Yay! I love doing these author interviews, but it’s especially fun when I get to chat with one of my friends. Such is the case today in my Q&A with Erica Vetsch! I’m also thinking in hindsight that I should have asked her to explain the Kansas Jayhawks cheer “Rock chalk Jayhawk.” No matter how many times my husband and his KU-fans family try to explain this to me, I just still don’t get it.
Multi-published, best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and college basketball. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks. You can connect with her at her website, www.ericavetsch.com where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/EricaVetschAuthor/ where she spends way too much time!
Erica’s most recent novel, My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille, kicked off a new multi-author series from Barbour Books in January 2017.
Fashion artist Priscilla Hutchens has a grudge against the army that has ruined her family and taken the people she holds most dear. When her niece and nephew are left orphaned at Fort Bliss, Texas, she seeks custody of them immediately.
There is just one thing standing in the way – the post surgeon, Major Elliot Ryder, who also has a claim to the children.
Priscilla and Elliot will cross swords, but each will have to lay down arms if they are to find a lasting peace on which to form the family both are longing for.
Journey now to Fort Bliss in West Texas of 1874, where a battle is about to be waged between hearts.
Her upcoming novel, The Bounty Hunter’s Baby, releases February 1 from Love Inspired Historical.
Bounty hunter Thomas Beaufort has no problem handling outlaws, but when he’s left with a criminal’s baby to care for, he’s in over his head. And the only person he can think of to ask for help is Esther Jensen, the woman whose heart he broke when he left town.
But can he convince her to put aside the past until he tracks down the baby’s outlaw father?
Esther is ready to run Thomas off her Texas ranch—until she spies the abandoned newborn in his arms. Soon, working together to care for the precious babe stirs old hopes of a family.
With trouble heading to their door, they could overcome it together—if she’ll entrust her wary heart to this sweet, second-chance family…
Hi Erica! I am so delighted to have you here! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Erica: Oranges! When I was pregnant with my daughter, I craved oranges so much, I was afraid she would be born with a peel on her head! 🙂
Carrie: Ha! My mom craved the same with me, and I’m allergic to oranges. We’ve always wondered if there’s a connection or just one of those flukes.
Erica: Summer! I live in Minnesota!
Carrie: Now see…. if I’d been answering that … and if I lived in Minnesota… I would have said “Winter! I live in Minnesota!” lol 😉 I am starved for a decent winter here in Kentucky.
Erica: Both. I love animals!
Carrie: A very diplomatic answer haha!
Erica: Tea! I love Earl Grey tea, hot and black. Coffee is too bitter for me.
Carrie: Coffee is definitely too bitter, i agree.
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Erica: Time travel! There are so many interesting things from history I would love to see and so many people I would love to meet. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go back and meet Winston Churchill or Abraham Lincoln?
Carrie: oooo… count me in! I get to tag along, right? Since it’s my question and all…
Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Erica: Alec Ramsey, the hero in Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books. I have the entire set, and they are so well-read, they are practically in tatters. Alec and I had many adventures when I was a kid. It was reading these books that first made me want to become a writer.
Carrie: I don’t think I ever read those books. I must correct this oversight!
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Erica: I do most of my writing at my local coffee shop. I say local, but it’s in town. I live out of town, and if I stay home, I putter around and don’t get much work done. (I’m at the coffee shop right now!)
Carrie: Completely unrelated …. but I love the phrase “putter around” 🙂
I know you love history, and you’re a museum aficionado and avid reader of history (both for research and for fun, I’d wager). What are some interesting historical tidbits you learned while researching My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille?
Erica: The Fort Bliss book was originally set at Fort Larned, Kansas, which I was able to visit a few years ago. I learned that nobody was allowed on the parade ground out of uniform, and that civilians are never allowed on the parade ground. Also that the bakery, carpentry shop, blacksmith shop and the like, that are more likely to be run by civilians, have their doorways facing outward from the fort because civilians shouldn’t look out on the parade ground all day. It isn’t seemly.
Carrie: I’m reading this book right now and I thought all of that was really interesting too. And, of course, we wouldn’t want to be unseemly!
In your upcoming release, The Bounty Hunter’s Baby, bounty hunter Thomas Beaufort ends up with a baby to care for, specifically the baby of the outlaw he was after. How does this baby challenge Thomas as a character?
Erica: First, he’s terrified because he’s never been around babies before, and they seem so fragile and needy. Second, seeing this baby in the care of the woman he loves most in the world awakens dreams of family and fatherhood that he has smothered for years. Third, he is determined that this baby will not be dumped in an orphanage the way he was as an infant. In short, this baby is challenging everything he thought about his future and his past!
Carrie: I have heard that babies tend to do that! lol.
What do you most want readers to take away from these two books?
Erica: I’d love it if readers were entertained by the stories. After all, that’s what reading fiction is supposed to do. Beyond that, perhaps taking a look at their own response to God’s sovereignty and His goodness in their life.
Carrie: I can always use that reminder in my life.
Erica, thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Erica: This has been a busy release season for me with three books releasing in three months. Now I get a bit of a breather, at least from new releases, until July when my novella Win, Place, or Show, comes out as part of the “Of Rags and Riches” novella collection. As for writing, I’m currently hard at work on my first Regency novella, Jamie Ever After, which releases this fall in the “Regency Brides” novella collection.
Thank so much for having me! I am blessed to be your friend!
Carrie: The blessing is most certainly mine!
Erica is giving away a copy of My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille to one of my readers, your choice of paperback (US only) or ebook. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies.
What about you? If you could time travel, who would you like to meet?