In past blogs, I've mentioned what writing means to me, how it impacts my life, and how serious I take the written word. I've wondered just what else could I possibly say about writing, other than it's a grueling creative process that takes on many different forms.
I think of the thousand of hours I spent writing MELLO & JUNE. Many have asked how long did it take you to write it? And, the answer is, four months. That may seem pretty quick, and it is, but you have to realize that I can type up to 200 wpm when I'm in the zone, so it takes nothing for me to bang out a novel, once I gather my research material and get my creative juices to flowing.
Also, I've been asked by many when did I find the time to write, and the answer to that is, every single free minute I have, I write! I never leave time undone. I make sure to do something in my time that is creative. When I sleep, I sometimes dream of storylines, and I'll wake up and write those dreams down, and they come in handy later on in a chapter.
Another thing, as a writer, that I always do is observe! Those that know me know that I got a mouth on me that will not quit, but I also learned there is a time and place for everything, so if I'm not cussing somebody out, I'm observing what happens around me, and I use that material later to write about. The tinest, smallest thing you see happening around you, you may think means nothing, but I take that and write it down. I keep a notepad with me at all times, because life happens always, and I get some really great material from just watching YOU!
Which brings me to MELLO & JUNE! Mello is comprised of men that I was involved with at various times in my life. Every characteristic you learn about Mello, I took something from each of my Ex's to bring him to life! Every character you meet in this love story are people I know personally--which is why the women and men who have read it really identify with the characters, because I made sure to make them as real as possible.
For those of you who have purchased MELLO & JUNE, I thank you for emails, calls and texts of how much you are enjoying the book, how easy it is to follow, and how descriptive it is. I'm very thrilled to hear that my readers are really feeling the book! I knew this would be the reaction, once people started reading it. Not to toot my own horn, but I know this is a great story, not just because I wrote it (most humbling of smiles), but because it's original and different, which is what sets my writing style apart from other writers!
If you enjoy theatre, plays, music, poetry and storytelling, then my novel is a must-have book! MELLO & JUNE is on sale now by going to www.kimberlyraneehicks.com or by calling my publisher direct at 1-888-795-4274 (answers 24/7)! And, with the Holidays here, what better gift to give to your avid reader~~one that has all the drama and spice you can handle! Happy Reading!