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Interview with 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 have Susan Page Davis as my guest. My family has been watching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies on our weekly family movie night, so her new book really resonated with me! It sounds very good! Plus – Susan has written more than 90 novels. NINETY. Wow! Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy of her latest release!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve published more than 90 novels and novellas, and I love writing. Before I became a fiction author, I worked as a newspaper correspondent. I’m married and have six adult children and ten grandchildren. I grew up in the state of Maine and spent most of my life there, but when my husband retired we moved to western Kentucky. Not only is the climate much friendlier, but we’re nearer most of our children now.

Tell us about your current release. In The Scottish Lass, sailor Fiona Campbell is captured and forced to accompany a band of cutthroats on their quest for a lost treasure. A shifty sailor turned pirate, Samuel Trafton, has betrayed his former sailing mate Elwood Stark and stolen Stark’s new command from under him. Fearing for her life, Fiona fends off her kidnappers and prays Captain Alice and her crew will come to the rescue. Meanwhile, sailor Tommy Mercer was also captured. He tries to help Fiona and suffers for his efforts.

Stark approaches Captain Alice Packard, hoping she’ll help him get his ship back. But Alice can’t trust him. Stark was her friend Josiah Howard’s first mate, but Josiah’s gone on business, and she can’t get his opinion. Alice has many lives depending on her, and she can’t afford to make a mistake. Could Stark be in league with Trafton to gain control of the Vera B. as well as Stark’s schooner? This is Book 2 in the Hearts of Oak series, another seafaring adventure with Captain Alice Packard and her crew.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Absolutely. I write stories not knowing if they will resonate with people or not. Years later I might hear from someone who found encouragement or inspiration in one of my books. But I don’t hear from the majority of my readers. I might never know how the story affected them. I write what comes to me and leave that part up to God.

With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? I don’t. There’s always more there to be told. Sometimes I write very fast, and sometimes more slowly, but I think I have more stories waiting than I will ever have time to tell.

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

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I have pretty much written since I was a child. I have copies of old stories I wrote in junior high. As an adult, I did a lot of newspaper and magazine articles before starting seriously to write fiction. For me, there’s something compelling and satisfying about getting it on paper.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? Usually. Well over seventy of my books were written for traditional publishers, and they all have general lengths in mind and put them in the contract. When I write something for independent publishing, sometimes I just do it and see where the length ends up.

What is one thing that you “never saw yourself doing” and either do it now or have done? Self-publishing. When I started writing novels, self-publishing fiction was declared “the kiss of death.” It was many years and many published novels later that I began to consider it. The publishing market and process has changed immensely in the past 12 years. Self-publishing is now a viable option for writers. True, because it’s so easy now, there’s a lot of poorly written and poorly edited material out there. But indie authors can make it on their own now, and many have. My first indie books were backlist books on which I had the rights returned to me by the original publishers. Since then, I’ve gone on to publish several original books, like the Hearts of Oak series written with my son, and the Maine Justice series.

Find Susan online:

Website: https://susanpagedavis.com

Twitter: @SusanPageDavis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanpagedavisauthor

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Susan is giving away a copy of her book to a reader! (Print US only or ebook) See below how to enter to win:a Rafflecopter giveaway

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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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanpagedavisauthor
Newsletter: https://madmimi.com/signups/118177/join



On Barnes and Noble:
My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela's Quandary

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