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Cara Lopez Lee

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Cara Lopez Lee is the author of the memoir They Only Eat Their Husbands. Her stories have appeared in such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Manifest-Station, and 50-Word Stories. She’s a winner of The Moth StorySlam and performs in many L.A. storytelling shows, including Unheard L.A., Two Truths and a Lie, and The Otter Story Hour. She’s a book editor and writing coach. She was a TV journalist and a writer for HGTV and Food Network. An avid traveler, she has explored Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the U.S. She and her husband live in Ventura, California.

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Cara Lopez Lee I don't believe in writer's block. Sometimes I write tripe, but I can edit tripe. I can't edit a blank page. This isn't a talent so much as a survival…moreI don't believe in writer's block. Sometimes I write tripe, but I can edit tripe. I can't edit a blank page. This isn't a talent so much as a survival instinct. My early training took place in TV newsrooms, where writer’s block isn’t allowed. Reporters who miss deadlines get fired, so I developed the habit of writing whether I felt inspired or not.

Still, sometimes I struggle for the best words. When that happens, I go back to the basics: “See Dick Run. Run, Dick, Run!” If I write this way for a while, soon the logjam breaks and the words flow again. Later, I go back and rewrite the beginning: “Dick didn't run as if his life depended on it, but as if the lives of everyone he ever let down depended on it..." Or maybe, "See Dick Run" is just what the story needs. Simple, active, and enough to make readers wonder, "Who is Dick running from? What, oh what, did he do?" (less)
Cara Lopez Lee My most recent book is Unexpected Prisoner: Memoir of a Vietnam POW, and as you can tell from the subtitle it's not my story but a collaboration with…moreMy most recent book is Unexpected Prisoner: Memoir of a Vietnam POW, and as you can tell from the subtitle it's not my story but a collaboration with a Vietnam War veteran. Robert Wideman spent an astonishing six years as a prisoner of war. I grew up watching the Vietnam War unfold on TV, so I've always been fascinated with that piece of history. It was an enriching educational experience to learn his story in depth and get a feeling for an aspect of the war I knew little about. More than that, it was a privilege to become friends with the resilient, intelligent, thoughtful man who lived it, someone I would never have gotten to know if it weren't for the story he wanted to share. (less)
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Lost In L.A. (courtesy of The Moth) from Cara Lopez Lee on Vimeo. At The Moth StorySlam in L.A., at Busby’s East on December 11, 2019, I told a true personal story I’ve long hoped to tell, on a theme that means a lot to me: Family. It marked one of my most treasured moments […]
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Description: At 26, after a lover threatened to shoot me, I ran away to Alaska. In the Last Frontier, I landed in a love triangle with two wild alcoholics. At 35, I ran again, to backpack around the world alone. This memoir explores my path to self-destruction during 9 years in Alaska and my yearlong trek to seek recovery, and discovery. The title was inspired by a praying mantis in Thailand. The book is available now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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“Running away is vastly underrated.”
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“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”
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“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves. I wish for all this to be marked on my body when I am dead.”
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For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.”
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Cara Lee Join the "They Only Eat Their Husbands" book tour adventure today! I'm leaving in an hour for Cheyenne, Wyoming, first stop on a tour that will pass through Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, & New Mexico. Check my website to see when I'm coming to you: http://www.caralopezlee.com/events.php


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Cara Lee Monday, December 6, you can listen in on my radio tour as I share travel tips and talk about "They Only Eat Their Husbands: A Memoir of Alaskan Love, World Travel and the Power of Running Away." I'll be on the radio during morning drive-time from coast-to-coast. A couple of shows are national. Here's a rundown: http://www.caralopezlee.com/events.php


message 6: by Cara

Cara Lee This Friday is my book launch for "They Only Eat Their Husbands: A Memoir of Alaskan Love World Travel, and the Power of Running Away." Someone at the Lighthouse Writers Blog is already stalking me, and I couldn't be more thrilled: http://lighthousedenver.wordpress.com


message 5: by Cara

Cara Lee You can now order "They Only Eat Their Husbands" from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or http://www.CaraLopezLee.com/books.php .


message 4: by Cara (last edited Sep 23, 2010 08:44PM)

Cara Lee Want a peek into the life of an obsessive-compulsive author who can't stop writing even when she's talking? Check out my guest post today on Author Patricia Stoltey's blog: http://patriciastoltey.blogspot.com/2...


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Cara Lee Thanks for finding me, Penelope. I look forward to checking out what you're reading. Penelope wrote: "Thanks for adding me as a friend!"


Penelope Marzec Thanks for adding me as a friend!


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Jen Yay - I'm so glad you decided to take the plunge and join!


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