Hi! Kim Fielding here to celebrate the release of Love Has No Direction, my 26th novel!
One of the main characters in this book, Wes Anker, lives in a revamped school bus and drives a white delivery van he has named Morrison (cue rimshot). Yes, that’s a terrible pun, but I’m susceptible to those. I named my second car Helen… Helen Wheels, of course. (It was a Honda Accord hatchback, so don’t picture something with flames shooting out the exhaust.)
I name most of my vehicles. Actually, the very first car my then-boyfriend (now husband) and I owned came to us with a name: Sidney. When we acquired Sidney—a 1971 Dodge Dart—he had 192,000 miles on him, and we felt like it was far too late to ditch the name. Helen came next.
Our vehicle names usually reflect some aspect of the car’s character. My beloved Mini, which is red with a giant skull-and-crossbones on the black roof, is Mick. I once owned a fire-engine-red 1955 Ford pickup truck, which I called Fred. Our nice but utterly boring Acura SUV was Bob.
My husband has a Tesla. Interestingly, you pretty much have to name your Tesla in order for the phone app to work (functioning as your car keys, among other things). After some discussion, my family settled on George, which is a reference to a family in-joke. We might have named the car after Nikola Tesla himself, except we’d already done that with our cat, Niki.
I’m not sure how many people name their cars. Boats get names, right? And so do some (but not all) airplanes. And many of us spend so much time with and money on our cars that it makes sense to me that we’d name them. But maybe car names work better as the vehicles age and develop their personal quirks: the annoying ding on the front passenger door, the air vent that never works right, the funny noise that sometimes happens when you’re zooming up a hill. Those quirks help differentiate your car from all the identical ones that rolled off the production line.
As for Wes, he lives a solitary existence, with his van his only real link to the rest of humanity. So it made sense to me that he’d think of it as an entity rather than simply an anonymous vehicle.
How about you? Have you named any cars or other vehicles?
Check out Love Has No Direction today!
A Love Can’t Novel
Yet another series of poor decisions lands Parker Levin back in his mother’s house, working at her coffee shop, and feeling like a failure. Then he learns his ex-boyfriend has died by suicide and things go from bad to worse. When he meets a handsome stranger, he doesn’t have much left to lose.
Ten years ago Wesley Anker made a grave mistake. Since then he’s lived in near isolation, supporting himself by making custom furniture and only rarely connecting with other people. When he attempts to make amends, he encounters Parker, a beautiful and colorful young man, and he agrees to Parker’s impulsive request to join him.
Together, Parker and Wes find quick friendship and fierce attraction. But Wes’s past demons haunt his footsteps, and Parker’s struggle to plan a future has him stumbling through life. Then they uncover evidence that suggests Parker’s ex’s death might not have been a straightforward suicide, and every path seems to lead to dead ends and destruction. Can Parker and Wes find their way to lasting love when the route is hidden?
Kim Fielding is the bestselling, award-winning 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.
Having migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States, Kim calls California home. She lives there with her family 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.