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Cara Lopez Lee

Cara Lopez Lee grew up in Los Angeles, dream capital of the world, but at first she didn't trust her dream. "When I read Little Women in third grade, I wanted to write books," Cara says, "but I thought only extraordinary people did that." Nine years as a TV journalist in Alaska, the Last Frontier, increased her love of stories. Then she went on a yearlong solo trek around the world, filled 14 journals, and wrote her memoir, They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel, and the Power of Running Away (Conundrum Press, 2014).

Today, Cara is an author, live storyteller, editor, and writing coach. Her stories have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Manifest-Station, 50-Word Stories, No Extra Words, Pangyrus, Connotation Press, and Rivet Journal. She has collaborated on more than 20 books, including the veteran-acclaimed Unexpected Prisoner: Memoir of a Vietnam POW (with Robert Wideman, Graham Publishing Group 2016). She performs on the Los Angeles storytelling circuit in such shows as Two Truths and a Lie, Off My Head, The Otter Story Hour, Tell It!, BUSted and Unheard L.A. She has won the prestigious Moth StorySlam, and has won a round at the infamous Write Club L.A. She has written for HGTV and Food Network, earned 16 awards from The Denver Woman's Press Club and Alaska Press Club, and taught for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Pikes Peak Writers, and Somos Taos.

An avid traveler, Cara has explored Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and most of the 50 United States. She also gets a kick out of swing and blues dancing, hiking, movies, and reading.

Cara and her husband got married at an active volcano in Costa Rica. They now live in the quiet beach town of Ventura, California. About both writing and marriage, Cara says, "I used to find inspiration in the Confucius quote, 'Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.' I no longer see it that way. Great love requires sacrifice, but the sacrifice is worth it."

Cara Lopez Lee

"The purpose of my life is not to get what I want.
The purpose of my life is to become who I am."
   —Cara Lopez Lee