JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Michelle Stimpson, editor of Last Temptation
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.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write Last Temptation?
Michelle Stimpson: 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 is the story of what’s really going on with that “friend” – in this case, “Peaches.”
JP: What sets Last Temptation apart from other novels in its genre?
MS: The thing about Peaches that’s different is that she sees failure coming, but she seems powerless to stop herself. Like a train wreck happening in slow motion. Anyone who’s ever willingly made a bad choice – whether it’s loving the wrong man or eating too much cake – will be able to relate.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to Last Temptation getting out to the public?
MS: Getting – and staying – in touch with readers has definitely lent itself to success. Prayer and faith, however, has been most important.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take for you to start and finish Last Temptation?
MS: LOL! When I have a deadline, it’s a matter of weeks. When I’m playing around, it can take months – years. My process is such: I just start typing. Type until I get confused or frustrated. Then I do an outline to make sense of it all, and I follow the outline until I get finished with the first draft. And then the real work begins!
JP: What’s next for Michelle Stimpson?
MS: My next novel, Someone to Watch Over Me, comes out in June. Hopefully, prayerfully, I’ll get into more non-fiction and screenwriting!