LiteraryCO Spotlight: Cara Allen

Hello, everybody! My name is Cara Allen and I am an aspiring novelist. I’ve lived in Colorado for about five years now, before that I lived in Spokane, Washington. I’ve been writing since I was about twelve when I had a dream that had me waking up and putting pen to paper for hours until the words stopped flowing. Have had some poems and short stories published in my high school and college literary publications that have made me just as eager to share my words with others. I write primarily Young Adult of the urban fantasy type and still love getting lost in the worlds that I create.

I have a blog, though it hasn’t been updated in a while, and you can also find me on Twitter.

What is your favorite color?

I think my favorite colors change as the day changes. I’m a mood ring. But my current favorite colors are blue and silver.

If you had one super power what would it be?

If I could have a super power I think it would be the ability to slow down time when I need to do something. Especially when it comes to writing because I always feel like I don’t have enough time to get a good chunk done at a time.

Books open up infinite worlds, what book would you love to live in?

I don’t think I could choose one! I think it would be kind of fun to jump around into all the worlds in the books that I read and experience them all. I especially would love to jump into those worlds where authors just tease you with basic information and leave the rest of it up to your imagination, just so I can see if what I imagined matched what the author was putting out.

What is your favorite part of being involved in the book world? (the signings, the people, the fact you get to write for a living, free books, etc…)

I love the writing world. For a long time writing for me was a private affair and I never really gave myself the chance to experience the world so I am diving into it with arms wide open. I love going to signings, hearing and learning from Q&As that they have during them. I’ve gone to a conference once (due for my second one this year, yay!) and I love workshops and learning more about the craft and the industry. I’ve learned to push myself and take my writing seriously instead of a casual thing just from putting myself in to this world. And the snazzy swag is great, too.

What is your movie/book/TV guilty pleasure?

What books are my guilty pleasures? Hmm I think the ones that I can read and reread, ones that give me comfort to go back in to, are any of the Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton, any books by Nora Roberts/JD Robb if I need an easy romance or mystery read. As for TV, I love DIY shows especially since we just bought a house (Yay!) and have been taking on projects. I could go on and on about movies, so I think I’ll put a button on that.

Take a hike, see a Broncos game or chill out by a mountain lake?

I would definitely pick the chilling out by a mountain lake, especially if I can have a pen and paper with me. I’m not much of a sportsy or outdoorsy person but relaxing by a lake and writing sounds like heaven to me.

What online guilty pleasure causes you the most procrastination? (ie, pinterest)

Pinterest is up there on the list of procrastination causers. Also Facebook games, because I’m a dork to the core.