Kendra Y. (Mims) Applewhite, founder of KYM Writes, is a writer, blogger and editor in the Chicagoland area. She graduated with a BA in Journalism (magazine concentration) from Columbia College Chicago and has more than 10 years of editorial experience, including feature writing, speech writing, grant writing, ghostwriting and content editing. She has published numerous articles on wellness, nursing, women's issues, business and healthcare in national print magazines and digital publications. She also writes and edits publications for nonprofit organizations.
Kendra is a proud introvert, a bit of a nerd (how much is debatable to those who really know her) and loves all things creative. When she is not writing, she can be found with her head in a good book, trying new restaurants with her hubby, working out or unleashing her inner movie buff. Kendra also loves writing fiction and published her first short story in the Avalon Literary Review. She is currently working on her first novel and short story collection.
To view some of Kendra's published work, visit https://kendraymims.contently.com/
A little bit more about me
(In my Own Words)...
I'm a creative writer, editor, content creator, coffee chic, believer and a book junkie who loves God and His gift of life.
My editorial background includes a variety of writing and editing, such as magazine writing, news articles, conference coverage, church newsletters, profile stories, social media marketing, digital copywriting, ghostwriting, speech writing and book editing for indie authors.
Creativity and purpose drive me every day. Throughout my writing journey, I've always had a heart for storytelling and a passion to use this form of art to inspire others. Whether I'm writing fiction, narratives, nonfiction content or blogging, I aspire to use my pen to encourage people. To tell stories and create characters to which others can relate. To help people realize their own strength in the midst of pain. And to illustrate how we can use our stories to help each other heal and overcome trials through faith, hope and love.
a few of my favorite things:
- Go-to Scriptures:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me/A man's gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men/Perfect love casts out all fear/Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
- Writing Mantra:
I use my creativity and pen to inspire others. I can do anything with faith, effort and courage.
- Authors I can read all day:
Adrienne Thompson, Walter Mosley, Colleen Hoover, Emily Giffin, Steven James, Brandilyn Collins, Valorie Burton, Sistah Soulijah, Stephen King, Victoria Christopher Murray, Kim Cash Tate, Junot Diaz, Ted Dekker, Richard Wright, Mark Edwards, Jeffery Deaver
- Quote for writer’s block:
'You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club' - Jack London/
- Places to lose track of time:
Bookstores, libraries, coffee shops
- Things to do:
Spending time with my hubby, family & friends, reading, writing (especially short stories), binge-watching my favorite Netflix shows, listening to music, going to the movies or theater
- Dream vacations:
Egypt, Paris, Italy, Croatia, Fiji, Bora Bora (in that order)
- Dishes and meals:
Mexican all day (Mediterranean and Sushi are tied for second place)/ Brunch is my favorite meal
- Places to visit:
Charlotte, Washington, D.C., New York
- Voices on repeat:
Chrisette Michele, Jill Scott, Kim Burrell, Karen Clark, Joe, Kimbra, Lauren Daigle, Audrey Assad, Adele, James Blake, Stevie Wonder, Andra Day, Emelie Sande, Maxwell