Author Interview with Carrie Turansky, author of Shine Like the Dawn + Giveaway

As many of you might know, I first met Carrie Turansky at last year's Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, and she was just the sweetest! I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to read her latest release, Shine Like the Dawn and have her stop in for a little chat! And Carrie was so sweet to offer a signed copy of Shine Like the Dawn for one of my readers! Giveaway is at the end of the interview, but before we get there, her's a little about Carrie for the readers that don't know her.


CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband Scott. They have five adult children and four grandchildren.

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Just Commonly – Q&A with Carrie Turansky

1. Happy Release Day, Carrie! Tell us a little about Shine Like the Dawn - a one sentence spiel. 
Separated by an inconceivable tragedy, can faith and love reunite childhood friends and light the way to a brighter future?
2. What was your inspiration? What made you think you had to write this story?
Searching for a setting, I came across beautiful Cragside estate in Northumberland. When I looked into the background of the house, I learned it was the first home in England to be lit by hydroelectricity and the owner was a marvelous inventor. He also was really interested and transforming the barren landscape into a beautiful garden. That gave me an interesting setting and family background for my hero. I’ve always liked stories where the hero and heroine were childhood friends who fell in love as they grew up, but I’ve never written one, so that was a fun element to include. I enjoyed the book and TV series, North and South, so I borrowed some of those elements for the town and issues faced by my heroine and her neighbors. Mixing all those things together with lots of prayer and brainstorming with two author friends, I came up with the plot and characters for Shine Like the Dawn.
3. It's always interesting to see where authors find their inspirations! How is Shine Like the Dawn different than your Edwardian Bride series?
Shine Like the Dawn has some of the same elements readers told me they enjoyed in The Edwardian Brides Series - family drama, romance, inspiration, set in Edwardian England, with a large cast of characters from different backgrounds. But it is also unique in that it include a mystery that the hero and heroine must solve together. Also the heroine, Maggie, is more strong and determined than most of my previous heroines. She was a fun and challenging character to write.
4. Let’s play character match up, if you could introduce one of your characters to any other character from another book, who would it be and why?
I think Nate, the hero in Shine Like the Dawn, would enjoy meeting Alex Goodwin, the hero in A Refuge at Highland Hall. Both have a military background. As Shine Like the Dawn opens, Nate is returning from serving in the Royal Navy during the Boer War in South Africa; and Alex served as a pilot in the Royal Naval Air Service in World War I. I think they would have a lot to talk about and probably become good friends.




5. Which part of the book is your favorite? Can you share a line/paragraph (without a spoiler)?
I love the scene where Maggie is remembering when she and Nate were young teens and she climbed a tree to look into a bird’s nest so she could paint what she saw when she climbed down. Nate is furious and sure she is going to fall out of the tree and hurt herself. He urges her to come down, but she refuses. He threatens to climb up and get her, but she tells him she will only take a quick look and then come down. Just when she peeks in the nest, the mother bird returns and tries to protect her eggs by flapping her wings and squawking at Maggie. She loses her balance,  falls out of the tree, and lands on Nate. He tries to catch her, but she flattens him. He plays dead for a few seconds, and she is frantic. He finally laughs, and she punches his arm, but she can’t stay angry with him. It was the first scene I wrote when I started the book. I ended up moving it to another place in the story, but it made me love them and see how they would relate to each other throughout the story.
6. O! That is one of my favorite scenes too! Is there more to the story or a character in Shine Like the Dawn you would like to write their own story?
Maggie had a younger sister Violet who is six years old and loves horses, but she is unable to ride until the end of the book because she has a broken leg. I’ve thought about writing a story set during WW1, twelve years later, with Violet as the heroine. There were some women who helped in the war effort by training horses for officers.   I’ve read several articles about it, and it sounds so interesting. Violet would 17 or 18 when the war began in 1914 and be a wonderful heroine. I like that idea!
That would be quite interesting!! 

7. What are you currently reading?
I like to listen to nonfiction books and novels as audio books, and I read some paperback or hardback copies of novels and research books. Right now I’m listening to Love Unending - Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood by Becky Thompson. It’s excellent and so encouraging. I’m also squeezing in a few minutes a day to read Tammy Alexander’s new novel, A Note Yet Unsung. She has a great way of bringing her characters to life.



8. What book besides yours of 2017 that you are most excited for?
I am excited about Carolyn Miller’s debut novel, The Elusive Miss Ellison. It’s a lovely Regency novel I read for endorsement, and I think those who enjoy Julie Klassen’s books will like Carolyn’s. Oh, and I’m also excited to read Kate Breslin’s next WWI novel, Higher than the Heavens. She is a wonderful writer and of course I love that era!
I wholeheartedly agree! Loved The Elusive Miss Ellison! And Kate Breslin's next one is definitely on my list! I enjoyed both of her books! 

9. What’s next on your writing agenda? 
I’m working hard on my next English historical novel set in in Kent in 1908. The working title is Beyond the Cloud, but I expect that to change. It’s about a wealthy young woman who longs to become a journalist and write for her father’s London newspaper, but her parents insist she focus on finding a suitable husband who can help the family move up in society. When she meets an aspiring aviator who dreams of being the first to fly across the English Channel, she believes his story may be the ticket to her dreams. But what will she have to sacrifice to reach her goals. Will it bring her the love and significance she longs to find?
I look forward to it too! 


10. And last, can you give us 3 random facts about you?
I spent one summer as a short-term missionary in Belgium when I was 22 and had a fantastic experience there. I enjoy arranging flowers for special occasions and have done the flowers for two of my children’s weddings. I am a pastor’s wife, and I love sharing in the ministry with my husband Scott at Calvary Chapel Living Hope.

Again Carrie, THANK YOU for spending time chatting with me! I truly enjoyed Shine Like the Dawn and I hope to read your other novels as well! (And what can fans do to push for Violet's story!?!)

Anyone want to check out my review of Shine Like the Dawn, you can find it HERE.




Title: Shine Like the Dawn
Author: Carrie Turanskey
Publisher:  Waterbrook & Multnomah
Release Date:  February 21, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction 

Separated by an inconceivable tragedy, can faith and love reunite childhood friends and light the way to a bright future? 

In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother’s millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart and she wonders if what happened that day on the lake…might not have been an accident. When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son Nathaniel returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father’s vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father’s engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend. Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate—and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents’ death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?


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By the way, did I also mentioned that Carrie will be joining this year's Christian Fiction Readers Retreat as one of 41 authors!! I'm not kidding, see picture below. Registration is open and there are still spots left! 


(1) Winner will win a signed copy of Shine Like the Dawn, courtesy of Carrie Turansky. 
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CONVERSATION

62 comments:

  1. Hi Annie, thanks so much for inviting me over to connect with you and your reading friends today! I loved the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat, and I'll be looking forward to seeing you and so many of our friends at this year's CFRR in Cincinnati in August!

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    1. Yay! Thanks Carrie! It's such a pleasure knowing you!!

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  2. This sounds like an excellent story. I can't wait to hear more about Maggie and Nate.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Connie, I hope you'll enjoy Maggie and Nate's story in Shine Like the Dawn!

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    2. You'll have fun for sure! Nate is swoonworthy!

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  3. Wow! Does this look good ; just what I love to read about. Some great suggestions of two other authors to check out, too. Blessings to both of you. I've read Carrie before and thoroughly enjoy he books!

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    1. Hi Paula, thanks for your kind comment about Shine Like the Dawn. I hope you enjoy it and also the other two I recommended. Recommendations from reading friends are the best! Happy reading to you!

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    2. You are ahead of me! This is Carrie's first book I've read, though I have her complete Edwardian series staring at me when I look over to my bookshelves... =) I have to get to it!!

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  4. Oh, I love the description of the bird's nest scene! It's been so unseasonably warm lately, and it has me wishing for spring with all of its green leaves, bulb flowers (daffodils!), and baby birds. As for this year's anticipated reads, I know that Becky Wade is starting her Bradford Sisters series. Denise Hunter is releasing Sweetbriar Cottage. Of course I'm excited for Shine Like the Dawn too!! The plot description, the bird's nest scene, and the cover art all have me excited to read it!

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    1. Hahahh. I LOVE your enthusiasm, Karen!! Thanks for stopping by and you'll LOVE this!

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    2. Hi Karen, I hope you do enjoy reading Shine Like the Dawn! Thanks for your kind comments.

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  5. I loved question #6. Once we have read this book, I am sure we would enjoy an extension of it with Violet as the heroine! It would be great if you would work on that as well, Carrie!!!!! I wholeheartedly love your books!!! God bless!

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    1. Hahahh. I agree Charlotte. I enjoyed this interview tremendously! =)

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    2. Hi Charlotte, that is so fun to hear you like that idea for another book featuring Violet as the heroine and set during WW1. I'll have to think about that idea some more!

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  6. This sounds like a wonderful book! I hope to read this. I love learning about Edwardian England! I haven't had as much time to read with juggling so many things but am excited about new books coming out!

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    1. Edwardian England. I know. It's such a great period! =) And I get it. I feel like there really isn't enough time for everything, but I'm still excited by the many great books coming out!

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  7. Interesting interview, Carrie and Annie - thank you!! Would love to read 'Shine Like the Dawn' - such a wonderful story line. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!! So looking forward to spending time with you at the 2017 CFRR - thank you for participating!!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie for stopping by. I had a great time with Carrie, and looking forward to all of us getting together this summer!

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  8. I really enjoyed the Highland Hall series and am happy to visit England again through your books. I like it when characters have a fun history as childhood friends, as in the scene described. Thanks for doing a giveaway. 😊

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    1. Karen, I think you'll love this one then. And that scene was my favorite too!! =) Carrie's amazing and her generosity in this giveaway is such a blessing for readers! Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Looking forward to this book. Happy release day Carrie! And I certainly love swoonworthy!

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  10. Ah, Carrie's favorite scene sounds fantastic! I really want to read Shine Like the Dawn now! :) :)

    Exiles by Jaye L. Knight, A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White, Ashen City by Sara Baysinger, and When Tides Turn are four 2017 releases that I'm SO excited for!

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  11. What a fun interview, Annie and Carrie. This book is definitely going on my TBR list. It sounds wonderful, Carrie.

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  12. Wonderful interview Annie and Carrie! Congratulations on your book release Carrie! I so enjoyed Shine Like the Dawn and I like your idea of having Violet in a book of her own. (don't enter me in the contest, I have the book).
    I am hoping to attend the 2017 CFRR and would love to meet you there.
    Blessings, Tina

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  13. I loved Downton Abbey, and my sister loves mysteries. Hopefully this will be a book we can both enjoy.

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  14. I really enjoyed the synopsis of the book. I liked reading stories set in England and reading about Maggie and Ned as teenagers. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  15. I love fiction from this time period. Can't wait to read this. The cover is beautiful!

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  16. I love this cover and the story description! Looking forward to reading it!

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  17. This story sounds so interesting- I am a big fan of this time period, and mysteries as well. Looking forward to reading it!

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  18. That cover is SO beautiful!!! I LOVE the blue dress!!!
    Lets see... my most anticipated read (that is SO not a fair question! I LOVE books!!!)... maybe Unblemished by Sara Ella?

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    1. Lol! I get it! Totally hard question to answer for sure!

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  19. Oh, I just saw a book haul with this book in it! It looks awesome, and I'm excited! (the cover is beautiful btw :D)

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  20. Thanks Carrie and Annie for this interview,it was fun to get to know you better Carrie! Am reading your Edwardian Bride series right now,and after reading this am looking forward to Shine Like the Dawn! Thank you for your wonderful stories!

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    1. Awesome Lynne! Definitely share your thoughts with us after you're done! Happy reading!

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  21. Thanks for the GREAT interview, Annie & Carrie! Carrie, I love your Edwardian Brides series, & have been anticipating Shine Like the Dawn since I first heard about it! The cover is absolutely gorgeous! Your favorite scene is delightful and makes me want to read the book even more :)
    Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!!!

    My most anticipated reads for 2017 are:

    Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky; An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter; A Viscount's
    Proposal /and/ A Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson; and A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

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    1. Thank you! I love all your most anticipated reads!

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  22. I'm excited to read this story!! So many amazing book releases this year. I just finished Life After by Katie Ganshert (not usually the genre of book I pick) and it was amazing! I very much enjoy enjoyed it. I am super anxious for the three releases of Sarah M. Eden this year!

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    1. O... TERRESSA!! I Know what you mean! Life After was AMAZING!!! Sarah is a new author to me. I'll need to look it up. You have fabulous book tastes, so I think you'll enjoy Carrie's Shine Like the Dawn.

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  23. This looks like a good book and I love the cover! <3

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  24. Hi, Carrie! Your book sounds amazing. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  25. Hey Carrie and Annie! I'm so excited to read Shine Like the Dawn. I'm intrigued by the mystery element.

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    1. I think you'll enjoy it Caryl, since mystery & suspense is your favorite genre! ;)

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  26. All of these covers are so lovely! Also, fun interview style. Very nice! :)

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  27. I love the favorite scene! I can still remember climbing trees as a kid and even falling out of one and breaking my arm. I still climbed trees afterwards though. What a great kid memory.

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    1. hahah. It is. I love that scene too. Doesn't it just makes you reminisce yourself?

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  28. I haven't read this book yet but would love too. I'm looking forward to reading several good books this year.
    I can't wait to read is Tamera Alexander's new one and Carrie Fancett Pagels new book. Thanks for the giveaway.
    grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. O, all great choices!! I LOVE Tamera's new one, A Note Yet Unsung! Awesome (check out my review). I haven't the pleasure reading Carrie's yet.

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  29. I like to read books that come so highly recommended!
    Janice
    pjrcmnoore@windstream.net

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