The award-winning author of more than 20 books, Cara Putman graduated college at 20 and completed her law degree at 27. FIRST for Women magazine called Shadowed by Grace “captivating” and a “novel with ‘the works.’” Cara is active at her church and a full-time lecturer on business and employment law to undergraduate and graduate students at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. Putman also practices law and is a second-generation homeschooling mom. Putman obtained her Master’s in Business Administration from Krannert and her J.D. from George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law. She serves on the executive board of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization she has served in various roles since 2007. She lives with her husband and four children in Indiana. You can connect with her online at: caraputman.com
Welcome to the blog, Cara. I’m so honored to have you here today. Congratulations on your upcoming release, Beyond Justice.
While writing this story, what part did you enjoy researching the most?
I loved researching Old Town Alexandria. While we lived in that area for eight years, that was many moons ago, so it was really fun to hop on Google and research places we enjoyed and make sure they were still there. I love the Washington, D.C. area, so I loved getting back there in my mind. One of these future books will require a research trip, I’m certain. I love that those allow me to paint the setting in a very real way.
Which character from Beyond Justice are you most excited to introduce to your readers and why?
I can’t wait for them to meet Hayden McCarthy. She’s the heroine, and I truly enjoyed writing her. She’s got some spunk, but doesn’t quite see herself as everyone else does. There’s also a lot of me in her. She’s from Nebraska, went to George Mason Law School, and loves Old Town. She’s also very committed to fighting for what she believes is right in a situation.
How long does it typically take you to write a story?
This novel was 90,000 words, so it took three months. But if you add the research and coming up with the idea, it took six months. My shorter novels take two to four months to go from idea to finished draft I turn in.
Can you share with us a special memory from your very first writer’s conference?
My very first conference was the ACFW conference in Nashville in 2005. It was smaller than it is now with about 300 people total, so I loved getting to meet so many writers that I love to read. I also loved the way that God dropped the idea for Canteen Dreams in my mind and connected me with an editor who was immediately interested. I’d sworn I wouldn’t write historical romance. Famous last words, because I received the contract for that book at the 2006 ACFW conference. That was an incredible moment.
What is one of your favorite things about homeschooling your children? What’s one of your greatest challenges? ( I was homeschooled too and can’t wait to homeschool my little girl some day!)
I love the time I get to spend with them and watching them get excited about different aspects of learning. I treasure the time we spend together during read alouds. I love finding those books that my 16-year-old and 6-year-old can enjoy. I love knowing that my 8 and 6-year-old are learning along with the teens. I love knowing that we are a close-knit family, and if it’s anything like my siblings and me, the time homeschooling will keep us close long into the future.
Thanks for sharing with us today, Cara! Is there anything else you’d like to add? Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
I’m so excited about the release of my next book Beyond Justice. It’s a legal romantic suspense that Library Journal said: “With its menacing mood, crisp dialog, and quick pace, Putman’s action-packed legal thriller highlights a complex political scene. Starring a determined female attorney who will stop at nothing to resolve her case, this title will please fans of Joel C. Rosenberg and John Grisham.”
Readers can preorder Beyond Justice for $4.99 in ebook formats prior to April 4. And the companion novella that launches the series, Dying for Love, is on ebook sale for 99 cents. I’m excited for readers to meet these strong women who are tackling different challenges in the law while also being surprised by love.
“The author’s expertise shines through and adds a tremendous amount of credibility to the story. Danger, adventure and intrigue pour from every chapter.”
RT BOOK REVIEWS, 4 Stars
These sound great, Cara. Excited for you and these new releases. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cara has graciously offered to give away a copy of Beyond Justice to one lucky reader! Enter below and it could be YOU!
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