ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, seamstress, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She lives in the beautiful state of Michigan where she is never more than a 90 minute drive from one of the Great Lakes or six miles from an inland lake, river, or stream. She grew up in the Bay City area waiting at drawbridges for freighters and sailboats to pass by, smelling sugar beets being processed, and watching the best 4th of July fireworks displays in the nation. She spent her 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 and finally feeling like the short person in the room.

She now makes her home with her husband, Zachary, and their 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 yet, she claims it is really quite peaceful.

Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. She has written several other short stories and is the author of The Intentional Writer. She is 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. She is also the features editor for WFWA’s quarterly newsletter.

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

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