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Friday, January 23, 2009

Spotlight on Susan Page Davis and Inside Story


SUSAN PAGE DAVIS is the author of 20 novels in the historical, mystery, and suspense genres. She is a Maine native, and uses her home state as the location for many of her stories. She's the mother of six and grandmother of five adorable children.

by Susan Page Davis
Published by Harvest House


Claudia Gillette is a prize-winning journalist at a high-profile magazine. She prides herself in her cool independence—traveling the globe, beating the deadline. Landing the interview with Heidi Taber, the only female in an elite U.S. Navy special operations unit, is yet another rung on her ladder of career successes.

Lieutenant Bill White is not happy about the journalist standing in front of him in the midst of the Philippine jungle. He has no time for public relations campaigns—certainly not during a covert mission to rescue a well-known aerophysicist from terrorists.

As shells explode and tracer fire streaks the air, Claudia finds herself caught up in a danger she never expected...or wanted. With lives at stake, she fears her presence in the unit is their greatest detriment to survival. Will she find the strength to live through the nightmare…or has her ambition cost her her life?

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1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?

Readers begged to hear more about Pierre's family, and I decided to bring Marie's sister Claudia (book 2) together with Rachel's friend Bill (book 1). I'd also been reading about the communist and Muslim terrorism in the Philippines and decided it was a good location for a military adventure.

2. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that are theirs and theirs alone?

Well, I have sisters...Actually, Inside Story is pretty far from my actual experience, though I worked several years as a journalist (not nearly as upscale as what Claudia does, though).

3. If one of your characters were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?

Claudia would be Rocky Road, all the way.

4. Are there any themes in Inside Story that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the stories progressed?

Forgiveness is a big element here. Claudia not only seeks God's forgiveness, but must forgive herself for all the trouble she's caused. Bill, too, takes on a share of the guilt, especially for Stu's situation. Both must deal with those problems and set things straight with God.

5. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?

Most difficult was putting a face to the villain, Cabaya. My favorite was Pierre's wrangling with Claudia.

6. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

On Feb. 1, On a Killer's Trail will release in the Love Inspired Suspense line. In this book, Detective Neil Alexander, in the Portland, Maine, P.D., investigates a Christmas Day murder. The girl who broke up with him six months ago shows up to cover the story for the local newspaper. Neil broke Kate's heart, but he's become a Christian since then. Will she—and her brother-in-law, who happens to be his boss—give Neil a second chance? And when a second murder occurs, will Kate's ideas blow their investigation and put her in danger?

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Thank you, Susan, for being in the spotlight with us.

Readers, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE autographed copy of Inside Story.

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This week, the contest is open to anyone worldwide.

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Anonymous said...

Love historicals with personal stories included. It helps me enjoy our history. Numbers, dates, cities,...boring. Keep the historicals coming!!!

Please enter me for Inside Story.

Thank you!

Stormi said...

Sounds like a great read!


Carolynn said...

I haven't read any of the books in this series but I would really like to! Thanks for the chance to win!
carolynnwald at hotmail dot com

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks for coming by, ladies! Carolyn (and other readers) for a chance to win other books in the series, stop by my website at where I give away a free book each month, and the winner chooses the title she wants. And speaking of my website, I'll put in a plug for Tiff here--she maintains it for me, and I'm very pleased with the results.

windycindy said...

I like this book. The characters sound real and the storyline is intriguing. Many thanks, Cindi

Martha A. said...

It sounds like a great book and I will be checking out your website too when I get a chance! Please enter me!

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book!
rebornbutterfly (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

Susan Page Davis said...

This book was a lot of fun to write, though it took a lot of research. I like digging in to a challenging story with complex characters. Thanks for coming by!

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

We have a winner from this drawing and that is:


Congratulations! I have sent your mailing information to Susan so she can send out your book.

As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support.