Literary Pilgrimage by Kim Fielding

literary pilgrimage

Hi! Kim Fielding here, and I have a new book out. Yay! The Spy’s Love Song is the tale of a jaded rock star and a State Department operative who end up in deep trouble in a country with a repressive totalitarian government. And there’s romance.

Have you ever made a literary pilgrimage: visited a place because it was a setting for a book you enjoyed? Or maybe you were in a particular location already, and you enjoyed it more because you’d read about it in a story.

During a recent trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I had the opportunity to visit Višegrad. It’s a small town, but it’s famous as the setting for the novel Bridge on the Drina, by Nobel Prize winner Ivo Andrić. The novel offers a look at the complicated history of the region by showing the events that transpire on and near the bridge, badly damaged during World War I but rebuilt. I had the really fun experience of taking a water taxi on the Drina. I have very little idea what the boat captain said during our little trip, since I understand only a few words of the language, but it was still pretty cool to float right under that bridge. Then I had coffee in the faux town created by a filmmaker to honor Andrić.



Several years ago, when my older daughter was eleven, we were lucky enough to spend several days in London. Not only did we take a train into King’s Cross station—a thrill for her as a Harry Potter fan—but we later did a Potter-themed walking tour. She got a huge kick out of visiting “Diagon Alley” and other locations.

Have you read Shira Anthony’s Blue Notes series? One of the books, Prelude, is set in Chicago. During one of my visits to that city, Shira and Venona Keyes (who co-authored that book and is a Chicagoland native) gave a group of us a walking tour of some of the story’s locations. That tour was fun for the camaraderie as well as for the sights.

I travel pretty frequently, and wherever I happen to find myself, I always enjoy the trip a little more when I can scout out book settings.

What about my new book? Well, most of it takes place in Starograd, the capital of Vasnytsia. I’m afraid you can’t pay a visit to Starograd since it’s a fictional place. But you can go to Sarajevo, which inspired much of the city’s geography and architecture. Or San Francisco, where the opening scenes take place. I’m afraid few of us can afford the penthouse at the Fairmont Hotel, where Jaxon Powers begins his journey, but you can take a peek here.

Do you dream of—or have you taken—any literary pilgrimages?


Check out The Spy’s Love Song today!






For a singer and a spy, love might be mission impossible.

Jaxon Powers has what most only dream of. Fame. Fortune. Gold records and Grammy awards. Lavish hotel suites and an endless parade of eager bedmates. He’s adored all over the world—even in the remote, repressive country of Vasnytsia, where the tyrannical dictator is a big fan. The State Department hopes a performance might improve US relations with a dangerous enemy. But it means Jaxon’s going in alone… with one exception.

Secret agent Reid Stanfill has a covert agenda with global ramifications. Duty means everything to him, even when it involves protecting a jaded rock star. Jaxon and Reid’s mutual attraction is dangerous under Vasnytsia’s harsh laws—and matters get even worse when they’re trapped inside the borders. Romance will have to wait… assuming they make it out alive.


Author Bio:

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.

Follow Kim:

Twitter: @KFieldingWrites


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