Monday, April 9, 2012

Welcome Susan Page Davis

Susan Page Davis is the author of 37 published novels and novellas. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim, a retired editor. They have six children and eight grandchildren.

Is there a story behind this book?
Lady Anne started her journey in The Lady’s Maid. She left England with her maid and closest friend, Elise, to find her uncle. The clues they found led them to join a wagon train for Oregon. This series came about after I suggested some ideas to my editor. She liked the idea of bringing the aristocracy to the West. What started you on your writing journey? I began writing stories when I was very young, but I only began seriously writing fiction about 15 years ago. I realized that I had a complicated story in my head and that it was in reality a book. Since I began writing it down, I have never looked back.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Other people.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading? (Book recommendations very welcome!)
Mysteries, suspense, historicals. Right now I’m reading Renee Yancy’s A Secret Hope, set in ancient Ireland, on my Kindle, and Tim Downs’s Nick of Time, a contemporary suspense, in paperback.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote? Why?
I like Millie very much. So much I decided to bring her back in book 3, A Lady in the Making. She’s a woman with “a past,” and a limitless future.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Probably folk music.

What is your strangest habit?
Some people probably think it’s strange that my family writes and performs skits at holiday gatherings. Each group of 5 or 6 people might have to present a skit including something like a bandanna, a bag of marshmallows, a musical number, and the phrase, “Is that your final answer?” The requirements change each time. We’ve seen some very memorable performances.

What is your favorite season of the year?
It always used to be spring because that is the farthest from winter. I say this having lived more than 50 years in Maine. And now that I live in Kentucky, I think it’s still my favorite. Springtime is just plain beautiful.

What is a favorite (season) memory from your childhood?
I was the youngest of five. One summer my brother set up his whole electric train set in my room and let me use it while my three sisters were away at camp. (I was too young to go.)

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Every day. Can you spell vacuum?

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? (and feel free to share a recipe with us!)
Probably lasagna, but I don’t make it very often anymore.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
One that shows up repeatedly in my books is forgiveness and reconciliation.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Cowgirl Trail is due to release in April. It’s set in 1884 Texas. When a rancher’s cowboys go on strike, his daughter enlists her girlfriends to help her finish the roundup and cattle drive.

Expecting to find her long lost uncle, Lady Anne Stone instead discovers an imposter using his name. Her quest to find the new Earl of Stoneford continues—with the swindler and his lady friend hot on the trail. As Daniel Adams and Anne struggle to outrun and outwit their adversaries, Dan finds it necessary to guard his heart as carefully as he guards Anne, certain he’ll never convince Anne to join him on a wheat farm in Oregon. She wants only to return to her beloved life in England. But as Anne’s quest becomes even more difficult—and dangerous—will she find her priorities shifting?

Thanks Susan.
You can find out more about Susan's books here:
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Susan Page Davis is giving away a copy of Lady Anne's Quest. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Wendy Newcomb said...

I love Susan's books and I have this one on my wish list, would love to win it!


Lady DragonKeeper said...

Great interview! I've enjoyed Mrs. Davis' "Ladies Shooting Club" trilogy and this one sounds like a unique plot as well --a British lady in the American West? =)

Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan -- Thanks for the chance to win your new book. I have read 2 of your series, Ladies Shooting and Frazier Island series. Both were fantasic. I enjoyed both generes. Now, hope you will consider my entry for this book. Thank you. Pat Hines - pshines -

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read susan's latest novel :)

kmkuka at yaoo dot com

Marianne said...

Thankyou, Diana for this opportunity to win Susan's new novel. If Susan doesn't like to vacuum either, so i would suggest she puts in laminate flooring..that's a great way to avoid it! i love your blog, and the novels you hightlight

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Diana Brandmeyer said...

Marianne, I agree, change out the flooring so we get more books from her.

ann said...

This sounds like my kind of western reading.
Im anxious to hear more about her uncle.
Thanks for the giveaway
amhengst at verizon dot net

Nancee said...

I like this kind of book, and would like to be entered into the contest. Thank you for offering it!

Joy Hannabass said...

I love Susan's books. Thanks for a chance to win this one!
Blessings Joy

Lane Hill House said...

Fun interview! I would like to read "Lady Anne's Quest," which will leave me wanting to read the next one, "Cowgirl Trail." Hope her friends call ride horses! Please enter me in the contest to win "Lady Anne's Quest."

Lane Hill House said...

can not call
I hope her friends can ride horses!

Teela said...

Thanks for offering this giveaway and I would LOVE to win this book.

Pam K. said...

Thanks for the interview with Susan. I didn't know there would be a third book in this series. I have the first and would very much like to win a copy of Lady Anne's Quest. Thanks for the chance!


Lois Hudson said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. I'd love to... I like mistaken (or stolen) identity stories.

Lois Hudson


lgm52 said...

Sounds like another great book...would love to win a copy!

Emma said...

This sounds like a great book. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me for this contest. Enjoyed the interview. Maxie ( )

Susan Page Davis said...

Thank you all so much! I was on a trip when this interview posted, and what a delight to come home and see all your comments. My sister and I got to be together for a few days while her husband attended a pastors' conference. We went to some historical sites and also had a tour of the barns, jockeys' room, etc., at Churchill Downs. There was no racing that day, but we got to watch some of the horses exercise. It was lots of fun! Being with my sister made it extra special.

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