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: www.susanpagedavis.com
Susan is giving away a paperback or audio copy of her new novel, The Outlaw Takes a Bride (US or Canada only). For details on how to enter this drawing, go to the end of the interview and click on the link for the contest.
Welcome to Novel PASTimes, Susan. Tell us a little about what you write.
I write Christian fiction, mostly with romance and often with mystery involved.
Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?
I write full time, in my home office. I try to schedule non-writing-related tasks for afternoon, so that I have at least a full morning free to work. The biggest challenge is family stuff. That always takes priority.
What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?
I love to read about medieval times, Colonial days, and the westward expansion era. Right now, my son and I are writing a sea story set in the 1850s, and we’re doing lots of research and reading for that. We hope to visit a replica ship similar to the one in our story.
Your newest novel is a Western romance. What attracts you to write about the Old West?
I find the West is a great setting when you want to tell a particular type of story. Many people reinvented themselves in the American West, and that suits a novelist just fine.
There’s no doubt a historical takes more research, although contemporary stories also need some digging and fact checking. I usually do a lot more reading and preparation for a historical.
Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book.
Johnny is a cowboy with a good heart, but he is too trusting. Sally is a young widow who may be a bit idealistic, but she has a good measure of practicality too. Their marriage gets off to a shaky start. In fact, there’s some doubt whether it’s a marriage at all. But both believe God will bring them through the hard parts. That and love can conquer all!
What are you working on now?
I’m planning a cozy mystery for Guideposts. It will be my third in the Mysteries of Silver Peak series, which is written by several different authors. I’m also writing a sea story with my son Jim.
Thanks, Susan. Both sound intriguing. Check in tomorrow, everyone, for Day 2 of my interview with Susan Page Davis.
To enter a drawing for her new novel, The Outlaw Takes a Bride, click on the link below and follow the instructions.