Before we get into this character interview, here's a little about the book:
A Home for Her Heart
After being jilted at the altar, Southern belle Savannah Cox seeks a fresh start out West and accepts a teaching position in Minnesota. But between her students' lack of English, the rough surroundings and sheriff Elias Parker's doubts and distrust, Savannah's unprepared for both the job and the climate. However, she's determined to prove she can handle anything her new town throws her way.
Elias gives it a week—or less—before the pretty schoolteacher packs her dainty dresses and hightails it back home. But no matter how many mishaps he has to rescue her from, Savannah doesn't give up. Yet the real test is to come—a brutal blizzard that could finally drive her away, taking his heart with her…
Here's Erica, answering as Savannah Cox, the heroine of His Prairie Sweetheart:
Has anything significant happened in your life in the past two weeks?
People back home call it “The Humiliation.” I was jilted at the altar, all dressed in bridal array, with the flowers and music and guests…and my groom didn’t show.
Your most embarrassing moment?
For a long time, I thought “The Humiliation” would be my most embarrassing moment, but my most recent come-down was when I got sprayed by a skunk. Right in front of the man I wanted to impress. I was mortified right down to my shoe soles!
What is your first reaction when you meet a handsome gentleman? Blush? Stutter? Run? Flirt? Engage him in intelligent or witty conversation? Start an argument to see him flustered? Offer a helping hand? Ask a friend about him?
My sisters tell me that I put on my “Queen Face.” I sort of freeze up and fall back upon being ultra-polite. On the surface I look calm, but beneath, I’m in a bit of a dither.
Are there any children or pets in your life? What do you love about them?
I am a school teacher, and though I suppose I am biased, I think I have the most wonderful class in the world. As to pets, I wasn’t used to dogs, but there is a collie in my life now. He belongs to the local sheriff, and for a dog, he’s got quite a lot of character.
What happened the last time you spoke to a large group of people?
I’m not certain what you would consider large, but I have a class of eleven that I speak to every day. The challenge is that they only speak Norwegian, and I only speak English.
What are your hobbies?
I play the harp. Sometimes I play in church, but often I play for my students. Music seems to bridge the gap in our languages.
Do you have any grandparent figures in your life? How have they influenced you?
I don’t have any living grandparents, but my aunts, Carolina and Georgette, have had a big influence on me. Carolina is all starch and vinegar, and Georgette is all flutters and femininity. They had the raising of me and my sisters when our mother passed away.
Siblings? How many? Do you get along?
I have two younger sisters, and I love them very much.
Any current romantic interests?
I have sworn off men after being left at the altar, but I find myself strangely drawn to Sheriff Elias Parker. Though my head knows better, my heart doesn’t always listen.
When’s the last time you had a really good meal? Courtesy of whom?
Elias Parker’s mother is an amazing cook. She’s Norwegian, and she’s introduced me to the cuisine from that country. I love rommegrot and krumkake and lefse, but I do NOT like lutefisk at all.
Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves history and romance, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not immersed in fictional worlds, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum patron.
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