Guest Author Kim Fielding – Night Shift

Most people probably think of prisons as being pretty terrifying places. And, well, they can be. But they’re not necessarily the scariest things we can imagine.

I have a friend who, because of the nature of her job, spends a fair amount of time visiting prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, probation offices, police stations, and the like. Sometimes she even has to go to the coroner’s office. She doesn’t mind. I’ve been with her on a couple of these visits and she’s completely calm. But tell her there’s a snake in the room and she’ll run away screaming.

A lot of my students work in various correctional facilities. I remember one student several years ago, a really big guy who spent his free time at the gym. He was a deputy sheriff who worked at the county jail. But on the day he had to give a presentation in front of the class, he spent a good half-hour beforehand in the bathroom, throwing up. Speaking in front of forty fellow students scared him more than facing cells full of inmates.

And I’ve spent some time in prisons, too. No, not like that. I got to go home at the end of the day. I’ve had lunch in a federal maximum security prison (turkey burgers) and in a Croatian prison (chocolate crepes for dessert). I’ve sat down across the table from a guy who’d spent the past ten years locked up and who, if he was very fortunate, would be released before AIDS debilitated him. But when I tried to go snorkeling in the bathtub-warm waters of the Florida Keys, I was too claustrophobic to keep my mask on, and I ended up staying in the boat instead.

In my new novella, Night Shift, Aiden Quinn has spent over half his life behind bars. He’s built up a lot of muscle and he knows how to stare down a threat. You know what makes his knees wobbly? Joining a book club.

Kim Fielding Night Shift

Night Shift at Dreamspinner Press:

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Aside from a sympathetic parole officer, Aiden Finn is alone in the world. He knows this is his last chance—after a lifetime in and out of prison, one more mistake will land him there to stay. Unfortunately, his job as a night custodian at a motel is neither satisfying nor good for building his confidence, and booze and burglary are always just a step behind him.

Enter beautiful, exotic, and secretive Luka Gabor, the motel’s new security guard. He seems to know a great deal about literature, history, and travel but otherwise remains a mystery. Aiden has to admit, the sex has never been better, and he might even be feeling the beginnings of friendship. He dares to hope that this time, he won’t mess things up—if lurking monsters don’t ruin his plans.

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  1. Hi Kim! Thank you so much for being a guest! It’s amazing sometimes what we find daunting. I know when I was in school, standing in front of the class was the absolute worst for me. My shyness was pretty intense. In college it got so bad I preferred to get an ‘F’ than stand in front of the class and talk. Luckily, a lot has happened since then and although I’m still shy, it’s nowhere near what it used to be and I’ve even taught a few classes too!

    Congratulations on Night Shift!

    • Thanks for hosting me, Charlie!
      I’ve seen hundreds of students nearly paralyzed over having to make a class presentation. I always tell them the only way to get over that fear is to do it again and again.

      • I agree. It’s tough, but you slowly learn to adapt. When I started freelancing in art years ago, I started going to a lot of anime/comic conventions where I had to do demo and interact with the public, and that started building up my confidence. When I was asked to teach folks how to draw at some events, I couldn’t very well say no, and I didn’t want to, so I learned, and now I’m like, ‘pff, bring it on!’

        We’ll see what happens when I do my first author Q&A or something. Though author readings is different altogether. Don’t know if I’ll ever be ready to read my own work out loud! lol.

        • I think I’d be fine with that–although I might blush over the sexy bits. :-) But I would rather be tortured than sing in public.

  2. This sounds SO good, I can’t wait to start!

  3. Sounds fantastic! I’ve loved everything else you’ve written, and I’m sure I’ll love this too. :)

    I got over my fear of speaking in public when I had to do a 45 minute presentation of a paper for an honors class in college. It was so freaking long I just couldn’t stay nervous the whole time, lol.

  4. Public speaking never bothered me but put me in a room with 2 or 3 and I’m horribly shy. Really looking forward to this book. It sounds wonderful and I love your writing.

    • I’m generally better in small groups than large, but because I speak for a living I’m also usually comfortable with public speaking–as long as there’s no camera!

      Thank you!

  5. I’m a Kim Fielding fan, too! (Ennek! yes!) This book, like her other works, sounds unique and fascinating. The thing that scares me the most is writing projects with looming deadlines. I freeze! Thanks!

    • Thank you so much! My darling Ennek, my first love. :-)

      I actually love deadlines. Without them I’d never get anything done.

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