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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So What's A Writer To Do?

Fiction Finder

Writing can be an exceedingly lonely business. Writing includes long hours of staring at a computer screen. Hopefully, the words fly from your thoughts to your fingers onto the screen. Even then, it’s just you and your laptop.

So what’s a writer to do?

ACFW provides several ways for writers to connect with others who understand the unique and challenging pursuit of writing. ACFW offers its members many opportunities, including these.

1) Chapters: ACFW has twenty-five chapters scattered across the United States and one for members outside of the United States. Through chapters you have the opportunity to meet other writers. Some are farther along the road to publication, some are a few steps behind, and still others are right next to you. Through chapter meetings and e-mail loops, you will learn, commiserate, and celebrate. Most of all, you’ll be part of a community of people who understand the challenges.

2) Genre E-mail Loops: ACFW offers genre-related e-mail loops for children’s fiction, historical, romance, romantic suspense, speculative fiction, suspense, women’s fiction, and young adult. In each group, you can interact with other writers who are interested in the same genres as you. Loop members share research sites, tips, questions, and genre information. E-mail loops are a great way to focus on the exact type of book you are writing. If you write in more than one genre, you can join multiple loops.

3) Zones: Maybe your area of the country doesn’t have a chapter yet. Don’t despair! ACFW has broken the county into nine areas called zones. Each zone has a loop and is a great way to celebrate and encourage one another. It’s also the perfect place to put out a call for other writers in your area so you can meet and possibly start your own chapter.

If this writing journey has you worn down and you need some friends to come alongside you, look no further than ACFW. With approximately 2,500 members, someone is near you.