OS: Welcome to Kim Fielding, here today to talk about her newest Audiobook release and the final installment of the series, Equipoise – narrated by the amazing Joel Leslie!
Maybe it’s no surprise to learn that characters feel very real to the authors who write them. For many of us, the people we create become so three-dimensional that they hijack plots, make us angry, or bring us to tears.
When I begin a book, I know only a little about the characters, much as if we’d just met. Sure, I might have a pretty good idea of their back story, but I don’t yet have a good handle on who they are as people. That understanding comes slowly, as I write. Eventually, they become my good friends. My family, even. I know what makes them tick. This makes the writing flow more smoothly, because I know exactly how my guys will think and act under particular circumstances, and although my original plots sometimes get rearranged, what remains is true to the characters.
That’s all wonderful from a craft point of view. Falling in love with characters makes for better books. But there’s a downside: eventually the book is over. I have to leave my beloved creations. This can be surprisingly difficult, emotionally. Although I’m usually happy to have finished a project, I’m sad to be leaving my friends. And the parting is even harder when I’ve known them for a long time—when I’m wrapping up a series.
I’ve been speaking in generalities, but now I’ll get specific. Perhaps the toughest time I’ve had with ending a series came when I wrote the last word of Equipoise, the final book in the Ennek trilogy. That’s because these were my first three novels. Ennek and Miner were my first literary offspring, and as I learned this Fall when my oldest daughter went off to college, letting the first ones go is heart-wrenching.
But here’s the good news. Now that a several years have passed since I finished the series, my guys are back in my life. That’s because the fabulously talented Joel Leslie has narrated the second and third books in the series! (The first book is also available as an audiobook, but with a different narrator. It’s a long story.) Joel has brought Ennek and Miner and the rest of the cast to life. It’s like that scene in The Wizard of Oz when everything’s suddenly gone technicolor.
I can’t tell you how much I love listening to Joel read these books! Well, yes I can tell you because I’m doing it right now. His accents and his emotional nuances are spot-on, and he has captured the essence of even minor characters. I’ve been reunited with my old loves and discovered they’re better than ever.
If this doesn’t quite entice you to make Ennek and Miner’s acquaintance, I’ll also point out that all my royalties go to Doctors Without Borders. So when you buy the audiobooks, you’re also supporting an excellent cause.
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.
What character(s) did you miss the most after finishing a book? Comment here to answer. In one week, I’ll randomly choose one commenter to win the audiobook of Flux plus the ebook of my short novella, Corruption.