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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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