Last week I shared with you the lovely ladies of Cherry Blossom Capers. Today, Cara C. Putman returns to tell us about her love of writing and about her new novel, A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island.
I have always inhaled books. In fact as a young teen, I kept a spiral notebook where I wrote down the books I read. Many months there were more than 30. I can’t quite keep up that pace now, but I still love reading. Then my favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, LM Montgomery, Michael Phillips, and Bodie Thoene. I also enjoyed Madeline L’Engle, Tom Clancy and John Grisham. Can we say eclectic?
You definitely do like your variety! What is your favorite genre to read now?
I love a historical that will transport me to a place I’ve never been. If it is also peppered with interesting characters in intriguing situations, all the better! On the other hand, I love a good legal suspense or intense romantic suspense. This means everything from Dan Walsh and Julie Klassen to Steven James and Randy Singer. Again, pretty eclectic tastes.
As a child or teenager, did you ever dream of being an author?
I did…and 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. Then college and life intervened but the dream never died.
That’s amazing that you’ve been at it since an early age. And somehow I missed that you were homeschooled! When did you first begin writing, and why do you write still?
I picked up writing again in 2005. I’d finished law school. We’d started a family. But one thing that never died was the dream to write. It would lie dormant for awhile, but about every two years it would resurrect and become something I couldn’t walk away from. Yet the timing still wasn’t quite right until a fate-filled day in April 2005 when I attended a booksigning and my husband asked Colleen Coble if I’d told her I wanted to be a writer.
Tell us about the journey to getting published.
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 14 new books in my hands with one more coming next month.
That is an amazing story! I’ve attended conferences too and know how exciting it is to get home and start working. How long did you write before you sold your first book?
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.
You are such an inspiration! How many books do you have published?
Number 14 released in April with another novella coming in May. I’ve been busy :)
Tell us about your latest book.
A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island is a contemporary romance with threads of mystery and a touch of suspense. Attorney Alanna Stone vowed long ago to avoid Mackinac Island. Although it may seem the perfect place to heal, for Alanna it holds too many memories of a painful past.
But an exhausting high profile case and an urgent plea from her parents have brought Alanna home. Moving into the house next to Jonathan Covington doesn’t help her. Jonathan may have been her first love, but he was also her first lesson in betrayal. Now Alanna must protect her privacy and her heart. Then Secrets and a murder intersect, and she’s thrust into controversy again as tragedy turns public opinion against her and potentially her family.
For years, Jonathan has stubbornly resisted the urging of his family and friends to date, believing he’s already found the perfect woman. With Alanna’s return, he begins to wonder if he’s waited too long for someone who isn’t the right one after all.
What inspired you to write this particular book?
The island itself and a true-crime show I watched. The two gave me setting and a character. From there there what-ifs took over.
Cara, thank you so much for stopping back by my blog! I know everyone enjoyed getting to know you better.
Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney, teacher at her church, and contract lecturer or adjunct faculty at a local community college and Big Ten University. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska and George Mason University School of Law, Cara loves bringing history and romance to life. You can learn more about Cara and her books on her website, Facebook , Twitter , and pinterest.
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