Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cara C. Putman, Sarah Sundin & Tricia Goyer: The stories behind the stories

Welcome back for our second day with authors Cara C. Putman, Sarah Sundin and Tricia Goyer! We’re helping them celebrate the release of Where Treetops Glisten, a World War II Christmas novella collection that they each wrote a story for.

Would you share one of your family’s Christmas traditions with us? Or did any of your traditions find their way into your novella?

Cara: My kids and I like to bake cookies for our neighbors. We bake dozens from several recipes, and I had Abigail and her grandma do that in the novella.

Sarah: Growing up, we always opened family gifts on Christmas Eve and the stockings on Christmas morning, a German tradition, I was always told. For my novella, I wanted the Turners to open gifts on Christmas Eve for plot purposes, and borrowed the tradition. Since Merry Turner was born on Christmas Day, we tweaked it so the Turner tradition was to open Christmas gifts on December 24 and Merry’s gifts on December 25. Either way, you get two days of celebration!

Tricia: We have a cookie decorating party for neighbors and friends. We bake a lot of cookies, make a lot of frosting, and have fun!

Those are all great traditions! What do you love so much about writing World War II stories?

Author Cara C. Putman
Cara: I love honoring the men and women who served during World War II and those that serve today. I also want to capture the stories so that we never forget.

Sarah: World War II is such a fascinating time period, filled with dramatic stories. It’s a time when ordinary men learned they could do extraordinary things, and when women tried out new roles—while remaining ladies.

Tricia: Can I just copy Cara's answer? :) It also was a time when the fight between good and evil was so evident. Also, ordinary people from small towns all over the US found themselves fighting in a great big war.

Author Sarah Sundin
Can you give us a sneak peek at any other books we’ll be seeing from you soon?

Cara: I’m working on a legal romantic suspense idea. I’m excited to see what happens with that!

Sarah: My next novel, Through Waters Deep, comes out in August 2015. In 1941, as America teeters on the brink of World War II, Mary Stirling works at the Boston Navy Yard and renews an old friendship with naval officer Ens. Jim Avery. Jim’s destroyer escorts British convoys across the North Atlantic, but when evidence of sabotage is found on the destroyer, Jim and Mary must work together to uncover the culprit.

Tricia: I have a few books coming out next year. Prayers that Changed History comes out next June. I also have a book Teen Mom: You're Stronger Than You Think coming out in March. Both are different than what I usually write, but I'm excited!

Author Tricia Goyer
That’s a lot of variety for only three authors, but they all sound great! Thanks so much for joining us this week – it’s been fun to learn some of the stories behind the stories.

Visitors, don’t forget to answer their question in the comments section for your chance to win a copy of Where Treetops Glisten (be sure to include your email, spelling out ‘dot’ and ‘at’ to help cut down on spam)! The winner will be announced Friday morning. Here’s their question again:

How do you simplify Christmas at your house?

You can also find out lots more about Cara, Sarah and Tricia and their books online. Here’s how you can connect with them:





Tamera Lynn Kraft said...

I love reading about the WW2 era. I simplify by shopping online and scheduling when I'm going to do what. For instance, I get down the decorations and decorate the first week after Thanksgiving. The second week, I send out Christmas cards and bake. The third week, I plan the menu and wrap presents. Christmas week, I take care of any loose ends and enjoy. If something happens to disrupt my plan like sickness or a family emergency, Christmas cards and baking are the first things to go.

shirley said...

Tricia and Cara, I Love, love to bake! I'm making many cookies this year (gifts) and hopefully my Chocolate Covered Cherries! Sarah, growing up our tradition was Christmas Eve! We celebrated Christmas Day with other family members but I can't believe you did the same. (And we do have a bit of German in our family)Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for this little give away! shirley(dot)d(at)outlook(dot)com

Deanna Stevens said...

We are now Gluten Free & sugar free so we simplify by cutting back on breads & desserts.. Turkey & vegetable dishes, with a sugar free desserts, no more stuffing of people makes dinner
simpler :)
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traveler said...

We cook healthy and easy meals, get enough sleep and walk everyday in the sunshine so that we have strength and energy to survive the holidays. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Merry said...

I enjoy shopping online or a little through the year, it makes November and December much easier.
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