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.

Why ACFW Is for You

I vividly remember years when the dream of writing seemed illusive. Somehow people had these wonderful ideas that mysteriously turned into manuscripts. Somehow those manuscripts found the right editors and agents. And somehow those editors and agents made the manuscripts into books on store shelves while the writer got huge advances and worked on another story.

The whole idea overwhelmed me and left me feeling like the dream would never be more than that.

And it may have if I hadn’t found American Christian Fiction Writers (, a group of more than 1700 individuals who write books or are involved in the industry. Some have the dream. Some work actively in pursuit of it. Some are published. Together we learn the craft that makes books come to life when they intersect with a reader.

Is this your dream? Then here are a few reasons to join ACFW:

1) You will be surrounded by a community that “gets” you. They understand you aren’t crazy when you say you hear voices in your head and you take dictation. They experience the same phenomenon.

2) You will be surrounded by craft. The e-loop contains weekly conversations about writing. The online courses provide opportunities to dive deeper into topics like research, character development, and pitches. And the forums are a wonderful place to converse with other people about specific questions, challenges, and successes.

3) You can enter ACFW contests. The Genesis is designed for prepublished authors and provides an opportunity to have your work evaluated by judges who want to help you succeed. The Book of the Year is an opportunity for published authors to have their books evaluated. Both awards are growing within the industry, and are open only to ACFW members.

4) You can join a local chapter. Chapters are a wonderful way to connect face-to-face with other writers and ACFW members. Often the chapter meetings have a workshop or teaching element. Many members don’t have access to a local chapter but have the tremendous opportunity to network and meet online friends.

So if you have the dream. If you read books and think, I could do that. Then it’s time to take the next step and join ACFW.

Cara Putman
ACFW Publicity Officer.