Monday, April 5, 2010

Author Interview and Book Giveaway: A Promise Born

Cara C. Putman has written professionally since 2005 when God’s call firmly took root. Since then joys of publication have fallen quickly on the heels of her hard work. Her first book, Canteen Dreams, was the 2008 winner of American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year. Her second book, Sandhill Dreams, was a Book of the Year finalist. Along with writing about the home front during World War 2, she has written two mysteries for Love Inspired Suspense. Today I am honored to share an interview I had with her. Cara has graciously offered to give away a copy of her book...A Promise Born to one fortunate winner!




Cara, thank you for taking the time to visit us today! I appreciate you taking the time to answer these few questions, letting us get to know you better.



Thanks so much for having me, Casey.

1: How long did you write before you were published?

My story is a bit unique in that from the time I felt God give me the go-ahead to chase the dream of writing books to the time I had my first contract was about 15 months. Add another year to holding that first book in my hands and now five years later, I’m waiting for books ten and eleven to release this summer and fall. It’s more normal for it to take 7 to 9 years from first sitting down to write to landing that first contract. Publishing is all about perseverance and discipline.

2: When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?

That God was amazing. It was a beautiful book – from cover to story. And readers responded well to Canteen Dreams. But that first thought was definitely that God had blown me away.

3: What do you find the hardest part about writing?

The isolation. I’m an extrovert, so it is truly hard to spend so much time alone – just me and my computer. But, I’ve found ways to still connect with people and developed deep friendships with other writers and readers through ACFW, facebook, etc.

4: How do you coordinate time between writing and other responsibilities?

When I have a deadline, I am very disciplined. I will get the writing done. Sometimes that means I don’t get a lot of sleep, and my kids have a knack for getting sick and needing more of me during those peak times. But I’ve also learned to ask for help earlier in the process. To not wait until I am buried and it’s almost impossible to catch up. So when I’m under deadline, I’ll have a babysitter come at least one afternoon a week. The kids like the break from mom, and I can go through the other days knowing I have a pocket of time for uninterrupted writing.

5: What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on edits to Stars in the Night, my World War Two romantic suspense that releases in July, and dreaming up new ideas for future books.

6: Where can readers find out more about your books?

It’s easy to learn more about them at http://www.caraputman.com/  or at http://carasmusings.blogspot.com/ . I update my blog, which can be found at both sites as well as on my facebook page, at least three times a week.

7: What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?

That no matter what is going on in our lives, God will never leave us or forsake us. That we can have hope in the darkest night because He is there. And whether my novel is a historical romance or a romantic suspense, readers will find a variation on those themes.

8: Why did you chose this profession?

Because I love to research and create. And I knew this was one area where I could never learn all there is to know. There is no threat of boredom when there is no way to ever become the perfect writer. I can always push myself to be better.

Thank you for being with us today. Any final words for readers?

Thanks so much for having me, Casey.

What an honor to share an interview with you, Cara! I wish you all the very best in your writing, it's some of the best! :-)

Readers to enter to win A Promise Born, PLEASE LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS! If I draw your name and there is no email, YOU WILL NOT WIN!

For extra entries:
~Be a follower
~Be a subscriber

And a NEW one:
~Follow Cara's blog.

Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter!

55 comments:

  1. I would really enjoy this book. Thanks.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  2. I am a follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  3. Please add me Casey this book looks great!! And I am a subcriber:)
    Lindsey
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  4. Please enter me in the giveaway! The book looks great!

    I am a follower of yours!

    and I just became a followers of Cara's blog!

    katie M

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  5. Please add me :) shawnawilliams@allegiance.tv

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  6. Beautiful book I would love to win, I follow you on google, bookreads and have you button on my blog http://edna-myfavoritethings.blogspot.com/

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  7. Beautiful cover.
    I am a follower.
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  8. I love reading your reviews and interviews. I am a follower. kimkvpathotmaildotcom

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  9. Greetings,
    I've read many of Cara's books and love them.
    I'm a follower of yours and want to be one of Cara's, but can't find it on her page. I sent her a comment and told her I want to be a follower.
    Thanks so much,
    Trinity Rose

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  10. Hi Casey. I am a subscriber & follower of your blog as well as Cara's. Please enter me into your giveaway and thank you so much for the opportunity.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  11. What a interesting interview and I have enjoyed reading some of Cara's books. Please enter me in the giveaway.

    I'm a follower and a subscriber and now I am following Cara's blog.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  12. By the way, I've made it easy for folks to follow me now. Thanks for letting me know that wasn't easy, Trinity Rose.

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  13. Please enter me! Thank you!!
    Carman sent me and by the way I really just had to take your button hope you dont mind!
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  14. Im a follower of yours via google friend connect!

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  15. I would love to read this book.
    debp
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  16. I am a email subscriber.
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  17. Oh, I love Heartsong books. Please enter me. This book looks good.

    Thanks
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  18. I'm a follower of your blog

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  19. I'm a subscriber too.

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  20. I subscribed to Cara's blog too.

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  21. Sounds like a good book! I'm a follower and a suscriber:)

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  22. Casey, please enter me for this book....sounds so good! I am a folllower of your blog and also of Cara's. Thanks!!!
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  23. would love to read Cara's latest...thanks for the opportunity.

    karenk
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  24. I would really love to read this book.

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  25. I follow your blog.

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  26. I subscribe via email.

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  27. I follow Cara's blog via GFC.

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  28. I follow Clara's blog via Google Friend Connect

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  29. Oh, this book looks great! Count me in!
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  30. I'd love to win this book! Thank you! :)

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  31. I'm a blog follower.

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  32. I'm following Cara's blog.

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  33. Thanks for having this giveaway! It'd be fun to win!

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  34. i follow!

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  35. i subscribe to emails.

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  36. i follow the authors blog

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  37. I would love a chance to win! Thanks

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  38. I am a follower. Enter me in I'm looking forward to read this book

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  39. I hope I am not too late. Please include me.

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  40. Please count me in. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

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  41. I subscribe by email.
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  42. What a great cover and interview! Makes me want to read and review this book for Good Reads and Library Thing. I am a follower and a suscriber. Hope I win. God has been with me throughout my life. God bless you and all Writing in Christ followers.

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  43. We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

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  44. Anything Cara's writes! Please enter me. Thanks!

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  45. I follow by Google Friend connect.

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  46. This looks interesting. Please enter me, thanks!

    ~Melissa
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  47. Please enter me.

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  49. I love Cara's books! She is a talented writer! Thanks for this chance!
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    ~I follow your blog
    ~I subscribe to your blog
    ~ I follow Cara's blog too

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  50. Would love to win! I follow your blog and am subscribed to your newsletter.

    blessings,
    Doreen
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  51. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  52. Follower

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  53. E-mail subscriber

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  54. I follow Cara's blog

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  55. I would enjoy reading this book.

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According to new FTC rules I must let you, the reader know, that all views shared on this blog are strictly my own. Books to review are either provided for me by the author, publisher or ones I have purchased and I am under no obligation whatsoever to present anything, but my true opinion on any product. I receive no monetary compensation for anything written on this blog. Any giveaways on this blog are provided by the author/ publisher and I am not responsible for any views they express in their work or on this site. Giveaways are void were prohibited and chances of winnng are based on the number of applicants. A random winner is draw when a book is given away.

 
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