Cara Putnam

Cara graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Go Huskers!), moved to the Washington, DC area, married the man of her dreams, worked in the non-profit world, went to George Mason Law School at night. Cara is also an attorney, lecturer at a Big Ten university, women's ministry leader, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. Heartsong Presents is publishing her three book series of World War Two romances: Canteen Dreams (October 2007), Sandhill Dreams (May 2008), and Captive Dreams (September 2008). Love Inspired Suspense published her first romantic suspense in May 2008. Now she’s working on the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Business Law (don’t ask!) and the first book in an Ohio World War Two series.

Meet Robin Miller

In January, new members will join the ACFW board, relieving some of us of our duties. While it is an incredible honor to serve, it also takes a gift of time and talent from the board members. Robin Miller (writing as Robin Carroll) will turn over the reins to a new president.

Before we let her leave, we decided she is someone you should meet if you haven’t already. Enjoy this back-and-forth with the talented and hard-working Robin Miller.

Robin, when you started as ACFW president two years ago, what was your biggest challenge? And what had you excited to tackle the challenges of the position?

My biggest challenge was to bring ACFW up to the next level. The organization had grown so much and so fast in such a small timeframe that we needed to buckle down and bring every aspect of our group up to the level we’d already reached in numbers and reputation. What excited me most was I truly felt led to even agree to run. I had several people contact me prior to the nominations being opened and ask me to prayerfully consider running. Until that point, I hadn’t considered running for president. I knew I wanted to serve ACFW as the group had helped me so much, but president wasn’t what I was thinking! LOL. But, after much prayer and discussion, I just knew God had led me here. So I was excited to see what He had in store for the organization.

Though you won’t be president anymore, you aren’t truly leaving ACFW. You will serve in the new position of ACFW conference director. What’s your vision for the future of the conference?

I envision the conference to continue growing in regard to the quality and diversity of what is offered. We have so many industry professionals who tell us that our conference is the best for Christian fiction writers. I’d like to see that continue. I took the position because while I feel like the anointing I had for the president’s chair is over, I still want to serve the organization that I dearly love. I’ve had two years of overseeing the conference, and I truly love working with the boards, the committees, and the amazing professional event planner ACFW utilizes. I’m pretty excited about 2009 already.

You write books for Love Inspired Suspense and recently landed a contract at the 2008 ACFW conference. Tell us more about what you’re writing now.

I don’t think I could ever write in anything but the suspense genre—it’s my passion. For Steeple Hill I write romantic suspense/mystery. My three-book contract with B&H is also for romantic suspense, but the suspense percentage is a bit higher than what I write for Steeple Hill.

If someone asked you for advice on how to become a writer, what would you tell them?

Funny, because my niece wants to be a writer. What I’ve told her (she’s a young teen) is to study the books she loves to read to help determine where her passion is, to read craft books, and when ready to join a good writers’ group. Iron does sharpen iron, and I don’t believe I’d be where I am in my career without the wonderful members of ACFW.

What vision has He put in your heart for the next two years in your writing?

Well, the books I’m writing for B&H have definitely been put on my heart by Him. Big subject matter and lots of research. I also hope to continue to write for Steeple Hill. God’s shown me that if I’m obedient in what He gives me, the rest is up to Him. He’ll get those stories to the people who need them. I do my part, then trust Him. I have deadlines to meet over the next two years, and of course, I must honor those and always try to beat them. I’m only along for the ride in the journey He’s given me . . . I write because I have to . . . I write for Him because He gave me the gift.

Thanks so much, Robin, for all you have done for ACFW. And good luck with your future books and service!