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A Little Somethin’ About Melinda And Her Website

I started writing stories when I was six years old, and I’ve been truckin’ on ever since.  The tales I wrote in the ’70s involved Mr. and Mrs. Pancake and their scheme to get off the breakfast plate before someone ate them.  Some years passed, and when I was 10 years old I penned “Walking Beans”– my first poem.  In fifth grade, I tried my hand at personal essays; my favorite piece was about my former cop dad “making meatloaf” out of bad guys.

 

 

Pancakes, beans, and meatloaf … wait, there seems to be a theme going on here.  As soon as I entered junior high, writing about food became a thing of my “dark past.”

 

 

During high school, I filled multiple spiral notebooks with diary entries and poems, based on the hurts and joys only a teen seems to experience with such intensity.  When I started college, my focus switched from me to “them” as I chronicled the lives of other people while I obtained my degree in journalism.  After I graduated, I continued writing nonfiction while in my position as a newspaper reporter.

 

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My mom printed out my poem and laminated it.  Those are some of my poem books.

 

Fortunately, I’m at a point in my life where I can concentrate on fiction once again—and launch a serious pursuit of fulfilling my long-time dream of becoming a multi-published novelist.

I turned 45 in March 2017, so of course the characters and situations I currently write about are much more exciting and complex than those I created as a first-grader!  Now, Melinda Freeland is writing “Christian Contemporary Fiction You Can Relate To.”

Yes, you guessed it: I just worked my tagline into this “About” page.  Please memorize it and associate it forever-more with AUTHOR Melinda Freeland.

 

 

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My favorite Bible cover!  — inside is my favorite Bible to use, my Life Application Study Bible, NLT.

 

 

 

My story peeps are your closest friends, your neighbors, your fellow church attendees, your family members or your boyfriends over the years—people you can relate to.  Individuals in my novels will undergo emotions that you’ve endured, or someone you know has experienced, and they’ll face challenges and conflicts based on real-life situations that a reader might have already dealt with or could realistically encounter at one point in her life.

Let me emphasize my books will contain 100% human characters who live in either the present-day, or in settings no further back in history than my lifetime.  So … I will not write about aliens, or zombies, or vampires, or talking animals.  I won’t write about Egyptian pyramids or Medieval knights or petticoats or anything even remotely associated with intergalactic travel.

This doesn’t mean I don’t read or like some of those types of stories.  In fact, Rhiannon Frater’s zombie-invasion novel The First Days: As The World Dies was a dang good book, and some of my favorite historical novels are John Jakes’ The North and South, and Jean Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear.

So, I do read various genres, but the books I will write are CONTEMPORARY Christian romance novels and women’s fiction.

 

 

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Some of my fav books displayed on one of my many bookshelves.

 

 

I may write about the life of “today’s woman,” but she won’t be a female who lives in some exotic land where few, if any, of us have ever visited, or who carries some elite job title that we readers have to guess what kind of duties she might perform in that career field.  Most of us can’t relate to those women—and remember I’m all about writing “Christian Contemporary Fiction You Can Relate To.”  Okay, I promise I won’t mention my tagline again on this page.

This website will take you with me on my voyage from “writer” to “multi-published novelist.”  Hopefully you’ll stay aboard long after I reach my first destination, and you’ll continue the dynamic ride with me throughout my writing career.

From my blog, you’ll learn about my struggles during the process of completing a novel and about the joy and challenges I experience on my faith journey.  You’ll be “let in” on the inner details of a writer’s life.  You’ll find out all the things that provide food to get this writer’s creative juices flowing and keep her story ideas growing—such as my entertaining family, my deepening friendship with Jesus, the music I love, my interesting friends, and the current events and other happenings that rock my world.

 

 

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One of the subjects I’ll talk about here or there will be my interesting friends and family, and how I add them or things they have done into my novels.  My family likes to take yearly, week-long vacations.  Pictured above is our trip last summer to the Cayman Islands – and yes, that’s a sting ray we’re petting.

 

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Another fun family trip during Spring Break three years ago at the Grand Canyon.  (My son today is as tall as his dad – six feet!)

 

 

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I’ll be writing in blog posts about how music contributes to my writing.  I listen to music of all genres, but country is one of my favorites.  Hmmh, I wonder who is one of my fav male country singers?

 

 

If you’re a fellow writer, you can follow my story and discover that you’re not alone in the questions you may have or the frustrating issues you must tackle.

If you’re not a writer, don’t fear!  I won’t just cover things that only other writers can relate to, but melindafreeland.com is also for people who enjoy connecting with other Christians.

Of course, this website is most definitely for readers—and more readers!  One example of how it’s for readers is every fourth Friday, I’ll write and share a review about “a really good book.”  I won’t waste readers’ time or hurt any author’s feelings by posting negative critiques.  This is only one example of whether you write, or just love to read, you’re bound to find something intriguing here!

 

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Lots and lots of posts will be forthcoming about my faith journey.  This is the road sign for my AWESOME church.

 

 

I plan to make entries on my blog at least four times a week on these days and under these titles: Musing Monday; Word Wednesday; Fun Friday; and Scripture Sunday.  Some of my posts will include photos of people and places portrayed in my current Work in Progress (WIP), as well as tons of pictures illustrating this writer’s world.

 

 

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Scripture Sundays coming your way!  This is the Bible (Life Application Study Bible, NLT) that I currently take with me to Bible Study classes.

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read a little (did I say little?) somethin’ about me and my website.  I promise my Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday blog posts will be much shorter than what you’re reading right now!  Those Musing Monday posts though …

You can keep up to date on the most recent entries to my blog by signing up to get notifications sent to your email.  Go to the top left of any page on this website, and enter your email address and name in the “Follow Blog via Email” box.

To find out more about my first novel, Love, Texas – Population 2, check out my BOOKS tab at the top bar of any page.

Want to know even more about me or are you looking for Press Kit usable photos or info?  Click on the PRESS / MEDIA tab at the top bar of any page.

To ask me a question or send me a comment, fill out the CONTACT form at the top bar of any page.  I promise to reply quickly!

We can also connect via multiple social media websites.  You can go to either the top right corner of my website, or the footer of any page, and click on one of the social media icons.

Many blessings and much laughter!

 

 

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Laughter IS the best medicine!  One of my absolute most precious pixs of my dad and me while I was in high school.  I’m sure he told one of his goofy jokes!  My mom took this picture and developed it herself for a photography class she was taking at the time.

 

 

4 comments

  1. Love your website and am so excited about all you are doing. Can’t wait to read your book! Many blessings to you! Love and hugs, Aunt Karla

    P.S. I adore the picture of you and your Dad laughing!

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  2. Looks awesome, Melinda! We need to peruse each other’s bookshelves sometime. I see we have a couple of favorite authors in common. Best wishes on the book launch! Can’t wait to read it:)

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