Why did you become an author?
Because I love stories. I’ve grown up with a book in one hand and a pen in the other. Then as I started a career, marriage, family, the writing dream took a back seat until God told me to step back into it. Now I write to provide an entertaining escape for readers, but one that is laced with God’s truth and hope.
If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
Appellate attorney. I love pulling together complicated ideas, breaking them down, and forming an argument that I have to defend. I get an energy from not knowing what I’ll be asked next.
If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
World War II hands down. There was such a uniform commitment that pulled our country together. We were all fighting for the same cause. It was also a time of new opportunities for women. It doesn’t hurt that I adore the movies and music.
What place in the
have you not visited that you would like to? United States
Someday – hopefully in the next year or two – I’ll visit
Yellowstone. I would love to see that corner of the
country. Mountains have always been a place where I can see and worship God.
How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
I was at a women’s retreat a couple weeks ago, and God just reminded me how much He delights in me. Delights is such an unused word. I think about how I delight in listening to my three year old talk and spin stories. I can enjoy time in her presence. And that’s the way He feels about me. It’s such a humbling thought!
Tell us about the featured book.
Attorney Alanna Stone vowed long ago to avoid
Mackinac Island. Although it may seem the perfect place
to heal, for Alanna it holds too many memories of a painful past.
But an exhausting high profile case and an urgent plea from her parents have brought Alanna home. Moving into the house next to Jonathan Covington doesn’t help her. Jonathan may have been her first love, but he was also her first lesson in betrayal. Now Alanna must protect her privacy and her heart. Then secrets and a murder intersect, and she’s thrust into controversy again as tragedy turns public opinion against her and potentially her family.
For years, Jonathan has stubbornly resisted the urging of his family and friends to date, believing he’s already found the perfect woman. With Alanna’s return, he begins to wonder if he’s waited too long for someone who isn’t the right one after all.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t do it.
The refrain beat a steady tempo through Alanna Stone’s mind as she dragged up the gangplank to the ferry where it rocked in the early morning light at the St. Ignace’s dock. She avoided gazing to her right in the direction of Mackinac Island. A place of beauty and peace to many, it symbolized all the harshness that could shimmer beneath the surface in a small town. She’d sworn never to return and honored that vow for eleven years.
Now? Now she abandoned her firmly held avoidance to help her parents. A wave rocked the boat, and she bobbled as she struggled to stay steady on more than her feet.
A man in the green polo that bore the Arnold Transport Company logo steadied her with a smile. “You’ll find your sea legs in no time.”
“Good thing, since the trip’s so short.”
He laughed and nodded. “About fifteen minutes.”
How could she tell him she wished it lasted fifteen months or years? That time would freeze, and she’d stay on this side of the lake?
Seagulls cawed as they took to the air and swooped around the boat.
Fifteen minutes. That’s all it took to start a new life.
Diesel fumes rolled around her as the ferry’s engines roared into gear. With a grinding stop and jerk, the boat eased away from the dock and powered across the lake. Alanna sucked in a deep breath then coughed as fumes settled in her lungs. She clenched her jaw and pivoted until she faced east as the boat pushed through the water toward the sun. She needed to face her new reality and the hidden embarrassment. All represented by one tiny spot on the map.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me all over the web J
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cara_putmanPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/caraputman
Thank you so much, Cara, for sharing your first trade-sized novel with us.
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