I’m so excited to welcome Erica Vetsch as my guest today! I originally met Erica through mutual blogging friends and then met her in person at the ACFW Conference. She’s one of those people who always has a mischievous sparkle in her eye, and I know she must be plotting trouble to put in her next book. 🙂

Before we get to the interview, let’s learn the basics about her.

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.

Welcome, Erica! Now on to the fun!

Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?
Wife, Mom, Bookkeeper, History Geek, Novelist, Friendly

Either/Or Questions:

1)      Snoopy or Garfield?  Garfield. We are both afraid of spiders. 🙂
2)      Diet or regular?  Diet. Caffeine free Diet Coke from morning ’til night.
3)      Indoors or outdoors?  Indoors. I wish I was outdoorsy and athletic, but I’m more of a reader-hate-bugs-and-dirt kinda girl.
4)      Gourmet chef or Chef Boyardee?  Chef Boyardee! I don’t enjoy cooking at all. Though I adore watching cooking shows. How odd is that?
5)      Sweat pants or dress pants?  Sweats all the way. I’m all about comfort. And in Minnesota…warmth!
6)      Trick or treat? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist since it is Halloween and all.) Treats!
7)      Reese Cup or Kit Kat Bar? Reese’s is the best candy on the planet, bar none!


I’m totally with you on the spider thing, Erica! You, me, and Garfield would be in trouble if we hung out and a spider showed up. Who would kill it?! And now I’ve got a hankering for a Reese Cup. Hmm, I might have to raid the trick-or-treat basket early. 🙂

Thanks for being my guest today!


A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

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?

To learn more about Erica’s books, visit her blog, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.


Blog Readers: Let’s talk…Do you have any big Halloween plans? What’s your favorite candy to sneak from the trick-or-treat basket?



Meet and Greet with Author Erica Vetsch
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42 thoughts on “Meet and Greet with Author Erica Vetsch

  • October 31, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Count me in on the fear of spiders and love of Reese cups! 🙂 I don’t hand out candy here – but I always said if I lived in a nice little subdivision, I’d get into it. If I had a bowl of candy though, anything with chocolate covering it would be in danger of being stolen!!

  • October 31, 2011 at 6:32 am

    We’re trick or treating tonight. I love Reese’s!!! And hate to cook. Cute interview. 😉

  • October 31, 2011 at 7:38 am

    This was super fun! I’m a indoor hate bugs and dirt gal too! I used to love Saturday morning cartoons just to watch Garfield! Great Q&A, ladies!

  • October 31, 2011 at 7:58 am

    Oh, yeah. Count me out on spiders! And count me in for a good cooking show.

  • October 31, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Hi Sarah & Erica –

    I’m big on comfortable clothes too. 🙂

    Awhile back, I read one of Erica’s books and enjoyed it very much. Please enter me in the giveaway. susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com


  • October 31, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Good morning Ladies! Loved the fun questions!
    I’m an indoors-toss me a book-where is my blanket kind of girl:)

  • October 31, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I love Erica–her first book was excellent-looking forward to this one! Please enter my name, and thanks for your generosity!

    Dark chocolate is my fave, or Cookies n Cream.

  • October 31, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Hi, Bekah,

    So far, I’ve managed to stay out of the Halloween candy, though that’s mostly because I’ve managed not to open the bags. An open bag is an empty bag!

  • October 31, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Hi, Jessica,

    We don’t trick or treat around here and only get a handful of kidlets coming by the door since we live out in the country. Therefore, all leftover Reese’s are MINE. 😀

  • October 31, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Jessica R.

    My go-to Saturday morning cartoon was always Looney Toons…with Tom and Jerry every weekday afternoon. A great way to spend time indoors. 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Heather, my husband finds it incomprehensible that I love cooking shows but don’t like cooking. Though he doesn’t see any problem with him watching woodworking shows and yet not doing much woodworking. 😀

  • October 31, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Hi, Susan,

    I’m so glad you enjoyed one of my books, and I hope you get a chance to read A Bride’s Portrait.

    And here’s to comfy clothes. 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Good morning, Tamika!

    It’s sure a blanket and a book kinda morning around here, chilly and overcast. Throw in a cup of hot chocolate, and I’d be blissful. 😀

  • October 31, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Hi, Jeanette! Thanks so much for passing along the word about today’s blog. I’m so glad you enjoyed The Bartered Bride. That book will always have a special place in my heart.

  • October 31, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I met Erica at the ACFW conference in 2010. I love her and that curly hair! 🙂 I’m taking my little monkey trick or treating tonight. 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I loved this! It’s great fun to learn more about Erica. I haven’t read any of her books yet but hope to soon! Thanks for offering the giveaway! 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Hi, Julie, Curly hair! EEK! It is the bane of my existence some days. Enjoy the trick or treating tonight!

  • October 31, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Hi, Karen,

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Happy Reformation Day! 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

    What a fun interview, ladies! I’m with Erica on the Chef Boyardee. Cooking is not something I enjoy. If Taco Bell delivered, I’d be happy. I’m an indoorsy-type, too, which is kinda hard on my outdoorsy hubby, poor guy.

    I thoroughly enjoyed A Bride’s Portrait. It’s a fun-filled story with a double helping of romance in that we get to watch two couples get together.

    I did my celebrating last night at our church’s Harvest Festival. For years now, my family has run the fishing booth. I love stocking “the pond” and being “the fish.” Hearing the delighted cries of the children on the other side of the sheets warms my heart.

  • October 31, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I would like to win this book!
    I am indoors person as well, but I prefer Kit Kat bars!
    Lisa Nelson

  • October 31, 2011 at 11:19 am

    What a fun interview! Loved learning more about you Erica! And the book sounds wonderful–I’ve been so behind on reading lately, I haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I will 🙂

    Oh, favorite candy? Lately…I like plain chocolate. Like those individually wrapped Dove dark chocolates. That way I usually keep my daily chocolate intake to just one piece (or two :D). Thanks for posting this great interview!

  • October 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Hi everyone! I’m loving the comments today. You all are cracking me up! I’ve loved hosting you, Erica, and it sounds like we’ve got lots of compatriots in the hate-bugs department. 🙂

    Have a good day, everyone!

  • October 31, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Keli, if Taco Bell delivered, I’d be in serious trouble! LOL

    Love that you stock the fish pond for the Harvest Festival.

  • October 31, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Lisa, a KitKat will do in a pinch. That’s my husband’s favorite…or maybe it’s Twix…hmmm. Have to ask him…though I doubt he’d refuse either one. How he stays so skinny is beyond me.

  • October 31, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Cindy, One piece or two? I gotta work on that. And with all the candy sitting around in this house, that’s not easy! I think I’ll have my husband take some to his Sunday School class…and his AWANA kids…and to work. 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Sarah, thanks so much for hosting me here today. It’s a blast!

  • October 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

    What a fun post. I learn more and more about Erica as I follow her around the blogosphere. (I hate spiders too!)
    I’m not into Halloween that much–not into the “scare me, please!” kind of deal. Plus Halloween is my mother-in-law’s birthday, so for many years that’s what we do on Halloween: celebrate her birthday.

    (And, oh yeah, I tweeted and FB’ed about this post!)

  • October 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Nice to meet you, Erica! I will check out you blog. Great interview ladies! Ok, I’m going downstairs and raiding the Halloween candy – want Reese cup now!

  • October 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Beth, thanks so much for spreading the word. 🙂 What a nice way to spend Oct. 31st, celebrating a birthday.

  • October 31, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Loree, I left the house to avoid the temptation of snarfing candy. Have a Reese’s for me!

  • October 31, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Erica & Sarah,

    What a fun interview! I had the most terrifying experience the other day when I found a HUGE spider by my washing machine. My hubby can tell you how much I detest spiders. 🙂


  • October 31, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Erica’s new book sounds intriguing. I’m a sucker for
    a good mystery. As far as Halloween, our family will
    be heading to our church’s fall festival, jam packed
    with fun games and carnival rides. My favorite candy
    to sneak is mini snickers, but any form of chocolate
    will do. 🙂 I’ll twitter this post and post on facebook
    as well. Happy Halloween!

  • October 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Melanie, a spider in the washer is a sure indication that you shouldn’t do laundry that day! (My son rescued me from two box-elder bugs crawling around my office today.)

  • October 31, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Hi, tanyarose25, Thanks so much for spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter. I love reading mysteries, too. Though I rarely figure out before the end whodunit.

  • October 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    dont enter me…i’ve already had the pleasure of reading erica’s book. LOVED LOVED LOVED it and can’t wait to do my review of it next week.

    as for fav candy…it doesn’t come in the trick or treat baskets much, i don’t think. (too expensive?) but i love Dove chocolate. i suppose you COULD put it in a basket, but then you’d give it away….and i’m not into that with Dove. kinda a hoarder, you know.

  • October 31, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Jeannie, thank you so much! I’m eager to read your review. 🙂

    My husband bought five bags of candy for Halloween. Two that he doesn’t like and three that he likes a lot. Guess which ones we’re currently giving away? LOL

  • November 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Reeses OR Kit Kat?? That’s way too hard. I bought both. 🙂 Loved the interview!

  • November 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Hi, Jill, Do you have any left? I’ll bring skittles and starbursts and we can work a swap. 🙂

  • November 1, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Don’t enter me, Sarah, as I have my very own signed copy of this already. Had Erica sign mine in St. Louis.

    Great interview, and I raid the bags for Reese peanut butter cups!

    • November 2, 2011 at 6:03 pm

      I loved seeing you in St. Louis, Eileen. I wish we could’ve spent more time together. 🙂

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