Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Carrie Fancett Pagels

Posted October 17, 2016 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Christian, giveaway, historical / 76 Comments

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I am honored and excited to have author Carrie Fancett Pagels join me on the blog today for a Q&A. Besides having the best first name, Carrie writes great books! I got to meet her in person at the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat in August, and she’s so lovely – inside and out.

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D, is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Carcarrie-headshot-2016rie’s Christy Family Lumber Camp series books The Fruitcake Challenge (September, 2014), The Lumberjacks’ Ball (April, 2015), and Lilacs for Juliana (August, 2015) were all long list finalists for Family Fiction’s Book of the Year contests. The Fruitcake Challenge was a Selah Award finalist. Carrie was the winner in Historical Genre with her short story “The Quilting Contest” published in Family Fiction’s The Story 2014 Anthology (Salem Publishing, 2014). It was also a Maggie Award finalist, with Honorable Mention (2014). Her novella, Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, was an Amazon Civil War best seller and remained on the top-rated list for a year. It was re-released under a new cover in 2016.

Carrie is the founder of the Colonial American Christian Writers group and the owner/administrator of the group blogs “Colonial Quills” and “Overcoming With God.” She is also a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) including Professional Authors Network (PAN),  American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), and FaithWriters.

blue ribbon bridesHer latest release is a novella in The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection from Barbour Books (November 1, 2016).

Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?

Carrie’s story, “Requilted With Love” is full of delightfully vibrant characters at the Michigan State Fair in 1889. The romance is sweet and that first kiss – whew!! Some fun surprises and some scoundrels keep you on your toes, and despite the past angst that the protagonists have suffered their story – and their friends – will put a smile on your face for sure!

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Welcome to the blog, Carrie! I start everyone out with a “fast four” –

apples or oranges

(To avoid same-name confusion, Carrie Fancett Pagels’ responses will be listed as “Carrie” and my replies will be listed as “RimSP”.)

Carrie: Apples. They are in season and are good for you.

RimSP: Apples continue to be the overwhelming author favorite!

winter or summer

Carrie: Summer as long as it is in MICHIGAN!!! (Winter if in Virginia! – if I had to choose between those two!)

RimSP: Yes… southern summers are too humid for me! But I’m the weird one that would want to winter in Michigan too lol.

dogs or cats

Carrie: Dogs – asthma from cats (but I love them!)

RimSP: Zuzu says that this is yet another reason that dogs are superior to cats.

coffee or tea

Carrie: Tea – because it is so tasty and coffee aggravates my migraines.  I love coffee, it doesn’t love me back!

Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower.  If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Carrie: Psychological Backstory is my Superpower!

RimSP: I love it! That should be your new tagline 😉

Books are my favorite topic, and even though my TBR list has become its own continent planet (it’s recently been upgraded) I’m always on the lookout for great books to add to it. So, I want to know – what are a few favorite books you’ve read recently?

Carrie: I just finished the novellas in Rails to Romance from Barbour – they were all so good!!! And I just read Cynthia Hickey’s and Susan Page Davis’s novellas which won’t release to the public until June, 2017, in our Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands collection from Barbour.

RimSP: I can’t wait for that Seven Brides collection!!

How does your background in psychology influence your writing?

Carrie: Since I’ve discovered my new superpower, I do try to train others in how to use psychological backstory to make stronger motivation in books. If you know what went into making a character like she or he is, you make the story much deeper and more believable!

RimSP: yes! I absolutely agree!

In your Blue Ribbon Brides Collection novella – Requilted With Love – a quilter crosses paths with a balloonist at the Michigan State Fair. Tell us about these characters.

Carrie: Sarah Richmond has lost two fiancés and has determined to never love again. In fact, the wedding ring quilt she requilted with tulips is something she plans to sell so it won’t remind her. Enter Grant, our heartthrob hero. Sarah doesn’t know that Grant is a balloonist until after she falls for him. UH OH!!!!!!

RimSP: UH OH indeed! Drama ahead 🙂

patchwork-996552_1920If you were piecing together a quilt of the important moments in your writing journey, what would some of the squares be?

Carrie: Meeting Diana Flowers in person. I’d admired her reviews. THEN she joined me on my blog! Getting my first hug from Julie Lessman, who has been such a doll and has given me endorsements God bless her! There would be a square for my agent, Joyce Hart, who encouraged me and accepted me as a client. Having my critique partner from Fellowship of Christian Writers, an editor and writer herself, Vicki McCollum, tell me I was ready to be published (after getting dismal feedback from another group of mainly contemporary writers). Having a Facebook party with Tamera Alexander, one of my fave authors and some other great author friends. And so many more!!! But what a great question Carrie!!!

RimSP: There would be a square on my quilt for MY first Julie Lessman hug too! And meeting you would of course have a lovely teacup square too 🙂

What do you most want readers to take away from Blue Ribbon Brides and your novella Requilted With Love?

Carrie: I hope these Christian fiction stories will give readers hours of wholesome entertainment and will draw them closer to God. I hope my story might help some readers to question things they have told themselves. I’d like readers to think about this question – did God ask you to do this thing or not do it? Can God not restore something that you have lost hope for? Can you trust Him with everything in your life?

RimSP: I love this! Carrie– again, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂

Carrie: Carrie-thanks for having me! And may I say, I like your name very much 😉

RimSP: You may 😉 Because it’s the best name, of course.

Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

7brides7mailorderhusbands5Carrie: My next novella is Dime Novel Suitor in Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands. Seven Kansas ladies find themselves without husbands after the Civil War ends. Their small town has been hit hard by losses of husbands and sweethearts. The town ladies, including the mayor, determine to advertise and hold auditions for husbands!!!

My heroine, Caroline Kane, is widowed and raising her teenaged siblings after their father dies. She’s also been left to run her family’s inn. Barden Granville IV grew up devouring cowboy dime novels from America. He’s an ordained minister, freshly out of seminary about to begin his career. But Barden wants a chance to experience cowboy life before beginning his work in a small parish in northern England, far from his family’s estate in Kent. After he’s attacked and robbed and shows up at Caroline’s inn looking for work, he’s mistaken for a husband candidate. Barden is everything Caroline didn’t know she was looking for and more. What will happen when she learns who he really is? And that he is returning home soon?

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Carrie Fancett Pagels is offering one of my readers a chance to win The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection in your choice of paperback (US only) or ebook (open internationally).

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What about you? If you were to make a quilt of moments in your bookish life, what would some of the squares represent?

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76 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Carrie Fancett Pagels

  1. Nice! I’m getting to know both Carries!!!

    As to the quilt..I’d say those with simple solids, add in some color of small patterns and stripes. It’s when like life can be straightforward, and then wham, we are hit with some action. As we follow in His path, we will be fine. Always a bright color too!

    • Hey Annie! So great to finally meet you in person this August! I cherish the quilts I have from my mother. Unlike my heroine, Sarah Richmond, I was happy to keep the original quilt my mother made for my first engagement! Of course, neither he nor my second fiancé died, like Sarah’s had.

  2. I would definitely have squares with my favorite author’s and reviewer friends names embroidered in their favorite colors along with something that was unique to that person. For instance, I know Carrie (CFP) loves teacups and cupcakes! So I would have a tea scene of some kind on there, and so on for each author/friend. Plus, lots of books depicted and the quilt would have to be a bit 3D because I like bling! Oh, and so does Carrie 😉

    • Hi Anne!!! My mom used to make some gorgeous embroidered quilts. I really loved them. A lot were for babies. That sounds like an awesome quilt! Of course it would have to be BLINGED! I mean life is short — bling while you can! Hugs!!!

  3. Andrea Stephens

    Two wonderful Carrie’s in the same place! Lovely interview ladies!
    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection I loved “Requilted With Love” as well as the other stories in the collection. I would strongly encourage anyone who likes Christian Historical fiction to enter the contest and if you do not win, pick up a copy for yourself. It’s a lovely collection that I look forward to reading again.

  4. emilee douglas

    If I were designing a quilt to reflex important moments in my life I would have one for my wedding date February 24, 1994. I would have one for all three of my children. I would like several with flowers and books. And one with a school since I’m a teacher and maybe shopping bags since I love to shop.

  5. emilee douglas

    If I were designing a quilt to reflex important moments in my life I would have one for my wedding date February 24, 1994. I would have one for all three of my children. I would like several with flowers and books. And one with a school since I’m a teacher and maybe shopping bags since I love to shop.

  6. Marilyn

    I would use squares of my favorite books, names of my family and friends. I would choose pastel colors. Thanks for the giveaway. Carrie, you always have such great giveaways and good books to read.

  7. Patty

    I think the first square would have to be for my small-town local library where I grew up. We live less than two blocks away, and especially during the summer I was there several times a week.
    The next square would have to be for my aunt. She is an avid reader and even as a child would always give us books for birthdays and Christmas. We still often exchange books and gifts. And when we visit each other we are sure to make a trip to the local used bookstore.

  8. JJ

    I have seen a quilt pattern that looks like a bookshelf w/books. I would like to make that quilt someday. I would include my books, my cat who enjoys sleeping on my bookshelves, and perhaps the mouse who (once upon a time) built her little nest on the shelf right over said cats head–until we found her stash of stolen cat food and her nest. I always like to put sentimental objects on my shelves, but I’ve run out of room for including those items and try to just have books now.

    • Carrie

      lol yes i tried to have decorative and sentimental shelves too but the books kept getting in the way 😉 I love that quilt as well! But i would substitute a dog instead of the dreaded c-a-t lol

    • That sounds like a neat quilt, JJ! I don’t quilt and I doubt that I’ll ever be able to because of my poor eyesight and my RA. But sometimes I just wish I could in honor of my mom’s quilting ability and her love of quilting.

  9. My quilt would be squares would be made from t-shirts I would get from places that I read about in books and decided to visit. I would have squares from Mackinac Island MI, the Soo in Michigan and also Charleston SC and Savannah GA. Plus lots of other places.

  10. Connie Saunders

    I think that my center square would be the largest square and it would have the picture of the library that was my second home for 22 1/2 years. Around this block I would show books of my favorite authors or those I actually met during those years. Several Kentucky authors including Mr. David Dick, Ann Gabhart, Jan Watson. Shelley Shepherd Gray would also be featured and even though I haven’t met them, I would include Wanda Brunstetter, Beverly Lewis, Cynthia Ruchti and of course, Carrie Fancett Pagels ?

  11. Bonnie Roof

    Loved your interview Carrie P. and Carrie S., LOL – and love each of you also!! Looking forward to reading ‘The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection’!!

    My quilt would be a super large one as I would include blocks for each of my favorite books, authors, reader friends, and of course numerous blocks for CFRR, as well as blocks symbolic of the personal time spent with many of those named.

  12. Patti Bond

    I would like to make a quilt of the many books I have read using bright colors, small prints with flowers . I loved your quilt and this interview Thanks

  13. Winnie Thomas

    I have made many quilts in my life, and right now the thought of making one makes me tired! LOL But, if I were to make this hypothetical quilt based on bookish moments, I think I’d have to make one featuring some of my new-found authors, bloggers, FB friends that I have become acquainted with and grown to love. Wouldn’t that be fun? Though, now that I think about it, it would probably be so ginormous that it would be pretty hard to manage and much too big to be very useful. I’d have to make the squares quite small, I guess to make it manageable. And both of the awesome Carries here would have a square on my quilt!

    • Aw, thank, WINNIE for giving me a square on your quilt! I do beadwork but I’ve never quilted. I’ve also embroidered, done cross stitch, knit, and done other crafts. I can sew but quilting is too much for my eyes and arthritic body! Hugs!

      • Winnie Thomas

        I haven’t quilted or sewn much for quite a while. My hands don’t work very well either anymore! So frustrating! The main reason, though, is lack of motivation and energy! LOL I keep thinking I should do something with my fabric stash, but it just sits there. I used to sew a lot. Maybe I’ll have to turn my sewing room into a library! Hugs back, sweet lady!

  14. Connie Scruggs

    I would like my quilt to be made of the covers of my favorite books so I could remember all the stories that make me feel good.

  15. Loved the interview Carrie & Carrie. I thoroughly enjoyed The Blue Ribbon Brides collection.

    Years ago when my son’s were little I quilted them each a small quilt. I quilt small items for gifts as I don’t have the energy to do large quilts & my hands (OA) couldn’t handle a large one. I always wanted to quilt a scripture quilt with my favorite verses stitched on it….maybe I could do a small panel one.

    For this bookish-life quilt I would have pastel squares, small-flowery print squares, brighter colored borders around each square with my favorite authors names (some book titles) stitched on…must have teacups & pink for you Carrie P!

    • That sounds fabulous, sweet TINA!!! How wonderful that you were able to quilt those small quilts for your sons! And you can still do some smaller quilted items, that is great! I think your imagined quilt sounds lovely, too! And yes, I need teacups and some pink, for sure!

  16. Donna B

    I would have squares that represented the books I’ve read. They would have to be small squares though or the quilt would be a very large one! I was born into a family that loves to read. My grandmothers both were quilters. My mom has done some quilting but not very much.

    • DONNA B, having a family that loves to read is a blessing for sure! Do you have any quilts from your grandmothers? Both of my kids have beautiful quilts from their grandma. My MIL also crochets so they have lovely afghans from her, too!

  17. Jeanna Massman

    I would include all of my favorite characters from the children’s books I love. I was a teacher/librarian for many years so I have a bunch of favorites. I would also include characters my children and grandson are fond of on the quilt.

  18. Lynne M Feuerstein

    Thank you to both Carries for this fun interview. As for a book memory quilt (which I think would be a neat idea)I would pick bright colors and make squares symbolizing my favorite books/authors. For example a tea cup for Carrie Fancett Pagels,a shamrock for Julie Lessman,a pirate ship for Marylu Tyndall,etc. I think I could get pretty creative with a project like this!

  19. Cathy

    I have done a little bit of basic quilting myself, but my Grandmother make beautiful quilts, with the intricate designs and the tiny stitches! I have so many favorite books and authors that it would be difficult to choose a theme to incorporate – perhaps mix solid blocks with other fabrics that might mimic colors or designs from some favorite book covers…..adding some embroidery, possibly.

  20. Books and quilts, two of my favorite things. If I were making a quilt of my most memorable bookish moments it would have to be a crazy quilt because I have such diverse tastes. There would have to be a quilt for Ted Dekker’s Circle series, and of course his daughter’s Seeker series. There would be blocks to honor my favorite mystery writers, and precious vintage blocks to honor my favorite historical fiction writers. I would also have to include special blocks to represent my reading specialist and classroom co-teachers who help to make sure all of our kids can enjoy their own bookish lives well into the future.

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