About the Book
Book: Peyton’s Promise
Author: Susan G. Mathis
Genre: Historical Romance
Release date: May 24, 2022
Peyton Quinn is tasked with preparing the grand Calumet Castle ballroom for a spectacular two-hundred-guest summer gala. As she works in a male-dominated position of upholsterer and fights for women’s equality, she’s persecuted for her unorthodox ways. But when her pyrotechnics-engineer father is seriously hurt, she takes over the plans for the fireworks display despite being socially ostracized.
Patrick Taylor, Calumet’s carpenter and Peyton’s childhood chum, hopes to win her heart, but her unconventional undertakings cause a rift. Peyton has to ignore the prejudices and persevere or she could lose her job, forfeit Patrick’s love and respect, and forever become the talk of local gossips.
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About the Author
Susan G Mathis is an international award-winning, multi-published author of stories set in the beautiful Thousand Islands, her childhood stomping ground in upstate NY. Susan has been published more than twenty-five times in full-length novels, novellas, and non-fiction books. She has seven in her fiction line including, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy, Christmas Charity, Katelyn’s Choice, Devyn’s Dilemma, Sara’s Surprise, Reagan’s Reward, and Colleen’s Confession. Her newest, Peyton’s Promise, came out in May 2022 and Rachel’s Reunion releases October 7, 2022. She just finished writing book ten, Mary’s Moment. Her book awards include two Illumination Book Awards, three American Fiction Awards, two Indie Excellence Book Awards, and two Literary Titan Book Awards. Reagan’s Reward is a Selah Awards finalist.
Susan is also a published author of two premarital books, two children’s picture books, stories in a dozen compilations, and hundreds of published articles. Susan makes her home in Colorado Springs and enjoys traveling around the world but returns each summer to enjoy the Thousand Islands. Visit www.SusanGMathis.com/fiction for more.
More from Susan
In the 1980s I had the privilege of staying on Calumet Island when it was a bed and breakfast. My time there was so inspiring that I knew I had to write a story about it one day. Then, last summer, the caretaker graciously brought me over to the island for an afternoon of touring it, hearing stories, and recapturing the essence of the island.
I grew up just twenty minutes from the Thousand Islands, so I spent every summer and more exploring the beautiful region. Google it—all ten of my novels and novellas are set on these beautiful islands. I’ve stayed on several of the islands and camped and rented cottages there. So, after I wrote my debut novel, The Fabric of Hope, about the largest island, Wolfe Island, I kept on writing. There are so many fascinating stories to tell.
I’m hooked on the wonderful world of historical fiction, and especially the Thousand Islands Gilded Age history. It’s gives me so much “scope for the imagination” as Anne Shirley would say. All my novels are based on a specific place in the Thousand Islands and are the true stories of the owners of that island. So, my plot is generally true. Then I overlay the storyline of the fictional servants to create the story.
I LOVE researching! There’s a lot of interesting information in Peyton’s Promise about the women’s suffrage movement and upholstery work. But I really enjoyed researching about fireworks—how they’re made, how they’re shot off, etc. I connected with the leading fireworks historian and gleaned lots of great information that I sprinkled into the story. I’ll never view another fireworks’ show the same.
I hope you’ll reading enjoy Peyton’s Promise as much as I enjoyed writing it. Happy reading!
Interview with Susan
- What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? I take an annual Thousand Islands book tour each summer to visit the islands, my fans, friends, and family, and research my next few projects. I grew up in the islands and have stayed on several, including in Singer Castle on Dark Island, setting for Devyn’s Dilemma; Casa Blanca, setting for Reagan’s Reward; and Calumet Island, setting for my latest, Peyton’s Promise.
- What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? My readers enjoy all my stories, but Colleen’s Confession, with the focus of the famous landscape artist, Alson Clark, comes to mind.
- How do you select the names of your characters? My granddaughter’s name is Peyton, so that was easy. But I like to use Irish names, and Patrick worked perfect for this story.
- What was your hardest scene to write? It’s always hard to inflict pain on the characters you’ve grown to love, so having the townfolk ostracize her for her radical ways wasn’t easy.
- What is your favorite childhood book? Anne of Green Gables and all the series
- If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do? I read incessantly, so that is always helpful to becoming a writer. But I wish I had journaled more—and kept the journals I had as a child.
- What comes first, the plot or characters? All my novels are based on a specific place in the Thousand Islands and the true stories of the owners of that island. So, my plot is generally true. Then I overlay the storyline of the fictional servants to create the story.
- Who is the author you most admire in your genre? I love Melanie Dobson, Susan Meissner, Susan Anne Mason, and so many others.
- What do you like to do when you are not writing? I love to travel, hike, swim, spend time with family and friends, etc. I just went to Cyprus, my 50th
- If you could invite one person to dinner, who would it be and what would you cook? Well, you stumped me here. The first person that comes to mind is my dad. He died three months before I was born, and I’d love to spend time with him. I’d cook whatever he’d like. Sigh…
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To celebrate her tour, Susan is giving away the grand prize package of a Peyton’s Promise themed basket including the novel!!
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