DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
If you've ever felt like your life is out of control, if you've ever felt like no matter what you do, it's just not enough, then this book is for you. Forced To Be Here is an intimate look at the life of a rock star and his wife, Jenny, who struggled with depression. The book describes the couple's journey through depression and isolation. In this story, Jenny finds herself struggling to live in a world she never wanted to be a part of – and never agreed to be a part of. She feels alienated as she tries to go on with her daily life, forced to live in a place she never wanted to be in. Mental health awareness is a recurring theme for this book, and the truth is it is something that is needed now more than ever before! There are so many stories out there right now of people who have gone through mental health issues or suicide attempts or thoughts - it's up to us as their friends and family members to be there for them by listening when they need us most. You will find yourself feeling connected to the characters. You will see yourself in the situations they are in and feel why Jenny felt like she was forced to be here.
While working as a photographer for major rock bands, MGV Sumerall captured images of Supermen who had no Kryptonite - they only sang about it! He had the opportunity to spend time with some of the biggest rock bands in the world at that time, such as 3 Doors Down, Nickelback, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, 7, Mary, 3, and Theory of a Deadman.
MGV grew up in the great state of Mississippi, served in US Naval Intel, graduated from Mississippi State University, invented a weather app called Temp'n (available on Apple App Store and Google Play Store), and wrote stories, songs, and poems his entire life. This book, Forced To Be Here, has been in the making for over twenty years, and he is finally ready to share it with the world!
While this book has many lighthearted parts, the ones with shadows and darkness matter the most. Depression is real, and so are its demons. MGV hopes Forced To Be Here sheds light on those demons in a way that relates to those who can't find their voice. While some may feel they are truly "forced to be here," it's important to remember that you have people in your life that are glad you are here.