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If you are an e-book fan, you may have already seen Breaking News by Susan Page Davis. But if you are a paperback fan, I’ve got good news for you. Susan just released the paperback version! Yay! I am happy to have Susan back to visit today to share a little about Breaking News with us. Before we begin, here’s a quick look at the story.
Editor Kurt Borden’s star reporter is struggling with depression. Long before Kurt bought his lakeside house in Maine, a senator owned the cottage next door. When Mick Tyler shows interest in the story, Kurt sends him out to do a feature on the senator, who disappeared more than 40 years ago. Maybe Mick’s fascination with the tale will lift his depression.
But Mick never comes back.
Kurt’s wife finds an elderly neighbor ill in his home. The old man, Elwood Fairmont, begs Janet to give a cryptic message to his grown children. Elwood’s children gather, but their father’s words mystify them. Was what he told Janet a dying confession?
Kurt assigns bright young reporter Dave Carpenter to write about Mick’s disappearance. When Dave investigates the story his colleague was pursuing, Kurt’s life is threatened. Janet finds a clue that makes them wonder: Are Elwood’s regrets and Mick’s disappearance connected to things that happened decades ago?
To unravel the close-woven mysteries, Kurt and Janet must rely on their faith and use all their wits and diplomatic skills.
Welcome back, Susan! Wow, this sounds good!! What inspired you to write Breaking News?
In the 1920’s, Judge Joseph Crater owned a summer cottage in Belgrade, Maine, my home town. Judge Crater’s disappearance in 1930 was considered the missing persons case of the century. I thought about writing about this case, but decided to place a later fictional disappearance in the same location, this time making a senator the person who vanished. By moving the event to 1968, I was able to tell the story in a contemporary setting through the eyes of middle-aged people who remembered the event. I created a family, the Fairmonts, who lived near the senator’s cottage, and a pair of kind neighbors—editor Kurt Borden and his wife, Janet—to get involved. Kurt sees the mystery unfold from the official perspective when his reporter, Mick Tyler, goes to write a story about the senator and ends up missing, too. Kurt deals with the police and the news staff covering the story. Janet sees it from a more personal angle. She gets to know the elderly neighbor’s children—adults now, but boys and girls when the senator vanished. Piece by piece, Kurt and Janet solve the mystery of the two disappearances.
You’ve definitely intrigued me! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
Janet Borden is my favorite. In some ways, she’s like me, but she is more the person I would like to be.
Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Dave Carpenter is my favorite supporting character. I can see him and Tori taking on new mysteries together.
Why did you choose this particular setting, and have you been there?
This book is set in a real town, my home town. My father was a game warden and patrolled the Belgrade Lakes area for years. My husband and I both worked for the newspaper Kurt works for. Maybe I should have made up a fictional one, I don’t know, but knowing about the true disappearance of Judge Crater, I really wanted to use this setting.
It certainly adds credibility to the story. Do you have personal experience with any of the events in Breaking News, and if so, could you share about that?
I worked as a newspaper correspondent in this area for about 20 years, and my husband was a copy editor at this newspaper. It’s all close to home.
I guess so! We know you keep yourself quite busy with your writing. Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I have a couple of things in the works, including Book 7 in my Maine Justice series and a sequel to The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. That one is written with my son, and I have to adapt to his schedule, so we’ve had a few delays on putting out the next book. I also just finished up the final book in the Tearoom Mysteries series for Guideposts Books.
Awesome! Thanks for taking time to visit with us today, Susan!
Your turn! Let’s talk about settings. Do you prefer real locations and businesses, or do you prefer completely fictional settings? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
More about Susan:
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 80 Christian novels in the mystery, romantic suspense, and historical romance genres. She’s a winner of the Carol Award, two Will Rogers Medallions, and two Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards. A former journalist from the state of Maine, she now lives in western Kentucky. She and her husband Jim have six grown children and ten grandchildren.
Also by Susan:
What begins as a friendly city rivalry with Bangor turns into a baffling case for the Priority Unit. One of their colleagues turns up dead in what should have been a mock crime scene. Captain Harvey Larson holds everything together for the family and the Priority Unit, but the convoluted path to solving Detective Joey Bolduc’s murder turns up evidence of other crimes.
It’s 1915, and Emma Shuster has far too much on her mind to entertain notions of romance… Saboteurs are doing their best to keep the United States out of the Great War. Bridges and factories are being bombed, and ships are being sunk. When Emma’s code-breaker father is found murdered and his secret encryption project left unfinished, the navy offers Emma a civilian position cracking intercepted ciphers sent by foreign powers.
Join seven Texas Rangers on the hunt for a menacing gang, who run straight into romances with women who foil their plans for both the job and their futures. Includes Susan’s novella “Simple Interest.”
Breaking News Giveaway:
Susan has graciously offered to give away a copy (paperback or e-book) of Breaking News. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.