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Writers’ Spaces Wednesday: Beth K. Vogt

Writers Spaces Wednesday

I’ve always been fascinated by other writers’ spaces. Some of my writer friends have beautiful offices. Others frequent their favorite Starbucks, Panera, or local libraries to write. Some write at their kitchen tables or living rooms. Because I love to see where others create, I’ve started Writers’ Spaces Wednesdays.

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headshotI knew of Beth K. Vogt before I met her in person. We share a mutual writing friend–Roxanne Sherwood Gray. Then I had the pleasure of meeting Beth at the MBT Pizza Party in Denver 2010, I believe? Correct me on the year, Beth, if I’m wrong! We became fast friends, and she’s one of my closest writing friends. She’s been there during some of the darkest times of my writing life and lifted me up in prayer more times than I can count. She’s the kind of friend everyone needs in their lives. I’m so blessed she’s a part of mine.

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can’t Buy Me Love(May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June). Connect with Beth at her site, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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Beth, so glad to have you here today. Tell us about your writing space.

I’ve had my own dedicated writing office for two years now. Before that, I shared the room with my husband. I think he’s forgiven me for kicking him out … maybe.

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Having met your hubby, I’m quite sure he’s forgiven you for kicking him out. I love that rich red on your wall. What makes it special for you?

Two of my besties came and helped me organize my office and really make it mine. Before that, it was often overrun by other people’s stuff – or things that didn’t have a designated place to go. Now there’s a sense of order. Okay, yes, the order sometimes gets lost during deadline, but it’s lost beneath my writing life, not other people’s stuff.

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What great friends you have! What is one element of your space that makes you smile?

I’ve framed my cover flats. It’s fun to have a wall space dedicated to my book covers. I also have several pieces of art depicting hummingbirds that mean a lot to me. I have a “hummingbird story” and hummingbirds are a reminder that God loves me.

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I recognize one of those prints. 😉 What are your “must-haves” when you sit down to write?

I invested in a pair of Bose headphones about eight months ago. Now I wonder what took me so long to buy these? I always make up a playlist for any book I’m writing, and the headphones are just perfect for playing my music. And yes, I do sing along to any song I’m listening to.

I love playlists! Music keeps me inspired when I write. Share a typical writing day.

Lisa, really? You’re an author – and you’re asking this question? I write in between the interruptions.

Yes, I can totally relate. If you could choose the ultimate writing space, where would it be?

My dream is to one day own a cabin in mountains and be able to escape there to write.

That sounds lovely. Tell us a little about your latest release.

I’m launching a destination wedding series this year. It begins with Can’t Buy Me Love, an e-novella that costs all of 99 cents, that releases May 5 (my birthday!). Can’t Buy Me Love has a Pinterest angle to the story. And then Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the first novel in the series, releases June 30.

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In this e-novella kicking off the brand-new Destination Wedding series, Bellamy, a bride-to-be who dreams of a one-of-a-kind Manhattan wedding, gets caught up in all the planning, and things quickly spin out of control.

What is the true cost of an ultimate uptown wedding? 

Bellamy grew up in a large, boisterous family. The Hillmans may not have had it all, but Bellamy learned how to stretch a dollar and make it look like she did. Now she’s marrying Reid Stanton, the man of her dreams. While planning their one-of-a-kind Manhattan destination wedding, Bellamy gets caught up in all things Pinterest. It starts out simply enough with a “Save the Date Destination Wedding” board. Then it’s the “Destination Wedding Dresses” and “Invitations” boards. As her ideas multiply, so does the cost of the wedding.

Before she realizes it, all her creative planning has decimated the budget. Can Bellamy make things right, or will the cost of the ultimate wedding be losing the man she loves?

Beth, thanks so much for hanging out with me today.

Readers, be sure to download Can’t Buy Me Love when it releases on May 5, and then follow that up with Crazy Little Thing Called Love at the end of June. Just for fun–where would you like to escape to for some quiet inspiration?

Lisa Jordan
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Writers’ Spaces Wednesday: Jessica R. Patch

Writers Spaces Wednesday

I’ve always been fascinated by other writers’ spaces. Some of my writer friends have beautiful offices. Others frequent their favorite Starbucks, Panera, or local libraries to write. Some write at their kitchen tables or living rooms. Because I love to see where others create, I’ve started Writers’ Spaces Wednesdays.

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Jess color headshotJessica R. Patch is one of the funniest people I know–ask her about the time she prayed with her husband in church. Add in her sweet spirit, sunny disposition, and her incredible love for the Lord, and you have a friend for life. I love her to pieces. Plus, we’re fellow agency mates and Love Inspired authors.
She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense when she’s not talking friends into going on adventures in the name of research or watching way too much Netflix. Her debut novel with Love Inspired Suspense releases in early 2016.
You can connect with Jessica on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.
Jess, so glad you’re hanging out with me today. Tell us about your writing space.

My writing space is a cozy corner by my bed. I don’t have a separate room for an office so this works out nicely. Just my desk, my comfy office chair and everything I need to work!

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I love how you’ve created a cozy writing space. What makes it special for you?

I’m here so often, it’s my one little place all to myself. During the day, it’s quiet because my children are at school and my husband is at work, so I don’t have to worry about interruptions.

I totally understand about interruptions. What is one element of your space that makes you smile?

Probably my bulletin board. When I look up, I see a few things that make me happy such as the people I pray for across the world. Project Rescue is a ministry dear to my heart so I love looking at that and it reminds me to pray. The people I’ve sent Bibles to, two post cards from missionary friends, Scripture verses I pray before I write, and a couple of mementos made by friends.

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I love your bulletin board. What are your “must-haves” when you sit down to write?

I need my Spotify playlist going, post-it notes, and a clean desk. I hate writing when it’s cluttered!

I can’t stand a cluttered desk when I write, either. Share a typical writing day.

I get home around 7:30 a.m. from taking my kids to school and I spend about an hour doing housework and forcing myself on the treadmill. I write better when I know my house is clean or at least straight. I’m at my computer by ten at the latest and I write straight on until I leave to pick my kids up at 2 p.m. (of course I take breaks for social media, food, and hot tea since my doctor won’t let me have coffee anymore—the jerk 🙂 )After my kids get home and settled, I write about another hour before it’s time to fix dinner. I write 5-6 days a week on average.

If you could choose the ultimate writing space, where would it be?

I would choose a room that looked out into the woods and opened up to a screened-in porch. I’d want a couch and a comfy chair, and enough wall space to hold my monster white board and book covers! 🙂

Definitely! Tell us a little about your latest release.

Just the Way You Are - High ResolutionRight now, my second novella Just the Way You Are is FREE to newsletter subscribers, but only until April 22nd. It will then be available for purchase on Amazon. So sign up! Here’s a little bit about the story:

When Pastor Gabe asks Audrey Gilbraith to use her mad florist skills to help him design a prayer garden, she’s all in, especially since it helps take her mind off the fact she’s about to lose her job and her apartment. But working closely with Gabe and not falling for him is complicated. She’s not pastor’s wife material, and she has the past to prove it. Gabriel Brookson wants out of Audrey’s friend-zone, but when he pursues her romantically, he ruffles more than a few feathers in his congregation. How much is he willing to give up for this wonderful, quirky woman, and will Audrey accept him if he risks it all?

Jessica, thanks so much for sharing your space with us today! Readers, remember to subscribe to Jess’s newsletter to receive this fun novella with the great cover before time runs out! 

Readers, Jessica has a heart for Project Rescue. What mission or charity tugs at your heart?

Lisa Jordan
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