Friday, 20 April 2012

Getting to know Beth Vogt

It is my delight and privilege to introduce you to Beth K Vogt, one of four 
delightful debutantes whose books are officially releasing this May.  

Look for a series of upcoming interviews, character spotlights, giveaways and 

reviews on my blog highlighting Beth, Dani Pettrey, Olivia Newport and Katie Ganshert 

along with some spectacular news regarding the....

Debutantes' Story Soiree - coming May 15th. 

Four books. Four authors. One EPIC event! Stay tuned for more info!!

What appeals to you most about writing fiction? 

I love the ability to weave truth into imaginary characters’ lives. And I love the challenge of becoming not just a good writer but a storyteller.

Why Christian fiction? 

I’ve heard it said that the word “Christian” isn’t an adjective. :) I’ve heard writers toss around terms like “inspirational” and “faith-based.” Whatever. My faith is an integral part of who I am—it influences everything I do: How I relate to my husband, how I raise my children, how I write books. Every writer weaves something they consider true – their values – into the stories they write. I have found truth and peace and purpose in my faith.

Rel: I wish there was a better descriptor, too!

Name five things you can’t live without

1. Laughter
2. Falling asleep in my husband’s arms
3. Watching a good football game with no one telling me to “Tone it down!”
4. God’s lavish grace
5. Dinner reservations

Favourite book ~ The first book I ever read because it opened the door to all the other books I ever read. So, yes, this was probably something along the lines of “See Dick run. See Jane talk.” (My husband came up with that last line.)

Favourite movie ~ The Magic of Ordinary Days, a Hallmark movie I watch over and over again.

Favourite TV show ~ Lie to Me, which I only started watching on NetFlix after it went off the air!

Where is the most interesting place you have been?

“Interesting” is such a vague word, Rel. I lived in Turkey for two years way-back in our “military family” days when I had three children under the age of five. Now that was i-n-t-e-r-e-s-t-i-n-g.

Rel: Yep, Turkey even without kids would be challenging, I imagine!!

What did you want to be when you grew up? 

A writer. Isn’t wonderful? I’m living my dream.

What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?

• I have a twin sister, Brenda. We’re fraternal twins. I’m older than her by four minutes. When we were growing up, we couldn’t even convince people we were sisters, much less twins.

• I met my husband in a karate studio when he knocked me down—I mean, when he swept me off my feet. Really.

Rel:  Now, there's a book waiting to happen, right there, Beth!

Wish You Were Here

Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom's brother in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison's life is nothing but mistakes at this point. And pulling a "Runaway Bride" complete with stealing, er, borrowing her best friend's car doesn't seem to solve her problems.

Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Maybe she just needs to stop orchestrating everything. Allison prefers being the one in control, and giving it up is not going to be easy. But to find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her and find the strength to let Him lead.

What was your favourite scene to write in Wish You Were Here or share your favourite paragraph

Allison is talking to her Aunt Nita as she struggles to figure out what’s the right thing to do:

“Why does doing the right thing cut off my breath? It’s like . . . like someone hands me an outfit and says, ‘Put this on.” And then I shove myself into this dress two sizes too small. Cram my feet into shoes that pinch my toes and scrape my heels. I go and stand in front of the mirror and try to convince myself it looks fine. That I look fine. I tell myself to just buy the outfit. And the whole time, I want my yoga pants, cotton top, and flip flops.”

Which character did you connect to the most?

Allison – I loved watching her change, discovering who God created her to be. I admired her courage.

Which character was the most difficult to write? 

Seth. He actually didn’t start talking to me until the second draft of the manuscript. My agent, Rachelle Gardner, wanted to hear more of his story.

What’s next in your writing pipeline? 

I’m working on a stand-alone story with the working title Catch a Falling Star. It’s also a contemporary romance set in Colorado that wrestles with the question: What do you do when life doesn’t go according to plan? Do you keep forcing Plan A? Do you opt for Plan B? Or do you just settle?

Rel: Sounding good, Beth!
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Beth K. Vogt said...

Thanks for letting me visit today, Rel!

Katie Ganshert said...

I am absolutely LOVING Wish You Were Here. Beth has a captivating voice and knows how to tell a gripping story!

dtopliff said...

I can't say it better that Katie did. And I love the tidbits you posted about your life and your heroine's.

Nicole said...

Normally I wouldn't read this. Just being honest. But I promise you, Beth, I will eventually get to your novel. (I've got a full schedule lined up for May's reading/reviewing.)

Love that you want to get down with football (!), that you love to laugh, fall asleep in your husband's arms, and he knocked you down in a karate studio. And I loved The Magic of Ordinary Days (also think it was some of Keri Russell's best acting).

You're my kind of lady. Best of God's fullness to you!

Paula Boire writing as Sara Jameson said...

Loved Wish You Were Here! Okay, it's almost two weeks now since I read it and the plot and characters are still with me. Alive. Now that's great writing!
Enjoyed your post, Beth. :-)

Lindsay Harrel said...

I love Beth AND her book!!

And I've never heard of that movie...can you rent it? I'll have to look into that. I love Hallmark movies. :)

Keli Gwyn said...

What fun to learn more about Beth. She's one of my favorite people. She oozes encouragement and has blessed me zillions of times.

Beth, I smiled when I saw that your favorite movie is The Magic of Ordinary Days. It's mine, too. I watch it over and over and enjoy it every time. Gwynly and I just discovered Lie to Me on Netflix, too. We've been enjoying an episode each evening. Am eager to watch another one tonight.

I finished Rosslyn Elliott's book last night, or should I say this morning, since I kept reading until 2 a.m. Why is this news important? Because I get to dive into Wish You Were Here tonight. *insert big grin*

Pat Trainum aka P. T. Bradley said...

Wish You Were Here is still with me too after 2 weeks. Loved the story...the llamas were hilarious. Can't wait until your next book comes out!

Casey said...

Loved this interview.

Love Beth Vogt.

Love getting to know her better.

Not loving this waiting on WYWH.


Rachel Hauck said...

Beth! I loved this. I learned something about you. Rel, you have the best interviews.

Here's to Wishing You Were Here GREAT success.


Lisa Jordan said...

I loved Wish You Were Here! Great book written by a great friend. 'nuff said. ;)

Beth K. Vogt said...

Hhhhm. Left a comment a while ago, when I got back from Denver after speaking to a MOPS group. It's disappeared -- the comment, not the MOPS group.
Thank you, everyone, for the encouraging comments.
And thank you, Nicole, for reading this because you don't normally read these reviews. (Are you into football too? What team?)

Nicole said...

Go Seahawks! Here in the Pacific Northwest. Born and raised in Seattle. Love football.

Beth K. Vogt said...

Well, with all the upheaval at the Broncos during offseason, I am a new fan of the NY Jets.

Gonna be interesting this year. Gonna be interesting.

We now return yo to your regularly scheduled program ...

Nicole said...


Rissi said...

I almost picked this book... and then didn't. It sounds really cute though.

Jenny said...

Looking forward to reading this one...and getting to know Beth. Love how her sense of humor comes out in the interview. =)

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