MK. That's the person behind the keyboard, pen, and pencil. That's Me. Those initials stand for Melody Kittles.
RM. That's the person who will get all the fame (or infamy, or be totally ignored [Ha! Try to ignore me. I dare you.]) when my literary fantasy works are published. That's Myself. Those initials stand for Robin McElveen.
So who is Robin McElveen (aka Melody Kittles)? And where did that pen name come from? My maternal grandmother's family are the McElveens of Independence, LA. Robin is one of my actual names.
I grew up in the oddest place for such an imaginative soul. The heart of Cajun Country was no place for a Southern Baptist girl who took her religious training to heart, created things, sang, read and wrote. I enjoyed learning. I loved being outside but not like the other kids. I went outside to revel in the beauty of nature, the sound and smell of it. The others went outside to hunt, fish, go mudding, etc. I never saw the purpose of being dead drunk and the thought of big crazy parties makes me ill. And there are those who might say I've never truly lived until I've experienced those things. To them, I would say I've lived a thousand lifetimes in my books and in my time as a wife, mother, and military spouse.
Cajun Country is also no place for literary fantasy fiction -- especially in the rural areas. I'm friends with most of the people who will give my books a try and that's not a long list. Thankfully, they are friends with more kindred spirits who share a love for the magic of 'what if'. And together, we will change the world! Oh, wait...well, we'll do what we can.
Why a blog? I already have my hands full being a wife and mother, a homeschool parent, and a writer. But I also realize the need for an online presence. There are lots of social media sites where you can find me. But the truth is, I try to stay away from them as much as possible. Being a stay-at-home mom, a homeschool parent, and a writer is like juggling two full-time jobs and one part-time obsession. On top of that, I want to go back to college since I never finished. There's just no time to get sucked into the feed and it's unavoidable. Having a blog provides a comfortable way to interact with my readers. I think interaction is important if we are to learn and grow.
This blog is to document my writing journey -- my successes, failures, discoveries, creations, defeats and victories. I'll share a post at least twice a month. That's as much as I can guarantee for now. Even during the summer, my job as a homeschool parent will continue. If I can squeeze in a short post somewhere along the way, I'll do that. I hope you'll join me and hang around for a while.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words and while I might disagree in theory, in the case of me, it might be true. You really can't get a true picture of the controlled chaos that is Melody Kittles without some kind of visual aid. My husband is a photographer and took the photos below. He edited the beautiful ones. I hope to soon have a photo I can use for the back cover of my upcoming novel. I guess it wouldn't work to use the Post-Apocalyptic one...or the zombie apocalypse one...
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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