I’m super excited for today’s guest! As part of the Litfuse Blog Tour for Imperfect Justice, I get to chat with Cara Putman today! Yay!
As a preteen Cara Putman watched lawyers change legislative opinions at an important legislative hearing in Nebraska. At that time, she wondered if people would give her words the same weight if she became an attorney. An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska Lincoln, George Mason University School of Law, and Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, Cara has turned her passion for words into award-winning stories that capture readers. Her legal experience makes its way into her stories where strong women confront real challenges.
An award-winning author of more than 25 books, Cara writes legal thrillers, WWII romances, and romantic suspense because she believes that no matter what happens hope is there, waiting for us to reach for it.
When she’s not writing, Cara is an over-educated attorney who lectures in law and communications at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and homeschools her children. She and her family live in Indiana, the land of seasons. You can read chapters for most of her books and connect with Cara at her website: http://www.caraputman.com/.
Her new book, Imperfect Justice, released December 5, 2017 from Thomas Nelson
THE POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS A MURDERER. EMILIE WESLEY KNOWS THEY CAN’T BE TALKING ABOUT HER CLIENT . . . CAN THEY?
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?
Hi Cara! Welcome to the blog!
Cara: Apples! I love crisp and sweet fruit.
Carrie: Yum! yes!
Cara: Both. I truly love each season for different reasons.
Carrie: I can’t say I love summer but i can see its benefits… sort of 😛
Cara: Cats. They just aren’t as needy [as] dogs.
Carrie: Ok now here we’re going to have to agree to disagree lol!
Cara: Both. I love coffee, but sometimes tea just hits the spot better.
Carrie: I think if I liked either one I would find one hits the spot better than others in certain instances too!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Cara: Stopping time. I really need that one to get everything done that I need to do. I’d say a superpower I do have is communicating. I love teaching and writing. And when I look back across my career communication is at the core of each experience. But man, if I could have Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth or Elastigirl’s flexibility, it would be amazing!
Carrie: Oooo that would be fun!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Cara: Anne of Green Gables or Laura from Little House on the Prairie. I read each of their series multiple times as a girl and teen. It’s been fun rediscovering them with my kids. Truly a joy! And I like to say I make lots of mistakes, but I try to only make each one once like a certain literary red-head I admire.
Carrie: Both of those characters are among my faves as well – such great books!
Q: Do you have any strange writing habits/quirks?
Cara: Right now one of my quirks is that I can’t write creatively without my Pandora soundtrack channels playing. I’ll have different music depending on the book, but the channels with Marvel; The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe; and Lord of the Rings is my creative happy place.
Carrie: Ooo great soundtrack choices!
Q: Describe your main characters, and tell me who you would cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to produce Imperfect Justice as a movie!
Cara: Such a fun question. Emilie Wesley is an attorney and part-time journalist who’s lost her superpower of words. Reid Billings is alone and wondering if he wants to stay that way.
I would cast Julianne Hough as Emilie and Aaron Tveit as Reid You can see the inspiration they gave me here: https://www.pinterest.com/caraputman/novel-imperfect-justice/
Carrie: I can definitely see both of those actors in those roles!
Q: What surprised you about Imperfect Justice or your characters as you wrote their story?
Cara: First surprise: I didn’t have a hero. So my readers and the amazing Tricia Goyer helped me create Reid. Second, I thought I KNEW Emilie. After all, she played a key supporting role in Beyond Justice, but I was WRONG. (All those caps are on purpose J ) She was shy about sharing her story, but what a story it was.
Carrie: I cannot imagine Imperfect Justice without Reid!! And I loved getting to know Emilie better too. She’s such a strong character but we see that vulnerable side a little bit too.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Imperfect Justice?
Cara: That we all have a superpower that impacts the world. Reid is convinced he doesn’t – and in one of my favorite scenes, Emilie convinces him he does.
Carrie: Oh my goodness – I LOVE this answer!!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Cara: I just turned in the third book in the Hidden Justice series. I can’t wait for people to get to know Jaime better. And I’m eager to dive into Caroline’s story next. I’m also finishing a book for Guidepost and have another one to turn in right after Christmas. Lots of books percolating!
Carrie: YAY! Can’t wait for each of these!
What about you? What is YOUR superpower?