*****Sex and Humor*****
You might get funny looks if you read my books. Someone, might even stare.
Recently, I was tagged in a Facebook post from a fan who had been reading Thicker Than Water on the subway. She burst out into laughter, which gained her some unexpected attention.
I don’t do it on purpose, or maybe I should say that I don’t realize I’m being funny. But there are two elements that wind up in every book I write: sex and humor. These two things don’t usually go hand in hand, but they both have benefits. Yes, sex and laughter have health benefits.
Both release endorphins which make you feel good. And who couldn’t use a few more endorphins? Sex and laughter both boost your immune response. You get sick less! Both also can relax you and help you sleep better. Sex and laughter burn calories, leading to a thinner and happier you. Another mutual benefit is the increase blood flow to the face, making you glow. Both also relieve pain.
Don’t get me wrong, Thicker Than Water isn’t an erotic piece, but there is a romance and two of my characters wind up under the sheets.
I often say that life is too short not to have fun. As I lost a loved one recently, this point has only solidified as he was the ripe age of 48 when his brain decided to bleed out. None of us are guaranteed another day, so make the most of what you have. Live your life to the fullest. Laugh as much as you can. Love someone so deeply it hurts and make love to them often (it’ll keep you both around longer!) Enjoy what life has to offer.
Maybe this is why I add sex and humor into my books. We writers write because we love it. We publish because we want you to love it too. We want to share what we have with the world. I want to share laughter, to bring joy along with a good story to people’s lives.
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*****ABOUT THE AUTHOR*****
Kim Mullican grew up in a tiny farming community in Northwest Indiana. As a young girl, she helped on the farm where her family has lived for four generations. This helped instill in Kim a strong work ethic and love for animals.
She excelled in English and Literature writing several short stories before going off to college. She attended International Business College in Fort Wayne then Indiana Wesleyan University where she studied business management.
She continued writeing off and on for pleasure until 2006. A serious life change had left her with a bout of insomnia that lasted nearly two years. It was then that she discovered there deep passion for craft of writing.
She began publishing her books in 2011 and hasn’t looked back.
Q. When and why did you begin writing? What inspired you to write your first book?
I have written stories for pleasure as long as I can remember. I had notebook upon notebook of little stories I wrote as a child. I started writing seriously in 2006 during a serious case of post-divorce insomnia. Tired of tossing and turning, I decided to write a story that was swimming around in my head. It was my first published piece…and not the best example of writing.
Q. What book(s) / author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
I was a big fan of Grisham for a long time, and then his books grew redundant for me. Plus, since divorcing a lawyer, I don’t really want to read about them anymore. Then David Baldacci became my obsession. He still is. But the list of authors who inspired me is as long as my arm: Kelly Armstrong, Charlotte Bronte, Charlaine Harris, Joe Konrath, John Steinbeck, and John Green just to name a few.
However, one book that seriously changed how I view the world is the Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. While it’s a completely dry read, and a work of fiction, it contained facts about how energy is moved from person to person, or person to object. For example, when two people argue, scientists can view on a thermal imaging camera, a bubble of energy going from the person who is the aggressor, to the person who is losing said argument. This is why you feel drained after a heated dispute. Yes, people can literally suck the life right out of you. (Which explained my first marriage entirely!) And now, you can see my inner nerd at work ;)
Q. Tell us about your characters and how they came to be? Have they been in your head for a long time?
Michelle Mott, the main character and my private investigator, really spoke to me. She’s inquisitive and lonely. But she had an interesting story to tell. Daniel Cardinale is just a hot mess. His story is a little heart wrenching. At first glance, he seems to have it all. The world hasn’t been very nice to him, but he’s sweet nonetheless. And my favorite, Gino Salito, the crime boss. Of course, Gino is a handsome older man. His hands are dirty but there’s just something loveable about him.
Q. What motivates you to write?
Equal parts insanity and masochism. This industry isn’t for the faint of heart or thin skinned. But I love it.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing?
Editing. I love writing. Editing is the challenge. Discovering a plot hole you have to fill or realizing you head hopped stinks.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
The lesson my book teaches is one that I learned long ago. Family isn’t in your genetic code. Family is who you make your family, i.e. blood isn’t always thicker than water.
Q. Where do you get your ideas?
Oh, this is going to be very anti-climactic. I have no idea. Sometimes I have a riff-off with my oldest spawn. She’ll come up with something that’ll get my brain going in an entirely different direction. It’s sort of like the most insane game of word association. She says, “coffee,” and I think serial killer. (I know, it makes no sense, but it works.)
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
My father is in awe of me. My mother wonders where this side of me comes from. A few of my books are dark and twisted and I think that worries them. My husband and children are proud, but that’s about where it ends. Also, my husband thinks my head is a very scary place to reside. But he loves me anyway.
Q. What is the best advice you would give to inspiring authors?
Read. Read a lot. Read ten times more than you write. Have someone insult you for fifteen minutes. If you can’t take that…you probably can’t take this business. Critiques are difficult to accept and a bad review is even worse. Don’t expect to make any money either. If you make good money, it’ll be a nice surprise. There are a few who’ve made a truck load of cash at this, but there are far more who run in the negative by the time they pay for editing and cover art. If you’re going to write, do it because you love to write.
Q. What book are you reading now?
I just finished re-reading The Winner by David Baldacci. It’s by far my favorite read. (The spine is falling apart.)
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