Wisdom from a Wordsmith – Episode 22

Wisdom from a Wordsmith – Episode 22

Carrie Turansky

Carrie Turansky was one of the first authors I met online when I began my authoring journey last year. Because of my love for the UK and my London Debutantes series, I joined the Facebook group “Everything UK & Ireland” and discovered that Carrie was one of the admin. Before too long, I realized that I had read one of her novels years ago when I was on a kick of reading books with governesses as main characters. Most of those novels turned out to have gothic themes, so I remember thinking it was refreshing to read about a strong-minded and faith-filled governess with a missionary background.

It wasn’t too long after I joined the UK group, that Carrie was a guest author on an ACFW – Virginia Zoom where she talked about her research practices. I enjoyed learning from her, and when the Zoom ended, I had even more respect for Carrie as an author and a woman of God. She is diligent in her research and discerning in her content. Plus, she has such a beautiful writing voice.

I am happy to share a little more about Carrie with this interview!

What aspects of your childhood created your love for writing? 

We often visited the library when I was young, and I would always check out a big stack of books. I also received award-winning children’s books from my great aunt on Christmas and my birthday. I still have a few of those wonderful books, including Little Women and Little Men! I remember my fifth-grade teacher reading Charlotte’s Web aloud to our class and falling in love with that story. Those are some of the early influences that moved me toward becoming a writer.

What is something unique about you that your readers might not know?

Our family spent nine months in Kenya East Africa when our five children were ages 9 – 15. It was an amazing experience that changed us all for the better. The beauty of the country and the warmth of the Christians there made a great impact on us. I’ll always love Kenya and remember our time there with a grateful heart.

Tell us about your latest project.

My latest release is No Journey Too Far, book two of the McAlister Family Saga. Book One is No Ocean Too Wide. They tell the story of a family of four siblings, three who are taken away from their widowed mother in England and sent to Canada as British Home Children. The oldest sister follows them to Canada to search for them and try to reunite the family. There were more than 100,000 poor and orphaned children who came to Canada in this way. Most were not adopted and had to work as indentured farm workers or household help. Many suffered abuse and neglect. It was a heartbreaking story to research, but I hope it will also offer hope and inspiration. 

What are your greatest hopes as an author?

My greatest hope is to touch the hearts of my readers with the love and truth of God. I hope as they read about the challenges my characters face and the choices they make, they will see themselves in the story, learn new insights, and grow through those. I love hearing from readers who have been impacted by one of my novels. That’s a great encouragement to keep writing.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

I have a page on my website with my best tips for aspiring writers who are pursuing publication. One of those is don’t go it alone! Connect with other writers and do the journey together. I’ve made many wonderful friendships through American Christian Fiction Writer by attending the annual conferences and local chapter meetings. Taking part in critique groups and going on writing retreats for brainstorming and encouragement are helpful too.

You can connect with Carrie at her website where she offers a free short story, “Keeper of Her Heart,” for all those who sign up for her newsletter. http://carrieturansky.com.

You can also connect with her on Facebook and Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/carrieturansky/

https://www.facebook.com/authorcarrieturansky

Here is a link to Carrie’s Amazon Author page. She has so many lovely books set in different eras and places. I highly recommend her stories! https://www.amazon.com/Carrie-Turansky/e/B001H6SNK0/

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