5 January 2012

Getting to know you Thursdays with Erica Vetsch

Please welcome Erica Vetsch to my blog today. I recently read one of Erica's Heartsong presents and emailed her about the book and she agreed to be on my blog. Thanks Erica.  I really enjoy these interviews as I often am reminded of books I use to read and had forgotten about or hadn't heard many others mention.

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
 I’m a wife, mother, bookkeeper, reader, fan of John Wayne movies, and total abstainer from all things seafood. I homeschool. I love watching sports. I love to chew gum, and I’m afraid of spiders. I love watching cooking shows but don’t like to cook, and I took piano lessons for ten years, but I don’t play piano now. I love Jesus, and I’m so glad He loves me. I’m not the woman I want to be, but I’m not the woman I was, either. I’m a Work In Progress. J

2. When you were a child did you have a favourite book or books?
I always had my nose in a book as a child. I loved anything to do with horses. The Black Stallion, Marguerite Henry, Betty Cavanna. I also read the Cherry Ames books, Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables. I was constantly maxing out my library card. I lived mostly in my own head, worlds away from reality, to the despair of my parents and my teachers. My mom is glad I’ve finally found a way to use all that wool-gathering productively.  (Jenny here I loved the Cherry Ames books a friend and I use to share them. Loved Little House on the Prairie too.)

3. Do you have a favourite Genre to both read and right write?
I have very eclectic tastes when it comes to reading fiction. Mystery, romance, suspense, biographies, history books, memoirs. But when I write, it’s always historical romance. J

4. Did you have favourite authors growing up who have influenced you?
Actually, I think the writer who most influenced me might surprise some folks. When I was in high school, I read my first book by Essie Summers, a NZ author writing romances for Harlequin/Mills & Boon. I loved her writing, her stories, the setting, everything. She wrote 51 novels in all before her death in the late 1990’s, and I own copies of all of them. I often re-read them. Essie had a wonderful vocabulary, a beautiful and Biblical view of romance and marriage, and her stories really resonate with me.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I think a part of me always wanted to write stories. I constantly spun tales in my imagination. But it wasn’t until about six years ago that I decided to try my hand at writing down some of the fiction filling up my head.

6. How did you go about becoming an author?
I started writing. I didn’t have a clue to what I was doing, but I had all the enthusiasm in the world. I read blogs about writing, books about writing, and I joined the ACFW. I took the courses they offered, entered contests, and persevered through rejections.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be?
A museum curator. I’d love to give tours and talk to people who are also interested in history. I’d love to preserve artifacts and stories for future generations.

8. Outside reading and writing what do you like to do?
Be with my family. Watch movies. Play computer games. I’m not much of an outdoorsy type, I’m afraid. I love watching sports, but I’m the quintessential klutz when it comes to playing sports myself.

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit?
Thanks to Essie Summers’ influence, I would love to see New Zealand.

10. If you could have a meal with 3 living people who would you choose and why?
This is a hard one! I’m way better at picking people from history that I’d like to chat with. J So, living people, in no particular order: Tim Tebow, because he’s got an amazing story to tell, George W. Bush, because I have so many questions I’d like to ask him, and Chris Collinsworth—American Football announcer—because he makes me laugh.

Finally can you tell us about your current books and/or any that will
be coming out soon. Also where we can find you on the web.
My latest release is A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas (Details below) as well as a novella in the New York Times Best-selling A Log Cabin Christmas Collection.  I’ve included the links to my Facebook, Twitter, and blog below.

Thanks again for your time and agreeing to be on my blog.
can you please also send a headshot and covers of any books you want plugged.
About the Book: Hoping to leave the shadows of her shady yesteryears behind, Adeline Reid is focusing on her photography career. But when her ex-boyfriend’s compatriot in crime shows up in Dodge City her entire past is threatened by exposure. Can Addie keep her secrets while helping to catch a killer? Deputy Miles Carr’s investigation into a shopkeeper’s murder leads him to Addie’s door. Will his attraction to this female photographer keep him from catching the true culprit? Or will Addie lead him off course in more ways than one?

One of Erica's other books is:

Author Bio: Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves history and reading, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical fiction set in the American West. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two terrific teens, wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum patron.


Jessica R. Patch said...

Great interview, ladies! I loved A Bride's Portrait. :) I'd also like to visit New Zealand. Take me! Take me!

Stephanie Morrill said...

Erica, this made me laugh out loud:

"How did you go about becoming an author?

I started writing."

It's just so truthful! Great interview. So proud of your success!

Erica Vetsch said...

Jessica and Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Marianne said...

Loved the interview. If the flight to Down Under was not so long, i'd love to visit. Maybe i could just transport myself there in a minute? Thanks for great post.

Erica Vetsch said...

Marianne, that would be a marathon flight, but I tell myself to think of all the books I could read on the way. :)

Ausjenny said...

The flight maybe long but you can break it up with a stop over in say Hawaii. When I flew from Sydney to Vancouver it was 17 hours but it wasn't that bad. if you can sleep on a flight it helps. (I cant) but there is the movies etc to watch.

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