Character Spotlight – Carrie Pagels’ Heroines

The grace and beauty of the past is hard to capture. The faith and turmoils create sweeping tales of love and adventure. Carrie Fancett Pagels brings to life characters and faith that makes a readers heart rejoice.  Bring yourself to the reading nook and find comfort in these wonderful books.  Her characters are strong women, each living a unique life during her story.

I was honored to have the chance to talk with two of Carrie’s characters Lilly and Suzanne. Both had lots to say and were the perfect guests to chat with. Enjoy, the insight and conversation. Let me know what character you relate to best.

<h2><span class="wrap"><span class="inner">About The Author</span></span></h2>

Heather Frey Blanton

Carrie 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!

Blogs: Overcoming With God and Colonial Quills
Facebook Author Page
Facebook Personal Page
Amazon author page

Links to purchase:
Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter (White Rose/Pelican Book Group, June 2016) Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and Book Depository.
Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (2nd edition, January 2016)

<h2><span class="wrap"><span class="inner">Carrie Pagels' Character Interview </span></span></h2>


Good Day, Ladies it is so wonderful to have a chance to chat with you. Thank you for taking the time to chat with me. First of all, would you introduce yourself to the readers?

Lilly of Tea Cup Folly

I’m Lilly Smith and me and my sisters are all named after flowers. Mama wanted a garden full of flowers but they didn’t grow too well in the rocky soil of eastern Kentucky where we lived. Not that we had money for buying flowers, anyways.

Suzanne of Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter

Bonjour! I am Suzanne and in the past year my entire life has changed. But I am blessed to know that my brother, Guillame, which means William in English, is still alive. I pray he will join me here in these American colonies.


My, it sounds like both of you have experienced some hardships!


Honestly, Miz Bree, I don’t rightly know how I’d have fed my sisters and Mama if Aunt Lillian’s inheritance hadn’t come through. I’m real grateful for that.


(wipes a tear from her eye) Betrayal, and someone pursuing me with murderous intent have left me very wary. I’m glad I survived my illness aboard ship, but now I’m so confused. (rubs the side of her head.)


(pats Suzanne’s arm)

You poor thing! Come let me make you a cup of tea. I’ve got teacups busting out of the cabinets in this big old house.


Merci.  (her eyes widen as Lilly pours black tea into a porcelain teacup that she recognizes) This looks very much like the tea service King Louis used.


Don’t know any Louis’s and naming someone King seems. . . Theo used the word ostentatious, mebbe that’s the word


Let’s move along to the next question—You two ladies seem very different but I sense you have a few things in common.


Well, I love my family, like Miz Suzanne does. And I’m grateful for all God has done. And I love the Lord.


(Smiles) Bien sur! To be sure. I am just now getting to know God, to really know Him. And. . . I know He loves me and has brought me through these trials for a reason.


You can be sure and certain on that Miz Suzanne.


Where did each of you grow up?


In a cabin – some mean folks might call it a shack but I don’t – in the high hills of eastern Kentucky, not far from the Ohio River. That’s a churning scary river, like the St. Mary’s River once was.


I lived in my grandmother’s chateau – some might call it a mansion – in the countryside of western France. I also spent time at the court of Versailles, at the palace. Although it was a beautiful place, many of the things that happened there were very ungly. Not pleasing to God at all.


(eyes widen) Why you mean King Louis of France, didn’t you? But your beau – isn’t he a blacksmith?


(Clearing throat) Yes, Lilly, Suzanne’s beau is a blacksmith. How about the two of you tell me about your suitors?


(lowers head) I don’t rightly have a suitor. There is a real handsome engineer who keeps comin’ around here, trying to find a teacup and saucer that his mama might like. He’s nice, too, and smells good. And he’s real smart. (big sigh)


(chews her lower lip) I am not certain if Johan is my beau, or much more. We may have been married aboard ship. But we have not lived as man and wife. He’s very strong, handsome, and he’s warm and gentle and loving. But I was betrothed to my childhood friend, from another noble family and such things are taken very seriously among my class.


My last question – do you have any hobbies or interests that our readers might wish to know about?


(mouth opens and closes) Here’s a secret even those who read my story won’t find out – I’ve always love things mechanical. Wind-up toys, music boxes, and big machines. I watched a bridge being built across a huge gorge and never forgot how amazin’ it was! That’s one reason I really respect Theo and I listen when he talks about makin’ those Soo Locks even broader and deeper to bring more ships through!


(interrupts before Lilly can speak) I love to ride – to ride like the wind. I know now that my family had me master this skill to save my life. But in riding there is a freedom from all concerns.


Well thank you Suzanne and Lilly. Despite “living” 150 years apart you do have some things in common!

<h2><span class="inner">Giveaway</span></h2>

Carrie and the ladies have graciously decide to share their stories with one lucky winner. Comment below for a chance to receive a digital copy of each book. You have 6 days to to join the conversation! The official cutoff time is Tuesday, July 19th @ 11:59PM. The winner will be contacted by email, but I’ll post who it is here on the 20th.

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  1. Becky Smith

    I LOVE this blog! What a fun interview!! I haven’t read Tea Shop Folly yet, but have bought it. Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter has been one of my favs! I will have to come back and reread this after I finish Tea Shop Folly. Great blog!

    • Carrie Fancett Pagels

      Hi Becky! I hope you’ll enjoy Lilly’s story, too! She was fun to “hang out” with! Blessings!

    • Bree Herron

      Becky, I would love to hear your thoughts on the characters after you have read the Tea Shop Folly. Please come back and chat with me then!

  2. Melissa Henderson

    What a cool interview!!!! Very interesting to “hear” from the characters.

    • Carrie Fancett Pagels

      Hey, Melissa! Those two ladies seemed to really enjoy being interviewed! Blessings!

    • Bree Herron

      Thank you, Melissa, it was interesting to receive their insights. Carrie has some fabulous leading ladies. Which lady did you feel drawn to?

      • Melissa Henderson

        I think I feel more drawn to Lily. Although, there is something about Suzanne that gives me interest. Hmmm……. 🙂

  3. Carrie Fancett Pagels

    Bree thanks for having Suzanne and Lilly visit with you!!! Thanks for your kind words too about my stories!!!

  4. Tina Rice

    Oh my Carrie, I enjoyed the interview with Suzanne & Lilly!

    Blessings, Tina

    …not entering contest…

    • Bree Herron

      Thank you Tina,for the comment! They were lovely to “talk” with! Have you read the books yet?

    • Carrie Fancett Pagels

      Hi Tina! Thanks so much for coming by, Tina! God bless you for being an Advance Reader and Beta reader for so many of my books! I’m glad you enjoy hanging out with my characters as much as I do! Hugs!

  5. Deanna Stevens

    How fun! I’ve read both and can picture them in this interview.. I think your page is one I’ll visit often Bree…
    Hi Carrie, Blessings!!

  6. Katherine Good

    Fun blog format! I haven’t read either of these stories. I always like character interviews as it gives you a bit of personality.

    • Bree Herron

      Congrats Katherine Good on winning the giveaway! I will send Carrie your information!

  7. Marilyn R

    I enjoyed this interview with Lilly and Suzanne. I loved reading Tea Shop Folly. I have Saving The Marquise’s Granddaughter on my kindle to be read. So I do not need to be entered for the giveaway.

  8. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I love this interview!! Talking with the characters in these books was such a great idea. I am looking forward to reading both books, whether I win or not. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.


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