Friday, March 2, 2012

Meet Carrie Turansky

Welcome to The Book Loft, Carrie!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?
When I first started writing, I was homeschooling all five of our children. So the house was noisy and life was very busy! But I received a wonderful education as I taught my children at home, and my love for reading and writing grew by leaps and bounds. As they started graduating, I had more time to write. And being able to focus on writing helped me transition to my almost empty nest.

What books have you recently enjoyed reading?
I read Katie Ganshert’s debut novel, Wildflowers From Winter, for endorsement, and loved it! Another great book is, Promise Me This, by Cathy Gohlke. That’s a beautifully written historical novel that starts out with a young man stowing away on the Titanic, and then you follow him all the way through World War 1. It’s an amazing story that I am sure will win many awards!

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
I’d be homemade carrot cake with lots of pineapple, shredded carrots and walnuts. Oh, and cream cheese frosting on top. Yum!

If you were to find a purple polka-dotted monster in your kitchen one morning, how would you respond?
I’d run back in my bedroom and grab my glasses. Most likely that “monster” would be one of my twin daughters in a new pair of purple polka-dotted PJ’s. I just didn’t recognize her without those glasses.

Tell us about one of your favorite memories or moments in your life.
Having all our family together is very special, but our five adult children and their families live all over the world, so that doesn’t happen very often. Last December, we were all together for our younger son’s wedding in North Carolina. It was so much fun to have all the kids, their spouses, and kids in one place celebrating such a happy occasion. We took lots of photos, enjoyed several meals together, and made some special memories.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
Defrost my big freezer! I still have one of those lovely freezers that needs to be manually defrosted every few months. It’s such a chore to take everything out, melt all the ice and clean up the puddles, but when I’ve finished I feel like I’ve accomplished something important. I know it saves energy and runs much more efficiently when it’s defrosted. So I will have to get myself to do it again soon.

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
He has been teaching me about the blessings of friendship. It’s scary to reach out and build friendships with other women, because there is the risk of disappointment and rejection. But I’ve been reaching out, and I have been so blessed by the friends He has sent my way. Building friendships takes time and effort. You have to be intentional and invest in strengthening your friendships, but the rewards are so worthwhile.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book is A Man To Trust, from Love Inspired. It just released this month. It tells the story of a young woman who is recovering from a broken engagement and is a dedicated classical musician. She had to put her dream of playing her flute professionally on hold to help her grandmother manage the family-owned Christian bookstore. Their search for a new manager brings the hero, Ross Peterson, into the story and into her life. Ross has to prove he is a man worthy of Adre’s trust if he wants to win her heart.



You can purchase A Man To Trust at Amazon.

Carrie is giving away a copy of A Man To Trust. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


23 comments:

Jennifer said...

Wow! You home schooled five kids? I'm homeschooling my 13year old and I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing! We started half way through the school year and i'm having trouble planning what he needs to do. Grading his work is giving me problems too! If you have some advice I'd be most gracious? Thank you!
Your new book sounds and looks great! Happy writing!
jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I read the kdescription of your book and it sounds really good!!!I like the "Love Inspired" series. I would sure like to win your book so am entering the contest. Pat Hines --pshines@frontiernet.net Thank you for making this contest available.

Merry said...

I've loved homeschooling my six children, my last one will graduate in May. I admire your ability to write at the same time!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

Nice interview love to win the book thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Teela said...

What a sweet interview, esp. about the daughter being in polka dot pj's ...ha...would love to win this book. Teela young at hotmail dot com

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Jennifer, yes, I homeschooled all five kids, and I know how much of an investment it is for you.

My advice for homeschooling is to connect with a local support group and find other moms nearby who can mentor and encourage you. Ask at church or google it and see what you can find. Find a program you like that gives you structure but choices. I like Sonlight, but there are many good choices. Every state has a Homeschool convention in the spring or summer. Attend that if you can.

Blessings,
Carrie

Carrie Turansky said...

Anonymous - thanks for stopping by. Yes, Love Inspired is a wonderful line. They have several historical suspense and contemporary books releasing each month.
Blessings,
Carrie

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Mary, Wow, 6 kids! That's great. Yes, it was a challenge to find time to write while I was homeschooling, but I am so glad I invested that time in their lives. Congrratulations on seeing them all the way through to graduation!!
Blessings,
Carrie

Carrie Turansky said...

Thanks Apple Blossom and Teela, hope you will pick up a copy of A Man To Trust and enjoy the story. Happy Reading to you!
Carrie

Marianne said...

i admire you for homeschooling your kids. Did or do you have extra curricular actives for them? i would love to win this LI novel. Thank you for giving the opportunity to win.

Naomi Musch said...

Good interview and interesting (funny) questions! Also, what a great place to meet other homeschoolers. My youngest of 5 is graduating THIS WEEK! Carrie, are you all done, then? Was it a tickle-hurt? Congrats on your book! Sounds great, as does the historical you're currently reading.
Blessings~

cjajsmommy said...

I homeschooled our four children for three years in the mid-80s, when homeschooling wasn't very well received. The environment now for homeschoolers is so much better. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Carrie Turansky said...

Wow, it's been fun to hear from so many homeschoolers! Yes, I'm all done now. My kids are ages 24 - 30. The older three are married and I have 3 grandkids. They are a delight. My oldest son and his wife are homeschooling our grandkids now ages 8, 5, and almost 2. It's a blessing to see the next generation growing in the faith and loving each other.

Blessings and happy reading to all,
Carrie

Carrie Turansky said...

Naomi, Congratulations on graduating that last of the 5. It was a challenging transition for me because I love my kids so much and invested so much time in teaching them. But being able to write and spend more time in ministry, with friends, and with my husband has been wonderful. Give yourself grace, time to adujst, and even grieve the passing of one season...and then look ahead at all God has for you in this new season.
Blessings,
Carrie

Carrie Turansky said...

Marianne, yes, our kids were involved in all kinds of activities, sports, music, homeschool group learning classes, serving in the church, mission trips, internships, traveling, helping others. They are well rounded young adults and I think they are all glad they were homeschooled. : )
Blessings,
Carrie

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

tomynate said...

Nice interview. I never thought I'd be reading romance novels, but I've reviewed a few lately and have found them to be a nice change of pace. Guess the female side of me is showing.

Blessings,

Tom Blubaugh, Author
Night of the Cossack

tomynate said...

Oops! Forgot to leave my email tom12345 at tnblu.com

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Tom, thanks for stopping by! It's great to hear you've reviewed some romance novels. I think men might like A Man To Trust, because I tell the story from hero's point of view about half the time. I'd love to hear if you think it sounded like a man. : )

My husband reads all my novels, and he's very much a man's man. His highest compliment is when he says he was touched by a scene and it brought tears to his eyes. He has been a great supporter on my writing journey and a wonderful encouragement to me!
Blessings,
Carrie

Nancee said...

Your comment about reaching out and making friends had an impact on me. I recently lost my dearest friend of several years due to misunderstanding. She felt that I was spending too much time with my new granddaughter, and it was cutting into our time together. Such a sad time for me, and it's tough pushing forward when you don't know many people. I really enjoyed your interview.
Nancee
quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed the interview and would love to win your book, A Man To Trust. (mac262@me.com )
Maxie

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Nancee, I am so sorry to hear you've had a falling out with one of your long-time friends. Maybe it's not too late to try and repair your friendship. I'd pray about it and ask for some helpful advice from a caring and wise counselor or pastor. I'm saying a prayer for you now, asking God to help you work through this in the best way. This verse comes to mind, "As much as it's up to you, be at peace with all men." Do your part, and see if you can reconnect. If not, then reach out and see who else needs a friend.
Blessings,
Carrie

Bethany said...

I was homeschooled :) My mom has a good 6 years left but over 25 under her belt :) I'd love to read this book :)

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