Interview Questions For Salena
From Carrie Turansky, A Man To Trust
Tell us about your book.
A Man To Trust is a contemporary inspirational romance published by Love Inspired. It’s my second book set in Fairhaven, Washington, and each book features a group of senior-aged matchmakers as secondary characters. The heroine, Adrie Chandler, dreams of playing her flute professionally, but she has put her dream on hold to help her grandmother manage the family owned Christian bookstores. They hire Ross Peterson to replace Adrie, but she’s not sure she should trust the beloved bookstore to him. Ross is too charming and took much a reminder of another dream Adrie had to let go of – marriage. Yet Ross surprises her by knowing a thing or two about making sacrifices. Suddenly Adrie is questioning what she really wants. And whether the dreams she once thought unlikely are within reach after all.
Can you give us a sneak peek?
You can read the first chapter online at my website: http://www.carrieturansky.com/books/amantotrust.html
What inspired this book?
A few years ago I put a novella collection proposal together with three other friends, and that’s where we first came up with the idea of having a group of senior age friends act as matchmakers for younger friends and family. That proposal didn’t sell, so I asked my friends if I could take off on that idea and they agreed. My oldest son volunteered at a Christian bookstore when he was a teenager, and it was very interesting to hear about all the ministry opportunities that happened there. The hero of A Man To Trust, Ross Peterson, was the best friend of the hero in Seeking His Love (10/11), so I wanted to tell his story. Adrie’s love for music was inspired by a friend of mine who is a professional musician and music teacher.
What has been your most challenging experience writing a book?
I agreed to a shorter deadline than I’ve ever agreed to before - five months. I had to push very hard to finish on time. I made it, but I’d rather write with less time pressure.
What is your favorite thing to write about, (i.e., forgiveness, rebellion, etc)?
Forgiveness is a strong theme in many of my books. A Man To Trust also deals with understanding God’s will for our lives, using our gifts and talents, and the value of friendship…as well as finding the love of your life.
What do you hope readers will take away from this book?
I hope readers will reflect on the importance of friendship and how much we need each other. I also hope they will identify with the heroine and be reminded of the value of prayer and seeking God’s direction for all our decisions whether they’re big or small. I also hope they will be entertained, uplifted, and feel a sense of hope.
What is your favorite color?
I love purple. Blue is also a favorite. I’ve created a Pinterest board for those colors. I hope you’ll click over and see some beautiful photographs of birds, flowers, sunsets, and all kinds of fun things that are purple and blue. Here’s the link:
Do you have a favorite recipe?
I collect all kinds of recipes, and I have a Pinterest board with some of my new favorites. Pumpkin Cream Bread is a low calorie treat that I made recently and really enjoyed. The recipe is on my Favorite Recipe board at Pinterest. Same link as above. Oh, the Thi Peanut Chicken recipe there is very good too.
If you could travel back in time when and where would you go?
I’m doing research for a new historical series set in the 1880’s. I’d love to travel back in time and visit Chicago, and then travel by train out west. It would be fun to experience it myself. But, I’m sure I’d want to return to 2012 and enjoy our comfortable life.
What project are you currently working on?
I just turned in another Love Inspired novel set in Fairhaven titled, Snowflake Sweethearts. It features Annie Romano, a single mother with a five-year-old daughter who returns to Fairhaven to start her own business as a personal chef. She wants to give her daughter the happy childhood she never had. But when Annie’s first love, Alex Jameson, needs her help to care for his ailing grandmother, she puts her business plans aside to look after Irene Jameson. Annie and Alex first met when they were teenagers and worked at his grandmother’s bakery. His grandmother has to retire, and they must decide if they’ll close bakery or remodel and keep it open. . . and who will run it. There are lots of fun surprises in this sweet holiday romance.
You can read more about A Man To Trust and my other books at my website: www.carrieturansky.com
Carrie has offered to giveaway one free book. At least 10 people need to leave comments WITH an email address OR email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put "contest - man to trust" in the subject line. Winner announced March 18th.