with Erica Vetsch


Welcome to Patterings, Erica and congratulations on your debut novel!
Tell us about your epiphany moment when you decided you were going to seriously pursue writing and eventually publication.

I started writing for pleasure in the spring of 2004, after a lifetime of daydreaming, writing stories in my head. When I started putting words onto the page, it was like a part of my brain that had lain dormant for a long time woke up. I knew then that I wanted to be a writer, to pursue publication.

Which of your books (published or upcoming) has been the most fun for you to write and which character is your favorite?
This is such a hard question, because when I’m writing, I’m totally immersed in THAT book and in THOSE characters. They are all special to me, but if forced to choose, I’d have to say The Bartered Bride will always hold a special place in my heart, because it was my first published novel. But from what I’ve heard, I’ll feel just the same about each one as it comes out.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Writer’s Doubt. I second-guess myself, think I’m writing drivel, worry that no one will like it, etc. Overcoming it? I have to preach truth to myself. I have to trust that God will help me tell the story He’s laid on my heart. It also helps that I have some fantastic (And WAY picky ;) editors who fine-comb the manuscript before the world sees them. They don’t let me get away with anything, and I always feel more confident after they’ve gone over a story and approved it.

Which character in your new release most interested you while you wrote?
Abraham Kennebrae, a manipulating, scheming, driven old devil who always tries to maneuver things to his benefit. And yet, I felt for him, a titan of business now confined to a wheelchair. Probably the most interesting thing about Abraham was that he feared losing his grandsons, but his manipulation of them very nearly brings about the thing he fears the most. And don’t you find that to be true? We bumble about and actually contribute to causing our own downfall quite often.

What is your strangest habit?
Strangest Habit: If you asked my husband and kids, they’d say I have a few. :-)

1.I can’t sleep with my feet covered.
2.I don’t walk on grates or manhole covers.
3.I love to watch cooking shows, but I don’t like to cook.
There are so many more...

LoL--I'm with you on the manhole covers! In Ecuador there weren't any manhole covers because people stole them, so you always had to be careful not step IN them! Scary.
Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?

Absolutely. I hate conflict, and I put off anything that smacks off it. Eventually, I have to force myself to deal with a situation, and then, I feel like road-kill for a good long time afterwards.

Oh man, I don't like conflict either!
What would a perfect day for you look like?

Wake up early and have the luxury of reading in bed for awhile. Check blogs and email, hang with my kids, then head to my local Caribou Coffee to write for awhile. Spend the evening with my family, doing jigsaw puzzles, watching movies, etc.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I have such wide tastes when it comes to reading. I love historical romance (obviously) but I read mysteries, a little horror, thrillers, contemporary romance, lits, it really depends on the story and the author. I’ll read any good story.

Are there certain foods or snacks keeps the words flowing for you?
Caribou Coffee, Earl Grey Tea and Orange Cranberry Scones.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?
The sovereignty and forgiveness of God seem to pop up a lot in my work and in my life.

What lesson is the Lord teaching you right now or recently taught you?
That my most teachable moments come when my expectations are not being fulfilled.

Oh ouch! I can relate to that one!
When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

The Bartered Bride officially releases Nov. 1st. Several other books are also on the schedule:
The Kennebrae Brides Series:
The Bartered Bride – November 2009
The Marriage Masquerade – January 2010
The Engineered Engagement – June 2010

The Brides of Money Creek (Idaho Brides):
Clara and the Cowboy – April 2010
Lily and the Lawman – August 2010
Maggie and the Maverick – November 2010

Thank you again, Patty, for having me here over the past two days. And for the US readers, I’m giving away a copy of The Bartered Bride to one commenter. :-)

Wow! What a list, Erica! Especially on the heels of your debut! That's fantastic! Thanks so much for being here at Patterings with us! What an encouragement to those of us still unpubbed. =]

You can purchase The Bartered Bride: from Heartsong Presents and CBD.

Erica is giving away a copy of The Bartered Bride. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment and check back on Sunday, October 25th to see if you've won. You can enter twice--once for each post you leave a comment on (yesterday's and today's). If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar.
**Annoying little disclaimer: This giveaway is void where prohibited; open only to U.S. addresses, odds of winning depend on number of entrants. No purchase necessary.


  1. I would like to read this book. Thanks.

  2. Abraham sounds a little like someone I know.

  3. Anonymous8:37 AM

    I'm putting this book on my list.

  4. I'm reading Erica's book right now and it's AMAZING. Her conflicted feelings for Abraham really come through in the writing.

  5. I'm reading it too, Stephanie and I'm loving it. Thanks for sending me a copy, Erica! It's an extra special treat to receive one of the books that I spotlight here at Patterings! =]

  6. would love to win it, I do have a lot of things I am afraid of, but some of those of Erica's is funny


  7. Anonymous4:40 PM

    what a fabulous post...would LOVE to read this book...thanks for the opportunity.

    karen k

  8. What a great interview, Erica.

    I'd love to win the book. I love to read debut books, especially.

    Cathy underscore shouse at yahoo dot com

  9. Anonymous1:01 PM

    Sounds like a really good book. Please enter me in the drawing. ~Abby

    abster dot rose at yahoo dot com

  10. Count me in for this one.



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