Friday, April 8, 2011

with Susan Page Davis

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Susan!
What started you on your writing journey?

I’ve always had stories in my head, and I wrote a lot as a kid. But it wasn’t until 1999, when I realized I had a novel running continually in my mind, that I decided to write a full-length book.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Other people. I will drop anything if my kids want to interact with me. I only have two of my six left at home, and they are both high school seniors. I figure my time with them is limited, and I want to make the most of it. But an email “ding” or a phone call will lure me away, too, so I have to be careful about that and guard my writing time.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I’m an eclectic reader—nonfiction, mystery, historical, suspense, fantasy—I’ll read almost any genre. Right now I’m reading The Amish Midwife, by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, and Oregon 1859: A Snapshot in Time, by Janice Marschner. Another novel I recently finished was Marica Gruver’s new book, Raider’s Heart. I enjoyed it a lot.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
The Earl of Washburn is an interesting character—living out a life of duty with regrets for the misery his family caused others in the past. He finds ways to atone—but I think Peter Stark, his protégé and the hero of the story, is my favorite. Peter doesn’t aspire to rise above his class, but he would seize an opportunity to completely leave the class society and live outside it.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Folk music—old, simple tunes with words expressing everyday life.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I did serve Bob Dylan a cup of tea once. Didn’t plan it—it was one of those things that just happen. I was in the right place at the right time.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Sure. Right now I’m putting off writing 2,000 words on my next novel by taking time out to answer these questions! I also put off dusting, cleaning closets, and renewing subscriptions. But I figure if those are my biggest dreads, I have a pretty boring life.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
A lot of my books focus on forgiveness and reconciliation. Many of us need to forgive ourselves and accept God’s forgiveness before we seek reconciliation with others.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’ve just finished writing Captive Trail, which is a new venture with a new publisher. Moody Publishing has contracted a six-book series, Texas Trails, written by me and two of my favorite authors, Vickie McDonough and Darlene Franklin. The books all feature members of the (fictional) Morgan family, in different decades. Darlene’s Lone Star Trail will release first, then my Captive Trail in September, followed by Vickie’s The Long Trail Home. Next spring you’ll see Darlene’s A Ranger’s Trail, my Cowgirl Trail, and Vickie’s End of the Trail. Researching 1850s Texas has been a real adventure for me. I’ve come to love the Morgan family with all its quirks, and I look forward to writing my next installment.

You can purchase Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island from Amazon.

Susan is giving away a copy of Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

This looks like a very good read!

Maureen said...

I really enjoy reading the LFY books...would love to read this one!
Your new series looks great! Congratulations!

diana said...

I think this cover is so beautiful and I don't belive I've ever read any books that take place in this locale!

Jo said...

I really enjoy reading the Love Finds You series so would love to win this book. Please enter me.


Anonymous said...

Loved this posting! I have a collection of every LFY book released to date EXCEPT Susan's so this would be a welcome addition should I win!

Thanks for the chance :-)
Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com

Charity said...

Would love to be entered! I have read many of Susan's books and really enjoyed them. Of course, this one I really want as it looks like Anne of Green Gables on the front:) Thanks!


apple blossom said...

please enter me thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, everyone! I did love Prince Edward Island and would go back any chance I get. It is beautiful, and the people are very hospitable. And I do think they did a super job on the cover!

Kari Linder said...

I can't wait to read this book and would love a chance to win a copy!
Kari in Oregon

Marianne said...

I would love to win LFY in PEI. Thanks for the interview and chance to win, Esther and Susan. You must be a people person...if i am reading, i can ignore everthing and everybody - like my Mom, but i don't because of responsibilities. Maybe when i'm 90 ...mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com from Arizona

Jordan said...

I fell in love with PEI in Anne of Green Gables, and would love to read another books set there. This one looks great, and the cover is beautiful.


Jordan in SC

Jordan said...

I fell in love with PEI in Anne of Green Gables, and would love to read another books set there. This one looks great, and the cover is beautiful.


Jordan in SC

Lee Smith said...

The cover is beautiful and I love this time period. :o) Thank you for the chance to win it.

Thanks for your interview. I look forward to your next book.

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, everyone. I'm working on a book set in another beautiful place--in fact, one where I used to live: western Oregon. I never seem to run out of beautiful settings.

lgm52 said...

These books look so good...beautiful covers, too!

Courtney said...

The cover of this book is gorgeous!! Sounds like a great book! I'd love to win it!


windycindy said...

I have adored every book I have read by Susan Page Davis! Many thanks for the chance to win this delightful

sharon chadbourne said...

Oh, Susan, I am excited and can't wait for the next book. A whole series coming up? I will TRY to get them as they come out and then read them! Lol!

Naomi Musch said...

Hi Susan,
It's nice to learn more about you and your writing. I'm very curious to know how Moody went about contracting a six-book series with 3 separate authors. Was that something they devised, or did the 3 of you come up with it and pitch it that way to them?

Susan Page Davis said...

Naomi, we're delighted that Moody has decided to get back into publishing fiction. Our agent pitched this series (Texas Trails) as a package.

Pam K. said...

I enjoy reading Susan's books and would like to win "Love Finds you in Prince Edward Island." The cover on this book is lovely.
Thank you for the interview and book giveaway.


Jo said...

I love the cover and would love to read the book. Please enter me.


karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I love Susan's books...and would love to win this one!! Love the cover too!

Katy said...

Pleaswe count me in for this giveaway. I haven't read anything by Susan yet, but I would love to start! :-) Thanks!

~ Katy

Katy said...

I am a follower!

~ Katy

diana said...

I just found out I didn't win this book in another giveaway so I'm typing past the lump in my throat. Pleeeeease enter me! Desperation is so unbecoming!:):)

noseinanovel said...

This is the most beautiful cover on a LFY novel to date! I fell in love with all things PEI when I discovered Anne of Green Gables many years ago. I would love to read this!

I just made a note about Texas Trails and can't wait to read those when they release. I love a good family saga :)

Please enter me!

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks to all of you faithful readers. Diana, breathe! :) It's been a great privilege to write for the Love Finds You line.

Carman said...

Please enter me! Can't wait to read this one.

booklovercb at yahoo dot com

And Captive Trail's cover is stinking awesome! :D

Charity U said...

Please enter me, if I'm still in time!

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