Tuesday, November 13, 2012

When You Smell Like Coffee -- But Don't Drink, A Guest Post from Erica Vetsch

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.
Why, you ask? Because I find it very difficult to concentrate on fiction while I’m at home. At home there are dozens of things to snatch my attention away from writing. I’m a home-school mom with one teenager left to educate. I also work from home as the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business. When I’m at home, I’m not able to buckle down and write the way I would like because of all the distractions, necessary and those of my own making, that clamor for my attention.
Here’s where the coffee shop comes in. At Dunn Brothers, I order my large Earl Grey, get settled in at a table, plug in, and it’s time to write. There, I can concentrate on the screen and the fictional world I’ve created.
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 ;)


  1. My office is a once-nursery room. We transformed it with bookshelves and I shopped til I found a desk small enough to fit in front of the one window. It is literally a 8x8 ft room that is only big enough for me to sit at my desk. But I can shut the door if needed!

    Reading--love seat in the front room, in the sun, with tea or coffee.

    Erica--You don't drink, but you inhale! LOL. Sounds like a slogan or something! :)

    1. When we added onto the house, we deliberately designed the office without a door because we knew we'd spend a lot of time there and didn't want to be cut off from the rest of the house/kidlets. One reason I flee the house to write is because I can't shut the door!

      I love to read in bed at night...love my kindle for that.

  2. My office is our dining room. Our table is in my kitchen, so I have my desk and a big reading chair my "office." The one downside is that it doesn't have a door, but my four-year-old doesn't respect closed doors anyway. He'll walk right in or bang on them until you unlock them anyway. :)

  3. I am an Earl Grey girl too!!!
    AND I used to smell like coffee 24/7 because I ran a coffee bar in my hometown of Vancouver, BC.
    A-N-D we spent a night in Needles on our way to Arizona for our honeymoon. That's where I saw my first roadrunner.
    A--N--D I'm a dining room writer.

    1. Yay for Earl Grey!! It's the smell of creativity.

      I don't think I will ever get the smell of coffee out of my laptop bag. :)

      I've never been to Needles, but people tell me it's a stark, harsh place. Hopefully, I put enough of that into my novel to really capture the setting.

      I've never seen a roadrunner...unless you count the cartoon one Meep Meep!

  4. I don't drink coffee either, Erica! But I'm not a tea fan either...makes it hard to find something I like at a coffee shop. LOL.

    I have a desk and share an office with my husband, but I never write there. I drag my laptop usually to a big overstuffed chair in a nook of our bedroom. I will sometimes write at the library or downstairs on the couch, but the fewest distractions are there on that chair upstairs.

    1. In the summer time I have iced tea at the coffee shop, but I'm also glad they have bottles of Diet Coke. :)

      The library is my "I'm desperately in need of some word count" last resort. Because here in Rochester you have to PAY TO PARK when you go to the library. I know! Shameful! But when I do go to the library, I get good word counts because I feel I have to justify all that parking money. :)

  5. Since my retirement from state service earlier this year, I've set up my own office in my brother's law firm building. This is where I wrote the third installment of the Riverboat series that is due out next spring. I also have an Ipad and a laptop, so I've been known to write in my husband's truck as he drives us to a location where he can hunt rocks.

    1. Diane, my son is a budding geologist, too. His rock collection is ever expanding. :)

      I hope you're enjoying your retirement!

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