Today we’re introducing No Journey Too Far, a new novel by Carrie Turansky.
This sequel to her novel No Ocean Too Wide releases on 6/8/21, and is published by WaterBrook Multnomah.
SPOILER ALERT: Because this is a sequel, some of the author’s answers to the questions about the book may be a bit spoilerish regarding the first novel.
Tell us a little about your coming novel.
No Journey Too Far
A family long divided, a mysterious trunk, and a desperate journey across the ocean—all in the name of love. The epic saga of the McAlisters continues in this riveting sequel to No Ocean Too Wide.
In 1909, Grace McAlister set sail for Canada as one of the thousands of British Home Children taken from their families and their homeland. Though she is fortunate enough to be adopted by wealthy parents, the secrets of her past are kept hidden for ten years until someone from her long-buried childhood arrives on her doorstep. With this new connection to her birth family, will she be brave enough to leave her sheltered life in Toronto and uncover the truth?
After enduring hardship as an indentured British Home Child, Garth McAlister left Canada to serve in World War I. His sweetheart, Emma Lafferty, promised to wait for his return, but after three long years apart, her letters suddenly stopped. When Garth arrives home from the war to unexpected news, he is determined to return to Canada once more on a daunting mission to find the two women he refuses to abandon—his long-lost sister and his mysteriously missing sweetheart.
Tell us a little about your main character(s).
When No Ocean Too Wide ended, Grace, the youngest McAlister sibling, was still missing in Canada. Garth’s future was also uncertain as Laura and Katie returned to England. Would Garth be required to remain in Canada and fulfill his indentured contract, or would he be freed and allowed to return to England? Ten years have passed when No Journey Too Far opens. Grace is still missing from the family, and Garth has returned to England after fighting in the Great War. I wanted to explore the issues British Home Children faced as they became young adults and finished their indentured contracts. How did they overcome prejudice and strike out on their own? Were they able to be reunited with siblings and other relatives? What role did their faith play in their lives? These were the questions I had in mind as I wrote the rest of the McAlister’s story.
If a film were made of your novel, who would you cast in the leading role(s)?
I would cast Romola Garai as Grace McAlister and Matt Barr as Rob Lewis. I’d cast Alicia Vikander as Emma and Kit Harrington as Garth. You might like to visit my Pinterest board to see images of these characters. https://www.pinterest.com/carrieturansky/no-journey-too-far/characters/
What was the spark of your story? A plot point? A character? A place? Something else?
I saw a photograph on Facebook of a group of poor children that tugged at my heart. I followed the post back to the British Home Children’s Advocacy and Research Association Facebook Group where descendants connect to exchange information to learn more about this child emigration program and how it impacted their relatives. Many of my books are set in England during the time period these children were being sent to Canada. As I read more about their individual stories, I knew this was a part of history that needed to be told, so I set out to create a fiction family and base the story on true events that happened to British Home Children.
Did you have to research anything new for this novel?
I read many true accounts written by men and women who came to Canada as British Home Children, and I watched and listened to recorded interviews of a few elderly British Home Children who are still living or have died recently. I did in depth research about child emigration, the court system in Canada, and all about the area in Ontario, Canada, where this story takes place. I love the research and could get lost in it for hours.
What do you hope readers will take away from this story?
I hope readers will be inspired and entertained as they are swept away to 1919 England and Canada. I also hope they’ll learn more about British Home Children and understand some of what they had to face and overcome as they grew into adulthood and set out to build lives of their own. My desire is to honor their memory and keep their stories alive in our hearts. Most of all I hope readers will see that God loves them and desires to help them through whatever struggle or hardship they are facing. He is always there to offer comfort, direction, encouragement, and hope.
Why did you start writing?
I started writing to relieve my experiences after our family returned from spending a year in Kenya, East Africa. I found I really enjoyed weaving a story and set out to learn how to write fiction.
Which aspects of the writing process do you enjoy most? Which are most challenging?
I enjoy the research and developing the characters and plot the most. It’s exciting to see the story and characters take shape in my mind. The most challenging is the rewriting and revising process. But working with editors and taking their advice to heart really polishes the story and makes it the best it can be for the reader.
What writing resources have been most helpful to you?
Jerry Jenkins has a wonderful list of resources. I’ve used many of them, and I often send aspiring authors there to find the resources they need. That website is: https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-tools/
Do you use any writing software?
I write my books in Word. I have used Snowflake Pro and Plotter to help me get started. I’m traditionally and independently published, so I use Vellum for creating my indie books.
What is your writing process like?
I start by doing research on the story spark, the setting, time period, class structure, political climate, Christian leaders or movements, and expand from there to find my story. Then I create my character sand write a rough outline. Then I jump in and start writing!
If you could be any book character for a day, who would you be and why?
I’ve always loved Anne of Green Gables and would like to experience her life for a day. Hopefully it would be one of her better days when she didn’t get into too much trouble!
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Cathy Gohlke, Roseanna White, Sarah Sundin, Joanna Davidson Politano, Tara Johnson, Carolyn Miller, Laura Frantz, Robin Pearson, Camille Eide, Terri Gillespie, Char Gato, and Jill Boyce.
Anything else you want to share?
Thanks for inviting me to share about No Journey Too Far! I’m excited to see the story releasing June 8, 2021. I love to connect with readers, so I hope you’ll reach out to me on social media and sign up for my email newsletter at my website. Blessings to you and Happy Reading!
Thank you, Carrie, for sharing your new novel with us!
Carrie will also be hosting a giveaway when the book releases, so make sure to follow her!