I recently asked Erica Vetsch author of A Bride’s Portrait and many other books (Heartsong Presents and Barbour Books) to tell me how her faith influences her writing. This lovely lady has a heart for the Lord and a desire to bring others closer to Him through her writing.

Although I have never met her personally, I believe we are true sisters in Christ and would have bunches to talk about over a cup of coffee. Thank you, Erica, for sharing!

How My Faith Influences My Writing – By Erica Vetsch

Faith in Writing.

After awhile scratching my head and trying to come up with something really profound, I realized that I write my faith into my stories because I can’t do anything else.

My faith is part of who I am. Integral to my thought processes, my worldview, and my well-being. I infuse my faith into my fiction and into my characters, because my faith informs my entire life. I can’t separate my faith from my writing. My characters struggle with the same issues I do. Things like forgiveness, pride, love, trust, moral choices, faithfulness, loneliness, purpose, anger, meaning. Sometimes my characters are afraid to share their faith, sometimes they struggle with a particular sin, sometimes they remember to pray and sometimes they find they’re using prayer as a last resort. My characters aren’t Super-Christians and they don’t know all the answers.

But they do know Christ, and they seek to live their faith to the best of their abilities. They are flawed and they need to grow spiritually, just like me. They often have someone older, wiser, and more spiritually mature who speaks truth into their lives, and ultimately, that truth helps them overcome their inner conflict and ultimately the outer story conflict.

Just like me.

Because I write romance, I seek to show how two flawed people can come together into a relationship that honors God and makes them better together than they ever were apart. I want to depict in my characters the truth I have in my own life with my amazing husband who loves me in spite of my flaws, who seeks to teach and guide me as the spiritual head of our household, and who above all wants our relationship to honor the God we both love and serve.

As a novelist, I want to first write a story that entertains, that allows the reader to escape to another place and time and live the adventures of the characters. I also want to write a story that edifies, that honors God and creates a hunger to know Him better.

I pray that I can accomplish both those goals and that neither takes away from the other.


Here’s a little bit about A Bride’s Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas:

Hoping to leave the shadows of her shady yesteryears behind, Adeline Reid is focusing on her photography career. But when her ex-boyfriend’s compatriot in crime shows up in Dodge City her entire past is threatened by exposure. Can Addie keep her secrets while helping to catch a killer? Deputy Miles Carr’s investigation into a shopkeeper’s murder leads him to Addie’s door. Will his attraction to this female photographer keep him from catching the true culprit? Or will Addie lead him off course in more ways than one?

Author Bio: Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves history and reading, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical fiction set in the American West. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two terrific teens, wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum patron.

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  1. I feel the same way, Erica! That my books would entertain but also edify. I don’t think I could write ABA only because I can’t leave God out of my characters’ lives. He’s a part of the story, and of me. It’s just intrinsic.
    That said, apparently I get a little preachy because I had to cut quite a bit of preachiness from my book. lol

    1. Hi, Jessica,
      I think it depends on the publisher and the readers’ expectations. Some publishers and readers have more leeway as to spiritual content, even what others would call ‘preachy-ness.’

  2. I enjoyed A Bride’s Portrait. It’s a fun-filled story with a page-turning mystery. I liked the spiritual threads. I could relate to Miles’s struggle to share his new-found faith since sharing my faith can be challenging at times.

    1. That’s the one I struggle with too. Though as I grow older, hopefully I’m getting over some of that ‘what will people thing of me’ nonsense and holding fast to ‘my job is to glorify God and proclaim His truth.’

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