Dear Readers, here’s a Christmas story written by a dear friend and one of my favorite authors.
Welcome back, Susan. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m currently working on a new series for Guideposts, the Tearoom Mysteries. I’m writing the first book, and other writers will join me in writing more books in the collection. I also have several more historical novels brewing.
Tell us a little about your family.
I just got the good news of my tenth grandchild’s birth. My husband Jim and I have six adult children. We moved from my native
Maine to western about five years
ago, and we’re now closer to all of them than we were before. Jim is a retired
news editor, and he reads all my fiction before it goes out. Kentucky
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I realized a few months ago that I was reading less for pleasure than I used to. I was spending more time at the computer, writing and marketing, and most of the books I read were for research. So I ordered a couple of “fun” books. I loved Van Reid’s Fiddler’s Green, and also a suspense book. I’m now reading a mystery set in
What are you working on right now?
Today I’m beginning a new western novella. It will be a romantic adventure in the Southwest.
What outside interests do you have?
I enjoy family history, cross stitch, logic puzzles, animals, and cryptography. Right now I’m trying to plan a way to get over to my son’s in S.C. to see my newest grandchild.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
Sometimes they are chosen for me, but usually I get to pick. I like to write about places I know or have at least been to, as I can picture it better. I like to be sure I have the flora and fauna right, and can help the reader feel the genuine atmosphere. I’ve lived in
Carolina, New York state, Kentucky, and ,
and I’ve visited a lot of other places. I’m mulling whether or not I’m ready to
write a book set in Oregon . Kentucky
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Joshua Chamberlain. He was such a hero. A professor, a general in the Civil War (he served in 20 battles and had six horses shot from under him), governor of
for four terms, and he wore many other
hats as well. Maine
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
There’s not one huge thing that I wish I’d known. I wasn’t ready to know a lot of things then. You have to learn them as you go along in the author’s journey. I suppose it would have been very encouraging to know I would be published. But if we knew things like that beforehand, would we work so hard for the result?
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
One thing is that I may never know the answers to some questions, but that is all right.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Study the craft. Read widely. Do get a professional edit.
Tell us about the featured book.
The Reliable Cowboy is a novella, third in the Christmas Mail-Order Angels series. Isabella Johnston lost her husband to the sea, and she wants to get as far from the coast as she can. When she leaves
Maine to marry a cowboy in ,
she reasons that Edwin Gray will be safe on the ranch. But every time he is
late for an engagement, she finds herself worrying. What could be horrible
enough to make him late for their wedding? Wyoming Territory
Sounds interesting. Please give us the first page of the book.
“Maggie! Where are you?”
Isabella Johnston followed her friend’s voice around to the back of the small house the Crain family rented. Maggie struggled with a wet linen sheet, draping it over the clothesline behind the cottage. A sharp wind blew in off the bay. Summer was on its way, but it never put down roots in Merville.
“Let me help you. Your hands must be freezing.” Isabella dropped her handbag on the back step and hurried to Maggie’s side.
“No sense two of us getting our hands chilled. Go in and fill the teapot. I’ll be along soon.”
“Hush!” Isabella grabbed a wet shirt from the wicker basket and pinned it tails up to the line. “Your men certainly make a lot of wash.”
Maggie smiled at her putting a husband and boys, aged five and seven, in a pigeon hole marked, her men. “That’s right, they do. I suppose you’re here to tell me all about the Ladies’ Aid meeting I missed.”
“Oh, Maggie, you won’t believe it.” Isabella had started to shake out a linen pillowcase, but she stopped and stared at her friend in dismay. “I may have done the most foolish thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Maggie paused with a clothes peg in midair. “What on earth did you do?”
Isabella gulped. “Becky Patterson read a letter asking for women to go to
for brides, and I—I told her I was
“What?” Maggie stared at her. “Brides? For men?”
“Of course for men. They have a mining town, it seems, where there aren’t many decent women. But there are some decent men, and they want wives.”
“Where did you say this is?”
For a long moment, silence hung between them as the two young women gazed at each other over the clothesline.
At last, Maggie said, “I’m not even sure where that is.”
How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website: www.susanpagedavis.com
My newsletter: https://madmimi.com/signups/118177/join
And on the 23rd of every month, I blog at: www.hhhistory.com
Thank you, Susan. This book will interest my readers as well as me.
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