Author Spotlight: Carrie Turansky


Welcome to Author Spotlight! Each week will feature a different author. We’ll get the scoop behind their writing life and dish a little. The authors will also be giving away a copy of their latest book. FUN.

The winner from the last Author Spotlight giveaway is TERRI SHORTELL! Please email info {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com with your mailing address to claim your prize.


Welcome Carrie Turansky, author of The Daughter of Highland Hall, to Author Spotlight! Leave a comment below for the chance to win a copy of her book.

Carrie Turansky emailWhat is the smartest writing advice you ever got?

Join American Christian Fiction Writers. Being a member of ACFW has opened the door to publication for me. I’ve learned so much about the craft of writing fiction, and I’ve made some life-long friends.

What was your biggest break?

In early 2012 I was talking to an editor at a librarians’ conference, and I asked her what she was looking for. She mentioned the popular British TV series, Downton Abbey, and she said she’d love to see a book set in that time period in England with a wealthy brooding hero, and a sweet, loving governess as the heroine, like Jane Eyre. That conversation sparked my desire to write the Edwardian Brides Series, and that has helped me connect with lots of new readers.

I’m inspired by…

Time in nature, great books, true stories of sacrificial love, dear friends, my family, and seeing God at work in people’s lives.

My great adventure has been…

Our family spent time in Kenya, East Africa, as missionaries. It was a wild and wonderful year that changed us all.

If I could go anywhere, it would be…

I’d love to go back to the Lake District in England. I visited there earlier this year, and three days was not nearly enough time to see all the beauty there. I loved Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm.

If you have only…an hour…

I’d probably re-watch a Downton Abbey episode.

If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save?

My computer. It has all my photos, books, addresses, etc.

What has been your most surreal, “pinch-me-I’m-dreaming” moment so far?

Seeing our grandchildren after they were first born. We have four now, and we’re hoping for some more. They are a delight!

Best Surprise:

Seeing old friends pop up at unexpected times and places.Daughter-Highland-Hall cover email

Best Saturday Afternoon Read:

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson.

Best Forgotten Custom:

Gentlemen opening the doors for ladies.

Best Way to Break a Sweat:

I’m Miss Un-Athletic…but I do enjoy walking around the lake near our house. It’s just a bit more than a mile…. so I have to walk pretty fast to break a sweat.

Best Indulgence:

Strawberry-blueberry-banana smoothie.

Best Advice:

Entrust your heart to God. He loves you and your heart is safe with Him!


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Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Carrie Turansky says:

    Hi Suzanne, thanks so much for inviting me over to your blog today! I hope readers will enjoy our visit and enter the book launch giveaway on my blog too. It’s very encouraging to have the support of other writers. Thank you! Carrie

  2. What a great interview. Carrie, I would agree with your best advice!

  3. Anne Payne says:

    Wonderful interview, Suzanne & Carrie! Don’t enter me for a copy of the book. I already have one. Just wanted to stop by to show Carrie my support. I’m so glad you have written this series and are working on book 3 🙂

    I agree about the grandchildren. I was my daughter’s doula when she gave birth to all four of ours and what an exhilarating experience!

    A blessed day to you both!

  4. Britney Adams says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely interview! I look forward to reading THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL!

  5. karentiedt says:

    I !would like to win a book for our library in Fairbank!

  6. Connie Saunders says:

    Suzanne, I appreciate that you have featured Carrie in this interview. I always enjoy getting to know “new-to-me” authors. And Carrie, after many, many years, I have become a grandmother for the first time and there are no words that adequately describe my joy. Thanks for this giveaway and blessings to both of you!

  7. Rosie yutzy says:

    I’m looking foward to reading THE DAUGHTER OF HIGHLAND HALL:)

  8. Pam Graber says:

    Nice to “meet” Carrie here! While I haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of her books – yet – I DO love Downton Abbey! And, I’m right there with her in the Miss Un-Athletic contest. I started walking every day back in May and am up to 3 miles + per day. I don’t run or do the gym but walking has benefited me in ways I’m just beginning to count. Also, being a grandma is the best!

  9. kim amundsen says:

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  10. Rebecca D says:

    Thank you for the interview. The Daughter of Highland Hall is on my wish list and I would love to win a copy! Also, thanks for the recommendation of Blackmoore, I have added it to my list as well.

  11. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    The Daughter of Highland Hall sounds like a wonderful book. Would love to win a copy!

  12. sharon says:

    A fascinating book and a great feature and interview. Best wishes. Many thanks.

  13. Kelly Youngblood says:

    Thank you for the interview, Carrie and Suzanne! I enjoy your “Best Advice” and agree wholeheartedly!

  14. Linda McFarland says:

    Excited about The Daughter of Highland Hall. The cover is so inviting. Interesting blog post. Love getting to know authors…thanks for the opportunity to win. Linda

  15. Tina Rice says:

    Enjoyed the interview. I would love to win a copy of your book. I love reading fiction of that time period.
    My grandson is now 10, I love being a grandmother.
    Blessings, Tina

  16. Pat Thompson says:

    I have a blueberry weakness too. I noticed you were from a missionary family. My parents were training for China in 1949, and they closed their door to outsiders. I would love to read your book.

  17. cynthia fernstaedt says:

    Grandchildren are such precious gifts! I am so happy you were here today…I just love meeting new (at least to me) authors and how you chose what to write.

  18. Terri Shortell says:

    It’s great to hear about authors I’ve never read before. Especially when they write interesting sounding historical romances or other historical stories. These books sound great and I’ll definitely be checking them out and putting them on my TBR list. Thanks for the spotlight.

  19. shelia hall says:

    great interview!

  20. Debbie Warila says:

    I haven’t had the chance yet to read Carrie’s books, but they’re going on my to-read list right now. I just adore historical novels – they’re my favorite genre.

  21. Linda Marie Crawford says:

    Great interview and sound advice.

  22. Lisa Cowell says:

    I have been wanting to read Carrie’s books for a while, but my work schedule is so busy lately that I can only read a page or two before falling asleep at night.

  23. Renee says:

    Sounds like a great book.

  24. Julie Brubaker says:

    Great interview!! What did you do while in Kenya?

    • Carrie Turansky says:

      Hi Julie, our family stayed in Kenya for a year where my husband was teaching at a Bible College at Kijabe. Thanks for stopping by!

  25. Faith Posten says:

    What a wonderful opportunity from Carrie Turansky. I appreciate this opportunity; especially to win her book and the tea, too. 🙂

  26. Vivian Vereeke says:

    What a great interview! I take your best advice every day :). I love Downton Abbey and historical fiction too, so I think I would love your book. It would be really great to win a copy, but either way, it is going on my To Read list!

  27. Carrie Turansky says:

    Hi Suzanne and Friends, I’m enjoying your comments. It’s fun to hear so many of you enjoy historical fiction and Downton Abbey. Me too! I’ve really loved learning more about the customs and events in the Edwardian Era. You might like to visit my blog on my website to take part in the giveaway that runs all month long. Then take some time and scroll down through the posts about Downton, my visits to England, Edwardian clothing, servants in Edwardian times, etc. To visit just click on the Giveaway image at the top of this post. Thanks for stopping by!

  28. Aerykah says:

    I really enjoyed the interview & I’m looking forward to reading one of Carrie’s books sometime soon. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  29. Danie says:

    I absolutely love Downton Abby!!! I love the show!
    This book sounds like it will be just like the movie

  30. Merry Z says:

    Carrie sounds like a lovely lady. I loved hearing about what inspires her, those things inspire me too!

  31. Connie Roberts says:

    Carrie, I enjoyed reading your interview. I’ve never watched the show Downtown Abbey but I’ve always wanted to visit England, I’ve been to Germany & have visited some castles, love them! I too am not athletic but I can walk, lol. Grandchildren are a blessing aren’t they? We’re expecting our 5th in April, there’s nothing like being a Nana! I’d love to win a copy of your book, thanks for having a giveaway!

  32. Carrie Turansky says:

    Thanks friends! It’s wonderful to read your comments! I’m excited to see whose name will be chosen for the giveaway! Happy Reading to all!