grew up in was always busy and loud, so nothing phased her.

What are things you have in common with your siblings—and what sets you apart?

K: All three of us have undergraduate degrees in psychology (my brother and I both have law degrees too), we all love animals, and politically speaking, we’re all on the same page. But they still live in Oregon, our home state, while I’m exiled to California. And I’m the only one who’s reproduced.

V: We have our parents in common, we’re politically on the same page, we all love animals, we’re all loud, and no one can do mischief better than we can when we’re together.  After that, two of my brothers and one sister are married and have children. I’m widowed with no children and my youngest sister is engaged.  We also have varying degrees of schooling: I have my Master of Public Health, youngest brother has his Bachelors, youngest sister has her Associates working towards her Bachelors, other sister has had some junior college, and my other brother apprenticed as a grandfather clock builder and repairman. We’ve all scattered into the winds: My youngest brother just moved to Texas, my other brother is in South Dakota, one sister is in New York, and my youngest sister and I are still in Illinois, our place of birth and growth.  One other thing: I am the only dark-eyed, dark-haired child. Sisters are (real) blond and blue-eyed, one brother is curly blond (now bald) with light brown eyes, and the other brother is a curly brown haired (now bald) with hazel eyes.

What’s the worst thing you ever did to a sibling?

K:  When my brother was 3, my parents went out for the evening, leaving us with a babysitter. I accidentally-on-purpose locked him in the bathroom.

V: Hmmm…Nothing comes to mind. However, if you ask what we did to our Uncle Charles when he watched us (the original three) over a weekend…now that is another story. Let’s just say I’m a babysitter that knows all the tricks my little charges can pull.

What makes you most jealous about your siblings?

K: My brother lives on a beautiful farm and drives a really cool car. My sister has great taste in music and is really good at crafts. They both live a lot closer to our parents than I do.

V: Not jealous, but I admire my sibs for who they are: NY sister has the biggest heart and is very crafty, SD brother struggles with his addictions and wins most of the time, TX brother who patiently explains technology to me just as he patiently explains complex math to my niece, and my littlest sister’s pluck in the face of adversity.  Besides, I drive the cool car (laughs).

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Running Blind by Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes

 

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Blurb

Kyle Green is on top of the world. He and Matt have been together for ten years, and—as the voice of Ecos, the wildly popular anime character—Kyle is treated like a rock star in anime circles. But in an instant, a stroke leaves him blind. When photographer Matt gets the opportunity of a lifetime, Kyle reexamines their relationship, discovers it has been a safety net rather than a true romance, and sets Matt free to pursue his dream. Kyle’s life and career as he knew them are gone, and he must now find the courage and creativity to draft a new plan.

After being away for fifteen years, Seth Caplan comes home to Chicago to care for his mother and to partner with a small start-up tech company. He and Kyle meet after Kyle’s collision with a child’s sidewalk toy, and they hit it off. Kyle wants to get back into running, and Seth becomes his guide. As they get to know each other, they start seeing each other beyond their three-times-a-week runs. But Seth’s revelation of the dark reason why he left his career in California sends the relationship into a tailspin andleaves both men running blind.

Bios

Kim Fielding is very pleased every “me someone calls her eclectic. Her books have won Rainbow Awards and span a variety of genres. She has migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States and currently lives in California, where she long ago ran out of bookshelf space. She’s a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full “me. She also dreams of having two perfectly behaved children, a husband who isn’t obsessed with football, and a house that cleans itself. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others

You can reach Kim at:

Facebook—http://facebook.com/kfieldingwrites
Twitter—@kfieldingwrites
Website—http://kfieldingwrites.com/

Venona Keyes is a modern woman who believes in doing it all; if doing it all is only in her head. She amazes people that she can be wholly unorganized yet pack a perfect carry on suitcase for a ten day trip to Paris. Ms. Keyes is a believer in the just in time theory, and can be seen sprinting in airports to the gate before the plane door closes.

Venona has experienced love and loss at the deepest level, and is thankful for writing and daydreaming, for it kept, and still keeps her sane. Writing also introduced her to some of the most supportive and wonderful people, to which she will always be grateful.

Venona is a voracious reader, loves her feline boys, volunteers at an animal shelter, attempts to cook everything in her CSA boxes, is an accomplished speaker, is a seasoned triathlete, and enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, skipping, dancing, and her beloved overgrown garden.

You can reach Venona at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/venona.keyes
Website: http://www.venonakeyes.com/

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9 Responses to “Siblings! with Kim Fielding and Venona Keyes + Giveaway”

  1. Susan says:

    I have a brother fifteen months younger than me who resented me for establishing too high a standard for him in high school. We’ve since become close and he volunteered to help me drive from New Orleans shortly before Katrina to Utah where I moved to care for our parents. On the four day road trip with six cats we really bonded over a variety of unique experiences such as dosing the cats each morning before putting them in their carriers for the day. We both now live in Colorado within easy driving distance of each other.

  2. Jillian Too says:

    We always trust each other and can count on each other to be supportive in any situation. I can’t imagine life without my siblings.

  3. Trix says:

    My brother’s almost ten years older than I am, and has often fancied himself the voice of reason and authority. (My late dad never had any embarrassing advice about dating, but my brother gave me many unsolicited ones!) On the other hand, he’s incredibly kind and helpful, and always tries to solve people’s problems.

  4. Kim Fielding says:

    Thanks for your comments!

  5. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I have an older sister she is 2 years older and we were always pretty close growing up but now she is in the south of England and live in the North I haven’t seen her for about 5 years I don’t travel because of medical problems and she also can’t travel. But we e-mail and sometimes talk on the phone and Facebook.

  6. Sara says:

    My brother and I are six years apart, which apparently means that we have essentially grown up as if we were an only child, at least that’s what psychology says. We didn’t have a lot in common when we were children, but as adults I’d say we have a quite close and definitely good relationship. I wish we lived closer to one another than we do.

  7. H.B. says:

    Thank you for sharing about your own families. I have a big family and I can relate to Venona. We argue but we all get along. We have our differences but we also have out fun times. I enjoy the support system we provide each other even if we may not all be on the same footing.

  8. Angela says:

    Congrats on the release of Running Blind and a Happy Release Day!!!
    I have the ebook and look forward in reading :)

  9. James Escol says:

    I’m an only child so I can’t really relate on the feeling of having siblings. I think I’ve learned to be by myself all the time but don’t get me wrong, I have these so-called “moments” from time to time. I have a loving family so what I lack on the siblings department was replaced by the love I get from my cousins. They used to visit in our old house and we would always play the toys that I’ve collected for years. I have this cousin/bestfriend whom I love the most. By saying that, most of the times, I don’t feel alone at all. =)

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