Finding Home with Kim Fielding – Post + Giveaway

June 8, 2016

Finding Home

Hi! I’m Kim Fielding, here to talk to you about my brand-new book. Love Can’t Conquer is my 14th novel, and it released last Friday. I have to tell you, release day never gets less exciting.

Like several of my other books, this one is set in Portland, Oregon. I grew up there, and while I’ve spent the past decades elsewhere—mostly California—Portland still feels like home. A big chunk of my family still lives there, so I visit at least once a year. In fact, I was just there two days ago, and after a week in beautiful Vancouver, BC, I’ll be back in Portland for a few more days.

What makes a place feel like home? I’ve thought about this a lot. About eight years ago, I had an unexpected chance to visit Zagreb, Croatia, for a week. I’d never been there and had never given it much thought. But almost immediately after I arrived, I thought, I could live here. Something about Zagreb called to me, even though I didn’t speak Croatian. Maybe it’s my ancestral roots, since one of my grandfathers was from Trieste, Italy, which is only about 100 miles away. Maybe it’s the locals’ penchant for sipping espresso while sitting in cafés—one of my favorite activities. Maybe it’s the combination of a long history and a good dash of quirkiness. After all, Zagreb is home to the Museum of Broken Relationships, among other attractions. In any case, I looked for additional chances to live in Zagreb, once for a semester and then again for a month. I’ve visited for a few shorter periods too. And although my command of the language is still extremely rudimentary, Zagreb is home.

So what calls to me about Portland, aside from my family? I like the weather. My husband, a 4th gen Californian, complains about the rain. But what better climate to do my favorite things: read, write, and drink coffee? I like all the green and the proximity to ocean and mountains. And I like Portland’s quirkiness, of course.

Neither of the characters in my new book are originally from Portland. In fact, Jeremy and Qay came from the same small town in Kansas. But Jeremy moved west long ago, and Portland is very much his home today. Qay’s a newcomer, unsettled in many senses of the word. I think he deserves a place to call home too.

What makes a place feel like home to you? Comment here with your answer. I’ll randomly choose one commenter to win a signed print copy of my novel Stasis.

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Check out Love Can’t Conquer today!

Blurb:

Bullied as a child in small-town Kansas, Jeremy Cox ultimately escaped to Portland, Oregon. Now in his forties, he’s an urban park ranger who does his best to rescue runaways and other street people. His ex-boyfriend, Donny—lost to drinking and drugs six years earlier—appears on his doorstep and inadvertently drags Jeremy into danger. As if dealing with Donny’s issues doesn’t cause enough turmoil, Jeremy meets a fascinating but enigmatic man who carries more than his fair share of problems.

Qayin Hill has almost nothing but skeletons in his closet and demons in his head. A former addict who struggles with anxiety and depression, Qay doesn’t know which of his secrets to reveal to Jeremy—or how to react when Jeremy wants to save him from himself.

Despite the pasts that continue to haunt them, Jeremy and Qay find passion, friendship, and a tentative hope for the future. Now they need to decide whether love is truly a powerful thing or if, despite the old adage, love can’t conquer all.

9 Responses to “Finding Home with Kim Fielding – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Rick Stilson says:

    I love Kims writing. Such rich characters. Cannot wait to read this new one!

  2. Su says:

    Congratulations on your latest book ‘Finding Home’, which have added to my wish list :D and thank you for a chance to win a copy of Stasis.

    What makes a home for me is the people (and fur babies) that who are there with me and the memories, good, bad, happy, we share.

  3. Trix says:

    For me, it’s a combination of easy public transit and walkable streets, brick-and-mortar book and record stores, a thriving art scene, and good food and coffee. Proximity to an ocean doesn’t hurt, either!

  4. Kim Fielding says:

    Thanks so much, Rick! I hope you enjoy this one too.

  5. Kim Fielding says:

    Thank you, Su! I love your definition of home.

  6. Kim Fielding says:

    Trix, you’re describing Portland pretty well! Some of my favorite features too.

  7. waxapplelover says:

    Congrats on a new release! My feeling of home usually comes with familiarity and comfort. When you can notice even a tiny change in your surroundings, like “Oh, there’s a new burger place in that strip mall!”

  8. Kim Fielding says:

    Thanks, waxapplelover! I love it when you can say things like, “Oh, you know, where the skating rink used to be.” And the rink’s been gone for 20 years.

  9. Kim Fielding says:

    Su, you’re the randomly chosen winner! Can you please email me (kim@kfieldingwrites) with your snail mail address so I can send you your prize?

    Thank you!

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