Tell us about your book.
In 1884, Maggie Porter returns to the Rocking P Ranch. The sanatorium was not able to save her mother, and now her father’s health is failing. When the cowboys walk off the job leaving no one to drive the cattle to market, ranch foreman Alex Bright cannot convince the men to stay. Maggie is desperate to save the ranch, and she turns to the town’s women for help. The new cowgirls must herd, rope, and drive the cattle to market. Unfortunately, some of the strikers resent their actions and want to liven up things on the cattle drive. Maggie can’t believe Alex, whom she always admired, would cause trouble for her family. Can she forgive him and accept his offer of help when trouble comes?
What inspired this book?
In reading about Texas history, I learned about a cowboy strike in the Panhandle region in 1883. I wondered what the ranchers did when their cowpunchers wouldn’t work. And then I wondered what would happen if the women stepped up to take on the job. I set my story a year later. The cowboys have heard about that other strike. Even though it wasn’t very successful, they think it’s worth a try.
Are you a panster or do you outline?
I usually do a very detailed outline. It saves me a lot of headaches in the writing process.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been seriously writing fiction since 1999.
What was the first book you ever wrote?
The first one published was Protecting Amy, about a young woman whose father was commanding officer at Fort Bridger in 1858.
If you could travel back in time when and where would you go?
I’d love to visit England in the 1500s, but I don’t think I’d want to stay there permanently. I just want to get a good look at it!
What project are you currently working on?
I’m starting work on a new Morgan family story, but I’m also writing a new mystery.
What are your hobbies (besides writing)?
I like needlework, genealogy, and logic puzzles.
Come visit me at my website: www.susanpagedavis.com
Susan has offered to giveaway one copy of Cowgirl Trail to a lucky winner. At least 10 people need to leave comments WITH email addresses for there to be a contest OR you can email me at email@example.com and put "contest-cowgirl" in the subject line. Winner announced April 29th.