Over the years, God rewrote Carrie’s dreams to include being a stay-at-home mom and a writer. She started by writing weekly devotions online before a mentor at the Christian Writer’s Guild encouraged her to try fiction.
After nearly ten years in the military, Carrie’s husband medically retired and they now live in Virginia with their three children. Besides writing fiction novels, she also writes for The Old Schoolhouse magazine and home schools her children. She also stays busy keeping up with her extended family and friends.
More than anything, Carrie strives to write clean fiction, happily-ever-after romance stories that gently demonstrate practical Christianity. She says, “I didn’t want to be embarrassed for my young daughter to pick up any of my books. But I also wanted to do some exploration. Imagine what your life would look like if you stood up to your greatest fear. Or if you had a support system that strengthened your weak spots. Or someone close to you deeply believed you were made for more! That’s what I want to write about.”
How and where did you receive Christ? After you received Christ, what changes took place in your life?
One of the great blessings of my life was being born into a Christian home. My parents stuck it out together through hard times and always made church a priority. I gave my heart to Jesus at the age of nine, however, in my early twenties, I struggled for a bit. I can't say that I ever really doubted God's existence of His love, but I went through a time of making my faith my own and deciding how much of my life I was willing to commit to God.
What kinds of ups and downs have you experienced along the way? How have your thoughts, attitudes, and emotions changed?
Life is certainly nothing like I thought it was going to be. I talk a lot about my ups and downs in my next book written for military spouses, but my husband and I have been through deployments, several moves all over the US, and significant health challenges. None of these were easy, yet it's through these same circumstances that God worked to help me release control to Him and trust in His goodness, love and plan. I definitely don't have this down perfectly, but I'm more inclined now to lean on God and see where He's taking me next than to get upset and try to change things in my own strength.
Do you have a favorite verse or Bible passage which is important in explaining your Faith Story?
My Faith Story is summed up in Ephesians 3:20-21 which says, "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen."
I've never thought I had much to contribute. I've always thought of myself as dispensable, replaceable, ordinary. But that doesn't mean I didn't have dreams of doing great things. This verse captures my imagination and tells me God is able to do even more ~ with me! It astounds me that He'd want to, yet I desire to accomplish those things for Him and with Him.