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Flight Risk Paperback – April 7, 2020
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Q&A with Author Cara Putman
Not only are a writer, you’re also an attorney. How does your legal experience inform your writing?
Being an attorney gives my books authenticity. These characters are in roles I’ve held or know someone who has. It helps me get the details right as well as highlight the tensions and motivations, the fears and concerns these women would have if they weren’t fictional. I’ve clerked for a federal judge. I’ve run trials as the plaintiff’s attorney. I’ve worked with domestic violence victims on their legal matters. I haven’t run my own firm like Savannah does, but I’ve mentored women who are rising professionals and I was mentored by someone like Savannah.
What should a reader expect from Flight Risk?
When a reader closes the cover on Flight Risk, they’ll be encouraged to do the hard work in relationships because there’s always hope. They’ll also want to spend more time seeing what develops between Jett and Savannah. Most of all I want them to be encouraged and hopeful at the last word.
Many of your novels, Flight Risk included, have elements that seem ripped from the headlines. How much inspiration do you get from current events? What else inspires your work?
Flight Risk was inspired by three conversations and events. The first was an actual airplane crash on the 14th Street Bridge as a plane took off from what was then National Airport and crashed into the Potomac River in the 1980s. Savannah’s reactions to it are based in part on my experiences in Washington, D.C. on 9/11. The idea for the black box thread came from talking with a couple of my fellow professors at Purdue. Finally, Jett’s thread of finding truth in a fake news world was an outgrowth of so many different threads from Facebook to the 2016 election and many more. They all came together in a series of what-ifs in my mind.
Forgiveness is a major theme in this novel. Why did you choose to focus on forgiveness with this story?
That theme grew out of spending time with the characters. I’ve learned that the external events are the first thread or layer to the story. Then as I get to know the characters in the context of that setting, I dive deeper into what’s motivating them in their relationships with other people. Once I added Stasi with Savannah’s ex, forgiveness became an issue Savannah has to deal with. Jett’s take on it is slightly different because he’s got to wrestle with whether he can forgive himself.
How are readers going to connect to the characters in Flight Risk?
I think they’re going to care deeply about Addi, Savannah’s niece. Their also going to grow to love Jett. And Savannah is someone they’re going to root for because she’s so much like them. A woman who’s pulled so many directions and wants to do the right thing…even when the people closest to her may not deserve it.
How does Flight Risk fit in conversation with your other novels? What common themes appear throughout your books? What will readers find in this story that expands upon your earlier work?
While Flight Risk is a stand alone novel, readers who loved the Hidden Justice series will see the heroines from those books in this one. Savannah was their mentor and the glue to the group, but now she gets her book. They’re all set in the Washington, D.C. area, and they all have a basic thread that no matter how hard life is, there is always hope and God is always there. Readers will also see that there aren’t pat, easy answers. These characters wrestle with real life, all while having careers set in the legal arena. There will also be an element of ripped from the headlines to propel the action.
Industry Praise for FLIGHT RISK
“Cara Putman’s new novel, Flight Risk, is more than an unputdownable legal thriller. This rich, multi-layered story features real characters finding their way through a morass of problems that add to the depth of this compelling story. Flight Risk is Putman at the top of her game. Highly recommended!” —Colleen Coble, bestselling author of the Lavender Tides series and Strands of Truth
About the Author
Cara Putman is the author of more than twenty-five legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at sixteen, college at twenty, completed her law degree at twenty-seven, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana. Visit her website at CaraPutman.com; Facebook: Cara.Putman; Twitter: @Cara_Putman.
- Item Weight : 8.9 ounces
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 078523327X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0785233275
- Product Dimensions : 5.47 x 0.83 x 8.39 inches
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (April 7, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #628,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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