Welcome back, Carrie. I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this book. Tell us about your salvation experience.
When I was fourteen, Christian friends invited me to a Campus Life meeting, which was a high school club program of Youth For Christ. That was the first time I heard the Gospel clearly presented, and as soon as the leader finished speaking, I prayed and asked Christ to come into my heart and life. I began reading my Bible and attending Campus Life and growing in my faith. I’m very grateful that God sought me out and brought me into His Forever Family.
You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
How fun! I love writers’ retreats. I go away a few times a year with Cathy Gohlke, Terri Gillespie, and I’d love to bring along some other historical authors like Julie Klassen and Tammy Alexander.
Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I have been invited to speak to book clubs and women’s groups about my writing journey, and I always enjoy that. I’ve also spoken at homeschool events and for women’s retreats. This summer I spoke at the Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference about self-editing and writing historical fiction, and I’m looking forward to doing more teaching at writers’ conferences. I have more information about my speaking ministry at my website: www.carrieturansky.com .
People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I hear that comment often, and I usually probe them a little to see how deep their interest goes. If they are serious, I try to help them find resources and information to move to the next level with their writing. When I first started writing I reached out to a few authors, asking for advice. I was very grateful to those who to time to help and mentor me, and I want to do that for others if I can.
Tell us about the featured book.
The Governess of Highland Hall is a historical romance set in
in 1911-1912. During the Edwardian Age, wealth and social standing ruled the
day. But when Julia Foster, a spirited young governess and former missionary to
arrives at Highland Hall to care for Sir William Ramsey’s two children and
teenage cousins, everything changes. William has recently inherited his late
cousin’s title and estate, but increasing financial pressure makes it seem as
though he will lose it all. He must decide if he will follow his heart and
marry for love or choose a wealthy bride whose fortune can save his family’s
estate from ruin. Can Julia’s godly character and pure heart secure William’s
affection, or will the pull toward wealth, power, and position destroy their
When I watched the English television series Downton Abbey I fell in love with the Edwardian time period. That inspired me to begin my research and plan a trip to
to learn more about it and see some of these beautiful places for myself. I
think anyone who enjoys Downton Abbey
or novels like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice will be eager to
Governess of Highland Hall. It will appeal to readers who enjoy
romantic stories that carry them away to another time and place and include
fascinating characters who face dramatic, emotional choices. The spiritual
themes of trusting God and following Him in spite of hardships, along with a
focus on abiding love for family, will give the story added meaning and make a
memorable impact on readers’ hearts.
I love Downton Abbey. Please give us the first page of the book.
Julia Foster lifted her gaze to the clear October sky as a lark swooped past. Her steps slowed and her thoughts took flight, following the bird as it dipped into the golden trees beyond the meadow. If only she could fly away, back to the familiar life and cherished friends she had left behind in
But that dream would have to wait.
She shifted her gaze to the country lane rising before her. Around the next bend, she would see Highland Hall. At least, that was what she remembered, but twelve years had passed since she had attended a charity bazaar at the large estate before her family left for
India. What if she had misjudged
the distance or the time it took to walk from the
to Highland Hall? She quickened her pace, not wanting to be late for her ten
o’clock appointment with Mrs. Emmitt, the housekeeper. village of Fulton
When she reached the top of the rise she spotted an expensive-looking, navy blue motorcar with a black leather roof pulled to the side of the lane. A tall man, who had discarded his jacket and rolled up the sleeves of his white shirt, stood over the open engine. He reached in and pulled on something, then bent lower and scowled.
She considered walking past since they had not been introduced, but her conscience would not allow it. Stopping a few feet away, she cleared her throat.
“Excuse me, sir. Do you need some assistance?”
He turned and glared at her. “Assistance?” His dark eyebrows rose to a haughty slant. “I suppose you know something about car engines?”
Julia lifted her chin, suppressing the urge to match his mocking tone. “No, sir. But I’m on my way to Highland Hall, and I could ask someone there to come and help you if you like.”
He huffed, grabbed the rag lying on the car’s running board, and wiped his hands. “It won’t do any good. No one there knows a blasted thing about cars.” He tapped the gold
insignia on the door.
Julia stepped away, fully intending to leave the brooding chauffeur behind.
“Wait,” he called. “You say you’re headed to Highland Hall?”
She turned and faced him again. “Yes, I have an interview with Mrs. Emmitt.” Perhaps if he knew she might soon be working for Sir William Ramsey, the new master of Highland Hall, he would treat her with a little more respect.
He narrowed his deep blue eyes and assessed her. “An interview? For what position?”
She looked away, debating the wisdom of continuing the conversation with a man who wasn’t civil enough to introduce himself.
“It’s all right. You can tell me.” He nodded to her, obviously expecting a reply.
“If you must know, I’m applying for the position of governess.”
A look of disbelief flashed across his face, and the scowl returned. “You look too young. Do you have any experience?”
She straightened, trying to add another inch to her petite stature, but she was still at least a foot shorter than him. “I’ve been teaching children for nine years.”
“Really? Did you begin teaching when you were ten?”
She clenched her jaw. Was there no end to the man’s rudeness? “No, sir. I was eighteen. And if you’ll excuse me, I must go, or I’ll be late for my appointment.” She turned and strode away.
“There’s no need to rush off in a huff.” He quickly caught up with her. “I didn’t mean to insult you.”
“I’m not insulted, just intent on being punctual.” She cast him a quick side-glance. “I don’t have the time or luxury to stand by the roadside and fiddle with car engines.”
He grinned and then chuckled.
Heat flashed into her face. Infuriating man! How dare he laugh at her? She hurried on, not giving him the satisfaction of a reply.
I can hardly wait for my copy to arrive. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love to connect with readers! I recently redesigned my website with my readers in mind, so please stop by and see what’s new: www.carrieturansky.com . Readers can also connect with me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carrie.turansky?ref=tn_tnmn
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