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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?

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Do You Believe in Marital Magic?

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My friend Beth K. Vogt wears joy and encouragement like a form-fitting silk dress. She embodies passion for Jesus, her family and her career. After reading her sophomore novel, Catch a Falling Star, I thanked God for her talent and praised Him for the way He’s going to be using Beth to minister to others through her words. Catch a Falling Star is a beautiful story that made me laugh, cry and stay up past my bedtime. Even when life doesn’t go the way we plan, God’s plans are always perfect.

Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best is often behind the doors marked “Never.” After being a nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth’s second inspirational contemporary romance novel, Catch a Falling Star, released May 7, 2013 from Howard Books. Beth is also the Skills Coach for My Book Therapy (MBT), best-selling author Susan May Warren’s writing community. Connect with Beth at bethvogt.com.

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I love fairy tales – the classic ones like Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, and the modern day ones like Rachel Hauck’s Once Upon a Prince and Sandra Bricker’s If the Shoe Fits.

In my just-released novel, Catch a Falling Star, the heroine grew up listening to her grandmother read fairy tales to her. Those romantic stories shaped her dreams for romance and happily-ever-after.

And yet, one of the reasons I write inspirational contemporary romance is because I believe there is more to romance than the fairy tales tell us. After all, fairy tales have magic … and fairy godmothers … and impossibly beautiful women who sing and talk to forest animals … and incredibly handsome men (usually princes) who fall in love at first sight and drop everything to rescue the fairest of fair maidens …

I don’t know about you, but on my romantic journey, no fairy godmother showed up to re-do my wardrobe. There was no magic wand waving … no musical soundtrack playing in the background and no talking animals. (I admit talking animals would have freaked me out.) And one other thing was missing: The story didn’t end at the “found my true love” kiss.

I fell in love with a real person who – guess what? – also fell in love with a real person. Translate “real person” as “imperfect.” We promised to love one another “for better and for worse,” never imagining how bad “worse” could get. Miscommunication? Not us. Disagreements about finances? Nah. In-law strife? Nope. A season in our marriage where the only thing holding us together was the covenant we made with God and with our children where we promised there would never be a divorce? Never.

Wrong.

Wrong.

Wrong

And wrong.

It was during the times our marriage struggled the worst that I was most thankful that I’m not in a fairy tale marriage. I live in the real world – but even more importantly, I believe in a real God who cares about my husband, my children, and me. I don’t have to wait around for a fairy godmother because God is with me all the time. I don’t have to wait on the wave of a magic wand because I can lean into prayer and the truth of God’s word. I don’t have to hide my imperfections because God offers me grace, not judgment.

As a young girl, I read fairy tales because they promised me something more. The funny thing is, I found the “more” I was looking for in my real-world romance. I stood in the “wide open space of God’s grace” – with all my imperfections, doubts and fears – and discovered unconditional love. Not magic. Acceptance. Not a fairy godmother. A heavenly father who says I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Not a handsome prince. But an oh-so-handsome husband who loves me, day in and day out – happily ever after or not.

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Catch-a-Falling-Star-bookcoverWhat does a girl do when life doesn’t go according to her plan? At thirty-six, Kendall Haynes has seen some of her dreams come true. She’s a family physician helping kids with severe allergies and asthma achieve more fulfilling lives—a childhood struggle she knows all too well. But are Kendall’s dreams of having it all—a career, a husband, children—nothing more than a childhood fantasy? God says He knows the plans He has for her—why can’t Kendall figure them out and be content with her life?

Griffin Walker prefers flying solo—both as an Air Force pilot and in his personal life. But a wrong choice and health problems pulled him out of the cockpit. His attempts to get out of “flying a desk” are complicated by his parents’ death—making Griffin the reluctant guardian of his sixteen-year-old brother, Ian. How did his life get so off course? Can he get his life back on track…or has there been a divine plan all along?

Catch a Falling Star reminds readers that romance isn’t just for twenty-somethings and that sometimes letting go of your “wish I may, wish I might” dreams is the only way to embrace everything God has waiting for you.

Your Turn: What was your favorite fairy tale as a child? How has your perception of fairy tales helped you define romance today? I’m giving away a copy of Beth’s Catch a Falling Star to one commenter (U.S. residents only). 

 

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The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

As I write this, my close writing friend Beth K. Vogt has evacuated her Colorado Springs home due to the horrific fires raging in her area. In her blog post on Monday, she mentioned they packed a few treasures like photos they can never replace, her daughter’s wedding dress and other things they hold dear.  

She said everything else is just things.

In the movie, Leap Year, Declan asks Anna what she would save if the fire alarm went off and she had only 60 seconds. He shares something personal he’d save. Toward the end of the movie, Anna is celebrating her engagement with her boyfriend–something she thought she wanted. She spies the fire alarm in their new apartment (something else she thought she wanted) and pulls it. She watches as her boyfriend scurries to save the valuables–laptop, cell phones, etc. She realizes he isn’t the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. 

Our hearts may be tied to sentimental objects. For me, those include family photos, the cedar chest my husband made me that’s filled with our boys’ baby/childhood stuff and my grandmother’s teacups. The rest is stuff. After all, the best things in life aren’t things.

Please pray for my agent Rachelle Gardner whose husband is on the front line fighting the fire, Beth Vogt who had to evacuate her home, and other agency mates who live in the Colorado Springs area. Please pray for peace, calmness, safety and rain. Lots of rain to douse this inferno that’s destroying so many homes and resources in Colorado. 

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