Please welcome Susan Page Davis, author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas, to 3 Questions Wednesday.
Glad you could join us, Susan. First question:
What books have fortified you as a writer? How?
Susan: I like to read old books. When I’m writing a historical novel, instead of just imagining how I think things were during that time, I try to read books written by people who lived it. Examples: when writing The Seafaring Women of the Vera B., I read Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years before the Mast. When writing Cowgirl Trail, I read Agnes Cleaveland’s No Life for a Lady. Now I’m writing a book set in Arizona and reading John Cremony’s Life Among the Apaches. It gives me a much more authentic feel for the period than watching movies. However, the down side is, some readers don’t want to know what it was really like. They generally like their historicals sanitized a little bit.
I love reading the classics. History can be quite revealing! Speaking of revealing, we’re going to snoop a little with the next question–
What secret talents do you have?
Susan: I’m good at spelling; I was my school district’s champion in eighth grade. I speak clumsy French, since I grew up in Maine, where French is the second most-spoken language. French is offered as a foreign language in most Maine high schools. And I trained as a certified farrier (shoeing horses), though it’s been a long time since I shod a horse.
Now, that’s different! My sister-in-law is adept at shoeing horses. Since I live in Kentucky, it’s actually not at all unusual here. Last question,
If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Susan: Vegetarian lasagna. I’m not a vegetarian myself, but I have a family member who is, and this is one of our favorite meals that everyone can enjoy.
Yum! I love veggie lasagna, too. Susan, thanks so much for taking the time to answer our 3 Questions. Readers, please read on for the chance to win a book–
Susan is offering a copy of The Seafaring Women of the Vera B., either paperback or e-book—the winner’s choice. (Paperback is restricted to US addresses). Please leave a comment for a chance to win!
Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She wrote The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. with her son, James S. Davis. Susan lives in western Kentucky with her husband, another Jim. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten.
Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com and follow her on Twitter at: @SusanPageDavis.
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The Seafaring Women of the Vera B.
With the captain dead in Melbourne, Australia, Alice Packard thinks the worst has happened, until she learns the crew has deserted her husband’s ship in favor of the goldfields. Only one old man, Gypsy Deak, sticks by her, but Gypsy alone can’t raise a crew from the depleted population. In desperation, Alice turns to the only source of plentiful workers: the women of Melbourne. In a bold move, she and Gypsy empty a brothel, promising the escaped women a new life. Her all-woman (save one) crew put their backs and hearts into the voyage, but Alice finds training her sailors much harder than she expected. Her faith is tested to the limit. With a cargo to sell, angry brothel and tavern owners in pursuit, pirates to evade, and a mysterious stowaway, will the seafaring women of the Vera B. survive to tell the tale of this daring adventure?