I am a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, seamstress, gardener, painter, poet, and photographer in between. I only get paid for the copywriting.

I live in the beautiful state of Michigan where you are never more than a 90 minute drive from one of the Great Lakes or six miles from an inland lake, river, or stream. I grew up in the Bay City area waiting at drawbridges for freighters and sailboats to pass by and smelling sugar beets being processed. I spent my college and young married years in the Grand Rapids area, making the drive between Allendale and GR when gas was less than $1 a gallon.

I now make my home with my husband, Zachary, and our karate-obsessed son in a little old brick house in Lansing, nestled somewhere between angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and couch-burning frat boys at nearby Michigan State University.

And you know, it’s really quite peaceful.

In 2013, I wrote one short story each month, one of which was a runner-up in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. In January 2014, I released The Intentional Writer to encourage, equip, and inspire young and beginning writers who want to make writing a regular part of their lives. I am currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories.

I am a board member of the Capital City Writers Association, a member of the Michigan Hemingway Society, and a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, where I am also the features editor for their quarterly newsletter, Write On.

Find me on Facebook or on Twitter @ErinLBartels or email me at

3 thoughts on “Bio”

  1. gedwardsmith said:


    I have nominated you for the sunshine award as I enjoy your blog on a regular basis. I do not know if you accept awards, but I very much hope that you will. I will not be offended if you do not though.

    For the rules see my post


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