I was born and raised in Oregon, so my heart longs for tall evergreens, the rugged Oregon Coast, and the pristine Cascade Mountains. But I presently live in beautiful central New Jersey. This is the Garden State, so we enjoy shopping at our local farmers’ market for sweet corn and juicy tomatoes or picking strawberries, blueberries, and peaches at local farms. We are close to Princeton University, Philadelphia, and New York City, so we sometimes take day trips in and enjoy museums, plays, and touring around.
I am married to Scott and we have five adult children, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and five beautiful grandchildren. Being a wife, mom, and grandma are fulfilling and rewarding roles for me. Scott and I partner in ministry at Calvary Chapel Living Hope, a church we helped plant along with a team of hardworking, Jesus-following friends in Robbinsville, New Jersey. We love our church and feel blessed to have the privilege of serving the Lord with these dear friends. If you would like to know more about Calvary Chapel Living Hope, please visit our website: http://www.takejesushome.com.
My husband is the author of several parenting books filled with practical insight and godly wisdom. We invite you to visit our ministry website and sign up for free parenting tips, then check out the articles and helpful resources there. That web site is www.biblicalparenting.org.
My first book was published in 2005, and I’ve had more than seventeen published since then. Before that I wrote several articles, short stories, devotions, and essays. Writing fiction is my passion, and I thank the Lord for the creative ideas and characters He puts in my mind and heart. I am very grateful for friends and family who believed in me and encouraged me on my writing journey. If you’d like to learn more about that journey, take a look at this blog post, or listen to the webinar with tips for aspiring authors and more about my writing journey and the lessons I’ve learned.
When I’m not writing you will find me enjoying time with my family, working outside in my flower gardens, cooking healthy meals for family and friends, or walking around the lake near our home.
News and Awards…
2018 June – Carrie is named a finalist for the ACFW Mentor of the Year. The winner will be announced at the ACFW National Conference in September in Nashville, TN.
2018 June – Shine Like the Dawn wins the HOLT Medallion Award in the Long Inspirational Category.
2018 March – New Two Book Contract signed with WaterBrook Multnomah, the inspirational division of Penguin Random House for two related English historical novels. The working title of book one is Finding her Way Home.
2018 February – Across the Blue is released by WaterBrook Multnomah.
2017 February – Shine Like the Dawn is released by WaterBrook Multnomah.
2016 July – A Refuge at Highland Hall is named as a finalist for the Maggie Award in the Inspirational Romance Category.
2015 October – Carrie signs a new two-book contract with WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House. The working title for book one is Shine Like the Dawn.
2015 October – A Refuge at Highland Hall is release by WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House.
2014 October – The Daughter of Highland Hall is released by WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Penguin Random House.
2014 April – Where Two Hearts Meet is released by Flowing Stream Books.
2013 October – The Governess of Highland Hall releases.
2012 October – Three Book Contract with WaterBrook Multnomah for the Edwardian Brides Series.
2012 Surrendered Hearts wins 1st Place in the International Digital Awards
2011 “A Trusting Heart” in Christmas Mail-Order Brides, wins the ACFW Carol Award, Novella Category, September.
2011 Surrendered Hearts released as an eBook, April.
2010 “A Shelter in the Storm” in A Blue and Gray Christmas is a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards, historical novella category
2010 Seeking His Love release date October 1
2010 Christmas Mail-Order Brides, containing Carrie’s novella “A Trusting Heart” release date September 1
2009 Seeking His Love contracted by Steeple Hill Love Inspired
2009 Christmas Mail-Order Brides contracted by Barbour Publishers
2009 A Blue and Gray Christmas containing Carrie’s novella, “A Shelter in the Storm,” released 9/1/ 2009
2008 “Moonlight & Mistletoe” places second in the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Awards
2008 “Moonlight & Mistletoe” places second in the ACFW Book of the Year, Contemporary Novella Category
2007 A Big Apple Christmas, released in September
2007 Carrie’s novella “Tea for Two” is a finalist in the ACFW Book of the Year Contest
2006 “Moonlight & Mistletoe”, in A Big Apple Christmas, fourth book contract, Barbour, Fall 2007
2006 Kiss the Bride, containing Carrie’s novella “Tea for Two”, is released in September
2006 Along Came Love, released March 28
2005 Third Book Contract, Novella “Tea for Two ” accepted for Kiss the Bride, Published by Barbour, Fall 2006
2005 Second Book Contract, Along Came Love, Steeple Hill Love Inspired 4/06
2005 Contributed Five Devotionals to A Passion for Jesus – Daily Devotions from Calvary Chapel Pastors’ Wives, Compiled by M. Maciel, Published by Calvary Chapel Publishing
2004 First Book Contract, Novella “Wherever Love Takes Us” to be included in Wedded Bliss, Published by Barbour 11/05
2004 My short story “Love on the 452” chosen for the Crossings Voices Contest, Hooked on Heaven Short Story Collection, Published by Crossings Books
2003 Five devotions accepted for Penned from the Heart Volume 10, compiled by Gloria Clover
2003 Noble Theme Writing Contests, Second Place Women’s Fiction Category, “Wherever Love Takes Us”
2003 Contributed to 101 Ways to Romance Your Marriage Compiled by Debra White Smith
2002 Contributed to Romancing Your Husband Compiled by Debra White Smith
2002 World Romance Writers Crystal Globe Contest, First Place Inspirational Category and Over all Best Unpublished Romance, In The Shadow of His Wings
2002 First Impressions Writing Contest, Finalist Inspirational Category, Garden of Secrets
2001 Heartquest Christmas Keepsake Contest, Winner with my essay “Christmas Keepsake” published on the Heartquest website
2001 Heartquest Sweetest Valentine’s Day Contest, Finalist with my essay “Valentine Treats in Mombassa” published on the Heartquest website
2001 Lone Star Writing Competition, Second Place, In The Shadow of His Wings