Tell us about yourself.
I’m a wife, mom, and writer who loves the Lord.
What type of jobs or careers have you worked in the past?
Most of my professional experience has been in the educational realm. I’ve taught English in public schools and been an educational consultant for the last ten years.
Who are your favorite authors?
Andrew Murray, Steve McVey, J. California Cooper
What are your favorite books?
My favorite books are actually “types” of books—the types the give me a better illustration of who I am in Christ and who He is in me.
When did you begin to realize you wanted to write?
I have always had a love of words, and I can always remember being very creative. Honestly, I don’t think it was a matter of me wanting to write – writing wanted me! My first writings (for the public) were actually in 6th grade when I created plays for my fellow classmates.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
In retrospect, this whole journey has been so blessed. I wrote my first novel, Boaz Brown, in about 3 months, then sent if off to two publishers. The first publisher turned it down. The second publisher (Denise Stinson) said she liked it, but it needed a lot of work. She made some recommendations. I made those recommendations, sent it back to her, and from that point, I was signed. I started out with Walk Worthy Press/Warner Books in 2004. I really didn’t even know what a “big deal” that was—and it’s a good thing, too. I probably would have been beside myself. Actually, that’s pretty much the story of my writing career. Great things happen and I have no idea how great they are until after-the-fact. As far as I know, I’m just writing and doing something I know I was created to do.
Are you a full-time writer? If so, describe your day?
I’m a part-time writer. I was a full-time writer, but I found it very isolating, so I decided to start working more with the consulting. In the past year, however, my parents faced health challenges, so I had to rearrange things again. I really don’t have a “typical” day. I could be doing anything from taking my mom to a doctor’s appointment to holing myself up in Panera Bread to write from the time they open until the time they close.
About the Book
Mark has been pastoring New Vision church for six years now, and all his hard work is about to pay off as the church approaches mega-church status. But while Mark has been busy building the church, his own household has been crumbling to pieces. After ignoring divine guidance, Mark finds himself caught up in the appearance of a scandal that threatens to tear the church apart. And his wife’s secrets only add insult to near-fatal injury.
Sharla would have done just about anything to be a mother…and, actually, she did. She was willing to pay the price for her mistakes, but she never dreamed someone else might have to suffer instead. How close can she come to confessing her past without jeopardizing her future?
Stepping Down is the eighth full-length novel from National Bestselling Author Michelle Stimpson. As the granddaughter of a pastor and the great-granddaughter of a bishop, she explores a conflict many spiritual leaders still encounter today. Readers will enjoy this fast-paced, hard-hitting novel that addresses the ageless question: How can a man run the church if he can’t run his own household?
About the Author
Michelle Stimpson is an author, a speaker, and an educator who received her Bachelor of Science degree from Jarvis Christian College in 1994. She earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2002. She has had the pleasure of teaching elementary, middle, and high school as well as training adults.
In addition to her work in the field of education, Michelle ministers through writing and public speaking. Her works include the highly acclaimed Boaz Brown, Divas of Damascus Road (National Bestseller), and Falling Into Grace, which has been optioned by Paulist Productions for a movie of the week. She has published several short stories for high school students through her educational publishing company, Right Track Academic Support Services, at www.wegottaread.com.
Michelle serves in women’s ministry at her home church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. She also ministers to women and writers through her blog. Michelle regularly speaks at special events and writing workshops sponsored by churches, schools, book clubs, and educational organizations.
The Stimpsons are proud parents of two young adults and one crazy dog.
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