HEY! I'm SO excited to have my pal, Erica Vetsch guesting today at the CCC! She ROCKS! I met Erica a couple of years ago and since then it's history. Literally -- since we both love and write historicals. (She's published, I'm not - what's the diff? lol). ANYWHOSAWHUTSUN, Erica is stopping by today to share some coffee and give us a sneak peak into her life as a writer and also introduce us to her latest novel (which, btw, I'll be reviewing on Friday!). SO, Erica ... hey, lady, take it away!
First, thank you to Jaime for inviting me to share here on Coffee Cups & Camisoles. I enjoy this blog as a reader, so it’s a real treat to get to come and guest blog.
My hair smells like coffee. My laptop bag smells like coffee. My coat smells like coffee.
One caveat. I don’t drink coffee.
Wait! Before you tell me how heretical that is for an author, I do drink tea. Earl Grey tea, to be exact.
So if I’m not a coffee drinker, why does my hair, etc. smell like java? Because I’m a coffee shop writer. At least a couple of times a week, you’ll find me at the local Dunn Bros. coffee shop writing away.
Folks have asked me if I don’t find writing in the coffee shop as or more distracting than writing at home? Actually, no. Though there are some exceptions, for the most part, I can concentrate very well there. The music is benign instrumental stuff, and the place, even when busy, isn’t all that loud. I find that I can block out the comings and goings, the conversations, the brewing and baking. I’ve made the coffee shop my writing ‘nest.’ It’s where I can forget all about responsibilities and to-do lists, inhale a little caffeine, and write fiction. And actually, I find I get a lot done, if for no other reason than to justify my tea and time away from home. I feel as if I have to produce.
I know this might not be possible for everyone. I know I’m blessed to be at a place in my life where I can spare a couple of afternoons and a few bucks for tea every week. I realize this isn’t everyone’s situation. For those who don’t have this kind of flexibility, I encourage you to make a writing ‘nest’ somewhere for yourself. Find a place that works for you, whether a desk in the bedroom, or the corner of your couch, the dining room table, or if necessary, behind the locked bathroom door. J Hey, whatever it takes.
About The Book: (From the back cover)
A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA
A Harvey Girl waits on True Love.
With her brother already on the front lines in France, Meghan Thorson becomes a Harvy Girl in Needles, California. Ready and willing to wait on the hundreds of doughboys heading for Europe, Meghan deems this service her way of contributing to the war effort. When a Red Cross representative breezes through town, Meghan embraces the challenge to do even more, committing to completing a Red Cross signature quilt and canvassing the town for donations to the cause.
Horseman Caleb McBride makes his living by training stock for the US Cavalry and keeps his pride by remaining a loner. When Meghan meets Caleb, she senses something mysterious and wounded about him, piquing her curiosity. But after the townsfolk scorn him as a coward and a profiteer, Caleb feels her pity and becomes even more guarded.
When Needles is hit by an influenza epidemic and the Harvey hotel is made into a temporary hospital, Meghan discovers Caleb’s shameful secret.
Will both Caleb and Meghan find a way to kill their pride before their chance of love rips them apart at the seams?
Author Bio: 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._______________________________________________________________________
See? Told ya we scored getting Erica to guest today. So here's our question for you ... where is your favorite writing spot and for our readers -- where is YOUR favorite READING spot? Because we all have that spot we love to escape to... no lurking now, please leave a comment and you just might get a chance to win Erica's book ;)