This was one of the most fun interviews I’ve done to date, and I mean no offense to previous interviewees, but I did this one a little differently to try out a new format, and I love the way it turned out.
Anywhoo…today I’m interviewing Susan Fisher-Davis. Susan is the writer of some fine @$$ cowboys and we’re FB friends and I may or may not bother her for more men… If you haven’t made it to Clifton or Dry River yet, well…what are you waiting for? Check out Susan’s page on Amazon and one-click her books today. I promise, you will not be disappointed, but you may end up addicted.
It’s no secret that I love your cowboys, in fact I’m currently mourning the Men of Clifton and the Bad Boys of Dry River series as they’ve both recently been completed. I understand you’ve started a new series though, The Callahans. I haven’t dug into that one just yet…I have to wait until my Clifton/Dry River hangover is over. Can you tell us a little about The Callahans?
The Bad Boys series isn’t over, so don’t start mourning them yet. DAKOTA and STORM will be out next year. It will end with Storm’s story.
Oh, thank God! I don’t know why I thought they were finished, too. ** wipes the sweat off my brow **
As for the Callahans, it will be about three cousins who used to compete in the rodeo. That series began with Reid in A Cowboy for Christmas. The next one out will be A Cowboy of Her Own, which will be Rowan’s story. I’m hoping to start that series in April 2017. The other Callahans are A Cowboy’s Heart, which will be Devin’s story, then A Cowboy’s Trust, which will be Jaxon’s story. I will also have a book coming out in January called Fit for a King. Wade King makes Wyatt look tame. He’s mean and hateful but he has his reasons. At least, he thinks he does. Then there are five other books I’m working on. Two are novellas, one will take place in Clifton, and I also have one for Patsy and Micah, which will take place in Dry River. Anyone who reads the Bad Boys, knows who Patsy and Micah are. The other three will be full-length books. Two will be a miniseries, the two men are friends, and the other is a standalone. It’s about a younger man and older woman.
Back to Clifton and Dry River…which one of those books were your favorite to write?
I’d have to say SAM Men of Clifton, Montana Book 7 was my favorite of all of them. Although he ended the series, I’ve been in love with him since JAKE. Anyone who has read that series knows Sam was in every book. I couldn’t get enough of him. But I do have a favorite in the Bad Boys series, STORM is my favorite there. I have it written and he’s such a hot mess. He’s a little like WYATT in Men of Clifton, he’s not willing to put his heart out there again either.
Do you have a favorite character? Male or female? For me, I think Cooper was my favorite but I really loved them all.
Again, I have to go with Sam. He was a great character as far as his morals and how he loved the town. He took care of his town and the people in it. Even when he didn’t want to (Tessa). His love for Betty Lou, his dispatcher, was endearing too. He was a great man and sheriff. I do love Cooper too. He was such a character.
How about a least favorite character? Wyatt totally got on my nerves, but he also redeemed himself greatly!! I can’t say I have a least favorite character of yours, except for the villains, of course.
It’s hard to pick a least favorite if it’s not a villain! But, in all honesty, I was never happy with Ryder for some reason. I could easily kill him off and not feel a bit of remorse. I had such a hard time writing his story and I was never happy with it. I’m still not. I have to say, if Wyatt got on your nerves, then I did my job. I made him out to be that way just so he could be brought to his knees.
One of my fears when I’m writing a series is that I’m going to write the books too similarly, like they’re going to have a different title and different characters, but everything inside is going to be the same. I’ve read some books like that. Cringe. That doesn’t happen in your series at all. How do you come up with such unique stories for your characters? What’s your inspiration?
I write them all at one time. I know, sounds like it’s an accident about to happen but I do it that way because I need to make sure things match and don’t match. In any series, some things have to be the same, the town description, the people descriptions, etc. I’ve read books like that too. In fact, I recently read one where a male character had blue eyes but in the next book, he had brown. Some books are way too similar, as if they just copied and pasted it to another story. It’s hard to explain, really. I just get an idea for a story and run with it. I’ve had ideas come to me in the dead of night and I get up and write it down. I always have more than one book going at a time. Right now, I have seven going at once.
I remember how excited you were when you found your SAM. How do you decide on your covers? How do you pick out the lucky cowboys?
A lot of photographers contact me and I never turn down the opportunity to look at the photos. I mean, really, who would turn that down? Sometimes I just happen to see a photo and know I want it. That was SAM. Last year on National Cowboy Day, a photographer posted that picture and I was on him like white on rice. I messaged him right then and told him I had to have that for my cover. He told me he had to ask the model because he isn’t a model at all, just a man the photographer took photos of. Matt (SAM) is a real cowboy. He runs a rodeo and he’s a regular guy and a great family man. He agreed to let me use the photo and it turned out so good. I love it. My favorite cover so far. I’m not sure another one could top it. It took me almost two years to find my SAM and I am so glad I didn’t find one before seeing that one.
Do you have any strange writing habits?
Along with the habit of writing so many books at one time, the only other thing is I have to have the TV on in the background and headphones on to hear music. If it’s too quiet in the cave, I can’t write. I sing along too and trust me, that is not a pretty sound, but I do it anyway. I can’t be in the same room as my husband because he talks to me and I can’t concentrate. He says he doesn’t understand that. If I can have the TV on, headphones in and singing along, why can’t I talk to him. Men. They just don’t get it.
What is something you want the book community to know about you?
I’m just me. I’m very down to earth and say what’s on my mind. I’ve gotten into trouble like that but people need to stop taking things so seriously. I’ve never claimed to be anything more than what I am. I don’t think I’m above anyone. I help other authors with their books and I talk to my readers as friends. I don’t call them fans because I’m not a celebrity. I’m just me. I have a pet peeve about authors who look down their noses at me or other authors because they’ve been doing it longer or sell more books. I support all authors and they should too. It doesn’t take much to be knocked off that pedestal.
Feel free to share some of your favorite things…for example: food, TV show, movie, music, collection, etc.
My favorite food is seafood. I could eat it every day. Soft shell crabs are the best! I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead. I love Scandal and The Last Ship too. My favorite movie is JAWS. I have it on DVD but still watch it on TV anytime it comes on. Country music is my favorite right now. I absolutely abhor rap. I think someone left the “c” of the front of that word.
I’m an NHL fan. I love hockey like you wouldn’t believe. I love my Nashville Predators and can’t wait for the season to start. Hockey will definitely get me out of the cave. There is nothing like seeing it live.
I love to fish and go as much as I can. There is no better feeling than being out in the sun, walking in the creek. I may not even get a nibble but I wouldn’t miss that feeling for the world.
Something my husband and I love to do is go for long drives in our Vette with the top out. We just drive with no destination in mind. It’s a lot of fun and more times than not, we end up in Gatlinburg, TN. It is so beautiful over there. Those Smoky Mountains are breath taking.
I love snow globes. I have over two hundred of them. I’ll buy them anytime I see them. I have one with a John Deere tractor in it! The more different, the better. My favorite is the wicked witch of the west in the Wizard of Oz. She is standing over the globe looking at Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Toto on the yellow brick road. I have a lot of them from Disney movies and I even have a Hello Kitty one. It’s the only thing I collect and I’m running out of room!
And here’s where you can find her guys!
A Cowboy for Christmas: http://amzn.to/1Ul69Bg
Susan, thank you so much for the interview!! Seriously readers, if you want some satisfying, quick reads (as in, you won’t be able to put them down!), one-click Susan’s cowboys today! Every one of them are good, but I, of course, recommend starting with the firsts in each series, JAKE and LUCAS.