Welcome to Writing for Christ Cara Putman, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?
I’ve always had a love for good books and stories. When I was a teen, my favorite authors didn’t write new books fast enough – now I understand why! But at the time I thought they should be able to write more books in a year, so I decided to try my hand at it. Life intervened after I’d started two books, but the desire to write never died. In God’s perfect timing, He resurrected the dream and gave me the green light to chase the dream again.
What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?
Circlemaker by Mark Batterson came at a time that I felt God was telling me to dream bigger and more. The challenge to circle those dreams in prayer came at a great time. Honestly, it’s something I still need to do. And God is continually challenging me to dare for more. His dreams for me are so much bigger than mine – and some of mine seem audacious to me!
If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?
To dig deeper earlier. To really push my characters to the crux of their stories at an earlier stage in writing. It takes work, but I think my stories are richer when I get to that point earlier. I’d also remind myself to stop and enjoy the journey. I’m really good at the work parts of writing, but I’d celebrate the milestones and achievements more.
5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out? Homemade tasting take out.
Email or snailmail? Snailmail – I love a note I can return to and read again.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? There’s something about the hunt in a store that trumps online.
Books or movies? Books…they’re almost always better than the movie.
Note-taker or memorization? Note-taker!
Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?
Stars in the Night would tie with Shadowed by Grace. Stars by the Night was the first time I got to tell a fuller WWII story and it incorporate the glitz and glamour of classic Hollywood with a unique piece of WWII homefront history and a body count. Shadowed by Grace contains a piece of WWII history with the Monuments Men that fascinated me and it’s the first time I got to tell an international story, which has its own set of challenges.
Places for readers to learn more about you?
They can learn more about me on my website: www.caraputman.com, my blog: www.caraputman.com/blog, Facebook: www.facebook.com/caraputman, Twitter: www.twitter.com/cara_putman, Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/caraputman, Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/CaraPutman
Thank you for being with us today!
Thanks for having me, Casey!
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