Guest Interview: Susan Dayley

Susan Dayley is a contributing author for A Circle of Sisters. A Circle of Sisters is now available in Deseret Book and online at Here is the latest link to the Deseret Book listing

I asked Susan what her likes, interests and hobbies are.
Besides all things books? Finding what’s at the end of the trail, getting dirt under my nails in the garden, and drinking from very small cups while sitting in a very small chair across the table from my granddaughter. I also love my job—mornings I tutor students at a private school—and I’m adapting to taking classes again at the local university.
My garden gate

What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve done some really unusual things, but I can’t tell you what they are. J On a less sensational scale—I had a 6-month honeymoon, have shot a police-issued, 45 caliber pistol, and ate total vegan for over 10 years. 

If you could go on a dream vacation, where would you go?
Someplace with mountains: Switzerland, Machu Picchu, parts of China, or Victor, Idaho. Or old Jerusalem.

In your biography you mentioned a love for canyon trails. What is your favorite memory of hiking or being in the outdoors? I love that we were able to hike the Subway (Zions NP) last year with our children and their families (including some very scary slot swims—for me—and a couple of tricky climb-downs), but I also love the time my DH and I climbed all over the rice terraces in Banaui, Philippines.
 My son on the last down-climb in the Subway

My daughters in the Subway.

Banaui rice terraces--taken through the hotel window--thus the glare

You also mentioned a love for writing. Aside from your story in A Circle of Sisters, what sort of things do you write? My first published book is about Jonah—for adults (Redemption) (it’s not nearly as heavy as the title sounds, but is full of fascinating facts), and my latest, Cold Pursuit just went to press.

Would you be willing to share a little about your current project? Cold Pursuit is a mystery / suspense with romance and a huge twist. [Link to post about book.] The whole concept was driven by the idea of making it “interactive.”

For more about Susan or her books, check out her blog at

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