Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Interview with Carrie Fancett Pagels and GIVEAWAY

Hello, fellow miners! This is Kathleen L. Maher, proud to be with you this week.  

I’m sure most of you already know the author featured today, and if not, you will wonder how you missed out until now. Carrie Fancett Pagels is a best-selling author who has won several major writing awards in Christian fiction. She is a retired psychologist, so you know she writes with both depth and insight. Many of her stories are set in historical Upper Peninsula Michigan with a particular focus on the dream-like Mackinac Island, with its spectacular Grand Hotel and surrounds. She mainly writes historical fiction but has recently forayed into some exciting new projects. But I’ll let her tell you about that.

 Welcome, Carrie! Thank you so much for being here on the Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction. Please sit back on our virtual settee while I pour you a cup of hot tea. Care to sample the cinnamon apple scones and pumpkin-chocolate-chip muffins?

Thanks so much! Delicious! I appreciate you inviting me to DMoCF! I appreciate it!

As I type this interview, congratulations are in order on your newest contract. I’m so excited about it! Tell the readers a little about this project.

Yes, I am one of the contracted authors for Doors to the Past series, from Barbour! My approved story is Behind Love’s Wall. These are dual-timeline stories with a historical story and a contemporary story that intertwine with some suspense of mystery. I am excited about you being my critique partner for this novel! It will run between 75,000-80,000 words.

Your faith and determination have greatly inspired those who know you. This theme of overcoming has been consistent in your life and in the lives of your characters. If you were to choose one character that you feel most closely parallels yourself, who would it be and why?

Oh wow, definitely not Maude Welling of My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island, because she is probably the most “normal” character I have ever written. I think recently the hero of Dogwood Plantation, Carter Williams, parallels my journey of barely being able to walk and learning to live with a lifelong injury. Unlike Carter, however, modern medicine had a pretty good surgical solution for me, PTL!

 Today is Veteran’s Day, and some of your characters are soldiers or veterans. Tell us about them, and how have the real-life servicemen you’ve known inspired you to write them?

In Dogwood Plantation, Carter Williams is an injured Naval officer. His leg injury is caused by an event that happened while he was aboard ship during the War of 1812.

My father, William Henry Fancett, served in WWII, was awarded the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, and a number of other awards. He was a sharp-shooter, infantryman, and served under every single general during the European campaign, including British general Montgomery. He survived three complete (squadrons or platoons not sure which) being wiped out and was traumatized by it. He was a scout. The results of serving in that war stayed with my dad the rest of his life and of course influenced me.

I am awestruck at your father’s heroism. God bless his memory, and thank you for sharing his story.

You always write the most beautiful Happily-Ever-After, uplifting messages, so this question might be a bit more sobering than your general discussion points. Do you think a contextual understanding of American history seems to be slowly crumbling from the public conscience, or do you see a revival of interest and awareness? With the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower, for example, there is much interest but in some cases, reported with inaccuracies or modern perspective intrusion. You have researched and written in a wide variety of time periods, from Colonial and Frontier, to the Victorian Age and Civil War, to late 19th Century and WWII—what role do you feel story has in preserving accurate history?

I think you have to be very careful in thinking that fictional accounts of historical events are going to be very accurate to the time. With every story I write, I include Authors Notes for my readers. So for instance in my Holt Medallion finalist novella The Steeplechase, I explain to readers that the steeplechase as a horse event really didn’t take place until later in the 1800s (story is set in 1810). I do try to keep the perspective of the day but because we are reaching modern readers, I find women are much more interested in reading about a heroine who is a little ahead of her time. Huge inaccuracies really frustrate me and other authors, too. If you’re going to write historical fiction, do the research and check your facts.

 Do you have a favorite among your book babies? Go ahead and confess.

Sonja Hoeke in The Substitute Bride is one of my favorite heroines as is Josephine Christy in The Fruitcake Challenge. If you were to have me to sit and read each of my books again I’d probably say that book was my favorite or had my favorite hero (Garrett Christy who gets page time in many of my stories is one of my favorite heroes as is the hero of My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island, Ben Steffans.

You have a well-earned reputation as a veritable angel the way you have mentored, encouraged, and blessed lesser-known writers like me. Truly you have been instrumental in the writing journeys and lives of many of us. But what about you? What is your most amazing God moment in your writing journey? Is there anyone who played the role of angel in your life to help you at a strategic moment?

Oh my goodness, thank you for your kind words! You have blessed me so much! I have also been mentored in accountability by the wonderful author Julie Klassen, have been blessed by encouragement and authorly advise from Julie Lessman, lots of support from Kelly Long particularly with the ins and outs of proposals, currently so thrilled that Ruth Logan Herne spurs us all on in the 1k1HR Facebook group. I know I’m leaving out many others but believe me it takes a village to get your books out there! My agent, Joyce Hart, of Hartline Literary Agency, has been amazing including a couple of contracts that were definitely a God-thing. So yes, God puts people in our paths who will help us!

 Do you have a word of encouragement for anyone seeking to climb their personal mountain today, whether they face a Kilimanjaro of writing, education, parenting, health concerns, or a struggling marriage or career?

God is good. He gives us grace. When we can’t, God can, but don’t go testing him—be sure His will aligns with yours or rather that your will aligns with what He has asked you to do. Give your concerns over to the Lord—He can bear them. We don’t have to handle stuff on our own, our Savior has our backs. Release your worries over to the One who knows all. He has plans for us that will bless us. Walk in obedience to His will and see what happens!


Thank you so much for being here, Carrie. You are a delight! Please share with our readers how they can connect with you.

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of over twenty Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. 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! www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.

You can connect with her at (click on any/all of the following links:)


Blogs: Overcoming With God and Colonial Quills

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To enter for a chance to win an e-copy of her newest release, Dogwood Plantation, Please leave a comment for Carrie. 

***extra points if you follow her at any of her connections above. Just be sure to mention which ones. 

Please be sure to include your email in your comment so we can notify the winner! (email at server dot com)

 We’ll announce the recipient of Carrie’s giveaway, selected at random from the comments here, on Tuesday evening Nov 17th.

Dogwood Plantation

When a deadly yellow fever outbreak draws Cornelia Gill back home, her new independent life must be abandoned. Injured veteran, Carter Williams, likewise must return to Dogwood Plantation when he suffers grievous family losses. Both become caretakers to younger family members. As the War of 1812 heats up, two wounded hearts begin to heal. But can they manage all that life has handed them?

Available on Amazon

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And at other retailers such as Walmart and Kobo


Kathleen L. Maher said...

Happy Veteran's Day everyone! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Carrie to enter her awesome giveaway.

Rory Lemond said...

O read this 4xciting story and loved it. All of Carries books I have read have been very engaging and historical. She is one author who has wonderful books to enjoy.

KayM said...

Kathleen and Carrie--great interview! I enjoyed reading it. Carrie, I especially agree with what you said about making sure our will is lining up with what God has asked us to do. I'm not sure that most contemporary Christians understand this concept. Blessings to you both! (I'm not entering contest as I already have the book).

Ladette said...

I'm not commenting to win... just wanted to say- I love Carrie as a person and an author! Thanks for the great interview!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good story. I like historical fiction and would like to read it. Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

Mrs Tina said...

Great interview Carrie and Kathleen! I love Carrie's books and am honored to be her friend.

I'm not entering the contest. Dogwood Plantation is a great story.

Mary Robinson said...

Looks great. Of course I love Dogwoods as I grew up in Nashville and have lived in NC. I found some different color varieties here in Idaho!

Mary Robinson said...

Unknown is Mary Robinson, 2260 N Harrison Blvd Apt 322 Boise, ID. 83702

Theresa G said...

I would like to better the giveaway and do also follow on the Avid FB page. tagreen1961@gmail.com

laobeau said...

Sounds like a good story. I an an Avid reader.

Jennifer Hibdon said...

I love Carrie's stories. You never go wrong with a Carrie book! We are both Michiganders living in warmer climates. I am an Avid reader.

Jennifer Hibdon said...


Li-An Austin said...

Nice post! Sounds like a good book. :D

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Hi Rory. thank you for coming by and I agree Carrie is amazing :-)

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Thank you for coming by Kay. This thought Reminds me of that scripture that if we are praying according to His will, we know that we have the request that we are asking of Him. Great discussion

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Thanks, Ladette! I agree.

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Thank you for coming, Vivian. Good luck in the drawing

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Thanks, Tina! I’m still reading it and I agree.

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Hi, Mary. My mom always loved pink dogwoods because my grandmother had a beautiful one in her yard. They are so graceful. Thank you for sharing

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Hi Theresa. Thank you for coming over from Avid. Good luck in the contest

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Thanks for entering! Good luck

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Hi Jennifer. Thank you for coming by. Good luck in the drawing

Kathleen L. Maher said...

Thanks, Leann. 😊

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

I would like to thank all of you who have come by to comment! Much appreciated! Thank you KAthy for hosting me. Thanks to Rory, Tina, Jennifer, Kay and Ladette who are true Pals! Good to see you Mary, Theresa, LaoBeau, and Li-Ann for visiting my interview! I'm about to draw my winner for the giveaway!

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Congrats to Vivian Furbay, my winner per random.org!