Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Erica Vetsch & The Lost Lieutenant

Posted April 23, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Erica Vetsch, giveaway, historical, romance / 34 Comments

I am tickled pink to welcome Erica Vetsch back to the blog today for a chat about her brand new Regency romance with that swoony cover, The Lost Lieutenant! Erica and I became Seekerville bloggers at the same time, and I’ve so enjoyed getting to know her better since then. Very excited for her about this new series!

Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. 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 and New Zealand All Blacks. You can connect with her at her website, where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at where she spends way too much time!

As a former history teacher and museum junkie, I am enthralled by the past, by the customs, bravery, and ingenuity shown by those who came before us. As a born romantic, I fall in love with fictional characters, living their triumphs and tragedies through the wonder of story. I want to share my love of history and romance and hopefully bring some light and life to the world around me.

Serendipity & Secrets #1

GENRE: Inspirational Historical/Regency Romance
RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2020
PAGES: 304

He’s doing what he can to save the Prince Regent’s life… but can he save his new marriage as well? Evan Eldridge never meant to be a war hero–he just wanted to fight Napoleon for the future of his country. And he certainly didn’t think that saving the life of a peer would mean being made the Earl of Whitelock. But when the life you save is dear to the Prince Regent, things can change in a hurry.

Now Evan has a new title, a manor house in shambles, and a stranger for a bride, all thrust upon him by a grateful ruler. What he doesn’t have are all his memories. Traumatized as a result of his wounds and bravery on the battlefield, Evan knows there’s something he can’t quite remember. It’s important, dangerous–and if he doesn’t recall it in time, will jeopardize not only his marriage but someone’s very life.

Readers who enjoy Julie Klassen, Carolyn Miller, and Kristi Ann Hunter will love diving into this brand-new Regency series filled with suspense, aristocratic struggles, and a firm foundation of faith.


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Hi dear Erica! Welcome back to the blog!

Erica: Oranges! I LOVE Oranges! I love oranges so much, and craved them so badly when I was pregnant with my elder child that I thought she might be born with a peel on her head!

Carrie: haha my mom craved oranges all the time with me too … and i’m allergic to them lol!

Erica: TEA! Earl Grey hot, and Mango Black iced!

Carrie: I really wish I would like start liking tea. It seems so lovely and cozy and bookish.

Erica: Diet Coke all the way. Though I don’t drink as much of it as I used to. It’s wicked expensive these days, isn’t it?

Carrie: a) I knew I liked you and b) le sigh – yes. And i heard that all of this pandemic stuff may lead to flat sodas and … that might actually be my tipping point hahaha

Erica: Dare I say neither? I prefer either the open plains of Kansas or the rocky shores of Lake Superior.

Carrie: You Kansas plains people… (looking at my husband too) 😛

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Erica: Time travel. I would love to visit all the eras I write about. I’d love to take in all the sounds, tastes, smells, sights, feels of the Regency, Victorian, Pioneer, and Cowboy eras…and more!

Carrie: ooo yes please … and then come home to my diet coke.

Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first? 

Erica: Fiction! Christian fiction, mystery, romance, general fiction. Then I drift to the history/biography section and peruse all the lovely history books.

Carrie: we would get along well bookstore browsing together – and doesn’t that sound like something we need to make happen!

Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?

Erica: That I’m a minimalist, that I need to take the loose change out of the bottom of my purse, that I am a Kansas Jayhawks Fan, since my key lanyard and my cell phone are all about the Jayhawks.

Carrie: my husband would highly approve of the Jayhawks stuff 🙂

Q: Do you have the whole plot outlined before you start writing, or do you let the characters dictate what comes next?

Erica: I am definitely a plotter. I have the entire story plotted out, a chapter-by-chapter synopsis written, and photographs of my character inspirations all laid out before I begin writing. And then when I start, things change. While most of the story stays the same, some things change, and serendipitous things happen in the spaces I’ve left in the plot and synopsis. Connections are made, complexities arise, and themes emerge that I can layer in and discover along the way. It’s those bits that keep me interested and motivated as I write.

Carrie: “…serendipitous things happen in the spaces I’ve left…” – i love that!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Lost Lieutenant?

Erica: An enjoyable reading experience, first and foremost. A story that makes them feel like they’re falling in love, with the hero, with the setting, with the Regency era. A reminder that God doesn’t make mistakes, that He is trustworthy and good all the time.

Carrie: well said!

Erica Vetsch is offering a print copy of The Lost Lieutenant to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about The Lost Lieutenant and/or my Q&A with Erica Vetsch?

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34 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Erica Vetsch & The Lost Lieutenant

  1. Patty

    I have been reading a lot of Regency Fiction lately, but much of it has been sweet and clean but not necessarily inspirational. So I look forward to a bit more of that in Erica‘s book.

  2. Roxanne C.

    I enjoyed this fun Q & A — it made me smile and giggle. (Thank you; I needed that.) I found Erica’s writing process very interesting. Sometimes changes to well-laid out plans result in something so much better. I am looking forward to reading “The Lost Lieutenant.”

  3. Suzanne Sellner

    Since I’ve never read one of Erica Vetsch’s books, and the story sounds intriguing, I’d love to read The Lost Lieutenant!

  4. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the Q&A with Erica Vetsch. It’s always fun to find out fun facts about author’s whose books I want to read. I can’t wait for the opportunity to read “The Lost Lieutenant”. Doesn’t that cover scream out “come follow me inside”!

  5. Elizabeth Litton

    I love reading regency era stories (I own all but two of Julie Klassen’s books!), so I am excited to add a new author to my reading list!

  6. Jennifer Hibdon

    I always learn neat things from this interviews! Carrie, Citrus allergies run in our family. High vitamin C high acid foods. Not fun. Most of those with it, love sour tangy foods…fill of vitamin C! We are on the 4th generation, that we know of.
    Erica, have you tried the London Fog hot tea drick the Cara Putmun showed last week on her Instagram video? Earl Gray, steamed milk, sweetened to taste, lavender or vanilla flavor, topped with cinnamon. Wonderful!!!! I have been making it with Lady Grey that has the lavender in it and honey in a latte cup.
    I can’t wait to read The Lost Lieutenant!!! Thanx for the interview and giveaway!!!

  7. Alison Boss

    Everything about this book intrigues me!…….becoming an Earl after saving the Prince Regent’s life. inheriting a manor in shambles, an arranged marriage, and then the suspense of the whole memory loss turmoil. I’m all in and am really looking forward to reading this book!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of it!!!

  8. Carrie Turansky

    I’m excited to see another author writing English historical novels! This one sounds great! I will look forward to reading The Lost Lieutenant! Congratulations to Erica!

    • Becky D.

      War hero, lost memory, curiously arranged marriage…how can you not be intrigued?! She’s new to me, but I’ve heard many good things from many of my favorite authors about her writing! And, yes, to the rocky shores of Lake Superior!!! 🥰📚🌊🏖

  9. Jeanne Bishop

    My copy arrived this week and I can’t wait to get started. It will be the first book I’ve read of hers, and getting to know her through her Regency Bingo game has been so much fun.

  10. Debbie CLATTERBUCK

    I loved the interview. Funny and informative. I also like the synopsis of the book, sounds intriguing. Can’t wait for it to come out. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and good luck everyone.

  11. Pam K.

    I’ve read several of Erica’s other books and enjoyed them. I always like a good Regency novel so it’s fun that she’s writing in this era now. I enjoyed the interview except it’s a pity she’s a Jayhawks fan since I’m a Kansas State Wildcats alum. I can overlook that though.

  12. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. I liked the synopsis and interview. It sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Faith Creech

    I’m a big fan of Julie Klaussen so this book sounds really interesting! I’m looking forward to reading it!

  14. Megan

    Congratulations on your book release! It sounds really good, I’m looking forward to reading it.

  15. Connie Scruggs

    I haven’t read any books by Erica yet. I only found out about her through playing Regency Bingo. I really like the cover.

  16. Jeanne Crea

    I have been hearing so many good things about this story! I can’t wait to read it! Thank you for the chance to win, and for sharing the fun interview!

  17. Sunnymay

    Learning more about the Regency period is what interests me in this story. Plus a good love tale keeps me going.

  18. Lorena Keech

    I love the Regency period. The manners and societal expectations are so different than our lives.

  19. Leann

    I love the cover of this book. You are a new author to me and I would love to win your book! Thank you for the chance.

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