Celebrating Over Coffee With Carrie Fancett Pagels

*******Winners of the giveaway: Rhonda Nash-Hall won a $5 Amazon gift card & Marguerite gray won an ebook copy of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter. Enjoy!


Hi Carrie! Thank you for joining us this morning to celebrate your book Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter over coffee. I have my coffee ready and I am excited to hear why you chose this time period for your book.

May 24 - June 6
In Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter, I picked the mid-1700s for the story. There’s a reason I chose that time frame, which isn’t one you commonly see in Christian fiction. I love the colonial p
eriod, especially since I live in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, where so much colonial history happened! Most stories seem to occur near the time of, or during, the American Revolution. This particular story, though, which already had so much tension in it, would have been overwhelmed by setting it during wartime.

colonial Patriot marchers DSCN4653There is a balance in storytelling between tension, pacing, setting, and characterization and story.  If your novel has unremitting tension, you lose the reader through fatigue. An author is hoping readers will be emotionally invested in the characters. If you never give the reader an emotional rest from too much tension, they feel worn out by too much activity. Some authors have techniques they use to avoid this, for example alternating a less stressful chapter with one fraught with danger.
Since my character, Suzanne, was already facing danger and potentially loss of life, I had to be careful where I’d “take” her. She leaves France, which has become dangerous for her, to a more bucolic setting. But just when things seem calm, something happens that changes everything and that according to the research I did, historically did happen during that time period. Bringing her from the Palatinate of German to the colonies, would it have been right to carry her into the American Revolution.

Well, entering pcolonial lady 2687 smallorts during the Revolutionary War was tricky. And most of those Palatinate immigrants weren’t coming here during that time. So that made it easier to stick with what was historically correct. But from a tension aspect, to take the reader to the end and drop my hero and heroine into the war seemed “wrong” and so I didn’t consider that for long.

I was also looking at this story as being the first in a series, with this novel being just before the French-Indian War. So some of the set up in this story, with Colonel Christy in Philadelphia, is preparing the reader for the following stories which will be set during wartime. Those stories, of course, have to also balance out so that the tension from the war jives with the storyline and characterization.
So, colonial garden IMG_2687 smallif you’ve thought you haven’t read many stories in this time frame there is a reason for that. Placing a story against a background of war gives it instant tension. Since my story begins in Europe, my heroine already had a bucketload of tension occurring because of what wa
s still happening in France with Huguenots and some of what was still happening in the Palatinate because of their tolerance of Protestant immigrants.

So. . . that’s why I chose my unusual time period for this book! Now, I’d love a cup of café au lait (but make that coconut milk, please)! Glad to join you here this afternoon!!!

Giveaway!  To celebrate Carrie’s time with us, Celebrate Lit is hosting a two Giveaways – one $5 Amazon gift card and one ebook copy of Carrie’s book Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter. Comment below answering what your favorite time period to be entered to win. Share this post on Facebook and let us know in a comment for an extra entry.  This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST on Monday, June 6.

Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter is on tour with Celebrate Lit through June 6! See Carrie’s guest post, view the blog stops, and enter the Kindle Fire giveaway by clicking here.

Carrie headshotCarrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance.  Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!


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20 thoughts on “Celebrating Over Coffee With Carrie Fancett Pagels

  • May 27, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Carrie did such a wonderful job with this story. I had the privilege to read it several weeks ago. I highly recommend this book. Keep up the wonderful writing Carrie.

    • May 27, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks so much Cheryl!!! I am over the moon about the RT starred review!!!!

  • May 27, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Thanks for the nice coffee chat. A book going on my TBR lust. ?

    • May 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks Marilyn!!! I hope you will love the story and be blessed by it!!!

  • May 27, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Oops here’s my answer to ?. Favorite time period is the middle 1800’s to early 1900’s when families were together and discovering their stong faith in God’s protection and love as they journeyed to new territories in America.

  • May 27, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I just ordered this book! I love this time period. My novel Hold Me Close, recently published, takes place in Charles Town, S.C. in 1772. It is the first in a series about the people who made the decisions that affected us all. I look forward to a great read!

    • May 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks for ordering Marguerite! We used to live in Charleston and my daughter was born there!

  • May 27, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I think the same time period is my favorite in American and British History. Looks like a very exciting story line!

    • May 27, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Katie! It is s big and busy book! I hope you will read it and be blessed!

  • May 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Congratulations Carrie!
    Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter is a fantastic book and I look forward to reading the next one in the series. I enjoyed learning why you set the story in the time frame you did, thanks for sharing with us.

    (I am not entering the contest as I have the book)

    • May 28, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Hey Tina, Thanks! Sarah and William’s story will come at some point. I have the colonel and William in a novella, too!

  • May 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    World War II as my Uncle Pax Booth, Jr. was killed at age 19 in Normandy, France. He was my grandparents’ only son!

    • May 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      How very sad, Rhonda! Your poor grandparents! I can’t imagine. My father served in WWII, also, and PTL he survived. This Memorial Day weekend gets us thinking of those who gave the ultimate, like your uncle Pax.

  • May 27, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Aha now I can comment!!! Thanks so much for having me on!!! I am so jazzed that this 1742 setting book just got a 4 Star review from Romantic Times!!!

  • May 27, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Carrie makes history come alive in this wonderful story. CARRIE, congratulations on your 4 Star review on Romantic Times! 🙂

    • May 28, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Thanks so much, Caryl, I am so THRILLED to have the RT Reviews magazine, and it is their LAST print copy – they are going digital – giving me such a great rating. Since they only give up to 4 1/2 I am so honored!!!

  • May 27, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Oh you know I cannot wait to get my hands on this book !
    Shared for you !!! I remember your first radio talk, I told you
    that You Got This !!!
    Look how far you have come my dear friend !!!

    • May 28, 2016 at 8:48 am

      I miss doing those radio shows, Linda, it has been a while! Yes, you have been an encourager a long time! Blessings, my dear! Hugs!

  • May 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    My favorite time period is pretty much what I’m reading at the moment. Yeah, Carrie, I can comment now.

    • May 28, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Haha Lucy, my fave period is what I am writing at the time. So I am often time traveling from 18th century, middle, to end of 19th century!!!

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