Sunday, October 14, 2012

Welcome to Christian Author, Susan Page Davis

Good Morning Faithful Readers! Today we have Susan Page Davis with us in The Barn Door Book Loft.  Susan has graciously offered to give away a copy of her book, Lady in the Making. Info on how to get your chance to win follows the interview.

Is there a story behind LADY IN THE MAKING?

This series grew and changed as I wrote it. For book 2, I had to change my primary villain, as I had killed off the person I originally planned to use for that. I also changed the hero. I think that was the editor's suggestion. For this book (#3 in the series), it took me a while to decide what to do with the character Sam. I could keep him...or not. Have him go straight...or not. Sam was a comic villain in the second book, but I needed to take Millie to a more serious place in this one. I also introduced the "real villain" and that person's lackey in this book, as well as several other new characters. I hope the readers enjoy the twists this story takes.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?

Perry, because he was so different from the characters I usually write. I had to do a lot of research before putting him on paper. I wanted him to be likable, but misguided. The readers will decide if I succeeded.

What started you on your writing journey?

My husband encouraged me to start writing fiction. I had been a nonfiction writer for about 25 years, but I love fiction, and writing novels is my idea of the perfect career.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

My family, but I'm always glad they're there.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I love mysteries and historical books, whether fiction or nonfiction.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?

Skulking around a parking garage, looking for a good place for a sniper to shoot from (for a book, of course).

What is your favorite season of the year?

Spring--I love the new growth and color we get then, and the promise of warm weather.

What is a favorite memory from your childhood?

Going with my dad the day he bought his first flock of sheep, and we carried nine ewes and a ram home in the back of our station wagon!

Now that's a picture I'd love to see! Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Oh, yes! Laundry, dishes, changing the beds...anything "housework."

I can relate to that, Susan. Now before we leave, please tell us when we can expect your next book and what is it about?

The very next one will be HOPES AND DREAMS, in the Miracles of Marble Cove series from Guideposts, coming next month. I write in several continuity series for them, and the books are written by several different authors. in the Miracle of Marble Cove, I wrote books 12, 15, and 21. It's fun, but it can get a little crazy. The farther you go in the series, the more there is to keep track of! The editor maintains a detailed "series guide" for us. In HOPES AND DREAMS, one of the main characters, Margaret, is trying to help her cousin, Buddy, who was her nemesis for many years. She and her friends are also trying to solve a mystery at Old First Church, where they occasionally hear bells chiming unexpectedly.

Thanks so much, Susan for interviewing with us and thanks again for offering a book to one of our readers.

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SUSAN PAGE DAVIS is giving away a copy of LADY IN THE MAKING. The giveaway is only available to U.S. Addresses.
To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address.
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HomePlace Gatherings said...

Count me in on this one. I LOVE Susan's books!

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Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Doreen! Writing this series was a lot of fun.

Amy Campbell said...

Love the interview. Thanks for sharing.
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karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read susan's latest novel

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Anonymous said...


! would love to win Susan's new book. Thanks for the chance. Maxie ( )

Merry said...

Lady in the Making sounds like it has interesting characters and lots of twists and turns. Please add me!
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Teela said...

I like the title to this Book, "Lady in the Making" kind of reminds me of Eliza Dolittle! ;-)
I would really like to win this book by Susan. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lane Hill House said...

Add me, please! Kathleen

ann said...

This is the kind of book I enjoy reading. Thanks for the giveaway : )

tickmenot said...

The information you gave about writing the books in the Guideposts continuing series is really interesting. I always wondered how the different authors are able to keep track of the story lines in each book.

Please enter me in the contest.

Judy said...

I would love to win a copy of Lady in the Making. Thanks for the giveaway and for the interview with Susan.


Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Teela! I love Eliza Doolittle too.
The series books are lots of fun, and it's very different when you are working with other authors. For my Prairie Dreams Series, I made my own notebook and computer files and index cards for the characters. But in a continuity series, where other people are adding new characters and events, you have to keep up with what's happened "between" your books. The editors do a great job at that. I'm sure their work is cut out for them, making sure everyone's books agree with each other!

Amy said...

I have wanted to read this series for awhile. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Jo said...

Great interview! I would love to read this book and thank you for the giveaway.


Tanya Hanson said...

Lovely interview, Susan, and terrific blogspot. Blessings!

Pam K. said...

I am wondering if Lady in the Making is the last book in this series. I have the other two so would love to win a copy to complete the set. Thanks so much for the chance. I find it interesting that the series grew and changed as Susan wrote it; it didn't just stay as she orginally envisioned it.


Susan Page Davis said...

Yes, Pam, this is the final book in the series.

Anonymous said...

The book sounds great. Thanks for having the giveaway.


apple blossom said...

love reading Susan's books thanks for chance to win

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Jes said...

Carrying nine ewes and a ram home in the back of your station wagon - that sounds like it must have been entertaining!! :)

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