A Warm Autumn Welcome Return to Susan Page Davis!
So glad you could join us, Susan. Folks, she's giving away a book! Leave your comment and email address please.
Tell us about your latest release. The cover looks fantastic!
I love it too. Here’s a summary of The Lady’s Maid:
Elise Finster accompanies her young British mistress, Lady Anne Stone, on a voyage to America in 1855. Lady Anne’s father has died, and her Uncle David is the new Earl of Stoneford—if he steps forward and claims the title. But David disappeared into the American West when Anne was a baby. Now it’s up to her and Elise to find him. They join a wagon train in Independence, Missouri, not realizing they’re leading a killer straight to David.
Sounds great. What was the hardest part to write?
Probably the scenes in England. I had to do a lot of research on how inheritance works over there.
We all have choices of items that help us write. What’s yours? Can you give the readers a glimpse into your writing space? What’s your favorite writing reference tool?
When I’m on a deadline, my office is a mess. I throw papers on the floor and stack books and ring binders around me. I like a neat desk and office, but I don’t always have it. My favorite writing reference for historicals is English Through the Ages, by William Brohaugh. It tells you when words came into usage in our language.
If you had to choose one person to go with you for encouragement to a secluded cabin, who would that be?
Right now I would take one of my daughters who is going through a rough time.
What are you working on now?
I am writing the third book in this series (A Lady in the Making) and I’m about to start a new contemporary book in the Miracles of Marble Cove series from Guideposts.
What is one of the happiest moments of your life or an accomplishment that you’re especially proud of?
We had all six of our scattered children together for daughter Megan’s wedding in 2008. They have never all lived at home for very long (the oldest left for college a few days before the youngest was born), so that was an accomplishment!
How do you choose names for your characters? Do you do a lot of research on them?
Since you bring it up, I wish I had an assistant whose job was to come up with character names for me! This is really hard for me. I have used baby naming books, census records, telephone books, you name it! And more than once I’ve realized the name I chose belonged to a moderately famous real person and had to change it.
Can you tell us some of your favorite books or characters that you cherish?
If I start reading a Dick Francis novel, it’s hard to pull me away. I also love Van Reid’s Moosepath League series.
Any fun things about yourself that the readers might enjoy knowing?
Well, let’s see. I had my appendix removed while I was very pregnant (and had the baby the next day). Oops, that wasn’t fun. Hmm. My three sisters and I try to get together at least once a year for “Sister Weekend.” Speaking of which, it’s about time to do that again!
You're right. That doesn't sound like fun, but getting together with your sisters does. I've never had a physical sister; I guess that's why I value my friends so much. Is there one piece of advice that’s been especially valuable to you?
Be strong in the strength that is in Christ Jesus.
That's an excellent one we all need to believe. Please share information where readers can check out and buy your books:
Come to my website: http://www.susanpagedavis.com/
The Lady’s Maid is available in print and as an ebook:
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Thank you so much for visiting again, Susan.
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