Hi! I’m Kim Fielding, and I’m going to tell you a secret. I really wish I could draw. I can’t. I mean, even stick figures are a stretch for me, and this pains me so much because I can see the art in my head. I just can’t get it out of there. My younger daughter, who’s 11, draws very well. Lately she’s been making lovely mermen and fabulously detailed dragons, and all I can do is wonder where that talent came from. Not my husband—he can’t draw either.
That’s not the only talent I wish I had. I also wish I could sing. I cannot carry a tune to save my life. Once when my younger daughter was 2 and riding in the car with me, she asked me to sing. I did. But she immediately interrupted. “No, Mommy! Sing song!” After that, I just turned on the radio. She sings beautifully, by the way, as does my older daughter. That they got from their father, who was in choir when he was a kid.
I can’t draw and I can’t sing (and you don’t even want to ask what happens when I attempt a sport). But I can write. And that brings me to my main point: we don’t get to choose our muses. They choose us.
My muse is a middle-aged lady with curly graying hair. She looks a little like a cross between Meryl Streep and Kathy Bates, and she has a fondness for bondage gear. If I could draw her for you, I would, but I know she’d only get angry with me over my efforts. She’s not forgiving, my muse, and she does not compromise. Honestly, she can be a cruel bitch. But I wouldn’t trade her for anything. I wouldn’t even trade her for muses who would help me paint like Picasso and sing like Aretha Franklin. Hell, I’d carve a statue in her honor—if I could sculpt.
In my new release, Bone Dry, Ery Phillips is a graphic artist who fears his muse has abandoned him. He probably scared her away with the mundane stuff he’s forced to create for his day job. A trip to his friends’ farm brings a new source of inspiration—and a whole bucketful of new issues to resolve.
Bone Dry is one of my five (!) upcoming releases. To celebrate, I’m doing a big Fieldingpalooza blog tour, complete with contests. Please join me! You can bring your muse.
Kim’s new releases:
The Dance—in the Bones anthology (Gothika vol. 2)—releases October 27—available now for preorder!
The Festivus Miracle—releases November 1—all proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders—available now for preorder!
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For more details on Kim’s books, as well as some free stories, visit her at http://kfieldingwrites.com/ . You can also follow her in Twitter @KFieldingWrites and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KFieldingWrites .