Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Day 2 Interview with Cara Putman

Cara C. Putman graduated high school at 16, college at 20, and completed her law degree at 27. An award-winning author of sixteen books with more on the way, she is active in women's ministry and is a lecturer on business and employment law at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Putman also practices law and is a second-generation homeschooling mom. Putman is currently pursuing her Master’s in Business Administration at Krannert. She serves on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization she has served since 2007. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana. You can connect with her online at:


A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete?

I usually feel that way when the deadline arrives. I try to build in time to let the book sit and be edited. Then I get my editor’s comments and realize the book can still be improved. But each time I send it to an editor, I believe it is as good as I can get it at that point in time.

Describe your workspace.

This is an ironic question because I just cleaned it yesterday. It desperately needed it! I have a desk with hutch and credenza with hutch. Right now it’s in a corner of our bedroom. I also have research books scattered in bookshelves around the house.

Describe your dream workspace.

Someday I will have a dedicated room for writing. One wall have a bookshelf for my research books and another bookshelf for my to-be-read pile.

If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?

I would be Scarlett O’Hara. I wouldn’t necessarily want all the hardship she endured, but I’d love her dresses and her tenacity.

What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?
That it’s easy and we are highly paid. Writing is like opening a vein and putting your heart and soul out there for someone else to judge. And my husband calls it a well-paid hobby J
What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?

That once you’re published, you’ve got it made. One contract doesn’t guarantee another. 

What would you like readers to gain from reading your book(s)?

That there is always hope at the end of the day. No matter what happens, God is still there.

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

Thank you so much for having me. To readers, thanks so much for reading. Without you, my books wouldn’t come to life. For writers, make this the year you chase your dream.
Cara is giving away a copy of Shadowed by Grace. To enter the drawing, answer the following question:  If you knew you couldn’t fail, would this be the year you chase your dream?
This drawing is for those with US mailing addresses only. There has to be at least 20 comments for a winner to be chosen.


Susan P said...

Yes, I would love to chase and conquer that dream this year if I knew I wouldn't fail. Lovely interview! I am one of those that many years ago I honestly thought writers made tons of money. :) So I smile when I read authors saying that is the biggest myth. Thanks for sharing with us!
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Amy Putney said...

I think anyone would chase their dream if they knew there was no chance of failure. So, yes. If I knew I couldn't fail, I would chase my dream this year. :)

Sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

aeputney [at] liberty [dot] edu

Sybil Bates McCormack said...

Great interview! My response to the question above may sound a little odd, but I've always preferred a good challenge to an easy path or solution. So, if I knew I couldn't fail this year, I'd probably wait until next year to try. :-) That way, I'd know the Lord had blessed me to succeed based solely upon good old-fashioned hard work, perseverance, and prayer. Blessings!


Laura Pol said...

I think so yes, but I feel I'm like in the beginning of living out my dream! I'm just in the preparation stage! :) Great interview!