Blog Tour: Equipoise (Ennek #3) by Kim Fielding

Kim Fielding is here today to talk about the re-release of the third book in her alternate universe series, the Ennek Trilogy

I’m Kim Fielding, and I’m not exactly a fashion plate.

As I write this, I’m wearing fuzzy blue socks, skull-print leggings, one of my several Dreamspinner T-shirts, and a slightly ratty oversized gray sweater I bought a few years ago at H&M in Croatia. Yeah, I doubt Vogue will come calling on me anytime soon.

While I may not often expend a lot of thought and energy on my own wardrobe, I think about clothing a lot when I write. What a character wears tells us a great deal about his place his life, his socioeconomic status, his goals, and the image he presents to others. For example, in a book I have coming out next month (Love Is Heartless), small but mighty Detective Nevin Ng wears custom-tailored suits with bright-colored dress shirts. On the other hand, Jimmy from Rattlesnake wears work boots, old jeans, and whatever T-shirts he happens to own—although nowadays he also wears the blue Pendleton flannel shirt that his boyfriend Shane gave him. Chris from the Bones series is also in old jeans, but his T-shirt probably sports a faded logo from a rock group. And William from The Tin Box tends toward loafers, khaki slacks, and button-down shirts.

Dressing characters in contemporary stories is important, but the details become even more vital when writing in other genres. For example, when I wrote The Pillar, I did a fair amount of research on clothing from 15th century Bosnia, and for my upcoming short, “The Tale of August Hayling,” I needed to know what a gold miner in 1850 California would be wearing.

Fantasy stories give a writer all sorts of chances to be creative about costuming. But of course clothes should reflect the culture, the climate, and the level of technology. The first book of my Ennek trilogy, Stasis, takes place in the city-state of Praesidium—which is essentially late 19th century alternate-universe San Francisco. Ennek is the son of the city’s Chief, so he wears formal wool suits with long top coats. When he and Miner travel across the ocean to alternate-universe China in Flux, however, their clothing changes considerably, falling more along the lines of loose trousers and silk tunics—and a scarf for Miner, to hide the slave collar he still wears. And now we’ve come to the final book, Equipoise, where they’ll return home. They’re still fugitives, however, and they end up spending time in a nearby city-state where clothing styles tend more toward 19th century frontier wear.

I have a lot more fun dressing my characters than I do choosing my own outfits. Clearly.

What do some of your favorite fictional people wear?


Ennek, the son of the Chief, and Miner, a former slave, have escaped the totalitarian city-state of Praesidium and remain fugitives. Having defeated two mighty wizards, they begin to realize complete freedom can be as dangerous as absolute power. Now Ennek and Miner must face battles, corruption, and further journeys through lands both new and familiar.

As they grow more secure in their relationship, they learn the greatest challenges sometimes come from very close to the heart and everything of value has a price. With the help of a few allies, they seek equipoise—a balance for themselves and for their world.

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About Kim Fielding:

Kim Fielding is the bestselling 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.

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 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.

Twitter: @KFieldingWrites

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