Cara’s Staff Spotlight

Cara’s Staff Spotlight

Who is your favourite author?

What a mean question! I suppose it depends on what I’m looking for, really.  If I need a laugh, nothing is better than a title by Christopher Moore. If I need an escape, I can rely on Richelle Mead to have me completely gripped by a book before page 5. If I’m looking for sentences that punch me straight in the face, it’d have to be Toni Morrison or Oscar Wilde. 

What are you reading now?

Aside from submissions? Well, my reading habits have changed drastically with the pandemic—I tend to read a few books at once, which is a new habit. I think because I’m reading different books for different reasons.

The first is as a coping method for my anxiety, in which I re-read something I’ve already read. I find comfort in knowing what will happen in a time when the real world is so unpredictable. At the moment, that book is The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel.

The second is more duty-bound because as the Editor-in-Chief for an independent publisher I try to keep one finger on the pulse of the industry. Right now, that book is Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House, which was released in 2019 by the independent publisher Graywolf Press.

And finally, I try and chip away at one of the dozens (read: hundreds) of books I’ve somehow accumulated over the years and yet never found the time to actually read. Currently, that’s Sean Carswell’s The Metaphysical Ukulele

What is your CNF recommendation? 

That’d have to be Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things, which is a collection of letters and advice that was given to me by a dear friend when I was in a period of crisis. Although Strayed is well known for her memoir, Wild, (which is also wonderful), this collection has played a huge role in shaping who I am today. 

What does Truth in Ink mean to you? 

It means publishing the lived experiences of our contributors, giving our readers access to authentic stories in print. It means accepting pieces with concepts that might be hard for some of our readers to swallow, because Truth doesn’t mean easy, or pretty, or kind. It means elevating voices that are traditionally under-represented in publishing and giving their work a permanent place of residence in the ink of our issues because those truths are vital and necessary and valid.

Cara Bentley
Cara Bentley

Cara received her BA in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, from California State University Channel Islands. This was followed by two postgraduate degrees – an MSc in Literature and Society from the University of Edinburgh and an MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen.


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