Friday, January 22, 2016

Interview and #Giveaway with Cara Luecht

I'm thrilled to feature Cara Luecht again on our blog with her latest release. I was stoked to have dinner with Cara last September when we were fellow attendees at a writer's conference and then to find out the crazy dealio that she lives about 45 minutes away from me? Yeah. Cara, we need to hit each other up for some coffee!

Anyway, her book is on my TBR for sure!! Enjoy our latest sit down chatty-chat with Cara and don't forget to enter to win her latest! :)


What authors do you like to read?

I like to read a lot of different authors, but right now I’m busy with Louise Penny, Kristin Hannah, Suzie Finkbeiner, and a non-fiction anthropological study by T.M. Luhrmann.

What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?

Well, here’s just a simple little question! LOL! Dostoevsky and James Joyce are probably the two biggies. When I was in junior high and high school, I was addicted to Mary Higgins Clark, the Margo Mysteries (anyone remember those!), and any other mystery series I could find.

What’s more important: characters or plot?

When I write, I write for plot, because writing for character is my natural inclination. That way, I hope (between my nature and my efforts), that I find a perfect mix of the two.

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author and what would it be?

I can’t think of one. Everything we experience in life is part of what makes us who we are, and if a character demands something from me, even if it uncomfortable, then I feel I should be willing to write it. If is conflicts with good taste, then I need to discover a way to write it. White-washing the world is neither realistic nor inspiring.

How important are names to you in your books and how do you choose them?

Names are very important, and they usually just come to me. Miriam (in Soul Painter and Soul’s Prisoner) was always Miriam, etc. But if I get stuck, I google baby names for the decade in which the character was born for inspiration. And I always check the meaning. I find it curious that even if I do not check the meaning before I write the character, usually the character seems to have developed the qualities the meaning of the name predicts—kind of like in real life.

What secret talents do you have? Because here at the CCC blog we have all kinds of them ;)

I play piano and sing. I also like to crochet and do other crafty things. I teach college composition and work in marketing. I like to design things. I like to bake, and I love canning jams and jellies.

What were you like as a child? Steady-going like our Anne, a tornado like Jaime, and adventurous soul like Erica, or an avid-reader like Gabrielle?

I have always loved to read, and I was the classic, responsible, firstborn. I was shy, but we moved a lot when I was a kid (10 different schools), so I had to learn not to be.

Characters often find themselves in situations they aren't sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

I feel like this every day I stand up in front of my students. There is a moment when class starts where I realize that I am responsible for making the lesson engaging, and that they rely on me to teach them the things they will need to know in college, and I feel inadequate. Of course, I don’t run, but there are a few seconds where I wonder what I was thinking taking on that kind of responsibility.

What’s your writing goals for 2016?

I’m hoping to write at least one more novel, possibly two. But one of my characters is not behaving right now, so who knows. And, like most other authors I know, I am waiting to hear back on queries,
so all my plans might fly out the window with a single email.

Lastly, will you leave us with a snippet from your book that is one of your favorites and gives us a glimpse into its pages?

Here are the first few lines of Soul’s Prisoner:

Rachel eased along the seeping basement wall. Fresh linens, stacked high in her arms, almost blocked her view. The musty corridor reeked of hasty construction and paper-thin concrete. The polished marble floors in the halls above gave no indication of the dank underbelly where Rachel delivered clean laundry. Over her head, heaving mechanical guts twisted and disappeared into the ceiling, carrying cold water and flickering lights to the stomping nurses and their charges.

Condensation trickled from a shoulder-height steam pipe and collected in a slick, green puddle. Rachel stepped around it. At the far end of the hall, mildew overpowered the respectively benign odor of the underground. She filled her lungs with the stagnant air, because what came next was worse.

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Professional coffee drinker, Jaime Jo Wright, resides in the hills of Wisconsin. She loves to write spirited turn-of-the-century romance, stained with suspense. Her day job finds her as a Director of Sales & Development. She’s wife to a rock climbing, bow-hunting Pre-K teacher, mom to a coffee-drinking little girl, and a little boy she fondly refers to as her mischievous “Peter Pan”. Jaime completes her persona by being an admitted social media junkie and coffee snob. She is a member of ACFW and has the best writing sisters EVER!

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  1. I enjoy mysteries and the little snippet she left us with is quite intriguing.

  2. Great interview...Challenging questions, engaging answers

  3. The title sounds so gripping! It makes me want to delve in!

  4. The first few lines sound kind of scary. I like that.

  5. The cover is intriguing and this is new author to me. Yay!

  6. Thanks for introducing me to another awesome author! The title and cover are intriguing.

  7. New author to me. I would love to read this book. It sounds awesome.

  8. Love introductions to an author I never knew about. Nice interview.

  9. I was blessed to have won Cara's books from her and this blog last year and now that Soul's Prisoner is available, I'm disappointed that I have only read Gathered Waters, so far. Which, by the way was so good - beautiful and educational. From the very short excerpt, Soul's Prisoner sounds very gothic. I, seriously, got nervous just from that short blurb. I guess Soul's Painter is my next read, because I think I really need to read Soul's Prisoner and my neurosis would never allow me to read them out of order. :) Cara, congrats on all of the amazing reviews you've received on your books.

    1. Thank you, Terrill, for reading! I really appreciate the feedback:)


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