Friday, June 30, 2017

Interview & Giveaway with Carrie Fancett Pagels

The winner of Hillary Manton Lodge's give away was Rebecca Field!
Carrie, thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog! 


You’ve had a new release! Can you share a little bit about it and how you first hatched the idea for this story?

The idea was sparked by a visit to the island with my friend, Rosemary Wellington. I’d worked and lived on the island but getting to see the island through her eyes was magical – because her family was from the island. Her cousin later became the mayor of the island.

What special research did you need to do for this novel and did you enjoy it or find it laborious? 

First of all I love Mackinac Island and I see this as my legacy book – if I could have a story set anywhere and in any time period and have it published, this is it! But the actual writing of the manuscript was difficult. I call this my Problem Child Manuscript. But she’s become a well-behaving beauty will all the help I received in bringing her into line.


What is the primary spiritual theme of your book, and if that’s not applicable, what do you hope readers take away from reading your novel? 

The Pauper and the Prince – wherein God is our true King and knows our true nature. I want readers to recognize the only identity they need to have is in Christ our King!

How did you determine what names to give your characters? 

Maude was named after my paternal grandmother. Welling was shortened for my friend Rosemary Wellington. I had a great-uncle Fred who I loved and I turned the name into Friedrich. KΓΆnig means King in German. Reverend McWithey was named for our friend and neighbor and I “gave him back” his wife in this story (his wife passed away soon after their second child’s birth.) Myra is named for my lovely friend and neighbor. Ben was chosen for the inspiration lookalike, a former pro football player who’d I’d seen on the cover of Neurology Today magazine and I thought – that looks just like my hero. Steffans was one of my husband’s family names.

Which sub-character is your favorite and why? 

Jack. I love Sadie, too, and am sympathetic to her (she’s in her own story, a novella, releasing in “His Anchor” in the First Loves Collection from Barbour.) But Jack became so real to me. He’s got a lot of my son’s spunk and personality but this boy really took on a life of his own in my head. I was a psychologist for 25 years and I worked with a lot of Jacks. I’d say it’s a tribute to them all.

Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What literary character is most like you and why? 

Jo from Little Women morphed with Anne of Green Gables. When I first read about Jo, I was – wow, that girl is just like me! And Anne has my dreamer and imaginative and crazy nature and grew up in a beautiful area like I did (I’m from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a gorgeous place.)

What hobby do you enjoy in your “free” time (‘cause we know you have tons of free time!)

Beading. I make earrings to go with most of my books, for my promo teams. Sadly, between my Rheumatoid Arthritis and poor vision I don’t do as much as I’d like.

Tell us about your pets (if you have some)!

No pets at present, but we’ve had many dogs. And I have the best Grand Dog in the world! Dar Dar is 110+ lb. Black Lab full of love. He’s super smart and sweet. He loves chasing balls. He craves attention of the whole family and is happiest when he has all of us! It’s kind of funny but if he only has one human available to him he’s not so thrilled!

We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing? 

I wouldn’t be writing Christian fiction at all if it were not for the Lord. I am disabled from Rheumatoid Arthritis and some other arthritic conditions. I couldn’t do this without the Lord and those He puts around me. I write to bring God glory. It’s all for Him. Those in the industry understand well that there may be little earthly reward for these endeavors but we’ll receive our reward in Heaven.

Because Jaime has some darker elements to her split-time historical and contemporary romantic suspense coming out this year, she likes to ask weird questions. So, if you were to find yourself stranded in a creepy old house at night, who would you want with you to keep you company? 

My husband, Jeffrey D. Pagels. He’s my rock. I thank the Lord for him constantly. This November will be our 30th anniversary!

Anne, Erica, and Gabrielle both write sweet historical romances. How does romance influence your own writing? 

I “came out of the closet” as a romance author some years ago after thinking I was a historical fiction author. I don’t enjoy reading a fiction unless it has some romance in it or is a romance. So once I’d accepted that about myself, I had to own it and I wear a lot of pink to express my love of romance! That’s what I write!

And for some extra fun . . . 

If you could pick one superhero to save you from impending doom, who would it be and why? 

None. I’d only trust in the Lord to take me Home.


Thank you so much for visiting today! It was a blast!

Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.

ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of a dozen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper.” Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

You can connect with her at her on social media links:
Website:www.carriefancettpagels.com
Blogs: Overcoming With God and Colonial Quills
Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/cfpagels/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cfpagels



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Barbour Publishing: www.barbourbooks.com
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Amazon: www.amazon.com
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38 comments:

  1. The book sounds great! And I absolutely love the cover!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I hope you will love Maude's story!

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  2. I would love to read this! I just finished My Heart Belomgs at Fort Bliss, and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading your book.

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    1. Hi Linda! I hope you get to read my novel Soon! It got an RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

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  3. Vera Wilson

    Never been there, but without cars, should be nice and peaceful.

    snoopysnop1 at yahoo dot com

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  4. Wonderful interview Anne and Carrie!
    Congratulations on your book, My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island, Carrie! The cover is beautiful and I loved the story.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks so much sweet Tina! We need to get your review up on CQ!

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  5. Yes, I have been to Mackinac Island and I loved it, so peaceful and beautiful! I have this book on my wish list, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Hi Wendy! I think you would love Maude's story! Thanks for coming by!

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  6. Macinaw Island is on my bucket list to visit! And oh the fudge!! I have a recipe that's supposed to be like the fudge there. If it's any better I couldn't stand it. I've been wanting to read and review your book. So exciting!!!

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    1. Hi Gail! I don't think any fudge is any better than on Mackinac Island! Yes please get n read my book!

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  7. I have read My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island and the story is great! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Melissa! Praying for your writing too!!

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  8. Carrie, thank you for sharing how you came up with the character names for this book. I loved reading the book.

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  9. I've never been to Mackinac Island, but it sounds like something I'd love to visit if I were ever in the area! I also didn't know there aren't any cars allowed, how do you get around? Golf carts? Walking? Skateboarding? LOL!!

    Anyway, this is such a fun interview Carrie. I really love getting to know the story behind the story if you will. :-)

    Thanks for the giveaway chance, I'd love to have a copy of this!

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    1. Everyone either walks, rides a bicycle or a carriage that's drawn by horses. There's many horses on Mackinac. In the winter they use snowmobiles. You should put a trip to Mackinac on your bucket list. 😊

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    2. What Sherry said, TRIXI! Most people walk. Some bike. There are horse carriage tours and cabs. Be sure to get up to Mackinac Island when you can and STAY the night so you can experience the full effect! Blessings!

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    3. Oh horse drawn carriage!!! Husband and I went to Canada for our 3rd & 4th year anniversary many moons ago, we hired a horse drawn carriage to show us around the area. Wow, what a way to travel, very romantic!
      Carrie, I live on the Oregon coast so I doubt I would make it to Michigan any time soon. I've heard so much about Mackinac Island though that it's definitely on my want-to-visit-someday list :-) I grew up in Illinois so I have family that live there. So if we ever do make it, we could pop down there to see them!

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  10. I have never been to the island and didn't know anything about the island until I read your book. It was a great book!

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    1. Last night we got to watch fireworks at the straits of Mackinac. We saw the fireworks from Mackinac City, across the water, from here in Mackinaw City and some from St. Ignace and Cheboygan! It was amazing! Thanks!

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    2. My family and I also watched the fireworks from Mackinaw City. We were on the beach near the lighthouse. We could also see the fireworks on Mackinac Island, St Ignace and Cedarville. As we came across the bridge on our way home the grand finale in St Ignace was going off. It was awesome.

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  11. I have never been to the island. It sounds great with no cars. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. We are staying in Mackinaw City right now and that's one of the tricky things because if we were on the island we could take bikes everywhere. We're doing a lot of walking and that's good but there is a fair amount of traffic so bikes here wouldn't be a really good plan!

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  12. I have never been there, but I'd live to visit.

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    1. Hi BJM! Put this amazing destination on your list of places to visit!

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  13. I have been to Mackinac Island a few times over the years (I live in the lower peninsula). I LOVE the island, and yes, I knew cars weren't allowed. Did you know bikes with training wheels aren't allowed on the main streets too? It is a lovely place (everyone should watch Somewhere In Time), and should try to visit the island if they are ever in MI!

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Laura! No, I didn't know about the training wheels but that makes sense for a few reasons the biggest one being safety, with all those carriages in the street, too.

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  14. Thanks Carrie for appearing on the CC&C blog,it's one of my favorites! Enjoyed the interview,thank you for sharing so much about yourself. I have been to Mackinac Island,but it's been awhile( since the early 90's) Have to admit I didn't remember the no car rule. Would love to return there!

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    1. I agree, Lynne, CCC&C blog is delightful! I pray you get to return to the island soon!

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  15. Never visited but would love to!

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  16. Thanks for the post and for the giveaway! I have never been to the island but have heard a lot about it (including the no cars rule) and would love to visit someday. I am looking forward to reading the book, too!

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    1. Hi Lynda! I pray you get to visit the island. And I hope you'll love Maude and Ben's story!

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  17. I have never been to the island - would love to visit it through your book.

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    1. TERESA, be sure to check out my Pinterest pages too with lots of pics near the island and on Mackinac Island! I pray you'll love visiting via the book!

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  18. I've been to Mackinac Island more times than I could count. πŸ˜„ I wish I could live there. So yeah 😊 I know that there's no vehicles allowed on the island but they do have a few emergency vehicles such as an ambulance, fire truck and police cars.

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