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Interview with Author Ruth Kyser and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am so happy to introduce you to Ruth Kyser. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of Ruth’s responses to the interview questions, and hope that you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did! Plus, Ruth is giving away a paperback of her latest release, so read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m a native Michigander–wife, mother, and grandmother–who writes Christian Inspirational Romance. I’m a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and I enjoy reading almost as much as I love writing!

When you grow up reading everything you can get your hands on, wanting to be a writer seems automatic. I didn’t actively embrace the notion, though, until I reached my forties. That was when I decided if I was going to write something worthwhile, I needed to get busy.

Over the years I’ve worked at a wide variety of jobs. I’ve been an accountant, secretary, co-owned a retail business with my husband for many years, worked as an office manager at a children’s summer camp, and was a professional insurance agent for twenty years. Currently, I’m working part-time as a church secretary. My current plant is to retire in mid-2017 to have more time to write.

Several years ago I wrote a mission statement that sums up my purpose for writing: “My goal is to write stories that entertain, but more importantly, educate readers about Jesus Christ and His love for them.”

Tell us about your current release: My most current release is a full-length novel entitled Without Regrets.  It’s a Christian Romance and tells the story of Rachel King. After her husband dies unexpectedly and leaves her with financial troubles, she loses their home and business–everything. She struggles for months to put her life back together and is just starting to feel as if she might survive when she receives a letter from an attorney—a letter that totally turns her life upside down. The book is set in Toledo, Ohio, and the Charlotte, North Carolina area–both places I’m very familiar with.

As for where the story line came from…Well, we’ve all have that ‘first love’ in our past–that one person we loved and lost. Even as we go on with our lives, we might wonder what life would have been like if we had married that person instead of our current spouse–or perhaps we never married at all.  Without Regrets takes you on a journey of faith, back into Rachel’s past, and through the heart-wrenching ordeal of one woman’s journey to forgiveness as she struggles with the “what ifs” of life. She knows she has God’s forgiveness, but can she forgive herself for past decisions that hurt others, and open her heart to love again?

2016 was a tough year for me. In a matter of six weeks, I had four dear friends (all my age or younger) pass away–which made me think about how precious life is, and how special our memories are. They were the only people that shared some of my memories, and they were gone.

That was when the idea for this story came to me. I was pretty sure others had gone through this same type of experience and loss as well or something similar and would be able to relate to a story along this line, so that is why I wrote it.

After all, who doesn’t remember their first love?

What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? As I read other author’s books, my personal feeling is that there is not enough true spiritual growth of the main characters in many of the stories out there. Some of the writing leaves me not caring much about the person at all–I don’t feel I’ve really gotten to know the real person.  My prayer is that I’m able to get the readers into the hearts and minds of my characters in such a way that the readers feel as if they have a new friend when they finish the books.

I also don’t feel there is enough scripture shared within many of the books written today. Stories don’t have to be preachy to get the message out, but briefly mentioning in a story that the main character goes to church isn’t enough. I’ve been told my writing has the Christian beliefs so much a part of who the characters are, that it doesn’t come across as preachy at all. I take that as a real compliment.

Whats the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember?  Okay. This is going to age me, but the most major news headline I can remember clearly from my childhood is the day President Kennedy was assassinated. I was in school that day, and we had just come back from a short recess/break. One of my friends was crying and said what I thought was “Kenny’s been shot.” We had a young man in our classroom named Kenny, and I was struggling with understanding how he could have been shot when our teacher came into the room in tears and announced the President had been shot and killed. It was difficult to believe it was true.

However, when I arrived at home from school I remember finding my mother and sister sitting in front of our small black and white television set, watching news coverage of it all. This was rare as we never had the TV on during the day, but we spent the rest of the day and evening, and the ensuing days sitting in front of that TV as what is now history unfolded in front of us. It was a time of great grief and shock in our country, and the only thing I can compare it to for the younger generations is to compare it to how we all felt on 9/11 when the twin towers were hit and the Pentagon attacked. It’s something you never forget.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? For MANY years I submitted my works to traditional publishers, and I have the stacks of rejection letters to prove it. The last time I sent one of my manuscripts to a publisher, the managing editor had it in his possession for almost a year before I finally emailed him to find out if he was interested or not. He sent me back a very polite and helpful email, filled with nice things about my manuscript, but then added those dreaded words: “I’m sorry to say it doesn’t fit with what we’re looking for at this time.”

I have to tell you, I was very discouraged. But shortly after that, I received a Kindle from my husband. I went to Amazon to check out what books I could download and found tons of ebooks–some of them free. I downloaded several from well-known Christian authors, and a few from authors I had never heard of. I quickly discovered they were ‘independently published’ or self-published. Some of the books were very well written; others not so much. That is when I decided I had nothing to lose by jumping on the independent publishing train. I uploaded two of my completed manuscripts to Amazon and priced them at 99 cents each. After all, no one knew who I was.

Surprisingly, they began selling, and it wasn’t long and I was getting emails from readers wondering what I was writing next. So I started writing, and I’ve never stopped! Currently, I have eleven full-length novels published, and one novella (a brand new Christmas story–published the end of 2016.) They have all been published in paperback too, other than the novella. I hope to sometime add several other novellas to it and publish it as a book of shorts novels.

Even though it’s a ton of work, I’ve never been sorry I decided not to go the traditional route. Some people might need the validation of a publisher’s contract to know they are an author. I consider the reviews and emails I receive from my readers to be all the validation I need. And I love the freedom and independence self-publishing has given me. I decide what the title of the book is going to be; I decide what the cover will look like; I decide if a scene gets cut or not. True, I also do all the marketing, selling, and work involved, but that’s okay. I guess I’m a little bit of a maverick!

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? Unlike a lot of authors, I never outline. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t have the whole story line in my head (at least the bones of the story–beginning, middle, and end) before I ever type a word. I’ve learned, however, that I have to really start writing the story before I know exactly what is going to happen and how it’s all going to play out. And there are always those secondary characters that appear I never even know about when I started. Makes it exciting!

I’m currently working on a couple of different story ideas. It usually takes about six months to complete a project, so the one I’m writing now should be available for release sometime in the summer of 2017. Then I hope to have another one ready to release around Christmas. At least, that’s the plan right now.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Read, read, and read some more.  Read the classics, read the genre of books you want to write. Study how they are written, research and learn the proper way to build a story and keep the reader interested. You can never read too much.Then get busy and write, and write some more. Once you get a completed draft, then the real work begins. Because your first draft is always terrible. So you’ll need to learn how to edit and re-write, and re-write again, and then proofread.

And then have someone else read it to catch all the mistakes you missed the twelve times you went through it!

If you don’t have the skills, then spend the money to have it professionally edited. Nothing is worse than reading a book that is poorly written. Don’t rush to put your work out there until it’s ready.

And if you really want to be a writer, don’t quit!

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.): When I started out (more years ago than I want to discuss…) I wrote everything in longhand on paper first, then painstakingly typed it onto paper with a typewriter. (Yes. I’m THAT old!) Now, I find it much faster and easier to type it into my computer. I type much faster than I write by hand, and the faster I can get my thoughts down, the better.

I do write my personal Bible studies and journaling all by hand, though. There is something special about holding a pen in your hand and putting your thoughts down on paper in your own handwriting.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? I write books in the genre I like to read, and I write books that I hope and pray other people will also enjoy and want to read. I read a lot (last year (2016) I read 130 books, and I know what I like and what I don’t like. There is no way I can write a book that I wouldn’t enjoy reading. I’m just thankful that others seem to enjoy reading my stories too.

There’s nothing more exciting for a writer to read a favorable review or receive an email or note from a reader who was touched by something you wrote. THAT is what keeps me writing.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done?: Oh, this is an easy one. I have said for YEARS that I am NOT A PUBLIC SPEAKER!! I was the shy girl in school who almost became physically ill at the thought of standing up in front of the classroom to read a report.

I haven’t really figured out why, but for some reason as soon as you become an author, people automatically assume you would be ‘more than happy to come speak to our group’ about your books.  The first time I received a request for a speaking engagement, I wanted to run away and hide. No way could I do that, I told myself. But I went ahead and scheduled the date, and started working on what I was going to say.

I practiced that little fifteen minute speech for months–fine-tuning it, and re-writing it, and memorizing it, until I prayed I was ready. The day of the event came, and I discovered something. Talking about my books–the characters that I create, and the stories I write–wasn’t nearly as scary as I had thought it would be. And I also discovered that my most favorite part of the whole thing was the question/answer part at the end of my talk. I loved answering people’s questions about how I started writing, what I thought about the future of the publishing industry, and where my story ideas came from.

Just goes to show–you can teach an old dog new tricks.  And sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone to find out what we’re really capable of.

God has truly blessed me with many new friends through my speaking engagements–in addition to being able to talk about my books.

Find Ruth online:

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Find Ruth’s latest release!

Ruth is giving away an autographed paperback of Without Regrets! Enter here!

 

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Five Years!

Today, I’m celebrating five years since I published my first book, Sapphire Ice. In that time, I’ve published 22 books and sold over half a million copies. I’ve traveled the world, speaking and teaching about writing or faith-based topics, and have built an amazing community of readers and writer friends.


I am so thankful to God for gifting me with this talent, and pray that every word I write, every production that happens, that His handwriting is all over it. Everything I have done and everything I have planned for the future is about Him and for His glory.

I’m excited to see what the next five years will hold!

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Interview with Author Mary Ellis and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m pleased to bring you multi-award winning author Mary Ellis. Mary writes southern mysteries, and is giving away an autographed copy of her latest release! Read on to see how you can enter to win.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  Mary Ellis has written twenty-one novels. Her debut book, A Widow’s Hope, was nominated for a 2010 Carol Award. Living in Harmony, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction while Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award. She is currently writing Secrets of the South Mysteries. Book one, Midnight on the Mississippi, was a finalist for the RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award, and finalist for Daphne Du Maurier for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Her current book is Sunset in Old Savannah.

Tell us about your current release: Sunset in Old Savannah. In Savannah, everyone has something to hide. Investigative partners and best friends Michael Preston and Elizabeth Kirby are hired by a wealthy socialite to do surveillance on her wayward husband. When the husband turns up dead, the socialite becomes the police’s chief suspect. Mike and Beth must follow the clues through the historic town with more secrets than branches of moss-draped oaks. The duo uncovers a hodgepodge of potential murderers, including a scheming business partner, a resentful mistress, and a ne’er-do-well brother. As praise of their agency gets around, Mike and Beth must hire investigator Kaitlyn Webb to ease the workload. But will ghosts of Kate’s past threaten everyone’s safety before a killer can be put behind bars?

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful? No, I have never been overly concerned with reaching a larger audience. Of course, I want to touch as many people as I can with my stories, but I have never felt pressured to compromise my standards either by financial needs or by the great publishers I have worked with.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? I often jot down scenes that demand to be written out of sequence, write into my laptop or on my yellow legal tablet if I’m traveling. Inspiration knocks on my door once, and I have kicked myself for not “getting it down” when my muse hit. I place the scenes at the end of my manuscript-in-progress and then edit and insert into the proper place.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I’m not sure what you mean by “writer’s block.” When I can’t continue in a scene or start a new chapter, it’s always because I don’t know enough background information. Although I always go to the area I’m setting a story before I start to outline, and several times thereafter, there’s always something I forget to check into. Just last Friday, I had to stop writing and call the warden of a Florida Correctional Institution about some particulars in prison life. My “writer’s block” amounts to insufficient details. If I have my ducks-in-a-row, I have enough words in me to sink the Titanic, as my husband loves to say!

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? When I started writing, the choice was easy: traditional publishers. Self-publishing didn’t exist. I wrote a couple of books which I submitted and received a boat-load of rejection letters. Finally I got an agent who suggested some changes and landed by first publishing contract. She was also the one who suggested a change in genres. I will be forever indebted to the late Mary Sue Seymour of the Seymour Agency. I went on to publish twenty-two books traditionally. But who knows what the future will bring?

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? Yes, I start with a premise; then I create my characters, and then I create a skeletal outline of chapters based on the anticipated word count. That being said, as I write each scene in each chapter I often veer far off-course from what I had planned in my outline. I love it when the characters take over—it makes my job easier.

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.) For the book I’m working on now, I’m laptop computer all the time. But for my first two romantic suspense, and then my next dozen Amish romances, I wrote the scenes first on a yellow legal tablet. I would often drive out to Amish country to write the scenes. Then I would type them into my laptop and edit as I went along. I loved doing it like that! But when I moved away from Amish stories, I also went strictly laptop. Believe it or not…it still takes the same amount of time to finish a book (around 6 months for a 100,000 word book).

What is your inspiration for writing? Travel! Throughout our marriage, my husband and I have traveled around the country. I have found story inspiration everywhere we have visited. Right now, we’ve been checking out places in the South to retire to. (I love Ohio, but I can no longer deal with our cold winters with two types of arthritis) So as we visit Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, I’m finding wonderful settings for my Secrets of the South Mysteries!

Find Mary online: www.maryellis.net or www.facebook.com/Mary-Ellis/Author

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Sunset in Old Savannah

Mary is giving away an autographed copy of Sunset in Old Savannah!

 

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Interview with Author Heather Gray Plus an EIGHT Book Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m so happy to introduce you to romantic comedian and fellow coffee lover Heather Gray! I love people who write romantic comedy – it’s a gift I.DO.NOT. have, so I so admire them. Heather is generously giving away THREE copies of her latest 8-book box set called LOVE AT FIRST LAUGH. Read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I love to write stories about people who imperfectly struggle with real issues but ultimately find a way to rest in the goodness of God. I can relate to those kinds of people because I’m imperfect, I struggle, and God holds me in the palm of his hand despite it all. Outside of that – I’m a mom, a wife, and a coffee aficionado (which is just a fancy way of saying I really, really like coffee).

Tell us about your current release: Love at First Laugh is a boxed collection of eight Christian romantic comedies. My contribution to the set, An Informal Affair, is about two friends who notice their singles group at church getting smaller and smaller. Lia decides it’s time to kick things into high gear with online dating, and she talks Maverick into coming along for the fun. Only, it turns out that high gear isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Lia finds herself going on depressing date after depressing date. The constant state of being judged for her physical appearance takes a toll on her. Meanwhile, Maverick decided the whole dating thing isn’t working out too well for him, either. He starts choosing his dates (including the “aviation professional” who ends up working in a hobby shop where she sells model airplanes) for the sole purpose of providing entertaining conversation the next time he talks to Lia…

Do you feel pressured to compromise your standards in order to reach a larger audience or be more successful?  The pressure to be and do – and to be and do more – is constant. Whether it’s the desire for recognition – or the need to pay a tuition bill – the lure of more sales is a constant temptation that says, “Make a little compromise. It’ll be okay.” The thing is, pressure is a part of life, and we all have to figure out how to deal with it. In my case, I’ve surrounded myself with friends – and fellow writers – who speak Truth into my life. It’s important for everyone, writer or not, to have an accountability network, to have people who speak Truth even when it’s uncomfortable or painful. I’d like to think I’m the same kind of Truth-telling friend to them that they are to me.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? I’ve come to the conclusion that it simply isn’t possible to get it all down. There are too many stories and too many characters who want their stories told. So I try to weed through all the different voices in my head and figure out which is the next story that God wants me to tell. Sometimes I get captivated with a character or plot notion that, while it might sound fun, isn’t part of what God wants for me. So I’ve learned to let those stories go and instead sort through the different threads looking for the ones that have His signature on them. Sometimes it’s easy – He practically gives me a flashing neon sign – and sometimes it’s a bit more challenging. In the end, though, it’s always worth it. The writing (and even the dreaded editing) is always more rewarding when I’m telling the story God wants me to share.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average Whats the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? I remember standing in front of the TV and watching the news story of Ronald Reagan being shot. I remember the reporter circling the gun to show viewers where it was because the image was grainy. That was a long time ago. I was *probably* around five when it happened.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Write. Write. Write. And then, edit, edit, edit. Then, when you’re done with that, hire an editor. Life can get complicated, and our own insecurities can tear us apart if we let them. When you’re aspiring to be a writer, though, there are a couple of things to remember. 1. You will never become a better writer unless you work on honing the craft of writing – and to do that, you need to write AND be edited. 2. You will never have a second, third, or fourth book published if you never take the plunge and try to get that first book published. 3. So, put #1 into practice and make that manuscript shine. Then get going on #2. You can do it!

What is your preferred method of writing? (computer, pen & paper, etc.) I always write (or type…) on the computer, but I do a couple of rounds of my editing on paper. I tend to see different things on paper than I do on the computer screen, and my mind is happier when I can spread several pages out in front of me and watch the flow of events across those pages. That’s harder to accomplish on the computer – at least for me. Plus, I really like using a red pen, even if it is on my own work. 🙂

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? Ha! Some questions have no easy answer… Honestly, I just tell the stories God gives me to tell, but I do try to tell those stories in such a way that people will actually want to read them. One of my favorite writing memories, though, is one time when I woke up in the morning and thought, “Ooh, I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next in that book I was reading. Wait a second… That’s a book I’m writing, not reading!”

Find Heather online:
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www.facebook.com/heathergraywriting

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Interview with Author Terri Reed and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am so pleased to bring you Terri Reed. My family just watched A Dog’s Purpose, so I’m feeling a little in love with K9 units. Knowing she’s involved in a series of books about K9 units makes me so excited to have her with us this week! AND — she’s giving away an amazing gift set of her books Double Cross, Double Threat Christmas, and some fun extras (like chocolate)! Read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m always unsure what to say when asked this question. Do I start with childhood or skip to the present day me? LOL. Let’s see, I’m a wife, mother and writer. I spend the majority of my days at the computer in my office with my dogs at my feet. When not writing, I’m either with my family or my dogs. I’m in a joyful season of life and am so thankful each day that I get to do a job I love that allows me the flexibility to travel with my husband on occasion and be available to my family or friends when needed. I’m also blessed to have an outlet for the characters clamoring around inside my head. You writer’s out there know exactly what I’m talking about.

Tell us about your current release. I have two new releases coming out back to back. Both are part of the 2017 Love Inspired Suspense Classified K-9 Unit continuity series. Agent-in-Training, a March release, is a prequel novella that introduces the series characters while having it’s own romance and suspense plot. It is for sale online only for $.99. The story is about a K-9 officer Zara Fielding, who thwarts a robbery then becomes the robber’s target. Her childhood friend, FBI agent and computer genius, Dylan O’Leary is determined to keep her safe at any cost.

The first full length book in the continuity series releases in April. Guardian starts off the series’ overarching mystery with the kidnapping of an FBI agent and the hunt to bring him home safely. Each book provides clues to who and why the agent was taken, while each book also has its own romance and suspense plot. Guardian takes FBI K-9 agent Leo Gallagher to Wyoming to talk to a potential witness but he soon realizes the widowed mother and her young son are in danger. It’s up to Leo and his dog, True, to protect them and bring down the bad guy.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)?  This is a great question and one I think every author faces, not only at the beginning of their career but all along the way. At least I do. Many years ago a very prolific author told me that suffering a crisis of confidence is normal and the only way through it– is through it. To me that meant, keep writing, keep learning, believe in myself even when it’s hard and never give up.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? The year was 1976, I was a budding gymnast at the time. School was out for summer but instead of playing outside I was glued to the television for the gymnastics competition during the summer Olympics in Montreal. A young girl, two years older than me, scored a perfect 10 in uneven bars and than went on to score six more tens and two gold medals. I cut out the news article from our local paper and hung it on my bedroom wall where it stayed for many years as an inspiration and a motivation to work hard and reach for my dreams.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? I was totally over the moon about Donny Osmond. When I was ten, my dad took me to see the Osmonds in concert in Tahoe. That is one of my best memories. I also remember thinking how pretty Marie was in the blue dress she wore when she and Donny sang together.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I take a bath, hot shower, short nap, go for a walk or pick up the phone to call my critique partner. If none of that works, I go back to the beginning of the story and read through. Sometimes I’ve taken a wrong turn and need to get back on track.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I’m a heavy plotter but I do allow some room for developing as I go. I use a variety of different plotting and characterization charts to build my plot and my characters. Once I have those filled in, then I write my synopsis and character statements. Then I’m ready to begin writing actual pages. I follow my synopsis pretty closely but do occasionally veer off it taking the story in a different direction. I then either rethink the rest of the plot or figure out how to bring the plot back in line so that I can have the ending I plan.

Find Terri online:

Her website, her blog

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Interview with Author Susan Page Davis and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am so pleased to bring you author Susan Page Davis. I love that Susan writes mysteries with her daughter. Reading that made me smile. Enjoy her interview, and make sure you get all the way to the end where you can enter to win a paperback of her latest release, My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have been writing fiction seriously for nearly twenty years. Before that, I as a newspaper correspondent. I write mostly historical romance and mystery/suspense. I’m a Maine native, but my husband and I moved in 2010 to western Kentucky. We like our new home a lot. We have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

Tell us about your current release. Here is the blurb for My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains:  

A Chance for Escape Takes Two Unlikely Allies on a Romantic Adventure through the Desert

Since she was orphaned at age twelve, Carmela Wade has lived a lie orchestrated by her uncle, pretending to be a survivor of an Indian kidnapping and profiting from telling her made-up story on the speaker circuit. But as she matures into adulthood, Carmela hates the lies and longs to be free. On a stagecoach in Arizona Territory, Carmela and her uncle are fellow passengers with US Marshal Freeland McKay and his handcuffed prisoner.

The stage is attacked. Suddenly a chance to make a new life may be within Carmela’s reach. . .if she can survive the harsh terrain and being handcuffed to an unconscious man.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes, I think that’s worth it, and I am always blessed by what I learn on the journey, too.

What do you think is lacking in Christian Fiction? I think Christian fiction is limitless these days, if you look for it. There are so many authors out there writing from a Christian world view that anyone could find the type of stories they love most.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? Sometimes I can’t. Right now, I’ve got a multi-book series to get out, and I can’t produce/edit/publish fast enough.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)? It took me a while to be ready to “do bad things” to my characters, but really, the more intense the conflict, the better the story. I don’t really go for the outrageous, but I do like to write plots that are a little “out of the box.” Now I have no qualms about putting my characters in danger or ethically sticky situations.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? Little Joe Cartwright.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? I was traditionally published first. I turned to self-publishing after I started having rights returned on backlist books. Finally I began self-publishing original books that hadn’t fit into my traditional publishers’ parameters.

What made you take the plunge and finally do it? I think it was when my daughter’s and my mystery series was reverted to us before the last book was printed. We wanted people to be able to find that book.

Find Susan online:
Website: www.susanpagedavis.com
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis
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On Barnes and Noble:
My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela's Quandary

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