Friday, July 1, 2016

Interview & #Giveaway with #ChristyAward Winning Author, @BethVogt

 SO excited to have Beth Vogt, a recent Christy Award winning author, and an all around beautiful person! We love seeing her at writer's conferences, and being blessed by her smiles and encouraging heart. 

Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” As a contemporary romance novelist, Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2015 RITA® Finalist and a three-time Carol Award finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015, Beth introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love, and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. She continues the series in 2016 with the e-novella You Can’t Hurry Love (May) and the novel Almost Like Being in Love(June). A November Bride, was part of the Year of Wedding Series by Zondervan. Beth enjoys writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us. Find out more about her books at bethvogt.com. An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also part of the leadership team for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren. She lives in Colorado with her husband Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories.

We know you'll be blessed by her today too...

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Thank you so much for visiting us today here at the CCC blog! Can you tell us about your latest release and what inspired you to write the story?

Crazy Little Thing Called Love is the first novel in my destination wedding series. Logan Hollister, the hero, is the older brother of Caron Hollister, who is the heroine in my second destination wedding novel, Almost Like Being in Love, which just released on June 28th. All of my novels are sparked by real life events, and with Crazy Little Thing Called Love, I went all the way back to choices we make as teenagers and how those can affect us one year later, five years later, even ten years later. The Story Question for Crazy Little Thing Called Love is: What if what you thought was your worst mistake was actually the right choice?
  
Of all your characters in this story, which one did you enjoy writing the most and why?

This is always a hard question for a writer to answer because you feel like your picking a favorite child. But this is a fun question for Crazy Little Thing Called Love because I had the chance to write my hero’s and heroine’s story from two different viewpoints: one storyline was their adult lives and the other was their romance as teens. I pitched the idea of writing the teen storyline to my editor because I thought it was important for readers to see how and why Logan and Vanessa fell in love – and what happened to break them apart. It was challenging – and so much fun – to write from both a male and female teenage POV.

Can you tell us about a scene that you wrote and eventually deleted? It’s always fun to know of the little details that didn’t make the cut :)

Hmmmm … (pause while I scroll through my Deleted Scenes folder) …This is a great question! For Crazy Little Thing Called Love, I wrote a number of scenes that told Logan and Vanessa’s high school romance. Then I had to figure out which scenes were the most vital to the story and which ones were just important for me to know so I could understand my characters. Sometimes we write backstory that’s just author information, you know? Now for Almost Like Being in Love, my just-released novel, I turned the manuscript in on time and then called my editor two weeks later and suggested a major rewrite. So, I have lots and lots of deleted scenes! One scene I had to cut involved Caron running in the Emerald Coast Mud Run, which is an actual event that sponsored by Heart of the Bride, a ministry that benefits orphans in 5 different countries around the world. Good friends of mine, Tony and Faith Gibson, started Heart of the Bride. I’m considering sharing that scene as an extra for my readers at some point.

 
 How did you decide on the setting/location for this novel?

All of my novels have been at least partially set in Colorado, which is where I live. It’s such a beautiful state and has so many wonderful locations to use as a backdrop for a novel. And Florida is one of the places that my family lived when my husband was in the military.

What made you pick these specific names of your main two characters?

Sometimes I borrow friends’ names for my characters, and I did know a couple back in our church in Florida and the husband’s name was Logan. I always thought I’d use that name sometime – Crazy Little Thing Called Love was the time! As far as the name Vanessa … well, it’s a feminine yet strong name and it just seemed to fit my heroine.

Moving on from your story, tell us a little about yourself. We’ll help! What’s your least favorite household chore and why?

I hate to vacuum. I just don’t like lugging the vacuum up and downstairs. I’m very thankful that my husband doesn’t mind vacuuming.

What are your hobbies outside of writing?

I love to read books and magazines  – and yes, I know that’s so closely related to writing. And I love to walk – I have a walking buddy, Mary, who I meet up with early each morning for a one-hour walk/talk/prayer session. My family likes to grill all year round – yes, even when it’s snowing outside. And my husband and I like to go to the theater to see some of the Broadways shows. Oh! My husband and teen daughter are huge fans of the TV show The Flash. That is our one must-watch TV program.

Summer is upon us, and full of events. Are you doing anything special this summer season?

We’re taking a breather from our youngest daughter’s volleyball season. She competes from August through May. And we’re taking her and her best friend to California; we’re all looking forward to some time at the beach and a few days at Disneyland. 

We talk a lot about faith and how it weaves throughout our fiction, here at the blog. How has your faith affected/or not affected your writing?

When I write, I try to weave my faith into my novels in a natural way, so that you don’t hear “We now interrupt your regularly scheduled reading for the faith message.” I often ask myself, “If these imaginary characters were real people, what would they need to learn about God?” And then I write those truths into the story.

Tell us a little about a day in the life of you? Wake up time? Lounging in your jammies all day, drinking coffee, living the luxurious life of a writer ;)

Um … very little lounging, although you might find me taking a nap in the afternoon to recharge. And I’m a tea drinker, although I do like Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes! I’m usually up between 5-6 a.m. and out the door walking – and yes, I’ll walk in the cold and rain, too. I’m still doing the “mom” thing with my teenage daughter, so writing life happens around real life. I always say I write in between the interruptions, which can include running errands, Skyping with other writers that I mentor, doing laundry, meeting a friend for lunch, or brainstorming with Rachel Hauck via FaceTime.

We have a bit of a war going on here at the CCC blog. Anne and Jaime LOVE coffee and Erica and Gabriella enjoy a joyful cup of tea. What is your preference? Help us break this tie…

Oh, tie broken! Tea! My favorite tea is Bigelow’s Constant Comment. It’s good both hot and as iced tea.

And a few fun and quirky questions always reveal of lot from our authors who visit. So, first, if you were to take a boat down the Amazon river, what would you be most interested in seeing?

Okay … this is an unexpected question. How about a toucan? They are such funny, bright-colored birds. And maybe a sloth? Yeah, I just watched Zootopia with my daughter, so I’ve got a thing for sloths right now. Monkeys, of course … but no snakes. Nope.

If you had a choice of living in any era other than the present, what would you choose and why?

Regency England – think the time period written about by Georgette Heyer. Have you read any of her books?

We’d love you have you share a snippet from your novel to entice us and hook us! J Please share something below:

Chapter 1

Thousands—even millions—of women had routine choose-a-church, select-a-dress, plan-a-reception kinds of weddings.
For some unknown reason, she was not one of those women.
Vanessa scanned the brochures spread out across the scarred top of her mission-style coffee table, her plate of Chinese beef and broccoli shoved to one corner. Photographs of white sandy beaches curving around sparkling oceans presented an enticing mirage for a destination wedding. And then she reread the list of medical workshops her husband-to-be would be attending two days after they exchanged I do’s.
TIAs AND STROKES: STATE OF THE ART APPROACH
ADVANCED AIRWAY ENDOSCOPY COURSE
HOT TOPICS IN PEDIATRIC EMERGENCIES
Not the typical themes for a honeymoon following a romantic destination wedding. She’d be lounging on a tropical beach, sipping a refreshing drink flavored with pineapple and coconut, adorned with a tiny paper umbrella. Meanwhile, Ted would be safe from the sun’s rays, watching PowerPoint presentations, and earning Continuing Medical Education credits.

If you go to my website, you can read the entire first chapter of Crazy Little Thing Called Love!

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6 comments:

  1. First, I love the interview, especially the question about the Amazon. I agree with Beth, NO SNAKES!
    Second, the link to Beth's Facebook page is broken.
    Third, I really want to win a book! :D

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  2. The interview was one of the best I have seen in a long time. So many good questions and i wanted to tell you that the link to Beth's page is not good. My fingers are crossed for this print book!

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  3. I have not read any of Beth's books. I would love to add this to my personal library.

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  4. I read a couple of Beth's earlier books and really liked them. I've gotten a bit behind on reading the latest ones. She writes a really good story, with relatable characters.

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  5. I love the deep emotion portrayed in Beth's books! Can't wait to read more!

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