About Christian Fiction Readers Retreat...
In what ways have you participated in CFRR?
EV: 2019 will be my first one! I’ve participated vicariously through the social media posts of attendees in the past, but this time I will get to be there in person!!
Rachel: Yay! So excited to meet you in person!
What part of CFRR are you most excited about?
Rachel: Gathering with readers is truly a beautiful thing!
Are you a hugger?
EV: Um, not so much. I won’t burst into tears or slug someone if they hug me, but hugging isn’t my go-to. ☺
Rachel: Duly noted. Hehe!
Just for fun...
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
EV: I am so torn on this one, because for most all of my life, I have wanted to visit New Zealand. When I was a young teen, I fell in love with the works of the New Zealand writer Essie Summers. Her love for her beautiful country drew me in. Also, I am a true rugby fanatic, and my team is the New Zealand All Blacks, so it would be so cool to visit and perhaps see a test match. However, I am also entering the world of Regency fiction, and I would love to visit England. As a museum ADDICT, the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert, the Ashmolean, castles, manor houses, sigh.
Rachel: ALl of the above please? Haha!
If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?
EV: I can’t imagine not writing books, but if I couldn’t do this anymore, I’d either fall back on a previous career as a history teacher, or I would press on into a new career as a museum docent. Anything with history at its core works for me! ☺
Rachel: YES! History! (But please don't stop writing!)
If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?
EV: I would be a grizzly bear for so many reasons.
- You’re supposed to eat yourself stupid.
- You sleep all winter.
- You can be crabby with your kids, but go all mama-bear on others when they are crabby with your kids.
I was totally made to be a bear.
Describe your favorite reading spot.
EV: When it’s research/history books, I read on the sofa or at my desk with lots of post-its to flag pages and a notebook to jot things down. When it’s fiction, I read almost all my fiction on my kindle, late at night, in bed.
Rachel: I love me some sticky notes. I use them when reading fiction to mark quotes and passages I want to come back to.
How do you organize your books?
EV: I separate fiction from non-fiction. I have a HUGE research library of history books, and those are organized by topic. Civil War, pioneer/westward expansion, cowboy, medicine, women in history, Minnesota history, Gilded Age, Gangster/prohibition, military, Regency, and so much more. My fiction is organized by author, and then publication date. I am a collector, so if I like an author, I want to have all their books! I have several series that have pride of place on my bookshelves. All my Essie Summers books are in a beautiful row where I can see them from my desk. All 50+ of them! ☺
Rachel: YES!!!! This is how I organize mine as well. I also collect author's books...Even if I know I won't read them for a long time.
How often do you pleasure-read?
EV: Every. Single. Day. I cannot bear to have a day where I don’t slip into a story-world for at least a few minutes. I have wide-ranging tastes, Christian, secular, mystery, romance, thriller, historical, classics, young adult. I re-read old favorites, try new authors, and have several favorite authors who are ‘auto-buy’ downloads to my kindle. I have been known to stay up WAY past my bedtime to read new releases by my favorite authors.
Rachel: Yes, yes, yes! #ireadpastmybedtimetoo
How many books have you written?
What genres do you write?
EV: I’ve always written historical romance. I’ve dabbled with the notion of a split-time or time-travel, but nothing too firm.
What are you working on now?
EV: I’m working on a Regency romance called The Accidental Earl about a soldier who is rewarded for his heroism with an earldom, an aristocratic bride, and a manor house that is falling down around him. He’s suffering from partial amnesia, and if he doesn’t recover his memory soon, he risks losing not just his sanity, but his new wife, and possibly his life.
What is your next release?
EV: Coming in the spring of 2019 I have a novella in the Mail-Order Mishaps collection. My story is titled “The Galway Girl” about an Irish lass from Boston who escapes her lecherous employer by answering an advertisement in The Matrimonial News, but instead of heading to marry an Irish shopkeeper in Chicago, the newspaper mistakenly sends her to Lindsborg, Kansas and a Swedish farmer.
Do you have any strange writing habits?
EV: I don’t know if it is strange, but I do all my writing in coffee shops. I set up in a corner with my hot tea, ear-buds blasting Pandora instrumental music, and tuck into work. If I stay at home, I tend to piddle-dink around, find things to distract me, and generally fritter away the day. But if I’m going to pay $3 for a glass of tea, I had better have something productive to show for it!
What part of the publishing/writing process do you most struggle with?
EV: The part I struggle with the most is the marketing. How to talk about your books without gonging on and on and making people tired of hearing about them. And how to balance the marketing and writing time so you give ample attention to each.
Which aspect is most natural for you?
EV: Getting lost in the story world. I have been a daydreamer/mental writer since forever. Mentally visualizing scenes and settings and stories is as natural to me as breathing…and I have to be careful. It’s so easy for me to check out of a conversation if something flashes in my mind. Concentrating on the real world is much harder for me than creating fictional ones. ☺
About the author...
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, www.ericavetsch.com where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online on Facebook where she spends way too much time!
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