Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of ten novels and novellas. Carrie writes contemporary and historical romance for Barbour and Love Inspired. Her latest releases are A Man To Trust, Surrendered Hearts, and Christmas Mail-Order Brides. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five young adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking for friends and Family. Carrie loves to connect with readers through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her website: www.carrieturansky.com
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Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I am in my dining room, sitting at my desk in the corner. I’m wearing my comfy Saturday jeans and a blue turtleneck. I’m looking out my window with a beautiful view of our backyard where the sun is shining down my tulips and where the dogwoods are just starting to bloom.
What is your favorite time period to write in?
Right now I am researching England at the turn of the century – 1900. I’m really enjoying learning about the end of the Victorian Era and the beginning of the Edwardian period.
If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?
I’d love to go to Great Britain and visit some of the lovely historic country homes. I’d especially like to visit Highclere Castle where Downtown Abbey was filmed and some of the other beautiful homes and gardens in that area.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
I think I’d like to meet Amy Carmichael. She was an Irish missionary to India from 1901 - 1951. She wrote many books and started a center for young girls who were rescued from being temple prostitutes. I’ve read her biography, and it was so inspiring. I know I’d enjoy meeting her.
What is the hardest part in writing a story?
I think the hardest part for me is turning off the “internal editor” so that I don’t question each sentence and word. I’m trying to learn to write more freely and quickly and let my creativity flow.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
Starting in 1870’s – 1900 there was a whole wave of wealthy young American women who traveled to England hoping to marry an English Lord. Many of these titled men were in desperate need of money to save their estates, so they were open to marrying the American women. There were negotiations between lawyers on behalf of each man and woman to set the financial terms of the marriage. Some of them were happy marriages, many were not. Very interesting times!
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Joy on the Journey – I’d share all the ways God has shown His faithfulness and given me joy and blessings.
What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most?
One thing that has influenced me the most was joining American Christian Fiction Writers in 2000. Through ACFW I met my mentor, my agent, and many other wonderful authors who have become dear friends. I’ve learned about the publishing world and received great teaching and encouragement. I am very thankful and try to pass on some of those blessings to other aspiring writers.
After years spent helping run her family’s Christian bookstore, it’s time for Adrie Chandler to give her own dream a chance. But can she really trust the beloved shop to hew manager Ross Peterson? The man is too handsome, too charming. . .too much a reminder of another dream Adrie had to let go of—marriage. Yet Ross surprises her by knowing a thing or tow about making sacrifices. Suddenly, Adrie is questioning what she really wants. And whether the dreams she once thought unlikely are within reach after all.
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