Welcome to another edition of 3 Questions Wednesday.
When author Carrie Turansky isn’t writing, “…you will find me enjoying time with my family, working outside in my flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near our home.” Originally from Oregon, she longs for the beautiful tall evergreens and pristine Cascade Mountains. We are especially blessed to have her here today, promoting her latest release, Across the Blue.
Can you describe yourself in three words?
Carrie: Creative, Family-focused, Christ-follower
I love that. These really pinpoint who you are. Here’s a fun question—
Someone offers you a fully-paid writing research trip to any place you desire to go. Where would it be and why?
Carrie: I’d love to take a research trip to Kent, England, and see all the places described in my latest historical novel, Across the Blue: Canterbury Cathedral, The White Cliffs of Dover, Leeds Castle, St. Margaret’s Bay, and Brodsworth Hall. Then I’d travel back to the Bristol area to visit Tyntesfield, the lovely manor house I had in mind when I wrote the Highland Hall novels. And last, I’d take the train up to Northumberland where Shine Like the Dawn is set. That would be an amazing trip!
What a great trip that would be—to see the places you’ve written about, and then compare what you see with what you’ve imagined. You’d want to come home and write more stories about the trip you made. Last question—
If someone made a movie of your life, what would be the theme song?
Carrie: Find Us Faithful
That’s a beautiful song with a phrase we hope to hear when it’s all said and done. Click to listen and read the lyrics: Find Us Faithful. Thanks, Carrie, for visiting us at 3 Questions Wednesday, and allowing our readers to know you better.
Across the Blue
Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to win that race across the Channel and gain the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?
What do you hope readers will take away from Across the Blue?
I hope readers will be swept away to 1909 England and be inspired to follow their dreams as James and Bella do in Across the Blue. But I also hope they will see how important it is to count the cost and make sure they’re following the Lord’s leading in their lives. Honesty builds a strong foundation for healthy relationships, but deception and secrets pull people apart. And finally, I hope readers will be inspired by the creativity and determination of those early aviation pioneers, and appreciate the miracle of flight.
Carrie Turansky has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of nineteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and five grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends through her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.