Erin Rainwater is a Pennsylvania native who has lived in Colorado for 27 years. She never had the problem of wondering what she would be when she grew up. Nursing was her calling. And beginning in about the seventh grade, there was no question she’d launch her nursing career in the military. As an Army nurse during the Vietnam War era, she was privileged to care for the bodies and spirits of soldiers and veterans, including repatriated POWs and MIAs. Her call as a writer came later in life, and she has incorporated her military experiences into her stories. Erin’s support of the military is ongoing, and one of her favorite pastimes is volunteering at the USO at the Denver airport. Her latest release, Refining Fires, is a 3-part novel set in the 1950s, and is the story of a disfigured war veteran, a nurse with a tainted reputation, a tormented child and a kept woman–strangers whose paths cross, bringing redemption into each other’s lives in ways none of them could have predicted.
Erin was awarded the 2009 Gold Medal in Historical Fiction by the Military Writers Society of America for her Civil War-set novel, True Colors. That novel also won 1stplace in the 2009 Branson Stars & Flags Book Awards. She lives in Colorado with her husband of 40 years. She has four children and five adorable grandchildren.