A Pennsylvania native, Erin now lives in Colorado. As an Army nurse during the Vietnam War era, she cared for the bodies and spirits of soldiers and veterans, including repatriated prisoners of war. Her military experience has helped in writing parts of her novels. She served as a nurse in the National Disaster Medical System, and has deployed to disaster areas around the country. One of her favorite pastimes was volunteering at the USO. Erin has been married for four decades (to the same sweetheart), has four children and the five most adorable grandchildren on the planet.