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Indie Author Showcase: Lucia Davis

Lucia Davis was nominated as an Indie Author who deserves appreciation and acknowledgement of her work. I am pleased to present this author a showcase blog post.

Author Bio:

Lucia Davis lives in Michigan with her husband and three children. She loves traveling and has visited many countries over the years, exploring different cultures. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking and doing yoga. In the winter, she tries to embrace living in cold Michigan by going skiing and being a hockey-mom. But she really prefers palm trees.

The Baby on the Back Porch is the first book in the Dunnhill Series. In this novelette, Sara Eriksson leaves San Francisco for a small village in the Northern Cascades, where unresolved secrets from the past linger. In the sequel The Charm of Lost Chances, Sara has to solve another chilling mystery. Both books have a paranormal component, and a hint of romance.

“The Interview”

1. Tell me two things about yourself that are separate from writing.

I am a very busy mother of three (my youngest is a one year old)... if I'm not dressed in yoga pants, it's a good day! I never sleep enough, and during the day I mostly run after my youngest who desperately tries to get into all sorts of trouble. And who knew kids had all these countless after-school activities?! Writing is only a small part of my day, if at all. I spend a lot of time plotting though (while vacuum cleaning or doing laundry). I would love to be able to devote more time to writing, and one day I will. But for now, my children are my priority.

I don't watch much T.V, but I have a weakness for BBC historical/period dramas. On occasion, I will give in to temptation.

2. Why do you write?

I love coming up with stories and using my imagination—creating something from nothing. And it's fun to be in control: I decide what happens in my story. In my regular life, that's not always the case.

3. Brag about ONE accomplishment as a writer.

I think finishing a book is an accomplishment, always. Writing a book is not easy and it takes a lot of work and determination.

4. Name up to five people who inspire you

My family, first and foremost. They are my inspiration, my reason for being, my direct influences, my soundboards, and my outer voices of conscience... I would not be who I am if it wasn't for them.

The books of Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters have always been a great inspiration. I love reading them. Times have changed so much since then, yet the stories still hold so much attraction. I think that's pretty amazing.

5. If you could sit down with anyone, living or dead, and have a conversation with, who would it be?

So many. There is a huge list of famous people throughout history I'd like to talk to, to hear their perspective, or first-hand account of how things (really) went down. But on top of the list would be my grandmothers; they both lived through WW2, and one of them even through WW1. One of them passed away years before I was born, the other one when I was in my twenties but dementia had already taken her away a long time before that. I never really had the opportunity to talk to them about their lives. I would love to have had the chance to get to know them better.


The Baby on the Back Porch

The Baby on the Back Porch, a novelette, is the first book in the Dunnhill Series. An old cabin, hidden in the forests of the Northern Cascades, has been a silent witness to mysterious events long forgotten. But sometimes the past has a way of resurfacing… In search of solace after a personal tragedy, Sara Eriksson exchanges vibrant San Francisco for a small mountain village. Initially, everything at the cabin is just as she imagined: Her new surroundings are breathtaking, and her landlord, David, is kind and helpful. As soon as she’s left alone, however, Sara finds her new home is not quite as peaceful as she’d thought. First she has an unwanted visitor. Then, an unsettling dream… Sara pursues the leads presented to her, but she can’t solve the mystery on her own. It takes both Sara and David to uncover the truth about the past—and discover a connection they never expected.

Excerpt The Baby on the Back Porch

Sara wrinkled her nose and took a purposeful whiff of her coffee. The cabin had not seen frequent use, judging by the musty smell that lingered throughout the house. She opened the window, and along with the fresh air, the sounds of the back yard flooded in. Chirping birds resonantly celebrated the spring. Somewhere in the distance, a creek was softly murmuring. She sighed. This was perfect! As she took it all in, the thought appeared before she even noticed it forming.

Dad would have loved to photograph this.

A sharp pang gripped her chest. She rubbed her eyes, suddenly feeling drained. She was so tired of grieving. How long before these uninvited thoughts stopped making her so sad?

She opened her computer to take her mind off her sorrow; emptying her suitcase would have to wait. Soon she was absorbed in her new project, typing on and off while occasionally pausing to sip her coffee. Oblivious to her surroundings, she failed to notice when the birds abruptly stopped chattering, and everything grew eerily quiet.

She was staring off into the distance when out of the corner of her eye, something shifted under the trees. She focused. Yes, there was movement, almost hidden in the shadows—a dark shape, a large shape. She leaned forward to get a better view. Slowly the dark silhouette emerged from the trees and raised itself up.

The Charm of Lost Chances

In the sequel The Charm of Lost Chances, Sara Eriksson returns to Dunnhill hoping for a second chance—not only at a scenic getaway, but also with David, the landlord of the cabin.

Sara’s cabin in the woods is just as beautiful as she left it—but so is David’s new client, Taylor. Just as Sara is starting to come to terms with the fact that David may not share her feelings, her dreams return, setting a series of events into motion and leading Sara down a winding path to a new mystery that only she can unravel. As Sara struggles to keep her wits—and her sanity—about her, she must decide which chances she’ll take, and which she’ll allow to be lost to time.

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Final Thought …

Sara has only barely recovered from her last adventure, but a new mystery awaits! I am working on book 3. It should come out sometime during the second half of this year.

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