I’m beyond thrilled that Carrie Turansky has agreed to stop by for an fun interview, (and a surprise tea party). Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Carrie today!
Carrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.
Welcome Carrie, it is so very nice to have you join us today. With the release of your 17th novel Shine Like the Dawn beginning to slow down and your schedule a little less hectic, I thought it would be a good time to have you stop in for a brief interview. I’m so happy to have you here today!
A brief excerpt of my review:
“A gentle reminder that even through the messy bits of life, the heartbreak, the disappointments, and unmet dreams, that God is always with us. His plan is perfect, even when we can’t see it.”
Trisha: Let’s get started with our fun interview questions, shall we?
Q: What is your Favorite Beverage?
Carrie: On cold days I enjoy hot tea. Earl Grey and mint are my favorites. On warm days I enjoy iced Passion Tazo tea. I’m also trying to drink my water every day.
Trisha: Yummy! Iced Passion Tazo tea is also a favorite of mine.
Q: What would you say is your Guilty Pleasure? Carrie: I make some really delicious homemade chocolates with cocoa, carob, a dash of salt, melted coconut oil, and stevia. I add some roasted almonds too. Yum!
Trisha: Those sound delicious! I’m ready for a tea party now.
Q: Is there a place you have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet? Carrie: There are several places in England I’d like to visit, including Northumberland where Shine Like the Dawn is set, and Kent, where my next book, Across the Blue, is set. There are so many beautiful historic estates, gardens, and lovely sights to see!
Trisha: You have some fun vacation spots in your future!
Q: What is your Favorite Bible Verse? Carrie: I have so many that give me strength and encouragement! One of my favorites is: “Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14.
Trisha: such a wonderful reminder that God desires that we do everything in Love.
Q: What was your inspiration for Maggie’s character in Shine Like the Dawn?
Carrie: I’ve always wanted to write a story where the hero and heroine were childhood friends who grew up and fell in love. So that was the first idea I had in mind when I started developing Maggie’s personality. I had a much clearer image of Nate, the hero, when I first plotted out the book. But I knew Maggie was going to face a tragedy at the beginning of the story, so I thought about how that would impact her and what kind of character she would need to be to live through that and move forward in life. As I started writing those early scenes in the story, Maggie took shape and became a living breathing person for me.
Trisha: Maggie’s tragedy stuck a cord with many as well as her struggle with trust and forgiveness, it also helps make her more down to earth.
Q: Did you find anything challenging when writing Shine Like the Dawn?
Carrie: Writing a novel that included a mystery was a real challenge for me. I don’t watch mystery or crime TV series, and I don’t often read mysteries . . . so I don’t know why I thought I could write a novel with strong mystery elements! Thank goodness I have good author friends who helped me brainstorm the story when I reached the midpoint and wasn’t feeling very confident about the direction I was going. They really helped save the day! My editor also enjoys reading mysteries and watching crime series, so she was a great help too.
Trisha: I would have never guessed! The mystery in the book was well done, I enjoyed trying to figure out what would happen next.
Q: Will there be a book in the future about Maggie’s little sister, Violet?
Carrie: That’s a fun idea! Right now my publisher has asked me to write stand-alone novels rather than series. I usually write one book a year, and readers don’t like to wait for a whole year to continue a series. Bookstores also don’t want to stock books 1 and 2 a year or two later. So for now, I have no plans to write Violet’s story. But I do have an idea for a WW1 novel featuring a heroine who loves horses and helped care for military horses during the war. The drama of that time period would make it a great book to write.
Trisha: Violet was such a fun character. I do understand that it is more difficult to sell a series when too much time has elapsed between.
Q: What book can we look forward to reading from you next?
Carrie: I’m working on my next English historical novel, Across the Blue, that will come out early in 2018. It’s set in 1909 in Kent England. The hero is a young pilot and airplane designer who wants to be the first to fly across the English Channel and win the prize offered by the Daily Mail newspaper of London. The heroine is the daughter of the wealthy owner of the Daily Mail. She is an aspiring journalist who believes covering the hero’s story will help establish her career, but her parents want her to focus on marrying well and helping them move forward in society. Romance, adventure, inspiration, and secrets from the past make this a fun story to write and hopefully for you to read.
Trisha: Across The Blue sounds like a fascinating story. I’ll be adding it to my watch list! Thank you Carrie for taking time from your writing to stop by and visit with us. It was fun getting to know a little bit more about you and about Shine Like The Dawn.
You can find a short list of Carrie’s most recent released books below. These can be found at many locations where books are sold.
Recent Books by Carrie Turansky:
The Governess of Highland Hall, WaterBrook Multnomah, Carol Award Finalist
The Daughter of Highland Hall, WaterBrook Multnomah
A Refuge at Highland Hall, WaterBrook Multnomah, Maggie Award Finalist
Shine Like the Dawn, WaterBrook Multnomah, 2/27/17
Friends: What is your favorite book by Carrie Turanksy? Please add any questions you may have for Carrie in the comments below.