According to the Lansing City Pulse, “Lansing author Erin Bartels may have struck gold with her debut work of historical fiction.” We Hope for Better Things made their Ten Best Reads of 2019 list!

It was such a joy to talk with Emily Humphries on her Simply Stories podcast. We covered a lot of ground, including the process of making writing a part of your life, the role of stories in the church, and how we view our neighbors. Give it a listen!

I’m over on the Life Is Story podcast talking about The Words between Us, finding the perfect title, diverse characters, what I love about independent bookstores, and more.

Visit Fresh Fiction to find out about my favorite bookstores, the books that shaped me, and how I unwind after writing emotional scenes.

Learn about how a childish thing I did as a teenager was part of the initial spark of an idea that led to the writing of The Words between Us in this article on More To Life magazine.

In this interview on the Bott Radio Network, Marty Guise and I talk about reading, regret, and reconciliation in The Words between Us.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher was kind enough to interview me on her blog and asked me some great questions I hadn’t gotten before.

An interview with Family Fiction about The Words between Us, reading the classics, and what I hope readers gain from reading my latest.

More than you ever wanted to know about my creative process, how I deal with writer’s block, and the highs, lows, and surprises of the publishing journey can be found right here.

Take a listen to this ten-minute interview with Marty Guise of the Bott Radio Network — the perfect length for a work break or a short commute.

But if you have an hour and you’re a more visual person, you could watch this interview I did for the Write Now Workshop podcast with Kitty Bucholtz (or listen to it here).

I was over on Hope by the Book recently talking about the mystical union between writer and reader — you can read that article here.

We Hope for Better Things opens this BookBub list of emotional, cathartic, and heartbreaking books coming in 2019. And what amazing company it is in!

I was absolutely thrilled to show up on this Popsugar list of 10 Books by Debut Authors to Watch in 2019 alongside five other writers from my Debut Authors 19 group on Facebook — including Mike Chen, Katrin Schumann, Andrea Rothman, Megan Collins, and James Charlesworth.

And We Hope for Better Things also popped up on another Popsugar list, 18 Brand New Books You Need to Get Your Hands on in January.

The cover of We Hope for Better Things is one of Spine Magazine’s Book Covers We Love in the first week of January.

And speaking of book covers, it appears that the cover of We Hope for Better Things is part of a newly identified cover trend!

Find me talking about how to hold onto hope during tumultuous times over on Fresh Fiction.

Here I am on the Southern Writers Magazine blog talking about writing across the color line.

Read about the original spark of an idea that became We Hope for Better Things, learn a bit about my writing process, and discover one of my hidden (and very trivial) talents in this interview at the Debut Authors 2019 site.

Want to know more about why and how I chose the topics and time periods I wrote about in We Hope for Better Things, as well as what I hope readers will get out of the experience of reading it? Head on over to More Than a Review to read their interview with me.

Catch me and my critique partner, Nancy Johnson, over on Writer Unboxed chatting about how we’ve helped each other write authentic diverse characters in our respective novels.

This interview with me on Urban Book Reviews gives you a glimpse into the writing of We Hope for Better Things, including the research I did, the characters I connect with, and how the idea first came to me.

We Hope for Better Things was one of the most requested titles for early reviewers on Library Thing in October.

We Hope for Better Things was mentioned in a Relz Reviewz cover reveal article: “I’m excited for debut author Erin Bartels’ novel – the cover is intriguing and the storyline sounds intense and very relevant.”

I’m quoted in this post on GrubWrites about something that surprised me after signing my first publishing contract.