I’m so excited to welcome Cara Putman as my guest today! I know Cara through American Christian Fiction Writers and am in awe of how she juggles life as a mother, attorney, writer, teacher, and volunteer. If you want to see the human definition of energy, all you have to do is meet Cara. She has a beautiful smile and a sweet mentoring heart.
Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney, teacher at her church, and contract lecturer or adjunct faculty at a local community college and Big Ten University. 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. You can learn more about Cara and her books on her website, Facebook, twitter, and pinterest.
In honor of Cara’s latest book being set in one of my favorite places on earth, Mackinac Island (pronounced “Mackinaw”, btw, not “Mackinack”. :)), I decided to ask questions that relate to the island. Hopefully you’ll enjoy learning more about Cara while getting a sneak peek at the setting of her novel! Let’s get to it, shall we?
Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
This is a tough question, Sarah! Caring, Friend, Passionate, Committed, Leader, Giver, Christ-Chaser.
1) Horse-drawn carriage or Tandem bike? [For those who have never visited Mackinac, the island doesn’t allow motorized vehicles.]
Tandem Bike. My family loves renting bikes and going around the island when we’re on Mackinac. While I think there’s something incredibly romantic about a carriage ride, as long as it’s the whole clan, we’ll keep biking.
2) Grand Hotel or Quaint cottage?
Quaint cottage. I’ve actually stayed in both on Mackinac Island. My first trip to Mackinac Island we stayed at the Grand Hotel because my husband had a conference there. It was an amazing experience, but with four kiddos traveling with us, the Grand’s rooms aren’t big enough. The last time we were there, we stayed at Haan’s 1830 Inn and had a wonderful time. The suite was spacious and the hospitality amazing. Hoping to stay there again this summer when we head back for a booksigning.
3) Maple pecan fudge or Turtle fudge?
I actually don’t care for fudge. Can you believe it? But if it were a sliver, I’d go for Turtle. Mackinac Island is covered with fudge shops, and I was the only one who didn’t care for the fudge. I even created a fudge shop for my book A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island, because fudge is such an integral part of the island.
4) Mackinac Island State Park or Fort Mackinac?
Mackinac Island State Park. I love walking the paths and exploring. The last time we were at the island, my family went to Fort Mackinac while I went to the police station to ask the police chief just how a murder would be handled. My kids were just glad I got to leave!
5) A round of golf or sail across the water?
Sail across the water. I’ve actually done neither, but sailing looks so peaceful!
6) Salt water taffy or Peanut brittle?
Peanut brittle. I don’t like the gooey feeling of taffy on my teeth. But the sweetness of peanut brittle with that hint of butter? Yum!
7) Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset. I have a hard time getting up in time to see the sunrise, since my best working hours are often after dark. With the change to daylight savings, I did see a sunrise last week, but that will probably be it for awhile!
I love your answers, Cara! Daylight Savings does change the schedule around, doesn’t it? And I loved your comment about the police station. Oh the wacky things we writers do for the sake of our stories. It sounds like your family had a great time visiting the island! Your answers made me anxious to get back there someday soon, especially to the fudge shops. And since I’m not a big fudge fan like you, I’ll indulge in their hand-dipped ice cream. Yum!
Thanks for being my guest today, Cara! I can’t wait to dive into your book. (I just got my copy in the mail this weekend!) 🙂
When attorney Alanna Stone left Mackinac Island eleven years ago, she determined she’d never return. Now she’s back and in close proximity to Jonathan Covington, her first love. She vows to protect her privacy and her heart from the man who still makes her pulse race. But when her worst fears are realized and history repeats itself—landing her in the midst of a murder investigation—Jonathan may be her only hope. Will they be able to lay aside the past and let God heal their hearts, or will reconciliation come too late?
Blog Readers: Let’s Talk…Have you heard of or visited Mackinac Island? If you’ve visited, what are some of your favorite memories there? Or if you’re not familiar with it, what other seaside trips have you taken? Any sunrise watchers?