Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Kid on the Block: Carrie Turansky

Hi Friends, Carrie Turansky, here.

Pamela asked me to share a little about my writing journey and how I came to join the Craftie Ladies Blog….So here it goes.

I started writing fiction in 1997 after our family returned from spending a year in Kenya. We had some fantastic experiences, and I thought I could relieve those by writing a story set there. I poured out my first novel in just a few months. It was sort of an international romantic adventure suspense missionary story. I had written articles and devotionals and papers in college, but I’d never written fiction…so I had a lot to learn.

I worked on my writing alone for about three years and completed three novels. Then I emailed an author I admired, Elizabeth White, and asked her for some advice. She encouraged me to join a new group, American Christian Romance Writers. That was in 2000, and they had just started their email loop. I was one of the first 100 members, and there are now over 2500 aspiring and published authors in ACFW.

Becoming a member of ACFW opened many wonderful doors for me. I found a mentor, met my agent, and future editors there and best of all I met many other authors who have become dear friends. My first book was published in 2005 with Barbour, and my first Love Inspired was published in 2006. I’ve written four more LI novels and have also continued writing for Barbour. I’ve had nine books published and one more is contracted with Love Inspired. I’ve written by historical and contemporary.

This year I’ve really stepped up my efforts to reach out and connect with readers. I started an email newsletter last April. I wanted to team up with some other authors to do some more blogging, so I asked Missy about joining Craftie Ladies, and she helped connect with everyone here. I love the variety of posts and the fun connections I’ve made already.

Thanks for welcoming me. I look forward to blogging and commenting and joining in the fun here!

I love to connect with other authors and readers through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and my website: http://www.carrieturansky.com/.

20 comments:

  1. Welcome Carrie I have read your Barbour books (I love the Christmas Novella's and have to say the Big Apple Christmas novella restored my faith in Novella's after reading one which I found frustrating as the stories seemed to be the same and predictable and I was wondering if it was worth reading anymore novellas. Then I read Big Apple Christmas and it was so good.)
    I have read seeking his love which I won and think I have one other.
    Good to see you here and look forward to getting to know you more. I love this blog, Readers are made to feel special here.

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  2. Welcome on board Carrie. This is a special blog where everybody is someone SPECIAL.

    I hope to tell a story similar to yours soon (winks)

    Once again, WELCOME!!! (Hugs)

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  3. Welcome Carrie. You'll enjoy it here.

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  4. Welcome, Carrie. I'm glad you joined us here.

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  5. Hi Carrie, welcome to the Craftie Ladies blog.

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  6. Wonderful people, Pls tell Lisa to finish the story she started last week.

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  7. Hi Friends! Thanks for all your kind words of welcome.

    Ausjenny - so glad to hear you enjoyed A Big Apple Christmas. That's one of my favorite novella collections. My last one,Chrsitmas Mail-order Brides, was fun too.

    Hi Olufisayo - What a special name. Please tell me where you are from. That's great to hear you also enjoy writing!

    Thanks to all the Craftie Ladies for stopping by to say hello!

    Blessings,
    Carrie

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  8. Hi Carrie, so great to see you here! A year in Kenya - wow! I imagine you have some terrific and inspirational memories - and some great experiences to draw from in both your writing and your life.

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  9. Welcome Carrie! It's great to have you here among the Craftie Ladies!

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  10. Olu,
    I'll tell Lisa :) We're glad you keep going back to check!

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  11. Hi Winnie, yes our year in Kenya was life-changing for me and our whole family. I am so thankful we had that opportunity.

    Thanks for the warm welcome!

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  12. Thanks, Christine! I am enjoying getting to know you all through your blog posts. This is a great group.

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  13. Hey Carrie! So glad you are here!

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  14. Carrie, we're so glad to have you with us!! :)

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  15. Caring Carrie (like it?) I am from Nigeria. Yes, across the globe. And I am glad to be part of this fantabulous blog. It's a thing to look forward to, each day.

    Thanks Pamela, I appreciate that.

    P.S: My name means: The Lord has added to my joy. Love you all.

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  16. Olufisayo - I loved learning the meaning of your name! That is beautiful. We have some families in our church from Nigeria. Isn't the Internet a wonderful way to connect with friends all around the world?

    Thanks for checking back and commenting. I will look forward to hearing from you again.

    Carrie

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