Happy Labor Day, reader friends!
This Monday, we have an interview featuring author Michelle Stimpson.
She’s here to talk about her book, Mama B: A Time to Dance.
Interview with Michelle Stimpson about Mama B: A Time to Dance
Alexis: Why is this book called “Mama B: A Time to Dance”?
Michelle: In this book, Mama B, who has never been a dancer due to religious reasons, will consider putting her previous thoughts aside in order to try something new, but dancing is just the beginning.
Alexis: What is the inciting incident in this book?
Michelle: Mama B’s nephew, Derrick, comes knocking on her door, needing a place to stay. He and his wife have separated, and Mama B must decide if she’s willing to take in a marital refugee.
Alexis: Why is “help” almost Mama B’s middle name and how does her helpfulness affect the plot of this fictional story?
Michelle: Mama B is a lot like what I saw in my grandparents. They didn’t have much, but they were always willing to share whatever they had. They always opened their home and had people (mostly from their church) staying with them.
Alexis: Who is Henrietta and what role does she play in this story?
Michelle: In this book, Henrietta serves as a huge antagonist for Mama B. She’s always keeping up a mess but Mama B and the others suspect that there’s something misfiring in Henrietta.
Alexis: Who is Dr. Wilson and what is his significance in this story?
Michelle: Dr. Frank Wilson is the 5-year-younger physician who begins his pursuit of Mama B in this book, but she is not trying to hear it! What’s a 70-something-year-old woman doing falling in love?
Alexis: What is the moral of the story?
Michelle: This one has several messages to convey, most importantly keep an open mind about how God might use you and the people He brings into your life. Even at Mama B’s age, she is still learning new things and new depths of His love.
Alexis: If you could step into your story as a professional counselor, what advice would you give to your main characters? Why?
Michelle: I would tell Derrick and his wife that they need each other more than they know, and to communicate more. They remind me of my husband and I. We are actually celebrating 25 years of marriage this year, but our first years were just a bunch of foolishness. I’d tell them to give it time, give each other space to grow up, forgive often – not just now, always.
Alexis: Thanks for the interview, Michelle!
*Interview conducted by Alexis A. Goring, contributor
About the Book:
Mama B thought her life would return to normal, but when her nephew, Derrick, comes knocking on her door, she has to reconsider. Though she’s not known for housing marital fugitives, she realizes Derrick is looking for more than a place to stay; he needs help finding his way back to God.
Of course, help is almost Mama B’s middle name until Henrietta crosses the line with her accusations about Mama B’s intentions with the recently widowed pastor. Mama B isn’t looking for romance with either the pastor or her suitor, Dr. Wilson—but will love come looking for her?
Fans of the “Miss Julia” series will enjoy this feisty, downhome character!
Buy Michelle’s book on Amazon.
About the Author:
Bestselling author Michelle Stimpson has penned more than thirty Christian fiction books including traditional bestsellerDivas of Damascus Road, Amazon #1 bestseller, Stepping Down, the award-winning Mama B series, and Falling Into Grace, which has been optioned for a made-for-TV movie.
She has also published more than fifty short stories through her educational publishing company, WeGottaRead.com.
Michelle holds an English degree from Jarvis Christian College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Arlington.
She is a part-time language arts consultant. She also serves in women’s ministry through teaching and publishing. She and her husband have two young adult children, one granddaughter, and one bizarre dog.