Today I welcome
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
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:
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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?