Congrats to Kristin, winner of Stars in the Night. Kristin, just send me your home addy! And by the way, Kristin has a great blog–Miss Vintage Girl. I love her blog design AND Kristin’s sewing and craft projects. Girl is an artist and so creative. AND she has a cool song on her blog right now. She and author Natalie Lloyd have such good taste in music.
I have so much random stuff to say today, but we MUST continue our discussion with the lovely and talented Cara Putman. But stick around because I want to discuss American Idol (Steven Tyler!!!), YouTube, and other random ramdomosities. Be now return to our regularly scheduled interview with one Cara Putman, super attorney, super mom, super friend, and TMA. (Totally amazing author)
J: Cara, thanks for coming back. We usually scare people off after the first initial visit. So let’s get back to the deep, intellectual questions. You’re being cast in a reality show. Which one is it?
C: Amazing Race. I’d have my husband as partner. And he eats all the weird things while I do all the death-defying stunts. : )
J: I could TOTALLY see you on Amazing Race. You would kick tail. Okay, what is your favorite dessert?
C: Dutch apple pie, warm, in a bowl with milk. Yum!
J: You lost me at milk. Did you mean like frozen milk+cream? Like ice cream? Like Blue Bell? Surely pie cannot be eaten without ice cream. (Of course, I think ice cream deserves to be eaten with anything. I just washed down some antibiotics with a little Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.) You are a very goal-oriented person, just one of the many things I admire about you. What is your goal for the rest of 2010?
C: To give myself time to write proposals. My writing journey has been a sprint so far. Lots of books in a short time frame. And I’m ready to breathe a bit and work with God to develop the proposals that are me – but that people have been waiting to see, too.
J: AND. . .to have a new baby! Cara will welcome baby number four later this year as well.
C: We just found out last Friday that this little one is a boy. He’ll join us in late November or very early December and right now Daniel Reagan is in the lead for name. The kids are thrilled.
J: You’ll be months away from delivering when we go to the ACFW conference in Sept, and you’ll STILL probably work out more than me. So tell us how your own career in law inspired your protagonist in Stars in the Night.
C: Many of my books have an attorney in them. And it was a natural to have Audra a frustrated attorney. She went to law school, but hadn’t been allowed to actually work as an attorney. Not uncommon in the 1940s and 50s.
J: I loved that detail. I liked that Audra was not exactly your typical woman of the 40s. She had a few degrees under her belt and was pursuing a career in law. And I liked how we saw how difficult it was for a woman at that time. Not as difficult as solving a murder and keeping yourself alive, which made Audra’s life sooo stressful! So I’m trying to talk our writers here into going to the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference. Why should they go?
C: ACFW is THE place to be if you are serious about writing Christian fiction. All of the novels I have in print are because of relationships I’ve developed through ACFW. I’ve also learned so much about the craft of writing.
J: What’s next in the works for you?
C: I’m writing book ten in Guideposts next contemporary mystery series; book four releases in September. After that, we’ll see. Time to dream up proposals I’m excited about and pray that God will match me with the publisher who is equally excited about them!
J: Cara, thanks so much for stopping by. I’m excited about your book releasing and definitely counting the days ’til we get to hang out!
C: Thanks so much for having me, Jenny.
Stop by Cara’s website and blog, where she often has contests and book reviews.
Okay, American Idol, what the heck is going on? Ellen, gone. Kara, gone. And who’s filling their shoes? Steven Tyler and J-Lo. I am a die-hard Aerosmith fan. Few people who survived the 80s aren’t, and I love one Mr. Steven Tyler, especially when he’s not in rehab and breaking up then making up then breaking up with his bandmates. (Joe Perry you are a dear, patient fellow.) But I think it’s time AI just said adieu. Follow the Friends model and quit while you’re ahead, while it’s still good. (Which meant you should’ve quit 2 years ago.)
Today I went to a local nursing home where my grandmother stays. I’m helping my church start a ministry there, and I’m so excited about it (and intimidated and worried and already blessed). So this afternoon I had a little meeting there with the social director. We introduced ourselves, shook hands, and I sat down across from her. The first thing out of my mouth? “I have paint in my hair. So during the course of this meeting if you start wondering what the white goo in my hair is, that’s it.” It’s reasons like this I never ran for Miss America. I’d never make it past the interview. Among other things. . .
Anyway, so after my meeting I found my grandmother and sat with her during lunch. A couple sat at our table, and I learned they had been married 66 years. Here’s a little snippet of our conversation:
Me: Wow. Sixty-six years. That’s amazing. What’s your secret?
Husband: Ignore each other.
Wife looks at me and nods. “Yep, that’s how we do it.”
Maybe pastors should start working that into marriage vows since it clearly worked for this couple all these years. Do you promise to love, cherish, and ignore your spouse? I do!
Finally, I leave you with this. I was painting my living room editing and writing and listening to the Gospel channel on Pandora. This song came on, and I had to totally stop what I was doing. Listen to this and tell me it doesn’t give you chills. Oh, Whitney when she was Whitney.
Man, girl could SANG.
Come back next Monday when I tell you all about my trip to Savannah and cry on your shoulder over my eventual return to school. See you then!