Meet the Author
I’ve seen Carrie’s name and some of her posts on the American Christian Fiction Writer’s group but didn’t know much about her or her writing until I read The Fruitcake Challenge. I’m happy to introduce you to her.
Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D. “Hearts Overcoming Through Time,” is an award-winning Christian historical romance author. Carrie’s Amazon Christian Historical Romance bestselling novella, The Fruitcake Challenge, released September, 2014. 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 short story, “The Quilting Contest,” will appear in Family Fiction’s The Story 2014 anthology. Carrie received Honorable Mention for the 2014 Maggie Awards for Excellence for her unpublished novel Grand Exposé. Former psychologist (25 years) and mother of two.
FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Carrie: Job, because he went through so much and yet he persevered, overcame, and was blessed!
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Carrie: How does it feel to be in the presence of the One who gave you that strength? But I’d know the answer!
FCB: When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
Carrie: The usual stuff! Like a ballerina—except that then you have to be graceful and have good balance and have someone who can teach you ballet! I remember going through a phase where I wanted to design clothes. But mostly, I wanted to be an author.
FCB: What author dead or alive has been most influential in your life?
Carrie: I have to say Lucy Maude Montgomery because her stories resonated with me as a child and again as an adult. There’s a timelessness in her stories.
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book?
Carrie: Do not be surprised if God instills in you the desire to write your own books. Get in touch with the authors and offer to do advance reviews or even be a beta reader. In many cases, a dedicated reader/reviewer/blogger should be able to obtain advance reader copies, e.g., either through the publishers or through NetGalley. Pray about having a group blog because then you can support and minister to each other as well as to your readers. Also, pat yourself on the back—you are truly appreciated by authors for the reviews you do.
What makes a good review? I do reviews for a specific purpose on the Overcoming With God blog. I’m looking for the bibliotherapy elements in the
books. I think a great review touches on something the reader wants to know. For an author, a fantastic review is one where the reviewer nails exactly what is trying to be conveyed in a book. When I read reviews like that about my stories I sometimes even cry because the reader “got it”—they really understood the whole point of why I had to write the book.
FCB: Tell us about your current project.
Carrie: I am one of eight authors in the Christmas Traditions Series novellas. Five have already released and are doing well and there are three more to come. My Amazon Christian Historical Romance best-selling novella The Fruitcake Challenge was a joy to write and is about hope.
FCB: Thanks so much for sharing a little bit about yourself with me and my readers. Other ways to connect with Carrie: