If you haven't read one of Susan Page Davis's books, I highly recommend it. I've read several and enjoyed every one. And you have plenty to choose from, because she's published almost a 100! Today, I'm interviewing her and helping you get to know this author I've gotten to know over the last four years through KenTen Writers and now the Scrivenings publishing group. Read on because she has fun answers.
Susan, you've written over 90 books. So, I'm curious. Could you pick a favorite?
Hmm, that’s hard, Amy. Usually I would say “Whichever one I’m working on.” But the one I’m working on now is giving me some hiccups, so I won’t pick that. I do love my newest book, Blue Plate Special. It’s the first one I’ve set in western Kentucky, where I’ve lived now for eleven years.
What started you on your path to being an author?
I’ve always loved reading, and I wrote tons of stories as a kid, but I never really though I could become an author. Then, as an adult, I watched a TV program that greatly disappointed me in its ending. I kept thinking about it and how it SHOULD have ended. Then it became, “If I had written that, I’d have done THIS.” After a while, I realized that in my mind I’d plotted out a complete, complicated story of my own. I told my husband, and he said, “Write it down!” Three months later, I was shocked to see that I had a 100,000-word novel, and it actually made sense.
I know you write in several different genres, from historical romance to suspense. Do you have one you enjoy more than another?
They have their ups and downs. I like to put a little mystery and/or suspense in just about every story. I do love historicals, but they require much more research than contemporaries. On the other hand, I also take my research seriously with contemporaries. Short answer: no.
Sort of the opposite of the first question, if you had the chance to go back in time and redo one of your books, would you take it? Or just chalk it up to a learning experience and leave it as is?
The wonderful thing about today’s technology is that if it’s independently published, we CAN go back and redo it, without much trouble. On the other hand, I’ve made a few mistakes in my traditionally-published books, and I dearly wish I could fix those. I know there’s an error in one of my Tearoom Mysteries (from Guideposts books) and I have no power to change it. But I recently got back the rights to The Outlaw Takes a Bride (which was first published by Barbour Publishing), so now I am able to fix the mistake I made about a gun model in that book. I’ve been wanting to do that for years!
How do you keep your creative juices flowing so you can continue to come up with new story ideas?
Amy, that’s not really a problem for me. I always have more ideas than I can write. Just look around—ideas are everywhere!
I am actually beginning to understand that. I have been finding all sorts of ideas lately, too. :-)
Can you give us a few sneak hints about some books we can expect to see coming from you soon?
My next release will be Book 2 in my True Blue Mysteries, coming in October from Scrivenings Press. It’s titled Ice Cold Blue. And after that will be Book 2 in my Homeward Trails series, The Corporal’s Codebook, coming in November. I love both these series.
One last question, I always ask all my authors. Can you please leave us with something that very few people know about you?
I once served Bob Dylan a cup of tea with a slice of lemon, back in the Dark Ages when I was a waitress at Howard Johnson’s and he was giving a concert at the Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.
Okay, that's just cool. Thanks so much for chatting with us today, Susan. We look forward to reading these and more.
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Campbell McBride’s father is missing. She teams up with Nick Emerson, the sole employee at his private detective agency, and police detective Keith Fuller to find him. But she and Nick find the last person her dad spoke to dead. Is there hope for her father?
Buy link: https://amzn.to/3dHHiua
Susan Page Davis is the author or more than ninety novels and novellas. She’s a winner of the Carol Award, two Will Rogers Medallions, and two Faith, Hope, and Love Chapter’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband, Jim, who is a retired news editor. They have six children and eleven grandchildren.
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