Let’s Chat! Author Carrie Fancett Pagels

Welcome, everyone!

Carrie Fancett Pagels, award-winning author of sixteen Christian historical romances, honors us with her presence this week. Not only does Carrie hold a Ph.D., but her books include ECPA bestsellers. 

Carrie served twenty-five years as a psychologist, but the years failed to “cure” her overactive imagination. A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia. But she grew up as a “Yooper” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie reads, bakes, beads, and travels – but not all at the same time! 

Meanwhile, Carrie’s giving away one of her books. So join the gab session below. 

Carrie Fancett Pagels: Life Outside Writing

Carrie Fancett Pagels
hail from
 Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, which qualifies me as a bona fide Yooper woman. I married the love of my life when I was almost thirty. Now, thirty years later, I have a 29-year-old lovely electrical engineer. And a 16-year-old creative techie junior in high school. 

I devoted 25 years as a psychologist to young people in many capacities. Then physicians diagnosed me with Rheumatoid Arthritis and other forms of arthritis. This arthritisended my career abruptly. As it turned out, God planned something else for me.

Eight years ago, I nearly died from a biologic (to treat my severe RA). For about five years I barely walked. I endured numerous interventions, including surgery. But God gifted me with lots of stories. Now sixteen of my romances appear in print! And, Praise the Lord, I walk today.

A Debut for Carrie Fancett Pagels

I joined in a multi-author ongoing Civil War series headed up by Murray Pura. A small press released my first title, Return to Shirley Plantation. Later, my rights reverted back to me. The talented Roseanna White designed a new cover. My novella released this past late Spring. It’s now available in audiobook form.

The staff of Shirley Plantation  supported and blessed me. The owners permitted me to read some of their ancestors’ original letters. Also, I assisted with a tour of the upper part of the Great House, which isn’t included in the regular tours. I helped conduct a tour with the wonderful Julian Charity, Shirley Plantation’s historian, a real highlight for me.

What’s Up With Carrie Fancett Pagels Now?

Carrie Fancett PagelsSince then, I released fifteen more books, some Indie and others traditional publications. So I claim hybrid author status. My latest, a novella entitled “The Sugarplum Ladies,” appears in the The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection by Barbour Publishing.

Currently, I am working on a women’s fiction novel, a change for me. When I joined ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) fourteen years ago, I wrote in this genre. 

expect our current visits to colleges with our son will take me away from writing for a while. Recently, we visited two universities in Virginia.

A Bit About Carrie’s Books

To Be Released November 1, 2018: The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides

Along the Great Lakes, America’s inland seas, lighthouses played a vital role in the growth of our nation. They shepherded settlers traveling by water to places that had no roads. These beacons of light required constant tending even in remote and often dangerous places. Brave men and women battled the elements and loneliness to keep the lights shining. Their sacrifice moved goods and immigrants. Seven romances set between 1883 and 1911 bring hope to these lonely keepers and love to weary hearts.

“The Sugarplum Ladies” in The Victorian Christmas Brides

1867 Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Detroit, Michigan
Canadian barrister Percy Gladstone’s aristocratic British family unexpectedly descends upon him for Christmas. So he relies on American social reformer Eugenie Mott and her fledgling catering crew for help.

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island

Generations of her mother’s family claim the Winds of Mackinac Inn. But Maude Welling’s father refuses to let her run it without the guidance of a husband. So she seeks to prove her worth and independence by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel.

Undercover journalist Ben Steffans poses as a wealthy industrialist. He pursues a story about impoverished men chasing heiresses at the famed hotel. While undercover, an intriguing maid catches his eye. By an act of heroism while digging deep for his story, Ben endears himself to the closed-mouthed islanders—including Maude.

But scandal threatens, and truths are revealed. Will the growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled?

How to Find Carrie Fancett Pagels

Where to Find Carrie’s Books

Carrie Fancett Pagels

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Father God, we declare You the Eternal Author of Love. First, You joined the original couple in the Garden. Then, Abraham and Sarah. And King Solomon penned his Song of Love. Today, Your children fall in love. And we look to the ultimate Love—the Groom and his Bride—at the heavenly Wedding Feast. You—Who are Love—provide the kindling. The flame. And the breath that keeps love burning. Now, please bless every word Carrie writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

38 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Carrie Fancett Pagels

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    I love Carrie’s writing. I look forward to reading the new books!

  2. Congratulations Carrie on your success in publishing so many stories. You are a generous encourager and friend.

    1. Hi, Janet. So good to see you. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. *Not an entry*
    I enjoyed the interview! You’re so talented, Carrie, and write amazing stories. Blessed to be your friend and sister-in-Christ.

    1. Welcome, Anne! What an encouraging word! I hope you’ll be a returning guest.

  4. Caryl Kane

    Wonderful interview! I love Carrie and her stories!

    1. Welcome, Caryl. Thank you for your encouragement.

  5. I enjoy Carrie’s writing. Her stories are great! Carrie is a great encourager. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Melissa! Congrats on your own debut in Christian fiction! Many blessings! You’re a super encourager, too! Hugs!

      1. Thank you. 🙂

    2. Hi, Melissa. You’re an encourager too!

      1. Thank you . 🙂

  6. Anne L. Rightler

    Thank you for sharing about Carrie! One of these days I am going to Mackinac when she is there so I can have lunch with her! Looking forward to reading the two new collections.

    1. Hi ANNE! I’d love to be up in Mackinac and get to see you in person! I hope you’ll enjoy these two Michigan-set novellas of mine in these two collections! Blessings!

  7. ~JJ

    Best of luck with all your writing endeavors.

    1. Hi, JJ. Love having you visit!

  8. Thanks for having me on your beautiful blog, Linda! I love how you do your set-up! Blessings!

  9. Joy Ellis

    Love Carrie and her books! She is an amazing author!

    1. Hi, Joy! Thanks for joining in the chat! Love your enthusiasm 😊

  10. Sherry Moe

    I really enjoyed reading this blog post and learning more about Carrie and her books. God certainly has blessed her.

    1. Welcome, Sherry! Thank you for joining us!

  11. Great interview!

    I’ve read so much about the UP in Carrie’s books that I hope to visit the UP one day (during the summer, if course 😉). I love Carrie and her books (I’m not entering, I have all of Carrie’s books). Carrie is such a sweet and friend, I am honored to be one of her Pagels Pals.

    Blessings, Tina

    ….my post didn’t post, so trying again….

  12. Great interview!

    I’ve read so much about the UP in Carrie’s books that I hope to visit the UP one day (during the summer, if course 😉). I love Carrie and her books! (I’m not entering, I have all her books 😊). Carrie is such a sweet lady and friend, I’m honored to be one of her Pagels Pals.


    1. Hurrah for Pagel’s Pals!! Welcome and please come back!

  13. Beverly Duell-Moore

    Great post! I’d love to visit the UP! I’ve seen photos and it looks like such a beautiful place. I’m looking to reading The Lighthouse Brides and The Victorian Christmas Brides.

    1. Hi Beverly! You would love a summer visit up North! Thanks for coming by!

    2. Hi, Beverly. I’m so glad you stopped by!

  14. Rita jarrett

    I used to live in the UP. I’m excited to read some of these books. K have read the first love letters romance collection and loved your book in it.

    1. Hi Rita! Where did you live I. The UP? I didn’t contribute to a love letters collection. Blessings!

      1. Rita jarrett

        It was called Chassell. Small town years ago. 😊

    2. Welcome, Rita. I love Texas, but I’d very much like to visit your neck of the woods. Please come again.

  15. Andrea Stephens

    I forgot to say, Please don’t enter me for the drawing. I have all of Carrie’s books.

  16. Andrea Stephens

    I love Carrie Pagels and I love her books! She writes such great stories. I am privileged to be one of her Pagel’s Pals. I hope to meet her in person one day.

  17. Perrianne Askew

    I had no idea you have a Civil War series. I’ll have to check that out! I thoroughly enjoyed The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection. (Not entering drawing)

    1. Hi Perrianne! I don’t have a Civil War series, but my debut (a novella) was with a small press who had a series going with multiple authors. I’m glad you enjoyed VCB! Blessings!

  18. Rita jarrett

    I like the fact Youre from Michigan. I lived in the UP for a a few years when I was around 8. I can’t wait to start reading your books.

  19. Melissa Andres

    Amen! What a fun blog post.

    1. Thanks MELISSA! It was fun to see this up! Blessings!


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Let’s Chat! Lighthouse Author Alfred Bates

Welcome, Friends!

Our guest author this week, Alfred W. Bates–also known as Al–wrote The Wickie, a novel set around a lighthouse on the Oregon coastline in the 1861. A storm tragically takes the life of assistant lighthouse keeper Wyatt Saunders and sets in motion events that forever change the lives of his family; the head keeper, Gus Crosby; and the new assistant keeper, Jesse Fayette. 

Gather ’round as we chat with this gentleman of gentlemen. Join the chat below, and you’re entered into a drawing for a signed copy of The Wickie.

**GIVE-AWAY RESULTS: The winner of Al’s give-away is Marilyn Ridgway. Congratulations, Marilyn!

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Lighthouse Al Before Lighthouses

Born and reared in Ohio, I am the older of two siblings. Our parents were Alfred and Alice Bates. I worked with my father on the farm as a young boy. In later years, I worked for farmers in the summer to make money to buy my first car.

After graduating from high school in 1955, I married my high school sweetheart, Rose. We had two boys. Our younger son died at the age of twenty-six.

Service to Country

At the age of seventeen, I joined the Army National Guard and served forty-two years, retiring from the Army as Chief Warrant Officer CW4. I also worked Federal Civil Service and retired with thirty-one years service.


After retirement, we sold our home in Arizona and began traveling this great country. Initially, we had not chosen any particular places to visit. Our goal was to just enjoy the sights and people we would meet along the way. One of our first destinations was to visit friends who had moved to Pennsylvania but were vacationing in New Jersey. They were entertaining their adult children on the day of our arrival and suggested we visit a lighthouse down the coast. We visited the lighthouse and got hooked.

Inspiration from a Lighthouse

This was the beginning of our joyous ten year trek of visiting lighthouses. We saw over 300. For two summers of those years, we enjoyed serving as tour guides at Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon where I gained more knowledge of lighthouses.

Due to Rose’s health, we ceased traveling after ten years and settled down in Texas. She died approximately two years later.

Inspiration to write my book, The Wickie, came while serving as the lighthouse tour guide. (Tweet That!) After learning historical events associated with the two Umpqua River Lighthouses, the work of the keepers, their families and lifestyle, I knew there were other people who would enjoy reading about those times. I titled my book The Wickie because the keepers in the old days nicknamed each other Wickie. They had to trim the wicks on the lantern to enable the light to burn bright.

The Wickie Debut Experience

I found it enjoyable, yet challenging, to collect data and pictures for use in The Wickie. I had written many letters and documents during my years of service and thought I knew how to write. But when I joined a writers group, I soon realized writing a novel is different.

My writing journey slowed with the death of my wife, but time passed and God gave me another chance at life. I met my second wife, Linda, in a local grief share program. She likewise is supportive of my writing.

After finally completing my manuscript, I chose a publisher in Oregon who worked with writers wanting to self publish. Their staff was very organized and carefully guided me through those unfamiliar publishing steps.

My first experience with transmitting an entire manuscript via the Internet was somewhat frightening. I soon adjusted, knowing my manuscript would become a book. I felt proud the day my books arrived at the house. All the stress and hard work I’d endured over the years finally paid off.

Insight and Looking Ahead

While looking at the stacks of books, I quickly realized those books wouldn’t sell themselves, and I would need the marketing materials I purchased with the publishing contract. Time has taught me self publishing is hard work and marketing the book is a challenge in itself.

Currently, I am writing a sequel to The Wickie. The working title is “Spirit of The Lighthouse.” Before starting the sequel, I took time to write a novella and a novelette to improve my writing.

A Final Note From Al

You can find me as Alfred W. Bates on Facebook: http://bit.ly/2ovwoeo

Twitter: @awbates1955

And on my blog: http://AlsLighthouses.blogspot.com

Links to Amazon and Barnes and Nobel are listed on the blog for your convenience. Select the store of choice and enter The Wickie to purchase copies.

You may also purchase from me via email to: AWBates1955@gmail.com.

May you let your light shine to those around you.

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Thank you for joining our circle this week, Al. What an honor it has been to share you with others. You’ve captured our imaginations. Can’t wait to read your book!

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Lord, You order our days, even those that transpire in the deepest valleys of sorrow. You’ve done so in Al’s life, and we receive with gratitude the blessing of The Wickie, a story where Your light shines through darkness, pointing the way to You.

Jesus is Meaning. Without Him I’d be purposeless, rudderless, and joyless.


6 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Lighthouse Author Alfred Bates

  1. Marilyn R

    Thank you for introducing Alfred Bates to me as a reader. What a great chat with Alfred and The Wickie will be an interesting novel to read. His sequel will be a necessary read, too. I have always been enjoyed seeing pictures of lighthouses, but have never tour one.

    1. I’m with you about lighthouses, Marilyn. There’s just something intriguing about them. Al has hit on a fascinating setting. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    2. Hi, Marilyn;
      Thank you for taking time to read my story and showing an interest in lighthouses. I recall when I took part of my manuscript to a writers conference to have it critiqued. The person let me know that my book would be considered a Nitch book. I had to ask. What’s a Nitch book? Response: Only a small portion, or nitch, of the population will care about reading your book. O.K. I decided to keep on going with my book because not everyone likes to read mysteries or love stories either.
      Blessings, and have a great week.

  2. Alfred is an inspiration! He puts life (and a kick) into the word “retired.”

    1. I know .. right? Thanks for joining in, Clarice.

    2. Hi, Calice;

      Thank you for your kind words. Your comment reminded me of a promise I made to myself when I retired. It was: I don’t want to set in a rocking chair on the front porch and watch people drive by the house.


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