I love Authors Interview 6 this is Cara Luecht

I love Authors Interview 6

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This is Cara Luecht

Welcome to I love Authors Interview 6 in this interview we meet Cara Luecht, author of Soul’s Cry – Let’s all give Cara a warm greeting.

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Cara Luecht

Welcome, Cara. It’s a pleasure to have you sitting on my oranges and lemons VIP couch today.

I’m so glad you are doing a blog tour with Celebrate Lit as it gives me an opportunity to get to know you better.

Cara – Thank you for inviting me, Margaret.

Now you are comfortable I want you to imagine that we are on a desert island! Sun, sand and solitude!

Margaret Kazmierczak interviews Cara Luecht

Question number one.

Who would you like to be marooned on the island with and why?

Cara – My husband, David. Because he can fix/build anything. And he’s my best friend😊

Ahh, that’s nice. It sounds like you won’t be on the Island for long then with his handy skills.

My second question Cara.

What luxury would you like to have washed up on the beach?

Cara – A toothbrush and toothpaste.

Oh, I’m with you there, I don’t like scummy teeth nor getting fish gills stuck in between my incisors!

Ok Cara, third question.

You are given one wish, but there is a clause which means you can only ask to be an animal. What creature would you like to be?

Cara – A shark. Other animals would leave me alone on my swim home.

I like your thinking Cara.

 

Food for thought now Cara

What food would you miss the most being on a desert island?

Cara – Cheeseburgers.

Not a lot I can say to that!

 

And now my final question Cara

You find a piece of paper with a pencil left behind from the previous Author who was shipwrecked here, what encouraging message would you leave for the next cast away?

Cara Stinks to be you—I’m using every inch of this paper and pencil.

🙂 Sounds like you have a plan….

 

Well I must say, Cara, it has been a delight to meet you.

Yes, friends go ahead and show your appreciation. Sounds like you have a lot of support Cara. Thank you for sharing with us today.

For more information on Cara Luecht and her book, Soul’s Cry along with a great GIVEAWAY continue reading……

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About the Book

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Author: Cara Luecht

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release Date: June 15, 2017

Ione

Ione has everything she’d wanted with her busy shop filled to the brim with sumptuous fabrics, gossiping debutants, and a neatly increasing profit margin. Not to mention the unexpected attention of a man who doesn’t know her past.

And then the letter dropped from the mail slot onto to lush carpet. He was back. And the abuse, the shame, rushes in, reminding her of how unworthy she really is.

Miriam

Miriam also has everything she’d wanted—and with a baby on the way, for the first time in her life, she has everything to lose. When she’d been alone, the future had held promise, but now with her life full, it also holds fear.

Unwilling to risk a vision of loss, Miriam stops painting what will be…right before Ione needs it most.

About the Author

140223_132100ph(2)Award-winning author, Cara Luecht, lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin with her husband, David, and their children. In addition to freelance writing and marketing, Cara works as an English Instructor for a local college. Cara graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Currently, Cara is studying for a Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Guest post from Cara Luecht

The moment you realize how subtle racism can be.

As someone of Northern European ancestry, I approach this topic with caution and with the knowledge that I can never fully understand racism in America from a personal perspective. That being said, part of me knows that unless white America owns up to the problems that still exist, they will never go away, or if they do, they will not go away because of what I have done. I don’t want to be on the right side of history as a spectator.

Writing Soul’s Cry was daunting, because the main character in this part of the trilogy is African American. I’ll tackle the challenges with that in another blog. For now, I want to talk about one simple example of ongoing racism.

Ongoing racism

A few months ago, my publisher contacted me looking for inspiration pictures for the cover. The picture I had pinned to my desktop for Ione was from the 1800s, and heaven-only-knows how I would find permission to use it. Besides, it was in black-and-white, and we needed something that would go well with the other covers in the trilogy.

Ione’s Inspiration Picture

I went to the popular sites that cover designers use to look for modern pictures of women, in Victorian Era clothes, who had the smart, determined expression I’d imagined for Ione.

There I found a bunch of models–problem is, they were all white.

Then  I typed in “African American Victorian Woman.” One picture. And she was dressed as a burlesque dancer. Nice. I tried “Black woman in 1890,” a bit miffed that I had to use the term “Black” rather than “African American”—nothing. I got desperate, rolled my eyes, and even attempted the archaic “Negro woman in 1890” in hopes of getting something…nothing.

I tried other sites and found the same problem.

I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised—when you think of a high-society Victorian woman, does an African American face come to mind?

The truth about the late Victorian era of the African American community

This doesn’t match up with the truth, though. In the late Victorian era, there was a thriving, influential, African American community in Chicago as well as many other major cities. While there were indeed crowded ghetto areas, the “Black Elite” prospered in the medical and legal professions.

Unfortunately, we rarely hear of these remarkable people who moved beyond the place society had deemed was theirs, who built on the humble foundation of literacy, who pushed innovation forward, who served on boards and cultural societies, and who worked to pull their families out of the devastation of slavery and the Civil War.

What comes to mind when thinking of an African American?

It is uncomfortable to admit, but the picture that comes to mind when thinking of an African American in the late 1800s has more in common with slaves than with a prosperous, thriving community.

And since poor African Americans outnumbered wealthy ones, I suppose one could make the argument that this reflected how a majority of African Americans lived. And that would be true…

…but it would also be true for whites. One of my grandfathers was born in an Iowa coal town. Another, into the dustbowl conditions of North Dakota. In fact, if I look back in my own history, almost every one of my ancestors lived in poverty.

A Conundrum

So why is it that when I think about a Victorian Era woman, the picture that comes to mind looks like someone from the set of Meet Me In St. Louis.

And here’s the twist…because the picture of the woman in my mind looks a bit like me (in that we are both white), her poise, the no-nonsense posture and expression…it makes me feel a bit of pride—even though I have no real connection with her. The fact is, I can look at these old pictures and see in her the determination I hope to have. I want to live up to this woman’s expectations. As crazy as it sounds, when I look at these pictures, I feel pride in a heritage I do not own. My family was in poverty, but because of these pictures, I can identify with affluence. Prosperity does not feel like a foreign concept.

Now imagine that every picture of a white woman I saw as representative of my past looked haggard, tired, and hopeless.

I’ll leave the implications for you to puzzle out.

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Cara is giving away a grand prize of signed copies of the entire series!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c729

Author: Margaret Kazmierczak

For over fifty years I have laughed and cried through my life – it has been exciting, exhausting, emotional, challenging and infuriating. No one gave me a map or a ‘How to get out of stressful situations’ manual, to help me on my journey. Instead, it has been God and me, His Word and my mistakes. So let’s cut to the chase, I am a wife and mother of three almost adult children! I live in the South of England and dislike the rainy climate. Yes, it looks green but so does my face with little sunshine! With many occupations under my belt, I now spend my time writing – mainly Christian inspirational works on my blog. However, I also include book reviews and some humorous pieces too. I have one published book so far….. keep looking as there are plans afoot for more! My life is hectic; I am disorganised, and God continually sorts me out. I hope my words bring you hope, comfort and laughter as I sit here in my dining room praying for inspiration and for the cat to get off my laptop!

4 thoughts on “I love Authors Interview 6 this is Cara Luecht”

  1. Thank you for interview authors. It’s so nice to get a little background on them before reading their books. I’m interested in reading it now! Plus, i love yoru questions you asked =)

  2. I always look forward to pulling a chair up to your lemons & oranges couch, and listening in as you interview someone. Cara has a delightful sense of humor! We have some things in common. One of our sons got his Masters from Fuller, and I was born in Iowa. We have the most wonderful & beloved son-in-law who is black, as are many of my dear friends. I would love to hear more about their remarkable heritage. Researching that side of the family has been quite a challenge. Thank you for highlighting Cara!

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