American Christian Fiction Writers
Cara Putman

Cara Putman is a woman living a dream. Barbour's Heartsong Presents has released six of her books, including Canteen Dreams, a WWII historical set in Nebraska that won the ACFW 2008 Book of the Year for Short Historical. She also has written romantic suspense for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense, contemporary mysteries for Guidepost, a historical romantic suspense for Summerside, and the Complete Idiots Guide to Business Law. Cara is an attorney, wife, mom to four, homeschool teacher, occasional professor at Purdue, active at her church, and all around crazy woman. Crazy about God, her husband and her kids. Visit her at

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Writing Christian Fiction Is a Gift to Readers and a Sacrifice to God

Fiction Finder

A new year is right around the corner. With it comes a time to evaluate our callings and where we spend our time, talents, and treasures. It’s a time to check in with God and see if we are where He wants us. Let’s face it, writing is hard work. It requires long hours, discipline, a commitment that is sometimes daunting. At times it’s easy to wonder if it’s worth the effort and sacrifice.

Each time this question begins to pound in my mind, I take a couple steps. I ask God if writing is still what He wants me to do. I try to hold writing in an open hand. While it’s something I would love to do for years to come―I have too many stories to tell to stop now―if this is no longer where God wants me, then I need to be willing to move. So far, His answer has been stay. But an open hand is key to my search for direction.

If His answer remains stay, then I have to search for peace. Writing is a waiting game. Before we’re published it’s a waiting game to find the story that resonates with the right agent and then the perfect editor at the serendipitous moment. I don’t know about you, but I can’t control that. I’m convinced that’s one reason God has me in this crazy business. As publishers are bought, editors move houses or lines, and change happens, in a blink we can move from almost there to no idea if we’ll ever be there. Still know that God uses each twist and turn to further His purposes in our lives.

Writing some days is purely an act of obedience, an act that brings pleasure to our God because He asked us to do it. Maybe someday a multitude of readers will discover our words and push them to the top of a list. Or maybe God will direct them to the handful of readers who will find healing as they see themselves in our characters.

The most precious reader letters I receive are those from individuals who have lived the pain I foist on my characters. Maybe it was a miscarriage. Maybe it was date rape or an unplanned pregnancy. But as they see themselves in the heroines, some have let me peek inside their experiences.

If I never reach a best-seller list, that will still be enough. Through my obedience, God whispered to a heart. Isn’t that what it’s all about?