Erin Bartels has been a publishing professional for more than 17 years. Her short story "This Elegant Ruin" was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. A freelance writer and editor, she is a member of Capital City Writers and the Women's Fiction Writers Association and is former features editor of WFWA's Write On! magazine. She lives in Michigan and can be found online at www.erinbartels.com. We Hope for Better Things is her first novel.