I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Ten Things with Author Carrie Fancett Pagels...and a Giveaway!

Welcome, Carrie!

 Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., Tagline, “Hearts Overcoming Through Time,” is the author of The Lumberjacks’ Ball (April, 215) an Amazon Christian Historical Romance bestseller. The Fruitcake Challenge (September, 2014) was a Family Fiction finalist for Book of the Year and is a Selah Award finalist. Lilacs for Juliana releases in 2015 and is the third novella in The Christy Lumber Camp Series. Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter (White Rose/Pelican) releases in 2015. Her short story, “Snowed In,” appears in Guidepost Books’ A Christmas Cup of Cheer (2013). She’s the Amazon best-selling and top-rated author of Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (2013). Her Historical Category winner, “The Quilting Contest,” is published in Family Fiction’s The Story 2014 anthology (Salem Publishing). Carrie received Honorable Mention for the 2014 Maggie Awards for Excellence. Administrates two popular group blogs: www.OvercomingWithGod.com and www.ColonialQuills.org.  Former psychologist (25 years), married mother of two.
 
Carrie's Ten Things

Maybe you don’t know these ten things about me but since I’m so chatting and all over the internet, maybe you do!
 

 1)   I am a bona fide Yooper woman, having grown up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula AKA Frozen Tundra (that’s what “Mr. Chicago”, my husband, calls it!)
 
2)   I am also a bona fide Southern woman, having lived over thirty years in the south! My ancestors (if the genealogy is correct) were some of the early settlers in the very area I now live in here in Tidewater Virginia! And I have more “creds” than that in the south, some I recently found out about that were a little shocking (to me at least!)

3)     I have TWO engineers in my family and another who says he wants to be one! My husband is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy (on Long Island) with a mechanical engineering degree and my daughter is a graduate of the University of Virginia, electrical engineering.

4)     I have a PhD in school psychology from the University of South Carolina and was a psychologist for 25 years. I am listed in multiple issues of Who’s Who, was an NIMH Fellowship recipient, have worked/taught in a medical school and a university, my doctoral dissertation is cited in an encyclopedia of research on stepfamilies making it a seminal work, I worked in a state hospital, a state pre-school, school districts, and mostly in private practice, too. I have presented at national conferences and have published in my field.

5)     I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and other arthritis or I’d still be doing #4! But God had other plans.

6)     I firmly believe a life without some pink in it is a sad life! ;)

7)     I have a child who is overcoming ASD. Prayers appreciated. Much progress already, PTL!

8)     I love to bake but I rarely follow a recipe exactly. So some of my creations are a little “different” and also when people ask for my recipe I have to hedge! And I really do love a fruitcake made properly! The first book in The Christy Lumbercamp Series, The Fruitcake Challenge, includes a storyline where cooks came up with all kinds of various fruited cakes and breads reflecting many different countries. I prefer a solid pound cake with some tropical fruit in it and some of the standard dried fruits, lots of different nuts, but NO raisins!

9)     I have hardly been able to walk for the past three years but PTL after the latest procedure it looks very promising!! The surgery I had on my foot last year didn’t calm the Achilles tendon enough so I had PRP done, which I think has helped. First I have to recover from my open gall bladder surgery, though, to really test that out!

10) I do NOT like writing in isolation. I LOVE having fellow reader/reviewer/bloggers who support and encourage me on the Overcoming With God blog www.OvercomingwithGod.com. Diana, Teresa, Noela, and Bonnie have been amazing. I’ve also leaned heavily on accountability partners Julie, Sarah, and Melanie.  And I’ve got an amazing group of encouragers and promoters in my Carrie Fancett Pagels’ Pals group on Facebook which was a GREAT support for my current Amazon bestselling book The Lumberjacks’ Ball. I also LOVE the tea parties we have with Colonial Quills blog, and with other authors (We have a huge 7-author party event “Time for Tea & Romance” on Facebook on Tuesday June 23rd with Carrie Turansky, Melissa Jagears, Julie Lessman, MaryLu Tyndall, Tamera Alexander, Gina Welborn, and myself.)

 
~Thank you, Carrie! I love learning more about you!~

GIVEAWAY: Winners choice: A pair of teapot earrings, ebook copies of The Fruitcake Challenge, The Lumberjacks’ Ball, and Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, OR a paperback copy of one of those three books.


Love, love, love engaging with readers—so please leave a comment to enter!!!
 
Giveaway ends Friday, June 19, 11:59pm EDT.
 
Head over to Inkwell Inspirations today for another chance to win one of Carrie's books and to learn about her upcoming Facebook party! Her parties are so much fun!

47 comments:

Susanne Dietze said...

Thanks so much for sharing today, Carrie! I love getting to know you better!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Great to be here! Thanks for having me on, Susie! Congrats again on your wonderful new novella in The Most Eligible Bachelor collection!!!

Danielle Hull said...

I just love learning about authors! Nice to meet you, Carrie :) thanks for the giveaway!

Karen Lange said...

It's nice to see Carrie here! Fun too, to learn more about her. :) Wishing her all the best with her books. Susie, thanks for hosting today!

Have a great week!

Blessings,
Karen
klange61AThotmailDOTcom

Diana Flowers said...

Hey, Carrie. Just thought I would stop by and visit for a sec. I enjoyed the interview immensely and I love what you said about living a life w/out some pink is a sad life! Sometimes during the dark times of our life we have to make our own pink! Or lavender. lol I love the two colors together! Thanks for the sweet mention! <3

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Hey DANIELLE, good to see you here on Susie's blog! I've enjoyed meeting you (and your daughter!) on my blog, Overcoming with God, and on Facebook parities! Blessings!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Hey KAREN! Good to see you here, thanks SO much for coming by Susie's lovely blog! The earrings really fit her theme, too, yay!!! Also giving these away at Time for Tea & Romance party. Have a blessed day!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

LOL Angel Diana, you totally understand, don't you!!! I prefer to call that lavender color lilac, though! Sure do miss the lilacs now that they ar gone :( Have a blessed pink and lilac day today!!!

Caryl Kane said...

Hello Suzie and Carrie! Carrie, I love it that you also have engineers in the family. My brother is a mechanical engineer who also has a physics degree. I am praying that you continue to recover quickly and completely. Remember to be gentle with yourself during the PROCESS.....

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Thanks Caryl!!! You know how those engineers are then lol!!! Working on taxes today

Deanna Stevens said...

Love your books.. thanks for the giveaway!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Danielle! Thanks so much for coming by to say hi to Carrie!

Karen, I learned a bit about Carrie today, too! I'm so glad you could come by today.

Diana, I love what you said about making our own pink! <3 Thanks for that reminder!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Caryl! Wow, we could form an engineer support society. My husband has a degree in electrical engineering, but never used it since he became a pastor.

Deanna, I'm glad you could come by! I like Carrie's stories, too!

Amy C said...

Oh yay! It is so great to see Carrie here. Great interview!
campbellamyd at gmail dot com

Robbye said...

Carrie,

I love the earrings. Earrings are one of my few weaknesses (next to books!).

As you know, I'm "Pink" all the time!

Susie, thanks for sponsoring the giveaway.

Good luck and God's Blessings to everyone.

robbyefaye(at)gmail(dot)com

Robin Willson said...

Excellent interview! You're a sweetheart Carrie. It's a blessing to "know" you.

MammaG said...

HI Carrie,

I really enjoyed reading Carries ten things!I love reading everyone's comments!Carrie, how close do you live to I-77?

tammy cordery said...

I can't wait for your facebook party. It sounds like it is going to be a blast.

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Oh DEE, you are too sweet!!! I'm so glad my stories have touched your heart!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

AMY, Thanks so much!! So great to see you--thanks for coming by!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

ROBBYE, PINK, Earrings and SHOES!!!! Don't forget the shoes lol!!! BOOKS, too!!! And DUH, it took Tired Old Mommy a moment to "get it" Robbye Pink is Pink all the time!!!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

You are SO sweet, ROBIN! I'm blessed to know you, too, and thanks so much for coming by!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

GRACIE, that one doesn't run by here. Glad you enjoyed my post--it was fun to do. I know I did way more than TEN things (sorry Susie!!!)

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

SUSIE, wow I don't know too many Pastors who are EEs!!! And I am guessing his EE-ness is still there despite being a Pastor lol!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi AmyC! I love your Belle avatar.

Robbye, I know what you mean about books!

Robin, I enjoyed getting to know Carrie better, too!

Susanne Dietze said...

Mamma G, I enjoyed reading Carrie's Ten Things, too!

Tammy, I'll look for you at the FB party!

Carrie, you bet his EE-ness is still there. Oh boy is it!

Bonnie Roof said...

Loved reading your 10 things list, Carrie!! Didn't know you were one of those cooks/bakers who doesn't use recipes, but I'm not surprised - just another outlet for your endless creativity. Love that pink and Diana's lavender (although I love purple even more), however - my very fave color is probably bright royal blue. Loved "The Lumberjacks' Ball" and looking forward to book # 3. So thankful that you're "on-the-mend" re: your recent surgery, and are finally able to do some walking, also - PTL!! Hugs!!

Anonymous said...


Thanks Suzanne for having carrie visit with you. Love that lady. Carrie love hearing more about you. Love the earrings. Very pretty. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Hi Angel Bonnie!!! My grandmother was the same way--she was a lumber camp cook and I imagine she had to get really creative with whatever she had to cook with! I love royal blue, too, and blueberry. Thanks for your kind words and yes PTL that I am walking again and recovering from surgery!!!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Hi sweet Maxie! Love you too, lady!!! Thanks so much for coming by and thanks for your kind comments!

Teresa Kander said...

Thanks for sharing those things about yourself, Carrie, and thanks for the chance at the giveaway. :)

Ann Ellison said...

Enjoyed the post. Love the earrings. I love Carrie's books.

Betti said...

I love learning more about you, Carrie, with each blog I read! Thanks Susie for hosting Carrie :). I would love, love, love to win the teapot earrings. I am looking forward to Lilacs for Julianna and the Marquise Secret since I have loved all th other books I have read by Carrie!

Melanie Backus said...

Love your wonderful books, sweet lady!

mauback55 at gmail dot com

Mikal said...

What FUN to get to know you a little better, Carrie!! (I still wish I lived there so we could meet in person!) Praying for your continued recovery. <3

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Hi TERESA DANNER KANDER!!! I still can't get over your name being same as my GGMa's! Great to see u here!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Hi ANN, Thanks so much and BTW you are such a great Prayer Warrior--TY for all your prayers!!!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Hi sweet BETTI!!! TY for your kind words and I would love love love for you to win a pair of those earrings, too!!! Still no release date on Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter but hoping to get the galleys soon. Big hugs!!!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

TY MELANIE, I am so glad you have enjoyed my books and I sure hope your reader group has, too! Blessings!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Hey MIKAL! Maybe we will get to meet at a writer or reader thing someday! I have had readers come to VA and we've met up and gone to historical places here!TY!

AprilR said...

Loved your ten things. Both of you guys are new to me authors. I enjoyed reading your post and getting to meet both of you. Have placed yearbooks on My TBR list.

Thank you for sharing!

April R
tarenn98 at yahoo dot com

Anne Payne said...

You are all over the internet this week, girlfriend! You know me and teapots....

Congrats on another fantastic book launch!
{{hugs}}

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

TY April! am glad to meet you! Ty for coming by!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

TY Anne. What a rough release with me in the hospital n then major surgery but God provided!!!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Congrats to ROBIN WILSON who is my winner of the GIVEAWAY: Winners choice: A pair of teapot earrings, ebook copies of The Fruitcake Challenge, The Lumberjacks’ Ball, and Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, OR a paperback copy of one of those three books. CONGRATS!!!

Robin Willson said...

Thank you Suzanne and Carrie!!

Susanne Dietze said...

Thanks to all who entered, and thanks to Carrie for being here and also moderating while I recovered from surgery!