BIO: Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas in the historical romance, mystery, and suspense genres. She is the mother of six and grandmother of ten. A
native, she now lives in western Kentucky
with her husband Jim. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com.
Dear Readers, Susan and I have been very good friends for a long time. We’ve been involved in several novella collections together. And we’ve attended a retreat for historical fiction authors in south
, as well as being
at ACFW conferences together. I love her books. She’s a master at grabbing the
readers and dragging them straight into the action. And I always love her
Well, for one thing, I had my first (and only so far) panic attack, and it terrified me. I was afraid a heroine who suffers anxiety attacks might be unsympathetic, but I’ve tried to make Debra a likeable person. And a town near where I used to live actually had a run-down old building for a police station. I learned from an officer that they had quit using holding cells there because state laws were so stringent on the care of people in confinement, so it sort of sprang into my mind that there might be old jail cells that were no longer being used. I’d better not say any more.
If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
I’d pick Sibella Giorello (Love her Raleigh Harmon series!), Cara Putman, Sunni Jeffers, and Kristen Eckhardt (I’ve worked on some cozy mystery series with them), James Scott Bell, and Terri Blackstock.
Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Lena, because you’re
always fun to be around! Also, Vickie McDonough, Erica Vetsch, Angela
Breidenbach, Julianna Deering (That’s her pen name, but you know—I adore her
Drew Fathering series!), and Kim Sawyer. I think that would make a very
interesting gathering. A little mystery, a little romance, a little humor.
I’d really enjoy that party. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
So many ideas, so little time,
I want each book I present to be well done, and that takes time.
Tell us about the featured book, The Saboteur.
Debra Griffin takes a job at the local police station as secretary to the detective sergeant, Michael Van Sant. Michael is trying to learn who wants to sabotage his unit, and Debra is soon caught up in his hush-hush investigation—while she tries not to fall head over heels for her boss. But danger is nearer than she thinks. When she confronts the saboteur, Mike and his detectives race against the clock. But is one of the men he trusted is trying to get Debra out of the way and bring them down?
Please give us the first page of the book.
Debra Griffin turned her face into the breeze as she pumped gas into the tank of her forest green Sentra. Pale green leaves were just unfurling on the big maple tree at the edge of the parking lot. Another fleeting
summer was on the way. The sun warmed her skin, and she wrinkled her nose as
the gas fumes rose around her.
Behind her, the door to the convenience store closed, and she turned her head slightly. A young man hurried toward the Jeep Cherokee parked on the other side of the pumps. He pulled off a knit cap, and she thought he was overdressed for the warm spring day. His tousled brown hair eclipsed the goatee he was growing. He glanced toward her, and their eyes met for an instant. Debra turned away, not liking his sharp expression.
The Jeep started, and he pulled out of the lot onto the main road through town, driving swiftly away to the south.
Massachusetts license plate, Debra noted.
That figured. An early tourist. They always thought it was chilly.
She replaced the hose in its niche on the pump. Every week when she was at home, she bought gas at Farnham’s. The small general store had somehow survived on the edge of the city of
Rushton, catering to people who had lived in
the area for many years. Debra entered the little emporium, which sold
everything from stovepipe to cappuccino, and was surprised that Belinda was not
behind the counter.
She stood for a moment uncertainly, perusing the displays of small items on the counter. Lollipops, fudge, “penny candy” that sold for a dime,
key rings, Slim Jims, and bookmarks. Behind the counter was a lottery ticket
dispenser and a rack of cigarette cartons. No other customers were in the
Debra turned around and called heartily, “Hey, B’linda! Where are you?”
“Back here!” came her friend’s voice, from the office at the back corner of the store. Debra walked swiftly through the aisles of Band-aids and tube socks.
“It was a guy in a black Jeep,” Belinda said as Debra entered the tiny office.
Belinda put her hand over the telephone receiver. “Sorry, Deb, we’ve been robbed.”
I’m eager to read the rest of the book. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Find Susan at:
Buy The Saboteur for kindle: http://amzn.to/2iuHyy8
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