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.
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