Carrie Turansky is a kind and generous lady who always finds time to encourage others. When I have asked her for advice she was always willing to answer my questions and go above and beyond to help me. Carrie Turansky is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has written contemporary and historical romances, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals. When Carrie is not writing she enjoys traveling for research and on ministry trips with her husband, Scott. They live in central New Jersey, and they have five children and four grandchildren. Carrie enjoys connecting with readers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and through her website and blog.
Q: When you are writing, what treat do you like to keep you going?
Carrie: I’m a tea drinker – hot tea on cool days and iced tea on warm days. My favorite teas are Earl Grey and Tazo Passion. I like to snack on berries, veggies and hummus, and I enjoy Ghirardelli chocolate for a treat.
Q: Tell me about why or how you chose the genre you write in and what about it appeals to you?
Carrie: I have written 14 contemporary and historical novels and novellas, but they all have inspirational themes with romance and a happy ending. I’m currently writing the Edwardian Brides Series, which is set in England in the early 1900s, the same time period as Downton Abbey. I enjoyed that TV series, and I wanted to write novels set in that era with inspirational themes. When I started my research I fell in love with the Edwardian time period and I’ve enjoyed bringing it to life for my readers. I love the clothes, the country houses, and the customs and lifestyle.
Q: If you were to pick one character out of your books that could materialize and become a real live person, a friend, who would it be and why.
Carrie: I think I’d choose Julia Foster, the heroine of The Governess of Highland Hall. She is a former missionary to India, and after writing her story it would be wonderful to see her in person and talk about what happens to her in the next phase of her life.
Q: What do you do to get into “the zone” when you are writing? Describe the process.
Carrie: I like to stay in bed for a few minutes each morning and think about what happens next in my story. That’s a great time to let the creative ideas flow. I do like to listen to instrumental music while I write. Movie soundtracks are my favorites. I sometimes start out my writing time by handwriting the first part of the scene. That seems to help me get going.
Q: One fun fact about yourself that readers may not know.
Carrie: I’ve been blessed to travel to England twice to do research for my novels. Those trips have been wonderful inspirations and given me memories and insights that have helped me greatly. I love to look back at those photos and remember all we saw and did while we were there. If you’d like to take a look at my research photos you can see them on this page at my website.
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