Friday, October 4, 2013

Fabulous Friday Feature, Carrie Turansky

Today I welcome 
Carrie Turansky,
a lady with a kind spirit, a personality that can see from a distance and immediately cause you to want to meet her. 

Enter to win Carrie's October 2013 release,
The Governess of Highland Hall

Scroll to the end of the post to see how to enter.

I asked Carrie to share with us how God has led her on her writing journey. This is what she said:

Touch With God's Love

I found Carrie waiting for the elevator at the ACFW
conference and shouted, "Carrie! I want a photo!"
I’ve loved reading since I first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. I soon graduated to chapter books and spent many happy hours, lying on our porch swing reading. Those lazy days gave my imagination a chance to grow, and they helped me develop a love for well-told stories.

My love for writing began when I penned my first novel at age twelve, Passport to Paris. I wrote it out by hand and my mother typed it up for me. Now that’s love!

I continued to be an avid reader through my school years, and though I enjoyed writing, I mainly focused on art, and that became my major at college.

My husband and I were blessed with five children, and when our oldest son had some learning challenges, we decided to homeschool. That was a huge investment of time and energy, but it was a wonderful choice for our family. As I read aloud to our kids each day, it revived my love for history and exposed me to great children’s literature.

ACFW Friends at ICRS:
Deborah Raney, Kristy Dykes, Gail Martin
Eva Marie Everson, Carrie Turansky,
Joyce Hart, and Linda Windsor
Our family spent time in Kenya as missionaries in 1996-97. After we returned to the US, I missed Africa so much that I decided to write a story set there as a way to relive some of our experiences. I poured out the story without knowing much about the art of writing fiction. I loved it! But when I showed it to an editor at my first writers’ conference, I found out I had a lot to learn about writing novels.

Soon after that I read a novella by Beth White. I was so impressed with her story, that I emailed her and asked for her advice about learning how to write fiction. She was very encouraging and directed me to a new group that was forming online called American Christian Romance Writers. I joined ACRW in 2000, which later became ACFW, and I connected with a wonderful group of published and aspiring authors. There were less than 100 of us that first year. Now there are almost 3000 members.

Through ACFW I met Kristy Dykes, who became a dear friend and mentor. She critiqued my work and invited me to be one of four authors who submitted a novella proposal to Barbour. Wedded Bliss was accepted and published in November 2005. I joined a critique group, and those friends helped me polish my writing. A few months after Wedded Bliss was published I received a contract with Love Inspired for my first novel, Along Came Love.

Before I was published I wrote five novels and two novellas. I call those my “learning how to write novels.” Since then I’ve had several more novels and novellas published, and have two more contracted. Winning a Carol Award, The International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award have been great encouragements along the way! But most of all, I feel blessed that God has allowed me to share the stories He puts in my heart. My prayer is that readers will be touched with God’s love and truth and they will be drawn closer to Him as they read my novels.
This month I am celebrating the release of my eleventh novel, The Governess of Highland Hall, Book One of the Edwardian Brides’ Series. I’ve wanted to write longer historical novels for several years, so this feels like a dream come true. If you like Downton Abbey and English novels like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, then I think will enjoy The Governess of Highland Hall.

I hope you’ll stop by my website and blog to learn more about this new series. Until then, Happy Reading!

Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of eleven inspirational romance novels. She and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for 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 friends:

To enter the contest for an autographed copy of 
Carrie Turansky's book: "The Governess of Highland Hall":
leave a comment (and email address)
and become a follower of this site if you aren't already.

sorry, U.S. only

Winner announced on my facebook page.

Thank you, Carrie, for Joining us This Weekend!

Friend, I really like the cover of Carrie's new novel, and I must admit I love reading historical fiction. How many Downton Abbey or Jane Eyre fans do we have today? 

If you enjoy Downton Abbey/Jane Eyre/etc., name one scene, quote, character you especially enjoy.

If you have other preferences, what genre do you prefer?


Mary Preston said...

I do love Historical Fiction. I'm also a Downton Abbey fan.

I always enjoy reading & watching first meetings. So very telling I always think. In Downton Abbey when Mary & Matthew meet for the first time I couldn't stop smiling. I knew it was going to be a bumpy road for them, but one worth watching.

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Mary Vee Writer said...

And it is those bumpy roads that get us to come back and watch. We need to make sure all is well. Sigh. Love those stories.
Thank you Mary for joining our chat today. Loved having you.

Janice said...

I have read more contemporary Christian fiction than historical. This new series sounds delightful and would help balance out my reading. I would love to win this book.

I had trouble posting on your blog for a bit and decided to try again today.

Janice said...

Hooray! Posting success.
Blessingz, Janice

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Mary, thanks so much for inviting me over to share my writing journey with our friends! It's encouraging to look back and see God's faithfulness in my life. I count it a great blessing to write for Him!

Pam Halter said...

I love hearing about your journey, Carrie! I homeschooled for 9 years - yep, it was a full time job, but totally worth it. And I love Downtown Abbey, too! So many things to love, I can hardly pick one thing. But I guess I could say I enjoyed watching Mr. Bates and Anna get together. And I also like seeing Lady Edith coming into her own.

Mary Vee Writer said...

What I like best about historicals is reading a great story and seeing how it infuses into a period of history. I especially love when some character boasts of something political that I knew something about. Sometimes I say something out loud with the character!

About the posting, yea, I know. I sometimes have problems with the Internet too. Ours went down yesterday (no wonder my email wouldn't send). I blame the humidity....for now.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks for your persistence. Love it when you join our chats!

Mary Vee Writer said...

You are very welcome. It is my honor.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Pam!
Homeschooling is a full time job! And nine years shows your dedication to the task.
Downtown Abbey does have many wonderful aspects to love, the very components that make the show successful. The writers found a fresh way to help us love watching history!
Thanks for joining our chat circle today. Loved having you.

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Pam, so glad you stopped by today. I didn't realize you were a homeschooler too! Yes, it was a full-time job for many years, but I am thankful for the fruit I see in my kids' lives from that investment. Mr. Bates and Anna . . . they are some of my favorite characters too!

Brittany said...

Wonderful post, Carrie! Homeschooling is close to my heart, too! My son has always struggled with books, words, spellings, etc. Switching to a literary approach to learning seemed like it could make things harder for him, but all the reading aloud we did and his reading practice helped him improve so much. Now, just this year, he has begun taking books around with us in the car to read.

Please don't enter me in the contest, as I already have an ARC. It is such a wonderful story! Congratulations, Carrie on its upcoming release!
Brittany McEuen

Lis said...

I love Jane Eyre and I like Downton Abbey (although I feel the first season was the best one). I like Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre and like seeing different actor's interpretations of him in various Jane Eyre movies. My favorite actor playing Mr. Rochester was Timothy Dalton although he was much too handsome for the role :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Brittany!
Welcome to our chat with Carrie today.
Some boys struggle with the reading aspect of learning. What is amazing is when they catch on and carry the books with them everywhere. We can ask them questions and they won't hear us because they are so engaged in the story. Love it.

Thanks for sharing how wonderful Carrie's new book is. We are excited to help spread the news here.

Looking forward to your next visit with us. We keep the circle open and the virtual hot tea and coffee on tap.

Mary Vee Writer said...

I couldn't agree with you more. Mr. Rochester is indeed one of the most wonderful characters. He is handsome, kind, giving, respectful while carrying around a heavy burden. Charlotte Bronte created a deep character in Mr. Rochester.
Thanks so much for joining our chat today. We look forward to seeing you again.

Sylvia said...

Oh, this book sounds very good! I love the time period and location.

That's very interesting that your family was in Kenya for a year. Robin Jones Gunn's fourth Katie Weldon book takes place in Kenya. Katie is at a mission conference center there. She does travel about and gets to see various sites around Kenya.

I am a follower of this blog.


Mary Vee Writer said...

So nice to see you. Thanks for joining our chat today.

Kenya is a place I would love to visit someday. From what I've read in historical novels and seen in movies, it seems like a place of need and beauty. Thanks for reminding us about Robin's book. Did you go to the ACFW conference this year? We were privileged to hear Robin speak twice.
Carrie's book will be a wonderful read as well. Let us know what you think of it when you get a chance.

Abbi Hart said...

I haven't seen Downton Abbey but I have read Jane Eyre! I can't really remember a specific scene but I did enjoy it!
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Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi, Abbi!
I had to reread Jane this year to remind myself of the beauty in this book. I first read it in high school and loved it. Looks like two books are waiting for a cozy night read for you:) Carrie's and Carlotte Bronte's. :)
Thanks so much for joining our chat today!

J.Grace said...

Thanks for the giveaway, the cover is lovely.

I love historical fiction and enjoyed reading Jane Eyre. I watch Downtown Abbey and I 'm fascinated by the amount of work/responsibility that goes into managing a large estate.


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Kate said...

Hello! Thank you for sharing your writing process/inspirations for your new novel. I love to read and write stories too, so I am always on the lookout for new Historical fiction reads to give me inspiration. I've enjoyed Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre, so I'm sure I'd love your book!

My email is: :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

I am so glad you could stop by and chat with us today.
The lovely cover was my first thought too! I don't know about you, but a tastefully attractive cover sure gets my attention, and Carrie's book is exactly that.

Managing a large estate isn't something most of us do. I think watching shows like Downtown Abbey can be such an education.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next chat.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Kate, you are amazing. I loved your comment, and even more so when I saw your email address. I guess you do enjoy Charlotte's books :)
So do I, :)
Thanks so much for joining our chat today. Looking forward to having you stop by again.

Kate said...

I'm glad you like my email adress, and yes I really do enjoy the Bronte's books. Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are my favorite books. Charlotte and Emily write so beautifully it's mind-boggling! :)

Miss C said...

Choose me! I follow his site! I look forward to reading this work.

Sonja said...

Your book looks wonderful. You sound like me. When I was a young girl growing up in Minnesota, my two friends and I rode our bikes to the library every Saturday and checked out all the books. We sat out on a blanket in one of our yards and had a "read-a-thon". It was such fun!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Oh, that sounds like so much fun.
We lived too far from the library to ride bikes, the "bookmobile" stopped by our apartment complex. We loved going on board and checking out arms full of books.
The problem was we finished the books long before the "bookmobile" came the next week. :)
Thanks for chatting with us today. Sure enjoyed your company.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Welcome, Miss C!
What a joy to have you in our chat today. We look forward to seeing you here again.

Carrie Turansky said...

How encouraging to read all your comments! It sounds like you all like historical fiction and would enjoy meeting The Governess of Highland Hall and all the characters there. Thanks very much Mary for inviting me over to your blog today!

bonton said...

Hi, Carrie!

I enjoyed your interview, so much, & would like to thank you for your mission work in Kenya. I know that being a missionary, can, at times, be a thankless (by man), hard, sacrificing, & even, dangerous, job. I appreciate those people who give all, to spread the word of the Lord, & I KNOW it pleases Him!

I am a fairly recent convert to fiction, from non-fiction, & haven't seen Downton Abbey, & if I read Jane Eyre in school - it's been so long ago that I have forgotten about it. That being said - I have learned to love historical fiction - through reading those books of Liz Curtis Higgs, & am enjoying learning bits of history through novels. I never enjoyed history in school, but have a whole new appreciation for it now. I would love to read The Governess of Highland Hall, & appreciate the opportunity to win a copy!


Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Bonnie,
So glad you could join us today.
I must admit learning history through the pages of fiction does seem a bit more inviting than a grocery list of events in a textbook. :)
Did you have the opportunity to go on a mission trip. Your comment leads me to think you might have.
Hope you find the opportunity to read a copy of The Governess of Highland Hall.

Amy Putney said...

I read a ton of historical fiction. :)
I'm a huge Downton Abbey fan! It's hard to pick any one favorite bit... but of course the Dowager is always marvelous and hilarious! I love Jane Eyre too. I read it a few years ago after seeing the musical version at my college (though a Jane Eyre musical sounds odd, it's beautiful). I think my favorite quote from Jane Eyre, certainly the most memorable to me is when Rochester says:
"I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you - especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I've a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly."

Thanks for the opportunity to win "The Governess of Highland Hall"! I'm really looking forward to (hopefully) reading it soon!
amyputney89 [at] gmail [dot] com

P.S. You might want to look up "The Autobiography of Jane Eyre" on YouTube if you get a chance. It's a modern day vlog adaptation for Jane Eyre, and so far they're doing a really good job. (At least I'm enjoying it!) :)

bonton said...

I have worked in a women's shelter, & a children's home - but haven't actually worked as a missionary. My brother does missions work a couple of times a year, here in eastern Ky., for our church, my father's cousin was a life-long missionary to the Seminole Indians, & I know other missionaries, also. So, I am acquainted with the hardships of being a missionary, & appreciate what they do.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Working in a women's shelter and a children's home IS being a missionary. Shopping at a store and letting someone see you love Jesus is a missionary. We are missionaries more often than we realize. Jesus said to go into all the world, and then he gave a list, the first place he mentioned was our own community. Praise God for the ministry you have in your own community.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Welcome! So glad you joined us. I didn't know about the YouTube version of Jane Eyre. When I have free time, I'll look it up.
It sounds like you really enjoy this genre. I hope you have an opportunity to read Carrie's book to add to this list of books from this time period.
Blessings on you, Amy. I loved chatting with you and look forward to your next visit.

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Amy, I loved reading that quote from Jane Eyre. I will check out the volg too. How fun. Thanks for that tip. : )

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Bonnie, I agree with Mary, your work at a women's shelter is a wonderful way to reach out in the name of Jesus. I admire you for stepping out to help that way. I agree that history is much more interesting when we can learn about it through biographies and historical fiction. I loved researching the Edwardian Era in England. My husband and I traveled there for a reasearch trip last summer. That was wonderful! I hope to go to Scotland and England next spring on a tour that Liz Curtis Higgs organizes. I am excited about that! I hope you have a chance to read the Governess of Highland Hall. Blessings, Carrie

Julie said...

I have loved Downton Abbey and can't wait for the new season to start. I read Jane Eyre for the first time when I was in junior high and was immediately hooked. Thank you for the chance to win this new novel. I can't wait to read it. Thanks.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi, Julie,
So nice to see you today. We've had a great time sharing what we like about Downton Abby and the Bronte period of stories. I can't help but wonder what Highland Hall in Carrie's book looks like. Will it be like Mr. Rochester's or like Mr. Darcy's?
Looking forward to your next visit.

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Mary, the hero, William Ramsey, master of Highland Hall, looks very much the way he is portrayed in the book's video trailer. You can see that on the home page of my website, which is just my name dot com. Come over and meet William. : )

Anonymous said...

What an interesting novel!! Haven't read anything from her yet, however would be delighted to win it. It sounds just like a typical story of mine :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Dear Booklovers1
What a delight to have you join our chat today. I see you've reviewed other book like Carrie's and look forward to seeing your review for her book. I am not sure how to contact you without an email addy.

I look forward to your next visit.

Cynthia A. Lovely said...

Love the cover of this book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Merry said...

Carrie looks lovely in period dress. I enjoyed the peek into her interesting life!
I'm a follower via GF.
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Mary Vee Writer said...

I agree, Cynthia. The cover is very inviting for a wonderful cozy read.
Thanks so much for joining our chat.
Looking forward to your next visit.

Mary Vee Writer said...

I totally agree. When I saw her in the dress, I had to get a picture. She is so sweet.

Thanks for joining our chat. We've had a wonderful time with all the guests. Looking forward to you next visit.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Oh, and thank you so much for becoming a follower. We have special guests each weekend and fun chats during the week. Hoping to see you again.