Friday, August 2, 2013

Fabulous Friday Feature-Cara Putman

Today I welcome an inspirational woman. She is a lawyer, mom, AND  author!  To meet this lady of grace is to know you've met someone called to serve Christ: Cara Putman

Enter to win Cara's new release,
A Wedding Transpires 
Scroll to the end of the post to see how to enter.

Cara Putman introduces newbies to the ACFW conference. Two years ago, I was the newbie and quite overwhelmed. 

I met Cara through the newbie loop a few months before the conference. She guided, answered questions, prayed, expressed concerns and encouraged us. An absolute icon in my mind. At the conference I timidly went up to her and asked if I could have my picture taken with her. She didn't even blink an eye. "Of course", then came her beautiful smile. 

With her new book release, I asked Cara to share with us how God has led her on her exciting writing journey. Here is her answer:

The Dream Never Died

Many writers will tell you that their dreams of writing started as a child or teenager. Mine certainly did. I still have my creative writing journal from 3rd grade with its cute stories about Toad and Frog.

The beauty of being homeschooled was that my mom let me work on books as part of the homeschool curriculum. I started two as a 14 and 15 year old…books my dad swears he can find on one of the computers languishing in the basement…but books I really don’t want to pick up now. Even then I was drawn to historical fiction: one was set on the lost colony of Roanoke and the other during the American Revolution. Today I’ve just moved forward to WWII. Then college and life intervened but the dream never died.

Through college, marriage, launching a career, law school, starting a family, the dream would be reborn every few years. My husband and I would go to dinner or be in the car and it would come up in the context of “I wonder if I’ll ever…”

It wasn’t until 2005 that I got the release to start writing. I’d finished law school. We’d started a family. One fate-filled day in April 2005 I attended a booksigning and my husband asked Colleen Coble if I’d told her I wanted to be a writer.

Colleen latched onto Eric’s question with her trademark enthusiasm. With her encouragement, I looked into ACFW and decided to attend the national conference. That meant I needed to start writing, so I began working on a romantic suspense along the lines of a Mary Higgins Clark. That year I met editors and soaked in everything I could. I rushed home and wrote a proposal based on an idea that developed at the conference. In 2006 I received a contract for that book at the next ACFW conference. Since 2007, I’ve held 15 new books in my hands plus three repackages with two more coming in the next months.

From 2005 to first sale took one year. Don’t shoot me. But it really was a little over a year…but that doesn’t count the many times I’d write, read books on writing, or just pray about the dream.

Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a teacher at her church as well as lecturer at Purdue. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and romance to life.

An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Mason University School of Law, Cara left small town Nebraska and headed to Washington, D.C., to launch her career in public policy.

Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey.

Readers can interact with Cara online at:

To enter the contest for an autographed copy of Cara's book: "A Wedding Transpires":
leave a comment (and email address)
and become a follower of this site if you aren't already.
U.S. residents only
Winner announced on my facebook page.

Thank you, Cara, for Joining us This Weekend!

Reader, what is your next step to publication? For me, I plan to go to this year's conference and meet with agents, and I have been writing way longer than one year. How about you?


Cindy Q said...

Wow, that was quick!

For me, being published is still just a dream. Right now I'm just trying to get back into writing my tiny little blog.

Cara, I remember seeing your name in the comments when Brandilyn Collins was writing her blog on the writing process. Congrats to you.

Mary, thanks for writing your blog and doing the interviews.


Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi, Cindy.
Oh, yes, Brandilyn is a key part of the conference, too. She is the MC and has tons of jokes. Of course these two fantastic ladies are good friends and are a pleasure to get to know.

Unknown said...

I enjoyed meeting, Cara. She shows that whatever your dream may be, don't give up. Very encouraging post' Thanks Mary for sharing the great authors with us. Would love to win Cara's book. Please enter me in the giveaway.
Barbara Thompson

Also, I'm a follower!

Unknown said...

Mary, you are so sweet! I loved getting to know you. Thanks so much for hosting me today.

Unknown said...

Barbara, fun to meet you!

Unknown said...

Cindy, thanks! that was such a great blog! And writing a blog is a really good place to start. Keep praying and God will show you the right time to tackle writing!

Mary Vee Writer said...

My pleasure, Cara. AND because we've had such a great time, we will continue this party for the weekend.

Patty said...

I'm not a writer - just a reader and follower of both of your blogs. Would love to win a copy of Cara's book.


Anonymous said...

Hello to Mary and Cara. Enjoyed reading this story of Cara's life. Smart and beautiful lady. I used to draw clothes all of the time. Did think about designing clothes, but did it only with my kids clothes. I did write a few short stories in school. I think it was in English class. And, I have drawn a lot. Used to draw in the corner of my letters, especially to my best pen-pal ever, a favorite aunt. So, I just have to enjoy the books from all of you gifted ladies. Not sure I could hang on for as long as some do. Please put me in the drawing. And, I am a follower of this blog. Thanks to you both for the give-away. GOD bless you both.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Patty!
So nice to see you. I always enjoy your visits.
And one is never "just" a reader. Imagine all we would lose if we did not read or have someone read to us from a small child to an elderly person, reading opens the doors or God's world.

Mary Vee Writer said...

And God bless you, too, Maxie.

Loved seeing you here today. So you designed clothes, how fortunate for your children. So many blessings in your life. :)
Thanks for sharing today.

Unknown said...

I am from Michigan and it is so exciting that there is a new novel set on Mackinac Island! I can't wait to read it!! :-)

Kelly Espinoza

Bonnie Traher said...

Would love to win.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to win this book. Some day maybe I'll get to go to Mackinac Island in person. Love to read. Thanks, Teresa tjtweeter@

Michelle Prince Morgan said...

I would love to read one of your books. Great inspireing post.

bonton said...

Loved Mackinac Island - am not a writer, but would love to read & win this book!


Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Kelly!
A fellow Michigander. I know, isn't Mackinac Island the perfect setting for a book!
I am so glad you joined us today, loved chatting with you.
Hope to see you again.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Bonnie!
Thanks for joining us today. We've had such a great crowd here. I think I need to break out the virtual Mackinaw Island fudge. Yum!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Teresa!
I totally know what you mean about the some day part. Guess what? Totally unplanned, my anniversary is on Monday. Hubby spilled the beans and told me we are going there. I can't believe it. Seems like every Michigander talks about it, but I am one of the few who hadn't been there yet. I am so excited. I can't wait until you get to go. You'll have to let me know so we can compare notes. :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Michelle,
Yes, Cara is a very inspiring person. I hope you get to meet her in person some day. You will simply love her.

Mary Vee Writer said...

So, Bonnie you must have been there. Wow. I get to go my first time this Monday and am so excited. What was your favorite part?

Linda Ortiz said...

Love Cara's books! Looking forward to reading her new book!

Linda Ortiz

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thank you for becoming a follower. Looking forward to chatting with you again.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Hi Linda.,
Welcome back today.
You've read Cara's books? Which one/s? I am so jealous! I'll catch up, though.
It was fun to see you here today.

squiresj said...

This is an author I am friends with on fb. I've known her work for some time. Pease enter me to win.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Mary Vee Writer said...

Of course you are entered. I'm glad you are friends with Cara on FB and I enjoy your visits here. Can we be friends of FB, too? Thanks for stopping by tonight. :)

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks for becoming a follower Bonnie. I look forward to seeing you again. You are definite entered for the book drawing.

bonton said...

Loved everything about it - the small shops, the fort, the horse & carriage tour of the island, & especially the tour of the Grand Hotel (where the movie was filmed) - beautiful rooms & beautiful flowers & all the rockers on the porch were wonderful! Loved the boat ride to & fro - also.