I hope you are enjoying the start to 2017. I can hardly believe we aren't too far off being half way through the first month of the year already. Today I have the pleasure of getting to know a new author to me, Michelle Stimpson. Welcome, Michelle. How did you develop a 'love of story'?
When I write love stories, I usually think of the character arc first. How are the main characters at the beginning of the story, how are they at the end of the story, and what caused that change, and how the romance enhances their growth.
Great place to start. How much time do you spend researching?
This is going to sound bad, but as little as possible. I use my imagination as much as possible to create locations so that a book doesn't become dated or geographically bound if at all possible. I like for my readers to feel like this story could happen just about anywhere at any time. It's a habit I picked up when I was writing for my HS students who were struggling readers. They had a hard time relating to characters/plots if there was too much context. I started writing short stories for them. I focused on themes and characters and they understood the stories much better.
I shy away from 'real' places as well. I understand your book is co-authored with CaSandra McLaughlin. What is your favorite scene in your story, Package Deal?
My favorite scene is one of the first scenes, when Megan discovers the package that she never got from her ex-boyfriend and her heart flips out. There are so many possibilities in her life at that point. It's like anything could happen - I like that part in a book!
You have me intrigued. :) What are you working on next?
While I do have a novella in the works, I'm moving more into non-fiction and it's exciting! I feel like I'm starting over (fiction readers don't always cross over). It's challenging, but I know God will guide me in this transition. The book I'm releasing in January 2017 is entitled "Get in the Word For Real" and it's a fun devotional/journal.
That's great that you have nonfiction ideas too. How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
When I write romance, I’m extremely conscious of writing what I call “responsible” romance. I minister to a lot of married women who are disillusioned about what it means to be married. I don’t write things that contribute to unrealistic expectations because I’ve seen this fantasy tear families apart. I don’t want to be part of the problem in the name of entertainment or sales.
Beyond that, I never want a woman to read my book and say, “Wow! That guy really changed her life! If I could just find the perfect guy, my life would be great!” (Unless, of course, that “guy” is Jesus.)
Amen, Jesus is the only perfect person. Where can readers connect with you?
Thanks for asking!
My website/blog is www.MichelleStimpson.com
Facebook Page: Facebook.com/MichelleStimpsonWrites
Ministry for Wives: www.WarriorWives.Club
It's been great having you here, Michelle. I wish you and your fellow writers on this collection, all the best with your writing.