About Carrie

cturansky-5lowI 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 four 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.

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News and Awards…

2017 February – Shine Like the Dawn is released by WaterBrook Multnomah.

Finalist Inspy pub2016 July – A Refuge at Highland Hall is named as a finalist for the Maggie Award in the Inspirational Romance Category. Winner will be announced October 1.

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.

Carol_Award_Gold_-_no_base_transparent_background2014 July – The Governess of Highland Hall, named a finalist for the ACFW Carol Award, Historical Romance category.

2014 April – Where Two Hearts Meet is released by Flowing Stream Books.

 

FINALIST Gayle Wilson Award2014 March – The Governess of Highland Hall, finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence,  Inspirational Single title category.

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

2012  A Man To Trust released in March and Snowflake Sweethearts released in December.

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.

2011 Two- book contract with Love Inspired, A Man To Trust, releases 3/12, Snowflake Sweethearts, releases 11/12.

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