Sunday, April 17, 2011

"But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Rom. 5:8

Welcome to Dwellings.

A blog that hi-lights authors from the world of Christian Publishing, Dwellings features books by Christian writers led by the Lord to write about characters and stories set all over the world, in the distant past....or perhaps in a vision of the future.

They are exciting stories of romance, adventure and suspense, written to inspire and encourage. Occasionally you may find non-fiction books as well, so if you're looking for a book for yourself, a loved one, or those who may need an uplifting message woven through an entertaining story, please consider the new monthly releases in books found here.

And let us know if you've read any of the books featured on Dwellings, you have a review to offer, or just found it an interesting spot to visit. (If you leave your e-mail address, you'll be entered in a drawing for a great giveaway if its available that week, so visit often!)

Blessings to everyone as we draw closer to the Celebration of Christ's Resurrection. Please enjoy the video hi-lighting the beautiful work of talented artist Ron Dicianni who captures the very moment of our Lord's Victory over Death. Praise God!

And this week, I also have the pleasure of interviewing another gifted author writing for the Lord....Susan Page Davis who will tell us about her new releases--yes, that's plural!--and something about her writing life....

Also, I wanted to let everyone know that Susan is giving away a copy of Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island. I've included a 15.00 Barnes and Noble gift card, and Godiva chocolate as a special gift this week for our drawing winner. (Please add your e-mail to your comment.)

Now for our interview with Susan Page Davis....

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved writing stories. I’m not sure I ever had a moment of deciding I wanted that as a career. It always seemed out of reach. I fell into nonfiction writing, and when I realized I had a fiction story to tell, it began to look possible.

How did you prepare? College courses? Workshops? Books on Craft?

I never took any fiction writing classes, but I did study writing books and magazines and attended workshops when I could. Joining a writers’ group and attending a conference were huge steps for me. My biggest preparation was writing. I wrote several full length books before I sold one.

Why do you enjoy writing historicals? (and anything more you want to add to this--anything special about time/settings etc.?)

I love getting an in-depth look at life in another time. So many fascinating things happened in the past, and I have the power to pick my characters up and plunk them down in any moment in time, in any place I want them. I also find some comfort in knowing the general outcome—this side will win the war; the colony will survive; the frontier will be tamed.

For Love Finds You in Prince Edward Island, I visited the island and did research in the archives at Charlottetown. I was able to read old newspaper accounts of the Prince’s visit, and to see the rooms where they held a ball and other events for him. I loved the trip and would go back anytime.

Do you have other work besides writing; and if so, how do you manage to balance both?

I quit my part time day job about five years ago, when I saw that my fiction was earning more than my news work.

How many years/stories did you write before the first one was accepted?

About four years and maybe 14 books. No joke. Although I did have several short stories published in national magazines during that time.

What's your next book/release date we can look forward to? (And maybe a quick sentence or two of what it's about to whet our appetites? :)

Captive Trail will release Sept. 1—It’s about a young woman who spent 12 years as a captive of the Comanche, set in Texas, 1857, the year the Butterfield Overland Mail began service through Texas. This is part of the Texas Trails series, from Moody Publishers, in which three of us will write two books each. Darlene Franklin’s Lone Star Trail is first, then Captive Trail, then Vickie McDonough’s The Long Trail Home. Three more books will release in spring, 2012.

I also just put two short, humorous detective stories in a collection on Kindle. It’s called Mailbox Mayhem: The title story was originally published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

Readers can find me at my Website:

Title:LFY in Prince Edward Island
Author: Susan Page Davis
Publisher: Summerside Press

Prince Edward Island pulls out all the stops to prepare for the visit of Prince Albert Edward (Queen Victoria’s son, later King Edward VII) in 1860. Molly Orland, a farmer’s daughter, is hired as a housemaid at the governor’s mansion, where the prince and his entourage will stay. Peter Stark is sent ahead of the royal party to ensure the arrangements are in order. Though Peter and Molly are attracted to each other, there seems to be no future for them, since Peter must soon leave with his master, the Earl of Washburn, and Molly will lose her job if discovered to be engaging in a flirtation with one of the visitors. However, Molly’s family harbors a secret that connects her family to Washburn’s. Can she and Peter overcome the past and set right a sixty-year-old wrong?

Title:Captive Trail
Author: Susan Page Davis
Publisher: Moody Publishers

Mailbox Mayhem

Thanks for stopping in--and because Jesus died for us all, may God richly bless you as you celebrate His Resurrection!


Carla Gade said...

Hi Pat, thanks for bringing Susan here to Dwellings! I always love checking in on my favorite authors to learn more about them and find out what they're up to. Great idea with the Mainely Mayhem Series for Kindle!

Please leave me out of the drawing.


Anne Payne said...

Anytime I hear Prince Edward Island I think of Anne of Green Gables :) I would love to read Susan's LFY book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!


Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Carla and Anne. Anne, you would probably love to visit PEI. I took my two teens to Green Gables and we loved it. A lot of attractions weren't open when we went in early May, but GG is open all year round. The good part was that we didn't have to battle lines of tourists, and it was very peaceful in the places I went to do research.
Carla, thanks--the stories in the Mailbox Mayhem collection total the length of a novella, and I hope this format catches on.

dtopliff said...

I'm intrigued by Susan's story location, and as a Cdn.-American, would love to read. Thanks for opportunity to win.

Katy said...

Your books look wonderful, Susan! Especially Captive Trail!! After leaving this comment, I am on my way to find out more about this book - the cover is awesome!! :-D

Thanks for the chance to win!

~ Katy

Anonymous said...

Congrats Susan. I love anything to do with Canada.. I think it stems from my love of the Anne of Green Gables books. ;)

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Katy! I've been blessed with awesome covers. My mom has family in Nova Scotia, and I had been to New Brunswick, Quebec, and driven through the prairie provinces and British Columbia, but this was my first visit to PEI.

Casey said...

I love the covers of all Susan's latest books! I'm reading the latest one right now in her Sharpshooter series and have enjoyed it. Thanks for the chance to win her latest LFY books here!


Carmen7351 said...

Love the painting of Jesus. I have an old picture that my mom had of Jesus overlooking Jerusalem. This one reminds me of the one I have.

Mailbox Mayhem reminds me of stunts my oldest brother did. Got him in trouble with the Fed. Govt. He was a little rowdy back then.

Would love to win LFY in PEI as it's the scene of Anne of Green Gables!

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Casey! I hope you love The Blacksmith's Bravery. And Carmen--thanks to you too. My two detectives in the Mailbox stories are great guys--possibly a couple of those who are smarter than they let on. The stories are more light-hearted than most of my crime stories, and yes, you could take Paul or All-Eyes home for supper and he'd fit right in.

Charity said...

I would love to read Susan's new book! Anne of Green Gables is my favorite movie of all time:) Thanks!


Pam said...

I've enjoyed several of Susan's other books and am sure I'd enjoy each of these. Please enter me in the contest.
pam at daysong dot com

Ann Lee Miller said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Courtney said...

This story sounds really great and I just love the cover! I will be checking this book out! Thanks for a chance to win!


Laura Frantz said...

Joining in a little late but loving these books and learning more about Susan. Carla has spoken so highly of her that I feel I almost know her:) Bless you, Pat, for your 2 beautiful blogs and your heart for Him and others!