Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Susan Page Davis Talks about Writing Different Genres - Day 1 Interview

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.

You write in a variety of genres. How is writing an historical novel different than writing a contemporary romance or a romantic suspense?

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.
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Patty said...

Not sure I have a favorite, but I have enjoyed learning about the adventures/journey of Lewis & Clark across the country.


traveler said...

My favorite hero is Wyatt Earp and his wife Josephine Marcus. Thanks for this great feature. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

susanlulu said...

I'd have to say Annie Oakley. My father told me about her when I was little. He taught my 4 brothers and myself how to shoot guns when we were growing up. He compared me to Annie. I still like shooting...

Amy C said...

I have always been fascinated with Wild Bill Hickok.
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Susan Page Davis said...

Interesting picks here! I have read quite a bit about Lewis & Clark and some about Wyatt Earp and Annie Oakley. I have not read much about Wild Bill, but I should. I learned that Wyatt Earp was a friend of Bat Masterson when I was doing a blog on Bat for the Heroes, Heroines and History blog. If you haven't discovered that site, it's at:

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed Susan's interview and would love to win a copy of The Outlaw Takes a Bride! I don't really have a favorite western hero or heroine. Never a fan of history as I child, I find myself completely fascinated by it now. I love learning about days gone by and people of the past and their remarkable stories.

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Susan Page Davis said...

Hi, Britney. Isn't it odd how our interests change? Glad you stopped by.

Mary Cline said...

I don't think I have a particular hero but I have always loved to read historical fiction expecially old west and wagon train stories.

Susan Page Davis said...

Me too, Mary. I loved the old westerns on TV, too, like Wagon Train and Rawhide.

Trixi said...

Not sure if I have (or know of) a favorite real western hero or heroine...only from what I've seen on TV....like John Wayne...lol! But I do like historical westerns. This book sounds like something I would enjoy reading & passing on. Thank you for the chance to own a copy of "The Outlaw Takes a Bride"

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