Hi, I’m Kim Fielding. I’m not a frilly, lacy, floral sort. I like… skulls. I like red and black. I never quite outgrew that punk stage I went through in high school. So when I tell you I’m interested in angels, maybe you won’t be surprised if it’s not the halo-wearing, harp-playing, cloud-stepping kind that I’m drawn to. No—I like fallen angels.
I don’t mean fallen angels in the Biblical sense. These aren’t beings who have sinned and were cast into hell. I’m talking instead about beautiful celestial creatures who made a mistake—hubris, perhaps—and have therefore been sent to live on Earth among ordinary mortals. I think maybe my idea of a fallen angel is influenced more by mythological concepts of punished deities like Prometheus, who suffered because he brought fire to humanity. My fallen angels are truly tragic figures, destroyed by their own weaknesses yet surviving due to their strengths.
Another concept I like to play with is what happens to these fallen angels after they spend some time among us. I suppose they’d be sad and lonely, separated from their own kind. Would they ever come to value human things—or maybe a single human being—so deeply that they no longer yearn to have their wings restored?
I explore these concepts in one of my new releases. “Standby” is a short story that appears in the Stranded anthology. I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but I will tell you that falling and flight figure into the tale.
“Standby” is actually just one of five (!) new releases I have for you. To celebrate, I’m doing a big Fieldingpalooza tour with prizes. Be an angel and come play along!
Kim’s new releases:
For more details on Kim’s books, as well as some free stories, visit her at http://kfieldingwrites.com/. You can also follow her on Twitter @KFieldingWrites and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/KFieldingWrites .