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! Author Shannon McNear

Welcome, Everyone!

Shannon McNear is our guest author this week. She writes historical romance from a Christian perspective.

This terrific author is offering two giveaways: (1) The Backcountry Brides Collection in print and (2) the prequel novella, The Highwayman, in digital form.

So join our circle by commenting below, and you may find yourself a winner next Tuesday evening, the 21st.

**Congratulations to reader Tina, winner of Backcountry Brides Collection, and Deana, winner of The Highwayman.**

Who’s Shannon McNear?

Shannon McNear
was born and grew up in rural central Illinois and graduated from a small Christian high school. After losing my adoptive dad a month later, I went off to Liberty University. Crazy. I wound up with mono the fall of my sophomore year but managed to finish that semester. And made the move with my mom and brother to northern Missouri, where she remarried.

Then I met a cute neighbor guy named Troy. He had grown up with my stepdad’s kids and did his chores while he was dating my mom. So I tell people that my mom married a farmer, and I married his hired hand. (Click to Tweet!) 

Shannon McNear
What’s “Life” for Shannon McNear?

After our wedding, Troy and I moved to Lynchburg, Virginia. He attended Liberty, and I worked in the library and later the registrar’s office. Then he enlisted in the Air Force and I gave birth to our oldest. We spent six months in Biloxi, MS. The AF plunked us down in Charleston, SC, where we lived for the next almost-23 years. We have 8 children here on earth and 1 in heaven. Our oldest daughter and two oldest sons are married. So we have 3 amazing children-in-love. We’re blessed with 2 grandbabies on earth with several in heaven.

y husband and I are both bibliophiles, so he’s been amazingly supportive of my writing. Over the years I’ve been a childbirth educator, seamstress for my kids’ ballet and drama companies, youth and worship leader, and a total research nerd. My kids are fond of bragging that they learned South Carolina state history from being dragged to various historical sites (we homeschool too). I respond with, is there any better way?

How Was Shannon McNear, the Author, Born?

I started my actual first book at age 15 and rewrote it probably 20 times in as many years. Setting that story aside while my older children were little, I came back to writing with the intent to get published early in 2003 and managed another six completed novel-length stories in the next ten years.

A Debut for Shannon McNear

Shannon McNearMy first published story came in the form of a novella contract that was especially fun. A good friend had nudged me to put in for the Pioneer Christmas Collection. Back then the editor had a personal tradition of announcing a first-time author contract at the opening session of the American Christian Fiction Writers conference. I was one of two, in 2012.

Award Spotlight on Shannon McNear

As if that wasn’t magical enough, that first novella, Defending Truthactually finaled for a RITA® award with Romance Writers of America. It appeared in the middle of a bunch of mainstream romance novellas. I felt like Cinderella at the ball, attending RWA that year! Although mine didn’t win, it was such an amazing experience. I knew that God had made it happen and I was supposed to savor it all. It made waiting for 30 years for that first traditional contract definitely worth it!

Shannon McNearMy first full-length contract, for The Cumberland Bride, happened last year, again as a result of a good friend’s recommendation. When that editor invited me to submit a proposal for a new series, God flung open a door. Incredible opportunity. I cannot tell you how many times over the years I’ve gotten discouraged. Wanted to quit. And begged the Lord to open a door or show me I should keep going. Every time He sent me encouragement to continue and reassurance that writing is as much a call as anything else I do. And that I’m not wasting time by pursuing it.

What’s Ahead for Shannon McNear?

Well … when I began answering these questions, I was completely open to God’s leading. I was waiting for Him to make the next part clear. Now, I’m hoping to have an announcement to make very soon! God is so amazing. He keeps opening doors. And showing His graciousness in letting me continue to write historical fiction.

As kind of a sideways answer … Of those seven novel-length stories already written and waiting on a publishing home, only one is a historical—a Revolutionary War story set in South Carolina. One is a contemporary romance set, of course, in my former hometown of Charleston, SC. The others are from what has long been the story of my heart, a fantasy saga told from a solidly Christian viewpoint.

A Potential Change of Direction?

ncidentally, even my fantasy has a historical feel, as opposed to the elves/dragons/
wizards type. I call it “theological” fantasy, very similar in tone to works by Jill Williamson, Tricia Mingerink, and Patrick Carr. Editors like an author to stay within one genre, so it might be a long time before these see print. But I’m still praying for that.

In the meantime, I’m trying to stay obedient to God’s leading—which would seem to mean at least another “new” historical or two, first!

How to Find Shannon McNear and Her Books


Twitter  @ShannonMcNear

Pinterest  (I use this for my own visual reference while I’m writing, so some of my boards have more pins than others)

The Backcountry Brides Collection
Barnes & Noble
Christian Books

The Cumberland Bride:
Barnes & Noble
Christian Books

Giveaway Offers

Shannon is offering TWO giveaways this week, so join our chat circle!

(1) The Backcountry Brides Collection, in print
(2) The Highwayman, a prequel novella, in digital

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Lord, You are Lord of All Seasons of Life! We acknowledge Your providential hand and thank You for affirmations, reassurances, and directions. We pray You’ll use Shannon’s books to point others to You. Please bless each word she writes for You! ~ For Jesus’ sake

25 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Shannon McNear

  1. Mandy Bentley

    I loved your story! I have been anticipating your book The Cumberland Bride for months now. I live in rural Kentucky and truly enjoy books of the same or similar setting. Backcountry Brides is also on my wishlist. I have a feeling we’re going to hear your name more and more in “the book world “. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    P.S. I follow you on Instagram and you and your husband look so happy all the time. I love that!

    1. Welcome, Mandy. I loved your comment. I’m sure Shannon will too. 🙂 Authors love hearing their readers’ excitement. I hope you’ll visit again. God bless!

    2. Shannon McNear

      Oh, Mandy, thank you! And LOL, my husband and I are as human as anyone else, I promise you. We’re just good at putting all the “happy” on social media. 😉 But how sweet of you to say so!!

  2. Marilyn Brown

    Shannon, Since I won some candy from you, I’ve been wanting to know about you. Thanks for the “chat”. I really enjoyed it and feel like I know you know now. God has a plan for you. I’m almost 82, and still love to read. Do most of it by e-read. Keep up the good work.

    1. How wonderful to have you stop by, Marilyn. I’m almost 72, so I’m cheering you with both hands. Thanks for encouraging Shannon. Me too 🙂

    2. Shannon McNear

      Thank you so much, Marilyn! I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate your taking the time to comment! Blessings!! <3

  3. Thank you ALL so much!!!! <3 And thank you to Linda for that sweet prayer at the end. It's such a blessing to get to share with my readers, and to know that the story-behind-the-stories can speak to y'all. <3 <3 <3

  4. Paula Shreckhise

    I have already read The Backcountry Brides Collection. My favorite Barbour collection yet! Shannon. I grew up in northern Illinois and I now live in central Missouri. We travelled to Oregon and Mt. Morris, Illinois the past few days, so we probably traveled through your old stomping grounds! I would love to read the prequel novella. I have a copy of The Ciumberland Bride. Will read it soon. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    1. Greetings, Paula. Thank you for stopping by. I know Shannon appreciates your comments. You encourage both of us. You’re entered!

    2. Shannon McNear

      Thank you so much, Paula! And your recent travels sound so fun–you probably did pass somewhere nearby where I used to live. Blessings!! <3

  5. Kailey Bechtel

    I look forward to reading more from you! I love historical fiction! Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks for stopping by for a visit, Kailey! I hope you’ll come back.

    2. Shannon McNear

      Thank you so much, Kailey! I appreciate your support! <3

  6. Terri Linse

    Congratulations Shannon!! It was fun to read YOUR history. Love your talent, thanks for sharing with us!

    1. Hi, Terri. It’s great to have you in our chat circle. You’ve encouraged us!

    2. Shannon McNear

      Terri!!! <3 Thank you so much, and thanks for taking the time to stop in and comment! <3

  7. Deana Dick

    I loved reading about you writing at 15. I remember at that age just thinking I’m not sure what I want to be when I grow up, but getting out of school would be nice. I also kinda wrote stories but never showed anyone. I would love the chance to win. Thanks for sharing a bit about yourself.

    1. Welcome, Deana. Thank you for stopping by. You’re entered in the drawing 🙂

    2. Shannon McNear

      Thank you, Deana!! So many of us “kinda wrote stories”–I’d been doing that for a long time but was very quiet about it, too! Was blessed to have a mama who not only showed interest, but saw something worth encouraging and supported me without hesitation. <3

  8. JANE WAUGHTAL (Pen Name-Quail)

    Shannon, we share some life-similarities. I also began to write at an early age, but life happened, and I didn’t pick it up again with intent for many years. It will be a great pleasure to meet you in your books now that they are evident. Please “keep on keeping”, on as God says in His Word, stay the course and receive the reward in Glory! What a blessing to meet other authors on Linda’s, “Let’s Chat”. We Christian authors are becoming friends through this outlet. Thank you!

    1. Hi, Jane! Great to see you this week. I appreciate your comments. You’ve encouraged us all.

    2. Shannon McNear

      Thank YOU, Jane! We so often need that reminder of what this is for. I so enjoy meeting other authors–and readers! <3

  9. Tina

    The Backcountry Brides Collection and The Highwayman sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win.Have a good week.

    1. Welcome, Tina. It’s great to welcome you. I hope you’ll come back. You’re entered 🙂

    2. Shannon McNear

      Thank you so much, Tina! I hope you’re having a good week, too. <3


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