(This interview is part of my 4 Questions Project, where I get the chance to chat with authors and tell stories of people, life, and adventure. Be sure to check out previous interviews here!)
One of the best parts of my job is getting to work and connect with authors. It’s seriously the best and Carrie Turansky is one such author. She’s so fun y’all and she has a book coming out later this month! I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did!
Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband Scott. They have five adult children and four grandchildren.
1. What’s something about your life right now that you would never have imagined 5 years ago?
Five years ago I attended a librarian’s conference in Philadelphia where I spotted an fiction editor I’d met before. I bolstered my courage, said hello, and I asked her what kind of book she’d like to see come across her desk. She said she loved Downton Abbey, and she’d like to see a novel set in the Edwardian Era with a governess as a heroine and a brooding hero, a bit like Jane Eyre. I thanked her, but I wasn’t sure I was the one to write that story. I knew next to nothing about the life in England one hundred years ago, and I’d only seen one episode of Downton. But after an encouraging conversation with an author friend, I decided to watch the first two seasons and jump into the research. It was fascinating, and I fell in love with the era. I developed a proposal for the Edwardian Brides Series and took a research trip to England. Before I returned, I had more than one offer! My writing career took a wonderful turn, and I’ve never looked back!
2. What is one thing you would go back and do differently if you could?
I think I would be more patient through those five years I was learning to write fiction and waiting for my first publishing contract. It takes time to develop your skills and perseverance to keep writing when you receive rejections, but I’m grateful for all those who encouraged me to keep writing!
3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
This past Christmas all five of our adult children, their spouses, and our grandchildren were with us for a few days. We haven’t all been together at Christmas for twelve years because one son is in the Marines, one daughter spends a lot of time in Africa with her job, and another son and his family have been living in California, and we’re in New Jersey. Having them all here and seeing them all talking and enjoying each other was such a treat for me. Attending church together on Christmas Eve and lighting our candles warmed my heart in a very special way.
4. What’s one thing you want the next generation to know?
Faith is the anchor that will hold you fast in the storms of life. Nothing gives me more hope or peace than my faith in God and His love for me, which He has shown me through sending his son Jesus. Faith is not old fashioned. It can be as new and fresh as a spring morning. Hold on to your faith, let it grow and develop as you bring it into every area of your life and you will find great strength and wisdom.
Thank you so so much for joining in Carrie – I was so encouraged by what you shared! I hope you readers enjoyed it as well!