Susan Page Davis is the author of forty published novels. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. They have six children and eight grandchildren. Susan is a past winner of the Carol Award and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, as well as Heartsong Presents Favorite Author of the Year.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
In my office, wearing jeans, black T-shirt, bare feet.
Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why?
That used to happen to me when I wrote my first few books, but not so much anymore. I do detailed planning in advance now, and I generally do the “what if” stuff before I begin the actual writing. If I get a great idea later on, I’m open to it, but I find planning gives me a much better structured book and brings about a more satisfying conclusion.
Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
Yes, on a timeline of Texas history. I learned there about the cowboy strike of 1883 in the Texas panhandle. I did some research on that event and it became a springboard for this story.
Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
I love the scene where Maggie rides out to the roundup camp, hoping to get some support from Alex and the cowpunchers. It’s not as simple as she’d hoped.
Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?
I’ve always loved stories, and I did begin writing at an early age. But I only began seriously writing fiction in the last 12 years or so.
If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
I would be Lucy Pevensie, because she got to go back to Narnia several times, and she “got it” from the start.
What is something that very few people know about you?
I’m a descendent of John Alden, of Mayflower fame, and Priscilla Mullins.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
A collection of old tea tins.
In 1884, Maggie Porter returns to the Rocking P Ranch. The sanatorium was not able to save her mother and now her father’s health is failing. When the cowboys walk off the job leaving no one to drive the cattle to market, ranch foreman Alex Bright cannot convince the men to stay. Maggie is desperate to save the ranch, and she turns to the town’s women for help. The new cowgirls must herd, rope, and drive the cattle to market. Unfortunately, some of the strikers resent their actions and want to liven up things on the cattle drive. Maggie can’t believe Alex, whom she always admired, would cause trouble for her family. Can she forgive him and accept his offer of help when trouble comes?
Susan's other new release:
Lady Anne’s Quest is second in the Prairie Dreams series. After her lady’s maid, Elise, is married, Anne must carry on alone to find her uncle, David Stone, in Oregon Territory. But instead of her uncle, she finds an imposter. Dan Adams is determined to protect her from the swindlers now trailing her, even if it means stealing her heart. Though he’s good at keeping her safe, Dan is certain he will never be able to convince Anne to be his wife, since her sights are set on finding her uncle and returning to England. As her quest becomes more dangerous and difficult, Anne finds her feelings for Dan changing. Will she soon envision a new life in America?
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