Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Susan Page Davis Talks About Being an Author - Interview Day 2

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than fifty published novels and novellas.  Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. Susan lives in western Kentucky with her husband and two youngest children. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of nine. Visit her website at:

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Welcome back, Susan. A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?

Never. Even when you send it in to the editor, you know there will be revisions. After that, there will be galleys. After that, there will be promotion… 

Describe your workspace.

I’m blessed with a corner room as my office. It holds my desk, computer, printer, and four file cabinets. It also has six bookcases, all overflowing with books, most nonfiction research books. The d├ęcor is eclectic country and includes lots of small items I’ve picked up over the years—a World War I game board called “Kop the Kaiser,” a toothpick holder in the shape of an elephant, a hatpin that belonged to my husband’s great-great-grandmother, a fan my son brought me from China. Things like that. I use old tins to hold things like note cards, CD’s, and extra ink cartridges. I guess the room is summed up by a fabric collage on the wall that says, “Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.” 

Describe your dream workspace.

What I have is great. The only big improvement I can imagine is superfast Internet service. We live in a rural area where the choices are dial-up or satellite.

If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?

I think I would like to be Alan Quartermain (from Haggard’s novels). He had such marvelous adventures, discovering King Solomon’s mines and all that. I’m sure HE loved being Alan Quartermain, though he had some close calls. All part of the adventure!
What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?

I suppose it’s that all published authors are rich. 

What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?
That some editor somewhere will love their work and publish it exactly the way it is written. 

What would you like readers to gain from reading your books?

I want them to have fun and to escape from whatever is bothering them today. I also hope they will find their spirits lifted and their faith encouraged. 

Thanks for joining us here on Novel PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

Thank you for stopping in. I hope you’ll visit me at .
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Connie R. said...

Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Who could beat them?

Pam K. said...

The first real western hero who comes to mind is Roy Rogers. Who can resist a handsome singing cowboy who rides a beautiful horse?

Susan P said...

Fun interview! I have always been intrigued by Annie Oakley, but I don't know that you could classify her as a hero.