ERIN BARTELS is a copywriter and freelance editor by day, a novelist by night, and a painter, seamstress, poet, and photographer in between. Her debut novel, currently titled The Bone Garden, is scheduled to be released in January 2019 from Revell Books, followed in November 2019 with her second novel, I Hold the Wind, which was a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Her short story “This Elegant Ruin” was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. Her poems have been published by The Lyric and The East Lansing Poetry Attack. A member of the Capital City Writers Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, she is former features editor of WFWA’s Write On! magazine.
Erin grew up in the Bay City area waiting at drawbridges 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, where she finally had the sensation of not being the tallest woman in the room. She currently lives in Lansing with her husband/pastor, Zachary, and their son, Calvin, nestled somewhere between the angry protesters on the Capitol lawn and the couch-burning frat boys at Michigan State University. And yet, she claims it is really quite peaceful.