I’ve been invited to participate in the Writer’s World Blog Tour by fellow author and friend, Jocelyn Green. Jocelyn is an award-winning author of multiple fiction and nonfiction works, including Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives, and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she co-wrote with Dr. Gary Chapman. Her first novel in the Heroines Behind the Lines series, Wedded to War, was a Christy Award finalist, and the gold medal winner in historical fiction from the Military Writers Society of America. A native Northerner, she and her Southern-born-and-bred husband live in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with their two children. Her goal with every book is to inspire faith and courage in her readers. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com and www.facebook.com/jocelyngreenauthor.
Jocelyn’s Writer’s World Tour blog post went up on August 4th. Please check it out here: http://www.jocelyngreen.com/blog-2/
Now it’s my turn to answer the blog tour questions.
- What are you working on now?
I’m writing A Refuge at Highland Hall, Book Three in the Edwardian Brides Series. It’s an English historical romance set during World War One on a large country estate in Berkshire. This is the same time period as Downton Abbey Season 1 and 2, and I hope to capture a similar emotional tone in this series. The books feature a wealthy aristocratic family and their loyal staff members as they go through the ups and downs of life and love, and face the changes The Great War brings to everyone at Highland Hall. Penny Ramsey, the young heroine of this story, faces many challenges, including helping the man she loves find hope and a renewed faith after he is critically injured in the fighting. I’ve plotted out the story, but I’m just writing chapter three, so I have a long way to go. But Book One, The Governess of Highland Hall, is available now. Book Two, The Daughter of Highland Hall, releases, October 7th. For more info about the series I hope you’ll visit: www.carrieturansky.com
- How does your work differ from others in its genre?
There are a growing number of CBA authors setting novels in England, but there aren’t too many who write novels that take place during the Edwardian era, so that makes my books unique. I love doing in-depth research, and then I enjoy using what I’ve learned to bring the time period to life for my readers. Some have told me my descriptions help them see what’s happening in the story, and they enjoy that aspect of my writing. Others have said they like the way my characters work through difficulties and live out their faith. I’ve taken two recent trips to England to help me develop this series, and I think that has helped me create a realistic setting that my readers enjoy.
- Why do you write what you do?
I am a romantic at heart and an optimist who believes that love, especially God’s love, can overcome great obstacles and bring healing and hope to broken lives. My characters face great struggles, but I always write a happy ending for them. Good overcomes evil. God’s grace and truth offer hope in the most difficult situations. I like to weave spiritual themes into my novels through the conflicts my characters face. The way the characters work through the challenges often shows my beliefs about the importance of love, faith, and family relationships.
- How does your writing process work?
I like to start by researching a time period, an area, or an incident in history. Also love to read diaries and biographies of people who lived during that time period. Following those research trails helps me find my stories. I need time to absorb it all and mull it over for a few weeks. Then I use writing tools like Susan May Warren’s My Book Therapy resources and Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Pro to work on the characters and synopsis. I sometimes write note cards for each scene. Then I start writing chapter one and move ahead in the story. I wish I could write faster, and that’s something I am working on with this book. I’m trying to free myself up to get the first draft done more quickly and then have more time for revisions after that. Some days the words flow, and other days it’s a painful struggle. But it’s always a joy to type “The End” and know readers will be carried away to England to share the journey and experiences with my characters.
The Tour Continues!
I’ve tagged three of my author friends to join the tour. So I hope you’ll jump aboard with us. Cathy Gholke, Terri Gillespie, and Sherri Wilson Johnson will be posting on August 18th. Here’s a bit about these interesting ladies and links to their blogs:
Cathy Gohlke is the two-time Christy Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed novels Saving Amelie, Band of Sisters, Promise Me This (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2012), William Henry is a Fine Name, and I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (listed by Library Journal as one of the best books of 2008), which also won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award. When not traipsing the hills and dales of historic sites, Cathy and her husband divide their time between Northern Virginia and the Jersey Shore. Visit her online at her website: http://authorcathygohlke.com
Terri Gillespie has been writing stories since her grandmother set up an ancient Royal typewriter on a metal table and stool. As her brothers and cousins played outside on their grandparents’ small farm, Terri typed and illustrated adventure stories about horses, dolphins and elephants. Today her stories are adventures of a different kind—contemporary fiction and nonfiction about women who have been wounded by life and long for identity and purpose. Her novel is titled She Does Good Hair and she’s written a women’s devotional, Making Eye Contact with God. When she’s not writing—or reading—she and hubby Bob work together on various corporate and institutional video productions. They celebrate a major collaboration this year, their 40th wedding anniversary. Terri loves to connect with her readers via her website: www.terrigillespie.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorTerriGillespie, Twitter: @TerriGMavens, and Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/terrilgillespie.
Sherri Wilson Johnson is an Inspirational Romance novelist, a speaker, and a former homeschooling mom who’d rather have laugh lines under her eyes than worry lines across her forehead. She lives in Georgia with her husband, her two children and her Chihuahua, Posey. Her favorite thing to do when she’s not with her family is to curl up with a good book or to work on her current work-in-progress. She loves to dream of visiting romantic places and is passionate about the Lord, motherhood, homeschooling, and writing. Sherri is the author of To Dance Once More and Song of the Meadowlark. Her third novel, To Laugh Once More, releases in September. She is a columnist with Habits for a Happy Home and Choose NOW Ministries. Visit Sherri’s blog: http://sherriwilsonjohnson.com/blog/