Each Monday I would like to take some time to get to know some of our favorite authors. My hope is that this will help readers connect with the authors.
Today I would like to introduce you to: Carrie Turansky!
I have been a fan of Carrie’s books for several years now. I stumbled across her books on Facebook and have been hooked ever since. She has a new book coming out tomorrow! More about that at the end of the post!
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of more than twenty inspirational novels and novellas and a winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Holt Medallion. She loved traveling to England to research her latest Edwardian novels including No Ocean Too Wide, Across the Blue, Shine Like the Dawn, and The Highland Hall series. Her novels have received stared reviews from Christianbooks.com and Library Journal. They have been translated into several languages and enjoyed by readers around the world. Connect with Carrie on her website: http://carrieturansky.com, and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorcarrieturansky/
To help us get to know her, I have given her some questions and here are her responses:
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I started writing in 1997 after our family returned from spending a year in Kenya, East Africa. I missed it so much I thought writing a story set there would be a way to relieve our experiences. I didn’t know much about fiction technique. I just poured out the story. It will probably always stay in the drawer, but it was a fun way to jump in and start learning more about how to write a novel.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: I’m promoting and preparing for the launch of No Journey Too Far, which is the second McAlister Family novel set in the early 1900s in England and Canada. It follows four siblings who were separated when they were taken from England and brought to Canada as British Home Children. It tells the rest of the story that began in No Ocean Too Wide.
Q: What are some of your writing must haves? (Drink, snack, supplies, etc.)
A: I love to sip hot tea on cool days. Earl Grey with lavender and Paris from Harney &f Sons are two of my favorites. On warm days I enjoy Tazo Passion iced tea. I recently discovered Late July Grain Free Tortilla chips. They are delicious! Popcorn is another favorite snack, but I usually eat these while reading or watching a movie rather than while writing.
Q: What is your favorite time period to write about? Or read about?
A: I’m a fan of English historical novels, and I especially like to read stories set in the Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian eras in England. I’ve written seven novels English Edwardian novels, so that’s my favorite time period. My interest was stirred by Downton Abbey, and the more research I did, the more I fell in love with that era.
Q: What are some of your favorite books?
A: That’s such a hard question for a true book lover! I could fill a page with favorites. Here are a few that are high on my list, Promise Me This, Secrets She Kept, and The Medallion by Cathy Gohlke; The Lady and the Lion Heart by Joanne Bischof; The Mitford Series by Jan Karon; Her Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade; Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson; and Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson.
Q: If you could spend a day with one fictional character, who would you pick and what would you do?
A: I’d love to spend the day with Anne of Green Gables and explore Prince Edward Island with her . . . especially if we could step back in time!
I have saved my favorite question for last!
Q: What would you like readers to take away from your books?
A: I hope readers of my novels will enjoy a pure, romantic, and inspiring story that carries them away to another time and place with characters who face dramatic family situations, challenging faith issues, and hope for lasting love. As they see how the characters go through those experiences, I hope readers will see how they can weave faith principles into their own lives.
To connect with Carrie, please click on any of the following links: her website, Pinterest board, and a video trailer.
I’m also featuring her newest release, No Journey Too Far! It is the second book in the McAlister Family series and it releases tomorrow! Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelf!
About the book:
A family long divided, a mysterious trunk, and a desperate journey across the ocean—all in the name of love. The epic saga of the McAlisters continues in this riveting sequel to No Ocean Too Wide.
In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Though she is fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for ten years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth?
After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandon—his long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart.