Michelle, describe yourself for our visitors.
I’m somewhat goofy, kind of serious, definitely joyful. I’m a wife and mom of two teens. And every day, I fall deeper in love with Jesus.
How do you find time to connect with God?
First thing in the morning, I’m up talking to God. But even more now, I find that our conversation continues throughout the day. And I wind down with Him every night. Our relationship is amazing!
Do you have a favorite bible verse and or quote you wish to share?
My favorite verse changes – depending on what I’m meditating on. Right now, I’m meditating on Psalm 119:36 – Turn my heart toward your statutes, not toward selfish gain.
Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?
I know this might be weird, but my favorite books are generally non-fiction. I do have several all-time favorite fiction books – these are the ones that inspired me to write my own: In Search of Satisfaction (J. California Cooper); Bliss (Gabrielle Pina); Tumbling (Dianne McKinney Whetstone).
As far as non-fiction goes, I tend to read women and men of God who analyze the Word and make it crystal clear!
Tell us about your journey to publication.
My journey was short and sweet, thank God! I wrote my first full-length novel, Boaz Brown, in the fall of 2001, sent it in to publisher (Walk Worthy Press) in January of 2002. The publisher (Denise Stinson) said it needed “a lot of work” and she made suggestions, but didn’t put it under contract right away. I worked on it for several months, incorporating the changes she suggested, and resubmitted it that summer. In the fall of 2002, the book was signed to a contract. Now that I see so many other writers who (in my opinion) are so much better than me, yet they don’t have publishing contracts, I’m completely humbled.
Tell us about your current book.
Last Temptation Synopsis: Patricia “Peaches” Miller finally has the man and the ring she always wanted, but she’s not quite ready to turn in her Independent-Woman-Card to follow her follow her future husband’s dreams.
When her ex suddenly becomes re-interested in her, Peaches wonders if she owes it to her son to give his father one more chance. But this last temptation hurls Peaches down a dangerous road that tests her relationships, her faith, and even her sanity. Can sin ever have a silver lining?
You’ll love revisiting the main characters from Michelle’s highly acclaimed debut novel, Boaz Brown, in this long-awaited story of rebellion and redemption.
What influenced you to write this book?
Have you ever had a friend who suddenly stopped returning phone calls, emails, and text messages? At first, you think maybe you’ve done something wrong. Then you start talking to other mutual friends and find out that it’s not just you – this friend has isolated herself from everyone. This happened with two of my friends, and this is the story of what’s really going on with that “friend” – in this case, “Peaches.”
Did you have a favorite character(s)? Who and why?
Peaches is my favorite, but I also liked Raphael (her son’s father). His lies and pretense made him capable of just about anything.
What’s next for you?
My next novel, Someone to Watch Over Me, comes out in June. Hopefully, prayerfully, I’ll get into more non-fiction and screenwriting!
Where can visitors find you online?