Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of more than a dozen inspirational novels and novellas. Her latest releases are The Daughter of Highland Hall, and Where Two Hearts Meet. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and counselor. They have five adult children and four grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and she enjoys gardening, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and Family.
Which writing tasks do you procrastinate the most?
I would rather revise than write the rough draft. I’m a terrible proofreader, so I am very thankful for the team at WaterBrook Multnomah who help me with that!
What keeps you motivated in your writing each day?
It’s very motivating to hear from readers who enjoy my books. I especially treasure emails that talk about the spiritual impact of my novels. That makes me want to keep pounding away on the keys. Contracts and deadlines are motivating too!
My last two books are set in England, so I hosted a large tea party for the release of The Governess of Highland Hall. We made and served and English tea menu, and I collected teacups to give to each guest. I did a reading, signed books, answered questions, and took photos with all my friends who came out. It was a very special day! This time some friends in California who own a teashop hosted a lovely tea party in honor of the launch of The Daughter of Highland Hall. They did an amazing job, and I was very grateful. My least favorite marketing task is probably radio interviews. The hosts are sent a set of questions, but you never know what they are going to ask. That’s a bit unnerving, but I am learning to relax and enjoy them a bit more. When I think of it as a conversation it is a lot easier.
What is your favorite book of the Bible? Would you care to share why?
My favorite book of the Bible is The Psalms. No matter what my mood or what issue I am struggling with, it seems I can find a Psalm that helps me connect with the Lord and receive His strength and peace.
I’ve loved reading since I first checked out a tall stack of picture books from our local library at age six. I spent many summer afternoons in the shade in the backyard reading a book. I wrote my first novel at age twelve with the help of my mom, who typed the story for me. But I was more interested in art as I grew up, and that was my major in college. When I homeschooled my children we often read historical novels aloud, and that really piqued my interest in that genre. Our family spent a year in Kenya as missionaries, and when we came back I missed Africa so much I thought I might be able to relive some of my experiences if I wrote a story set there. So I sat down at the computer and poured out my first novel, Kenya Calling. I’d written essays, articles and research papers in college, but I knew nothing about the art of writing fiction. I had a lot to learn. I wrote to an author that I admired, and she directed me to a new group that was just forming online, American Christian Fiction Writers. I joined in 2000 and started learning how to write. I met my agent, my editors, and many wonderful authors who have become dear friends through ACFW. I wrote five books before the first one was accepted in 2005. Now I’ve had 13 novels and novels published. I am very thankful for the opportunity to write and share my stories with readers.
Thank you, Carrie, for taking time to visit with us these last two days at Novel PASTimes.
Thanks very much for inviting me to Novel PASTimes!
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