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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Interview with Susan Page Davis


Description: Can the shy gunsmith and the widowed storekeeper find love when everything around them is in an uproar? Hiram Dooley has problems—women problems! His sister’s about to leave him to get married (if Sheriff Ethan Chapman ever proposes); his sister-in-law, Rose, thinks Hiram should marry her, since they’re both widowed; and the woman he truly loves, Libby Adams, is blind to his regard. The schoolmarm has a different problem—a man claiming to be her uncle came to Fergus. . .and then disappeared. Did her father kill him? Can the Ladies’ Shooting Club once again ride to the rescue?

It is my distinct pleasure to have my good friend, soul mate, critique partner, and all-round great writer Susan Page Davis as my guest. Please join me in welcoming her to my blog.

And as an added bonus, Susan will give away two copies of Gunsmith’s Gallantry during June! Leave a comment(s) for your chance(s) to win a copy of her book.

1. Gunsmith’s Gallantry is your 30th book in print. In what ways has your success changed you, both personally and as a writer? Is there any aspect of writing that hasn’t changed much?
Ouch. You pitch them right over the plate, don’t you? Personally, I spend a lot more time at my desk now, and a lot less time outside. I have turned down a lot of activities because writing novels is now my job. As a writer, I hope I’ve improved over the last 10 years. It’s changed my perspective on success, work, ministry, competence, and many other things. Writing is still work. There’s no substitute for research and rewriting.

2. Gunsmith’s Gallantry is the second book in the Ladies Shooting Club series. As the ads have said, “The ladies of Fergus fight back.” Where did you get the idea for the series?
I wanted to write about a group of women who supported each other but angered their menfolk because of their independence and the way they stepped outside traditional roles.

3. What’s next for the folks of Fergus?
In this book, Poor Hiram has to deal with several women in his life—something he’d rather not do. And what’s buried behind Cy Fennel’s barn, anyway? In book 3, one of the reformed saloon girls, Vashti Edwards, will seek employment as a stagecoach driver.

4. What has been your most satisfactory experience as a writer?
Getting letters and emails from readers who love my characters, and hearing how they were touched by my stories.

5. You have written historical romance, contemporary romance, cozy mystery, and romantic suspense. What’s your favorite genre? Why?
I think historical suspense has it all. The Ladies’ Shooting Club series has some of that, as does my July book, The Crimson Cipher. I like writing romance and history and suspense. Why not in one book?

6. What can readers expect to see next from you? Where can they find you on the internet?
After this, my next release is The Crimson Cipher, set in 1915, and then a fun novella collection called Christmas Mail Order Brides, written with friends Vickie McDonough, Carrie Turansky, and Therese Stengel. Look for that one in September.
My Website is at . Thanks for having me here, Darlene!


Rhonda Gibson said...

Hi Susan and Darlene!
I am so looking forward to reading your latest book. I loved the first in this series and will be looking for the second on store shelves. Great interview! Well done ladies!!

Darlene Franklin said...

Hi, Rhonda! Thanks for stopping by!

Kameko said...

Good afternoon Susan & Darlene -

Wonderful interview & it's a pleasure meeting you, Susan. Your book sound wonderful & I most certainly am going to get the first book of the series & read it - these ladies sound fascinating! The premise of a reformed saloon girl becoming a stagecoach driver is very interesting. "The Crimson Cipher" sounds really interesting also, can't wait for it to be released.

Please enter me in the drawing.

Blessings to you both!


Darlene Franklin said...

Susan, Beverly is the "neighbor" I mentioned meeting. :) Beverly,Susan will be my guest next month when she'll be giving away a copy or two of Crimson Cipher. So come by and say hello again! As before, every comment left during the month counts towards the drawing.

lotus82 said...

Historical of my favorites. Please enter me in the drawing.


Darlene Franklin said...

Steph, thanks for stopping by! I have a lot of fun writing historicals myself, but Susan a true master of the art.

Susan Page Davis said...

Nice to meet you, Beverly and Steph. I love historical fiction, too, and a little mystery and romance thrown in makes it perfect. Rhonda, great to see you here--and thanks!

Martha W. Rogers said...

Hi, Susan and Darlene
Love the cover of the book, Susan. Thanks Darlene for a great interview. This looks like a fun book. I love it when the gals know how to shoot.

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Martha! I like the covers for this series, too. Those feisty females really set the mood.

Carla Gade said...

This was a nice interview. I felt like I was sitting in on a chat between good friends, which of course, you are! Susan, is such a prolific author and it's always great hearing more about her work! Waving from Maine!

Darlene Franklin said...

The cover is not only pretty, it is SO Libby (IMO). Thanks for stopping by, Martha.

grannyvon said...

I love to win books because I am an avid reader and could never afford all that I read. My daughter reads them after me and then we take them to the local nursing home. They are so appreciative of them. Thanks for the entry.

Darlene Franklin said...

"Granny," thanks for stopping by!

Susan Page Davis said...

Hi, Carla and Granny. Thanks for stopping by! I think giving books you've enjoyed to a nursing home is a wonderful way to recycle and share the fun.

Barb said...

Great interview, Darlene and Susan! I can't wait to read this series. I love historicals, romance, AND suspense, and look forward to searching the shelves for your books, Susan! Thanks for sharing!