Sunday, December 13, 2009
Love having Susan back with us. This new story looks interesting. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I try not to do that, but I suppose they are all influenced by my experiences.
When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Even when I was small, I liked to make up stories. But being a writer as an occupation wasn’t really within my horizon when I was a child.
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I like mystery, suspense, and romantic comedy. I enjoy reading true history, biography, and survival stories. I have a collection of captivity narratives.
What other books have you written, whether published or not?
I’ve written about fifteen historical novels (eleven in print), and about fifteen suspense novels (seven have been published), two published novels for children/young adult, and three mysteries published with my daughter Megan. I’ve also done about ten contemporary romance, three of which are published so far.
How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Sometimes I have to walk away from the computer for a while. Usually when things go really insane, I realize I haven’t spent enough time in God’s Word and prayer, and I try to get back on track. I also think not watching the news every night helps.
How do you choose your characters’ names?
This is one of the hard parts, in my opinion. I tend to grab the same names over and over. And if I don’t like a name, I can only use it for a character I don’t like.
What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My family—with God’s grace, we have six wonderful young adult children, two sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law, and six terrific grandchildren.
For a while I would like to be a dog and get lots of head-pats. But I’d probably get tired of that quickly, since I’m not a dog lover.
What is your favorite food?
What advice would you give to an author just starting out?
Read a lot. Write every day. Network. Repeat.
Tell us about the story.
A murder in Fergus, Idaho, has the town’s women scared. But the men don’t seem able to stop the rash of thefts, assaults, and vandalism that follow. Half a dozen women band together to arm themselves against trouble. The gunsmith's plain sister, the emporium's owner, a couple of rancher's wives and saloon girls take their shooting lessons seriously. The men are skeptical at first and slightly amused. The new minister's wife shocks the town by joining the club, and other women follow her lead.
When they show no sign of letting up on their drill, the men beg the sheriff to disband the club and put their women back where they belong. Those are fighting words to the ladies. Domestic rebellion threatens until a new murder grabs everyone's attention. Will the sheriff and his men find the killer and put him away? Or will that honor belong to the Ladies' Shooting Club?
Sounds like a wonderful read. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Come visit me at http://www.susanpagedavis.com/
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