Erin Bartels


Erin Bartels has been working on the marketing end of book publishing for eleven years. Her anonymous copywriting appears on the backs of hundreds of books and has been "borrowed" for countless reviews, retailer catalogs, and websites. A freelance editor and former writing teacher and tutor, she blogs at and sews most of her own clothes, often from vintage patterns. Erin lives in Michigan, where you are never more than ninety minutes from one of the Great Lakes or six miles from an inland lake, river, or stream. She resides in a little brick house with her husband, Zachary, and their son, Calvin, nestled somewhere between angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and raucous frat boys at nearby Michigan State University. And yet, it's really quite peaceful.

She is currently writing and publishing one short story every month of 2013.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I have spent most of my life in Michigan, a state with a varied landscape, four glorious seasons, and plenty of inspiration for settings and characters. Made up of two peninsulas bordered by the Great Lakes and peppered with more than 11,000 inland lakes, as well as many rivers, streams, wetlands, and ponds, Michigan fills my senses and my thoughts. The landscape ranges from vibrant cities to urban decay to rural hamlets, from flat farmlands to rolling orchards to deep forests, from stony and sandy beaches to fantastic rock formations to rushing waterfalls. How could one not be inspired by it all?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The entire process is enjoyable to me. I love the idea stage with all the hastily jotted notes. I love the writing stage when I come to know my characters and where the story really wants to go. And I absolutely love the revision and editing stages because that is where a good story has the chance to become a great story. Finding just the right word or turn of phrase is exciting and seeing those initial ideas coalesce into a whole that hangs together is the crowning achievement.
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