Friday, May 3, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN PAGE DAVIS


 
 
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 40 books. A native of Maine, she now lives in Kentucky with her husband, Jim. She’s a past winner of the Carol Award, the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, and the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction.



INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN PAGE DAVIS

S.S: How long have you been writing?

I started seriously writing fiction in 1999. Before that I had been working as a news correspondent for about 20 years, and writing nonfiction magazine articles. But I started writing stories as a child.

S.S: Do you write full time? If the answer is no, what else do you do? If you are a full time author, what other jobs did you have in the past?

Yes, I do write full time now. Besides news correspondent, I’ve been a teacher, a farrier, a waitress, and a clerk in a fabric shop.

S.S: Tell us about the moment you finally felt like a “real author”?

When the acquisitions editor at Heartsong Presents telephoned me and said he was buying my first book, Protecting Amy. That was in 2003.

S.S.: Who has been your greatest supporter as an author?

Definitely my husband, Jim. He has read and edited all of my fiction before I sent it out.

S.S:  Why suspense? Do you write in any other genres? If so, what?

I do write other genres. Suspense and mystery are dear to my heart, but I’ve also written a lot of historical novels and romance.

S.S:  Tell us about your current release.

What a Picture’s Worth is part of the Creative Woman Series. The books are written by different authors, and this is fourth in the series, but can be read on its own.

One of the most successful vendors in Shannon’s craft market is Fredo Benson, an eccentric and moody painter. All goes well until Shannon goes to his loft one evening to turn out lights and discovers detailed sketches of her home—sketches of the gardens, the mansion she inherited from her grandmother, and most concerning, items from inside the mansion.

That night her craft store is broken into, but nothing appears to be stolen. The following morning, Fredo doesn’t show up for an art class he was to teach. Shannon takes her 19-year-old son and goes to Fredo’s apartment, where they find the artist dead. Do his sketches hold clues about his reasons for stalking her?  And how is his death connected to the store break-in? Who was Fredo really working for?

S.S: What is the main thing you hope readers remember from your story?

I hope they won’t be as foolish as Shannon is at one point and try to “go it alone” when they should ask for help. I also hope they will see that God can help us work through difficult relationships, though sometimes it takes a while.

S.S: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

Shannon, the main character. She smart and savvy. As an artist, she does fine beading work and is learning silversmithing. As an entrepreneur, she’s running a successful business, and as a mother she’s doing a great job with her college-age twins. Shannon also has a knack for solving mysteries.

S.S: Who is your least favorite character in this book? Why?

I’d have to say Shannon’s mother, Beth. They were estranged for many years—in fact, Shannon thought her mother was dead. I found it a bit hard to relate to Beth.

S.S: What are you working on now?

I’m writing another mystery. This one is in Guideposts’ Secrets of Blue Hill Library series, and my book will be called Gone in a Flash. After that I’ll be writing a new western series for another publisher.

S.S:  Now let’s get a little personal. Name two things on your “bucket list” that you haven’t done yet.   

I’d like to visit my daughter in England, and I’d like to have a beautiful flower garden (but I’m afraid that last one won’t happen unless I get someone else to do it for me).

S.S:  What is the silliest thing you have ever done?

My three sisters and I have done some pretty silly things, and I’m talking about as adults. We try to get together for Sister Week (or weekend) once a year. In Arizona, we pretended we were on the Amazing Race and had tasks to perform. In Concord, Mass., we carried a little teddy bear everywhere to represent the sister who couldn’t make it that time and took pictures of the bear at the Branson Alcott’s School of Philosophy and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and everywhere else we visited.

S.S.: Where can readers find you on the internet?

My website is at: www.susanpagedavis.com and my FaceBook page is: www.facebook.com/susanpagedavisauthor

S.S.: Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Today I’m giving away a copy of What a Picture’s Worth. And just to make you smile: one of my 2014 books, from a different publisher, will be titled A Thousand Words. In both cases, the title was suggested by the editor, not me.


If you'd like to win a copy of Susan's book, just leave a comment, along with your contact information, and she will pick a winner on Monday!

21 comments:

  1. Such an exciting book to read, I just love a good mystery and have many good interviews by this author.

    cenya2 at Hotmail dot com

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  2. i love good mysterys and suspence, and i know this one will be good, great interview also
    jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. I love to read mysteries,too, Shirley!

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  3. Hi Susan, I love your story of sisters and carrying the bear around everywhere..I had 5 now just 4 and wish we had thought of getting together more often like you do, we live in different states. we do a family letter that goes around and that helps us keep up with families. lot of phone calls and emails too. I like to read your books thanks for sharing today.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Thanks, Paula. I got the idea for Sister Weekend from my mother-in-law, who was one of seven sisters.

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  4. Sounds very exciting.
    Would like to be a winner of this book.
    Thanks,
    Carolyn Jefferson
    carolynj63@att.net

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    1. Thank you, Caroyn. Glad you stopped by.

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  5. We have Susan's books in the church library. I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
    Thanks!
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Great to know your library has my books, Janet!

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  6. Barbara I love suspense books, Especially, Susan's. Her stories keep you on edge from beginning to end. I would be honored to win this one. Thank you. Bgauthier49@live.com.

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  7. I love suspense and mystery stories. This sounds like a great one. Good interview and glad I read it. Thanks for the give away.

    Cheryl Salinas. Honeyita7@yahoo. Com

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  8. This sounds like a really neat book!
    Martha T. CRPrairie1 at imonmail.com

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  9. This sounds wonderful. I would love to read it :)
    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, ladies! I very much enjoyed writing this book.

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  10. Enjoyed the interview! I've read some of Susan's books and they were great! This book sounds wonderful! Would love to win it! Thank you!
    barbmaci61@yahoo.com

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  11. This book sounds really interesting. I LOVE suspense books and would love to read this one.

    tanya_terpstra@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks for taking part, Tanya and Barbara!

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  12. Susan, I loved your answers to your interview. I had four sisters and weren't lucky to be able to get together like this living so far apart, and had lost one in 1976 at 47. Just enjoy getting together every time you can. And, make many more good memories. Sounds like you have a good book to pre-read your book for you and edit it. That's neat. I would love to win your book. Thanks girls for this interview with Susan. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  13. Maxie, your are absolutely right! The memories are priceless.

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  14. Sounds like a good book. I like mysteries with a craft element such as knitting or scrapbooking, etc.

    catbooks(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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