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Now let's revisit novelist Cara Putman, author of Dying for Love (in Cherry Blossom Capers, Barbour Publishing, January 2012).
Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a ministry leader and teacher at her church. 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.
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
--I craved pad Thai when I was pregnant with my first child.
--I drove myself to the hospital with my fourth child because I was so sure I’d be sent home again.
--My oldest child is a level five gymnast and stronger than I ever hope to be.
--Novellas are a great break from the loneliness of writing.
--I would move back to D.C. in a heartbeat!
Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Dying for Love:
Attorney Ciara Turner is horrified when she stumbles over a judge’s dead body in Alexandria. Will she be able to retain her composure and control when she joins her nemesis Daniel Evans in investigating the murder?
Constantly on the opposite side of domestic cases, they have to work together to find the murderer…just in case the police and marshals run out of luck.
As they are thrust back together, Ciara is reminded of how Daniel swept her off her feet as a clerk. Now she has to choose whether to risk her heart to love.
What is it about Ciara that will make your readers care about her?
Ciara is a young woman trying to balance a career with life. While she’s created a great community in her neighborhood with the three single gals around her, she still longs to find love. I think that longing exists in all of us. And because her first love has fallen off his white horse, she’s never risked her heart again.
If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?
Ciara Turner would be played by Katherine Hepburn.
And Daniel Evans would be played by Cary Grant.
Ciara has the moxie of Katherine’s roles along with the subtle vulnerability she often portrayed. And Daniel has the suave air, but the edge of uncertainty that tints many roles Cary Grant played.
Sigh. They just don't make like they used to, do they?
Complete this sentence: If I had known 20 years ago what I know today, I would have …
Skipped the day I went to high school. Because I started college at 16 after being homeschooled, I thought I should check out high school to see what I was missing. Turns out I wasn’t missing anything. ☺
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
This is a tough question! I read so much and for the most part have narrowed down to authors and genres I know I’ll enjoy. I’m reading Tamera Alexander’s A Lasting Impression and Colleen Coble’s Lonestar Angel. Both are excellent!
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on marketing for the three books that release in spring 2012 while waiting to hear on two proposals under consideration at a publishing house.
Where else can readers find you online?
I love for readers to stop by my website where they can read first chapters for most of my books. www.caraputman.com and my blog Http://blog.caraputman.com">blog.caraputman.com. I’m also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/cara.putman.
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Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
What facet of God’s character would you better like to understand? For me it’s that He is the King of the universe…and because of Christ His authority as King extends in part to me.
Thank you, Cara, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Cara has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 12. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Cara's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.
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