I’m so excited about this week’s author and giveaway. The book is set in my all time favorite place, Mackinac Island. Michigan readers will love this book and non-Michigan readers will love getting to know this unique destination. Cara is giving away a copy to one lucky commentator. Let’s get write to the point with Cara.
Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?
I’m a native Nebraskan who lives in Indiana with my husband and four kiddos. I’m a second-generation homeschooler, so my days are filled with my kids and watching them learn. On the side, I write books, practice law, and teach at the local community college or Big Ten University depending on who needs me when. I love staying busy with my fingers in lots of different things. A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island is my 13th novel since October 2007. God has been so good!
How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?
I was raised in a Christian home and loved God from an early age. Around eight I made the public declaration that Jesus was my Savior. I honestly can’t remember a time when I haven’t wanted to serve and please Him. My greatest pleasure comes when I feel His smile.
Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?
In this month’s release, A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island, Alanna Stone is an attorney who has run from an event in her past. That event casts a shadow over everything in her life. Now she has to confront the past and its hold on her. My hope is that readers will find through Alanna’s journey the strength to stand up to the things in their pasts that control them. Sometimes it’s a person or an experience. It might be a memory. Whatever it is, God is waiting to remove the power from that.
A great takeaway and something God has done in my own life.
How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?
I blog at least three times a week. I say at least because I love talking about Christian fiction and so there are weeks that I’m on four or five times. But people can always find me at http://blog.caraputman.com on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I talk about my faith, parenting and homeschooling, and books. Lots about books.
Can you share with us a favorite book you have read?
I adore reading. Just this morning I was at a Christian bookstore and ended up with a stack of books—even after putting half back. One that I’ve read lately and adored was Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer. As an attorney I love a good legal suspense, but I’m also pretty critical because I catch errors. Randy writes AMAZING stories that are so compelling my husband and I race to grab the book when it arrives. He is truly a great writer!
Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?
Melissa, that verse has so much meaning for me. In 2009 I started down a valley that I never anticipated. After our first two kids, my husband and I struggled to get pregnant again. Then we did, and out of the blue lost the baby. I say out of the blue because no one in either of our families had experienced the pain of miscarriage. That resulted in a valley of pain and confusion that took the candy coating off my faith. One promise I have clung to through the miscarriages is begging God to create a Genesis 50:20 out of the situation. That Satan would regret the day he messed with me because of all the glory God is getting from this. And I also begged God to show me some of that good this side of heaven. He has been faithful. So very faithful. I may never understand why I have two children that I won’t meet this side of heaven. But God has turned my pain into ministry – both for me and my family. We have a tenderness that God has used over and over – that grew out of these experiences.
Your Genesis 5020 touches me. I have a few friends who have experienced the loss of a child. Through their pain they have started a ministry called Tiny Purpose that is bringing healing and hope into many women’s lives. It’s great to hear that you are using your pain to minister to others, I believe it is needed.
Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?
My life verse is Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
Where can we find you on the web?
Readers can find me all over the web J
Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?
No, this was a great interview. Thank you so much for hosting me, Melissa. I so appreciate it!
Readers, here is the deal; this book is fabulous. I had the honor of receiving an advance copy and have been reading A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island. Not only is Mackinac Island my favorite place but the writing is great. I love that I can open a book and be transported to downtown Mackinac, I can hear the clip clop of the horses, the sound of bikes whizzing by and the chatter of the tourists (fudgies). If you love Mackinac Island you will love this book. And if you have never been to Mackinac Island you can travel there instantly through this book.
We must have more than 15 comments to have a drawing, so get commenting for your chance to win a copy of this great book. All comments must be in by 5:00 pm on April 10.