Cara Sue Achterberg is a writer, blogger, and occasional cowgirl who lives on a farm in South Central, Pennsylvania.
Her first novel, I'm Not Her, was a national bestseller. When an obese check-out clerk and a superficial twenty-something switch lives, they discover what it's really like to walk in someone else's shoes. Her second novel, Girls' Weekend, takes readers along for the ride when three overwhelmed moms go away for a weekend and decide not to go back to lives that don't seem to fit anymore. It's a book for every person who has ever wondered - is this all there is?
Cara's third novel, Practicing Normal, (released June 2017), introduces readers to the Turners, a not so normal family just trying to fit in a neighborhood of McMansions. Teenage daughter Jenna spends her days breaking into the other houses on the street until an unexpected first love lands in her life. 12-year-old JT has Aspberger's Sydrome, his brilliance displayed not only in his obsessions but also his uncanny mathematical abilities. Everett holds down a good job, but can't keep his mitts off a mistress, and Kate is a stay-at-home mom juggling them all, plus her elderly, struggling mother who lives nearby. The illusion of their normal life get turned upside down when Kate's wayward father resurfaces bringing with him long-buried secrets.
Cara teaches workshops on creating and affording an organic life, based on the information shared in her book, Live Intentionally: 65 Challenges for a Healthier, Happier Life, which was chosen as first runner up at the 2015 Green Book Festival.
She teaches creative writing and her essays and articles have been published in numerous anthologies, websites, and magazines.
Cara has fostered over 75 dogs for the nonprofit all-breed rescue organization, Operation Paws for Homes and writes a blog about her experiences. Her small hillside farm is home to three horses, a changing number of cats, and plenty of chickens. Links to her blogs, pictures of her foster dogs and more information can be found at CaraWrites.com.