Hi friends! I’m excited to welcome Carrie Turansky back to the blog today to talk about her brand new release, Across the Blue!
Carrie Turansky has 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 nineteen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and five grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family.
Her latest release, Across the Blue, released February 20, 2018 from Multnomah!
Love soars to new heights in this Edwardian romance filled with adventure, faith, and inspiration, but how much will it cost Bella and James to follow their dreams?
Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don’t approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year.
When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to win that race across the Channel and gain the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella’s heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella’s faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?
Hi Carrie! I’m always honored to have you on the blog! Thank you so much for chatting with me again! 🙂
Carrie T: Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting
Carrie T: Red tulips
MeezCarrie: I adore red tulips – they make me smile 😀
Carrie T: Thanksgiving
MeezCarrie: Thanksgiving is one of my very faves too! Second only to Christmas lol.
Carrie T: We all Bleed the Same by Mandisa and Toby Mac
MeezCarrie: YES! I love that song!
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Carrie T: There have so many great books that I’ve read in the last few months. I’ve enjoyed listening to Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano, and reading Until We Find Home by Cathy Gohlke, The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz, and Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller. I’m looking forward to reading A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green and Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof.
MeezCarrie: aaaaaaa! The bookworm in me is muppet-flailing! So many of my faves ♥
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Carrie T: We have a very hard time pulling Carrie out of those research books so she can actually write our story! Her most creative time is early in the morning. In fact, if she can stay in bed for a few minutes after she wakes up to think about us, and our story, then she is one happy and productive author that day. She’s not a speedy writer, but she plugs away at it pretty consistently, keeping track of her word count on her My Book Progress widget on her website. She likes to write the opening of her scenes on a yellow legal pad, and then she types that to get the juices flowing each writing session. Receiving an email from one of her readers really makes her happy and motivated to get our story finished. She dreams about us and talks about us like we’re real people, not just characters in her books . . . and that makes us love her.
MeezCarrie: I love this 🙂
Q: This is your fifth book set in Edwardian England. What about this era interests you?
Carrie T: The early 1900s are such an interesting time period! I’m a Downton Abbey fan, and that first sparked my interest in the Edwardian era. You still have the romance and elegance of the Victorian era, but you also have the new inventions and progress of the modern era. It’s a wonderful combination that makes writing stories set during that time period fun and interesting. The clothes, the homes, and the manners all make it a very special time period.
MeezCarrie: Before I started avidly reading historical fiction, I didn’t even really realize there was much difference between the Edwardian and Victorian eras. I love how even reading fiction can teach me so much!
Q: Bella Grayson, the heroine of the novel, lives on a grand country estate with her family. Was this inspired by a real location? If so, which one?
Carrie T: I had Broadsworth Hall in Doncaster, England, in mind for the Grayson’s family estate when I was writing Across the Blue. I changed some things about the house, so I called it Broadlands. It’s a lovely home, and I hope to visit some day. I have several photos on my Pinterest board. I hope you’ll take a look:
MeezCarrie: If you haven’t yet checked out Carrie T’s Pinterest boards, you really must! She’s one of my fave pinners 🙂
Q: A central topic in Across the Blue is the race to make the first flight across the English Channel. How was your interest in early aviation sparked? AND, what was the most fascinating information you discovered in your research for this book?
Carrie T: I visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in 2016, and I enjoyed the displays about the Wright Brothers and early aviation. I saw a poster for the First International Air Meet in Rheims, France, and I noticed it took place in 1909. That’s the time period I enjoy writing about, so I decided to do some more research. That’s when I found out about the race across the Channel. The more I read about the race, the newspaper owner who sponsored the prize, and early aviation, the more the story came to life for me.
I loved learning about those early aviators and how they designed the first airplanes. Their determination to come up with a design that would actually fly was very inspiring. We take air travel for granted today, but only a little over 100 years ago flying machines were brand new and piloting an airplane was an amazing feat. I was surprised to learn that more than 200,000 people attended the first International Air Meet in Rheims, France, in 1909. The crowds went wild watching those first aviators demonstrate their skills. I enjoyed including that air meet in the book.
MeezCarrie: That is so interesting! What brave pioneers they were – i barely trust planes today, much less when they were still experimental lol.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Across the Blue?
Carrie T: I hope readers will be inspired by James and Bella’s pursuit of their dreams and enjoy the journey with them. I hope their imaginations will be sparked and they will look for ways to reach for their dreams. Most of all I hope their faith will be deepened and they will see how God’s work in their own lives.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Carrie T: Have you heard about the British Home Children? Between 1869 – 1939 more than 100,000 poor and orphaned children were taken from their homes in England and sent to Canada to work as indentured farm laborers and household servants. Some were well treated and some were adopted, but many suffered because of prejudice, neglect, and isolation. My next two novels will focus on the McAlister family and their struggle to be reunited after the three youngest siblings are sent to Canada as British Home Children. My heart has been gripped by the true stories of been reading, and I’m looking forward to honoring the memory of these children in my next two novels. It’s a serious subject, but they will be hopeful stories with romance, adventure, and inspiration set in England and Canada.
MeezCarrie: oh my goodness! I haven’t heard about this before – see? Fiction teaches me so much!
Carrie Turansky & Multnomah Books are giving away a copy of Across the Blue to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
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