Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Interview with Cara Putman Day 1

Today and tomorrow, we will be interviewing Cara C. Putman. Cara is giving away a copy of her novel, Shadowed by Grace. Details for the giveaway are at the end of this post.

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:

Welcome to PASTimes. Tell us a little about what you write.

I love to write stories that are filled with hope. Whether set during WWII or a contemporary romantic mystery, I want readers to leave the book with a contented sigh and fresh realization that no matter how bleak the circumstances, God never leaves us or forsakes us. With my WWII stories I love to dig into a little known story and bring it to life in the pages of a novel.

Are you a full-time writer or do you hold a day job? What is the biggest challenge/obstacle you face in protecting your writing time?

I’m a modern jack-of-all-trades. I’m an attorney who teaches graduate law classes at Purdue, homeschools my kids, and writes. I’ve also added the student hat back into the equation. The key right now is for me to write as fast as I can when I do have the time, so that I maximize the time I do have. That means I’m often thinking of the story and what will happen when I’m not actually at the computer. 

What historical time periods interest you the most and how have you immersed yourself in a particular time period?

I love WWII! That generation did something amazing by coming together to defend freedom. And I love digging into the history to find the hidden stories – often they are homefront stories of the heroic things people here in the States did – when they were just living their lives. With Shadowed by Grace, I got to move to Italy to tell a love story wrapped around the unique role of the Monuments Men. Then my heroine became a war photojournalist and I got to explore another exciting career – and a first – for women. 

Introduce us briefly to the main characters in your most recent book, Shadowed by Grace.  

Rachel Justice is a photojournalist on her way to Italy to cover the war. But she’s really there to search for the father she never knew. She’s surprised that her journey includes a search for love and a search for her heavenly Father. 

Scott Lindstrom is a museum curator assigned to the Monuments Men. He’s one of the elite group of men assigned the task of saving western civilization. In Italy the army didn’t know what to do with the Monuments Men, so his job was compounded and made even more difficult.

 What are you working on now?

I’m waiting on edits for a WWII homefront novella collection with my friends Tricia Goyer and Sarah Sundin. Where Treetops Glisten will release in October 2014. I’m also waiting on edits for a cozy mystery in a Guidepost series.

Don't miss the rest of Cara C. Putman's Interview tomorrow. 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.


Patty said...

I'm really looking forward to reading Shadowed by Grace!
To answer the question, of course if I knew I couldn't fail I would chase my dreams!


Merry said...

Of,course! Fear of failure does hold us back, doesn't it! Thanks for a chance to win Shadowed by Grace.
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Amy C said...

Yes! I would chase my dreams if I knew I wouldn't fail! But failing can also lead to something else greater!
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Cara Putman said...

There is risk in dreaming, Amy. But I'd rather risk and fail then live a life of what-could-have-beens. :-)

Susan P said...

Yes, failure holds us back, that is for sure. It is hard to remember that sometimes failure opens bigger and better doors for us to walk thru. I would for sure chase my dream! Thanks for sharing with us today!
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