Guest Author Spotlight — Susan Page Davis with her son, James S. Davis
Today we welcome Susan Page Davis to our blog. Susan is the author of more than 60 novels. We’ve asked Susan some tough questions, which she graciously answers below. Please leave a comment and your email address to be entered into a free drawing.
- What can your readers expect from you next?
I am writing a historical romance called My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains. It will release next year. I also write cozy mysteries for Guideposts Books, and book 1 in the Tearoom Mysteries series is coming out very soon! It’s called Tearoom for Two.
- What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Of course, positive reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, or your other favorite book sites are very helpful. Readers can also help by telling their friends about the book, suggesting it for a book club read, or mentioning that they liked it on their social media. One other thing that can be a huge help—pray for the author!
- What is your favorite part of writing?
I really enjoy the planning and plotting process. I love brainstorming and mapping out various directions the story could take.
This week I’m giving away a copy of The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. The winner can choose a paperback or an e-book. (Paperback restricted to USA only).
Here’s the first page of The Seafaring Women of the Vera B.:
Port Phillip Bay, Australia
The ship was too quiet. Alice Packard knew something was wrong as they approached the Vera B.
The brig lay anchored in the shallow waters of Port Phillip Bay, off the village of St. Kilda. They had left four men on board with her husband’s second mate, Mr. McDarby, while Gypsy Deak, who served as boatswain and steward, accompanied Alice ashore for her husband’s burial. But no watchman hailed them from the deck as they approached. The brig, with its masts stripped of canvas, rode the gentle waves too quietly.
Alice glanced at Gypsy. The old man had sailed for more than thirty years and knew every timber and crack of the Vera B. Did he sense the same peculiarity she did?
“Ahoy the Vera B.,” Gypsy called.
No one responded.
They reached the side where the rope ladder hung down, but still no one leaned over to greet them or offer a hand.
“I don’t like this,” Gypsy said. “Let me board first, ma’am.”
At fifty-nine years, the old boatswain tended to stiffness, and an old injury gave him a pronounced limp in his gait. Alice watched anxiously as he slowly climbed the ladder. She thought she heard muffled voices and laughter, but it could be from one of the other vessels anchored nearby.
The gate in the bulwark was closed, and Gypsy had to clamber over the rail. Alice couldn’t wait any longer, wondering what he had found on deck. She hoisted her skirts and stood in the bow, where Gypsy had tied the dinghy to the bottom of the ladder. She loathed the stunt in full skirts, but years of sailing with her husband had taught her how to conquer ladders quickly and modestly. She made the ascent swiftly and clambered aboard.
Gypsy was several yards away, his back to her, walking past the mainmast toward the captain’s cabin at the stern. The door stood wide open, and noise of movement and voices came from within.
Alice’s heart lurched. The men were never allowed in the cabin, unless invited by the captain. Had outsiders overrun the handful of men they had left and begun to pillage the brig?
Four men burst from the cabin, their arms laden with guns and other plunder.
“Hey!” Gypsy yelled. He strode toward the ruffians.
Alice caught her breath. The leader was one of their sailors. Where was the mate? She shrank back toward the rail. She wanted to call out to Gypsy, to tell him to be sensible rather than to confront four large, strong young men bent on mischief.
“What do you think you’re doing?” Gypsy roared.
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.
Co-author James Samuel Davis is Susan’s son. He’s a writer who has traveled in Australia, China, Micronesia, and Alaska. He resides in rural Travelers Rest, S.C., with his wife and seven children.
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