Today we showcase a mother and son writing team, Susan Page Davis and James S. Davis.
Their book: 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?
An interview with Susan:
What kinds of interesting things have you done in your life? Before I began writing fiction seriously, I was a news correspondent for a daily newspaper. The experience has been very valuable in writing novels. I also trained as a farrier (horse shoer) in my early 20s, but stopped doing that when I was expecting my first child.
What does your family think of your writing? My family is very supportive, and two of my children have co-authored novels with me.
What is your writing process? Most of my new books begin with an idea for a situation or conflict. I think about that and sometimes brainstorm with other people. I write an outline of the main points, and sometimes rough it out chapter-by-chapter. For some books, especially mysteries, I write each point or clue on an index card and arrange them to my satisfaction, then write them in order for my outline.
How do you manage your time? I usually work at my writing every day. I get to my desk between 7 and 8 a.m. and work most of the morning, with a breakfast break and another short break. After lunch, if I’ve finished the amount of words I need to write that day on the current project, I work on other writing-related tasks, like interviews, responding to email and comments on blogs and interviews, revising, critiquing for others, preparing for speaking events, etc.
Where do you get constructive critiques and feedback? In the past, I had online critique partners who helped me along in the journey. They are worth their weight in gold if you can find people who write the same type of books you do and understand where you are coming from. They should also have some grammar and creative skills. Nowadays, I don’t use crit partners as much, but I do belong to a once-a-month writers group. The members are great people to bounce ideas off or to ask for a quick opinion. I also am blessed with being married to a retired editor, so I have a built-in helper there. He reads all of my books before they go to the publisher.
What is your book about? Forgiveness and personal freedom are themes throughout this book. Both are things most of the characters have struggled with.
What was the hardest thing about writing the book? Probably the sailing research. We really wanted to get it right!
Do you plan on writing a sequel to this story? Yes, Jim and I have started working on the second book in the Hearts of Oak series. We don’t have a title yet. We’re still in the plotting stage, working out the details of the adventure and the romance.
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Susan Page Davis, James’s mom, 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.
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