I am especially excited about today’s interview, for a couple of reasons. First of all, I had the pleasure of meeting Erica at the ACFW conference back in September, and she is so sweet! The second reason is that I have read and enjoyed so many of her books that I feel confident I can pick up anything with her name on it and get a great story.
Erica is always posting fun little surveys on her facebook page, and you can head over to her website for a fun story about her book, A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA.
Interview with Erica Vetsch
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I think deep down in my heart, I always wanted to be a writer. I fell in love with reading fiction somewhere around third grade, and that love stayed with me. I have always led an intensely vivid inner life, often more vivid than what was going on around me. J I would take characters from the stories I read and continue their adventures every night in that sweet twilight between waking and sleep. I took those fictional friends with me onto the playground, on family car trips, in math class…I didn’t know I wanted to write, but I did know I spent a lot of time creating stories.
Love that! I did a lot of that reading and daydreaming about characters as well :) So, when did you start writing to be published?
I started writing for publication sometime around 2005, and I received my first contract in 2008.
Awesome! So, what was your specific journey to publication?
When I started, I did everything wrong. I wrote a story without learning how to write fiction, just spilling out the scenes in my head. When I finished it, I sent it to everyone in the Christian Writer’s Market Guide who had ever represented fiction. When I got a raft of rejections, I buckled down and began learning the craft of writing, studying and attending conferences and entering contests. I procured an agent, then at the 2008 ACFW Conference, I received my first contract from Barbour Heartsong Presents. That year I won third place in the Historical Category for the ACFW Genesis contest and won the Lit category.
It sounds as if those rejections really inspired you. Were there any notable encouragements you received along the way?
I received good feedback from the writing contests I entered, and getting to the finals a couple of years in a row was certainly encouraging. I liked best those judges who took the time to show me what I could do better rather than just telling me to change something.
That sounds great. Before we finish up…what is one last tip you would offer to aspiring writers?
Writing is hard work, and it can be discouraging at times, but don’t give up. And don’t wait on a project. Get one out the door and start on another. You can’t sell out of an empty warehouse, so keep those stories coming. If one misses the mark, the next one might hit it squarely on the head.
Love that! Thanks again for joining us today :)
Okay, Erica has pretty much written too many things for me to list them all, so I’ll just list a couple favorites.
A Bride Sews with Love in Needles, California. (Get it on Kindle right now for just $1.99) I’ve talked about this story a couple times before. Why? Because this story contains one of my favorite heroes ever. Something about this strong, handsome, stubborn, determined, yet broken man just really drew me in. He had been misunderstood and judged harshly by others, including Meghan at first. But when she learns the truth, she is the perfect person for him.
North Star Brides (Get it on Kindle right now for just $1.99) I won’t go on and on about this, but I loved this series, and getting all 3 of them for just $1.99 is a steal! Very heartwarming stories in this series. Loved seeing these brothers meet their matches :)
Colorado Dawn (& Giveaway)
Erica’s most recently published work is a series of 3 novels, all packaged together for one low price. Gotta love that! And, like I said, these are great stories!
In Before the Dawn, I loved reading about David and Karen’s story. I loved seeing this strong man who was knocked to his knees, and had to come out stronger on the other side. Erica has a beautiful way of writing stories, writing strong characters, and getting us in their heads. And this was no exception. I could feel the pain and humiliation that David felt when he thought he could never be the man and provider he needed to be. And Karen’s unconditional love for him was very inspiring as well.
In Light to My Path, I enjoyed reading about Sam and his easy generosity, and Ellie who had been through so much in her life, along with the rag tag group they traveled with. It was a beautiful and heartwarming story from start to finish.
Stars in Her Eyes was just plain fun. The story of Silas and Willow was very simple and sweet, but then all around them were complications abound, including a scheming mother from his congregation for Silas, and a jealous sister for Willow, who would stop at nothing to have her way. Silas is a wonderful pastor and leader throughout, and I really respected his integrity, along with Willow’s as they were willing to suffer in order to try and keep from hurting others.
Erica has very generously sent me an extra autographed copy of this book for a lucky reader! Enter to win via the rafflecopter options below. PS–an easy way to share about her book, just share this facebook post.
The giveaway is open to US only, and will end at 11:59 12/26/2014
Connect with Erica
Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves history and romance, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not immersed in fictional worlds, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum patron.