1. Tell us about your release.
The Blue Ribbon Brides collection (Barbour Publishing, November 2016) has stories from 1889 (mine!) to 1930, all set a fairs, from local to international. The collection is the brainchild of author Gina Welborn, who headed it up. My novella, “Requilted With Love” is all about second – and third – chances! My heroine, Sarah Richmond (named after a real-life lovely young reader) has lost two of her fiancés, who died early, one in a tragic accident. She’s determined to never love again. But God has other ideas!
2. What makes your story special to you?
Sarah is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which is where I grew up. I set the story at the Michigan State fair of 1889. I have to wonder if any of my family members were at that fair. My great-grandparents, and grandfather lived not far away from Lansing, on a farm. So I had Sarah “commute” in to the fair from her aunt’s farm, in the countryside. When I researched this fair it looked like a place I would have LOVED to have gone to! The developers set up the until-then nomadic fair to have a spot and facilities so wonderful that they were sure Lansing would forever-more be the location of the state fair. Here’s a link to an image and description of the fair: https://books.google.com/books?id=yyLeBIgX8IsC&pg=PA12&lpg=PA12&dq=Michigan+state+fair+1889&source=bl&ots=Xlyo97E8zj&sig=xj9oyr4bkkPV_YLqX7VLd7Fdt4M&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjEtfyFxefQAhXIslQKHeGrAh4Q6AEIUDAL#v=onepage&q=Michigan%20state%20fair%201889&f=false
3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
As a child. I was a voracious reader. But then I later became a psychologist for 25 years. When my Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disorder caused me to become disabled, I finally followed the direction God was pushing me in and used my time in the recliner to write – sometimes in the middle of the night when I was in too much pain to do anything else.
4. What is a typical writing day like?
I don’t have a typical day. But if it were on days when I am writing, then I do have a routine I follow. First I get my fourteen-year-old son to wherever he need to be (I’ll be 59 soon – I like to tease that I had my own grandchild, and some people have actually taken me seriously!) I get my hot green tea, and Clark’s, ready before we get him to school. Then I start a load of laundry. There’s something about that habit that helps me relate it to getting going on my writing! I get the computer all set up and turned on. I usually report in to the 1K1HR And because of my degenerative spine condition, I set the timer for from 30 to 60 minutes and then take a break and get up and move for a while. I’ll repeat that several times until high school lets out. I don’t write in the evenings, or on weekends, unless I have a deadline to meet.
5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?
I think the laundry thing is my quirk! I even run it when I am writing outside in my outdoors “office” on the deck. When I hear it running, I know I should be writing!!!
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?
I think it is important to celebrate big events in life – like book releases. And I’d known friends who hadn’t been able to really even notice, much less celebrate, the release of a new book because they were writing another novel at the time and were getting back edits/galleys on a different book. I recently had that happen myself and it was a disappointing surprise – one I don’t intend to repeat. Life is too short not to enjoy, and celebrate, big moments like a new book’s release!
7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
So many I couldn’t list them all. But at a seminal level, my teachers at Pentland Elementary School, in Newberry, Michigan – in particular Mrs. Avis Fretz, who encouraged not only my reading but in being creative. And my mother, who scrimped and made sure I had some very special books to call my own, such as “Anne of Green Gables” and “Little Women” – two of my favorites!
8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?
Apparently my husband brags about me to our dental hygienist, Tara! I think he and Clark are both tired of vacationing on Mackinac Island in Michigan, with me – I’ve set a number of stories there including my upcoming release, “My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring” (Barbour, July 2017). My son says, “It’s nice.”
9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I love to read! I bead. And I enjoy traveling with my family. We like to go to the movies. We’re involved in our church. I enjoy co-hosting our local writer’s group.
10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?
My next release is a novella “Dime Novel Suitor” in Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands (Barbour, June 2017). My hero is from a British aristocratic family and is a cowboy-wannabe. But when his plans on doing so, before becoming a country vicar, go awry, he mistakenly becomes my heroine’s mail-order groom! I’m expecting edits any day on this novella.
I’m expecting edits back on my full length historical romance novel, My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring in January.
This January/February, I’ll be writing my next novella, for The Captive Brides Collection (Barbour, fall 2017) about an enslaved woman who escapes her terror-filled situation in a most unusual manner!
11. How can readers connect with you online?
Links to purchase:
Pre-order link for “Dime Novel Suitor” in Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands (Barbour Publishing, June 2017) Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seven-brides-for-seven-mail-order-husbands-romance-collection-cynthia-hickey/1125051927?ean=9781683221326
Pre-order link for My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring (Barbour Publishing, July 2017) Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/my-heart-belongs-on-mackinac-island-carrie-fancett-pagels/1125051921?ean=9781683220886
“Requilted with Love” in The Blue Ribbon Brides collection (Barbour Publishing, November 2016). Available from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, Kobo, Book Depository, and bookstores.
Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.
Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!
Carrie has graciously agreed to give away to one US winner a copy of THE BLUE RIBBON BRIDES.
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