Hey, y’all! I was invited to participate in the Writer’s World Blog Tour by my sweet, friend, Carrie Turansky. I’m going to tell you a little about her, then a little about my upcoming release, To Laugh Once More, then I’ll introduce you to two new authors.
Carrie Turansky has been such an encouragement to me in my writing career. She’s offered gentle advice and tips to help me along the way. Because of her kind heart, I’m thrilled to introduce her to you.
She’s 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 thirteen inspirational romance novels and novellas, and she’s working on number fourteen. Carrie has been married to Scott for more than thirty-five years, and they make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together for her writing research, ministry trips, and to visit their five children and four grandchildren. When Carrie’s not writing, she enjoys working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family.
She loves to connect with friends through her website www.carrieturansky.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Carrie participated in the blog tour last week. You can find her blog post on her website.
For this blog post, Carrie asked me to answer four questions:
What are you working on? Currently, I am doing final edits on To Laugh Once More, which will release September 8th, in honor of what would have been my mother’s 77th birthday! To Laugh Once More is set in the Deep South in 1895. My heroine, Lydia Barrington Scarbrough, faces the trial of starting over in a new city with much less economically than she’s comfortable with. This exposes her to prejudice she’s never before seen. She realizes for the first time what it feels like to be treated as a commoner, which opens her eyes to the suffering of others around her.
Here’s the book blurb:
Three years after her marriage to Hamilton, former debutante Lydia Barrington Scarbrough faces a series of faith-building hardships that stretch her faith beyond capacity. Leaving her childhood home in Florida for new adventures in Georgia proves more difficult than she ever imagined, and her marriage may not survive the trials. Lydia’s own personal battles drive a wedge between them, and Hamilton must attempt to save their marriage and draw Lydia back to him. As Lydia strives to etch out a place for herself in a new world full of unfamiliar prejudice and attempts to overcome her private battles, she must help Hamilton understand her deepest longings and learn the true meaning of joy.
This is the continuing saga of Lydia Barrington, from my debut novel, To Dance Once More. It is written as a standalone, so you don’t have to read the first one to enjoy its sequel. But I’d like to invite you to read both!
How does your work differ from others in its genre? I write both historical and contemporary romance. For my historical novels, I enjoy researching historical records and websites with old photographs to help my work come to life for the reader. However, I don’t fluff my writing full of endless description and wordiness that makes a reader skip over paragraphs at a time to get to what’s happening in the story. At least that’s my goal. I have been told that my historical novels have a Jane Austen flare, and I don’t mind that a bit!
Why do you write what you do? My stories have messages of hope, starting over, forgiveness, recovery from grief and loss, but they also reflect the hopeless romantic that lives inside of me. I love romance—clean romance. I write about these things because I want to entertain my readers while inspiring them. I want readers to know that there is hope for this life we live, that even when things seem so discouraging that it’s impossible to dream they’ll ever get better, there’s always hope for a brighter day.
How does your writing process work? When a story idea hits my brain, everything comes to a grinding halt until I can get the idea written down. My mind won’t rest until I can start researching the setting and time period to see if the story idea is viable. Once the characters start speaking to me, I write wherever I am so I don’t lose what they’re saying. I’ve jotted conversations down on grocery lists in aisle 7 of Kroger. I’ve recorded messages on my phone while running errands, and I’ve used the voice-to-text feature more than 1,000 times to dictate scenes, which I email to my computer, copy and paste them into the manuscript, and edit away. I wake in the middle of the night and have to write down the things that come to mind. I stir pots with my left hand and write with my right if something hits me while I’m cooking. I’m not typically one to stare at a blinking cursor hoping words will come. It’s then that they usually keep to themselves in a private corner of my mind until I get ready to do something else. Then they pop out and beg for attention. Kind of like toddlers who know you’ve gotten on the phone. Once I finish writing a novel, I put it aside for a while. Then I’ll read it and edit it, share with my beta readers, write up a proposal and send it off to my agent for him to send out to publishers. If it is rejected by publishers for reasons other than poor quality (theirs lists are full or it’s just not what they’re looking for right now), I publish it myself and begin a new project. This method has worked for me thus far and hopefully, will continue to.
Now it’s time to learn a little about two more authors you may not know. They are going to answer these same questions on their blogs next week. Let me introduce you to them!
National speaker Bethany Jett is an award-winning writer, whose first attempt at writing a book proposal landed her Writer of the Year at the 2012 Florida Christian Writers Conference, a contract with the MacGregor Literary Agency, and a publishing deal. Her book, The Cinderella Rule: A Young Woman’s Guide to Happily Ever After was a finalist for the 2014 Selah Awards.
Bethany is a video blogger for ChristianMingle.com, and has been interviewed on radio stations across the US, as well as internationally. She is a featured columnist with Choose NOW Ministries, and also writes for Charisma, Sisterhood, Sonoma Christian Home, ChristianityToday.com, SpiritLedWoman.com, Crosswalk.com, along with other magazines and sites. Bethany is also an editor for Splickety magazine.
When she’s not writing or speaking, Bethany enjoys cooking for her husband and three little boys. She coaches cheerleading, loves spending time with the kids in their youth group, and roots for her favorite football team, the Florida State Seminoles.
Bethany blogs on girly topics, godly perspective at BethanyJett.com.
Next, we have my friend, Angela Breidenbach. She is from Montana and recently visited with me in Atlanta. We had the best time. You’re going to love her, and you’ll love her books! She’s a captivating speaker, writing/media coach, author of Snowflake Tiara: The Debutante Queen (2-1 Christmas anthology), A Healing Heart (a contemporary romance, Quilts of Love novel), with more books coming soon. She serves nationally as the Christian Author Network’s president.
Facebook: Profile ~ http://www.facebook.com/AngelaBreidenbach
Facebook: Page ~ http://www.facebook.com/AngelaBreidenbachInspirationalSpeakerAuthor
Thanks for taking the time to read about my friends and about me!