Welcome to Susan Page Davis
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than fifty books, and she loves Christmas. A Maine native, this year she’ll be celebrating in western Kentucky.
We are giving away two copies of her e-book The Christmas Tree Bride, from the 12 Brides of Christmas collection and a paper copy of Westward Christmas Brides, which includes Susan’s novella, Another Christmas Story.
A J: We’d love to hear a little about yourself and your writing journey.
Susan: My first book was published ten years ago—a historical romance called Protecting Amy. I’ve been blessed to publish a lot of books since then. I especially love writing Christmas stories, and thisyear I have three coming out: The Christmas Tree Bride, which is part of the 12 Brides of Christmas series; Another Christmas Story, which appears in the Westward Christmas Brides collection, and “Special Delivery,” a short story in the Cup of Christmas Cheer’s third volume. All have historical settings.
A J: What other books have you written?
Susan: I’ve done quite a few historical romances, with settings ranging from Colonial days (The Prisoner’s Wife and the White Mountain Brides series) to World War I (The Crimson Cipher). In between those are a lot of westerns, including the Prairie Dreams series, Ladies’ Shooting Club series, and Texas Trails series.
A J: Did you have storytellers when you were growing up that influenced you? Were you an avid reader as a child?
Susan: My older siblings read to me a lot. I credit my oldest sister with teaching me to read. My dad was also a wonderful storyteller, giving us all a deep appreciation for our forebears and the “old days.
AJ: What is the most important thing on your current ‘To Do ‘ list?
Susan: I’m working on a contemporary mystery for Guideposts right now, and I’m on a deadline for that.
A J: When did you begin to write your first novel? When did you finish? How long have you pursued a writing career?
Susan: I wrote my first novel in the summer of 1999, but that one was never published. It was a contemporary mystery. The first one published, five years later, was a historical romance set in 1850s Wyoming.
A J: How do you organize your writing day? So many hours per day writing? Use a word count to determine when to stop? Just write until you drop?
Susan: I usually try to write at least 2,000 usable words per day on my “work in progress.” After that I do other writing-related tasks.
A J: How does writing a novel differ from other work you have done? Do you think your career experience made the process easier or harder?
Susan: Before my first novel was published, I was a newspaper correspondent, and before that I held various jobs. Writing for the newspaper certainly helped me with things like hitting deadlines and striving for accuracy.
A J: Do you outline your books or let the story go where it wishes?
Susan: I outline, and the older I get, the more I realize the value of that. The more detail I get down in the outline, the easier the actual writing process. I don’t find that it kills spontaneity at all.
A J? What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Susan: I often write about reconciliation and forgiveness.
A J: What are you working on right now? Do you work on more than one book at a time?
Susan: I do sometimes have more than one project going at a time. Right now I’m in the final editing process for a novella for 2015, and I’m about one-third through writing the rough draft of my next mystery.
A J: Tell me about the story of The Christmas Tree Bride and Another Christmas Story.
Susan: In The Christmas Tree Bride, Polly Winfield lives at the stagecoach station that her father operates and often sees Jacob Tierney, one of the drivers. But winter arrives on the prairie bleak and uneventful, and she confesses to Jacob that all she longs for is a Christmas tree. Will a stagecoach accident prevent him from making her wish come true?
Another Christmas Story opens when Beryl’s father has been shot in a hunting accident and is critically wounded. His dire condition forces Beryl and her little brother, Sam, to leave the wagon train and stay with the family that runs the nearest trading post on the Oregon Trail. Their mother has previously passed away, and with their father’s death imminent, Beryl has to make some hard decisions. Will she take Sam on to Oregon, as her father had planned, or go back East to live with relatives there? In the meantime, they are stranded by bad weather with the Lassen family for the winter. Beryl can’t see what’s ahead, but God has plans for her and Sam’s future.
A J: Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers?
Susan: On my website, you’ll have a chance to enter my monthly drawing for free books. I also have a sign-up opportunity for my occasional newsletter there.
A J: Where can we find your books and where can we find you on the web?
- Links for Westward Christmas Brides
You may also enjoy the mystery series I wrote with my daughter:
(Link for Mainely Mysteries e-book)
Susan, thank you for stopping by and visiting with us.