I first met Beth Vogt at a writer's retreat in Destin, Florida for My Book Therapy. Beth taught us with so much passion, I found my own interest in finishing my manuscript sparked. In fact, through her encouragement, I finished 20, 000 words in time to meet the deadline for a writing contest. Beth's last book Somebody Like You is a Publisher's Weekly selection as one of the best books of 2014. After meeting Beth and grabbing the vision to include romance in a novel, I bought it on Amazon kindle. It's one of those books that you read slowly so that it does not end too soon.
Somebody Like You is about twin brothers who have been separated through family dynamics. And, a young widow who is left with having her first child alone. Sound good? It is. I highly recommend it! Interesting to note that Beth and I are both twins as well. Since I purchased the book, Somebody Like You has been announced as a 2015 RWA RITA Finalist.
Kelly ~How exciting for you Beth! Congratulations on both these honors! I'm curious, how did you become a romance novelist?
Beth~ For years, I said I would never write fiction. I graduated from college with a journalism degree and I was content on the nonfiction side of the writing road. Around 2007, I was busy as a freelance editor and writer—but I was also burned out. I told my husband I wasn’t going to write another word. God turned that season of burnout into a bend in the writing road and brought me over to the “Dark Side.” I started writing a novel—just for fun. And then my agent, Rachelle Gardner, said she wanted to read it. That made me nervous—but Rachelle gave me tremendous feedback. She recommended we set aside the nonfiction book she was pitching and focus on establishing me as a novelist. And all the while, I was getting involved in My Book Therapy, learning so much from Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck about writing a novel.
You are releasing another great romance in June called Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Now available for pre-order. Can you tell us a little about this story?
Beth~Crazy Little Thing Called Love examines the question: What if you discover what you thought was your worst mistake was actually the right choice? It’s the story of two teens who meet in high school and then elope during spring break, but their marriage doesn’t last. I think we can all look back in our lives and think about choices we’ve made and wonder if we’d do the same thing again or if we’d make a different choice. And yes, it’s a destination wedding set in Destin, Florida.
Kelly ~Crazy Little Thing Called Love is the first book in the Destination Wedding Series. How did you come up with the ideas to create a series?
Beth~Author Rachel Hauck is a wonderful friend and an encouraging mentor to me. We were discussing what came next after I’d written Somebody Like You and she suggested writing a series. I discussed it with my agent, presenting her with the destination wedding idea. I actually had three different ways of writing the series: stateside destination weddings, overseas destination weddings, or destination weddings set in a fictional Colorado town.
Kelly~Fortunately, I purchased Can't Buy Me Love to read on the beach for my family's vacation in Myrtle Beach this summer. :-D I know you have been working around the clock to finish it. What are some ways you keep the creativity flowing?
Beth ~When I’m stuck, I love to get out of the house and go for a walk—that always clears my head. I also have my walking buddy, Mary, who is also a writer. We walk almost daily and we talk story. She’s a great brainstorming partner. One thing I learned from My Book Therapy is to jumpstart a scene by asking, “What is my point of view (POV) character thinking right now?”
Kelly ~What are three little known facts about you?
Beth~I wrote a poem about sneezing in 8th grade. Yeah. How’s that for creative?
I’ve been thrown from horses three different times in my life. Not a fan of horseback riding. At all.
I do not watch scary movies. Ever. I don’t like them. Never have, never will.
Kelly ~Finally, what's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Beth ~ Coke – cold. Straight from the can or bottle. Or you can pour it over ice in a nice glass if you want. Must be caffeinated. My husband’s tried to break me of the habit for years. Total fail.
Kelly ~This has been fun my friend :-) Thanks for sharing a little bit about yourself and your new releases.
For your own copy of Beth's novella Can't Buy Me Love, you can purchase it here
To contact Beth or find out more about her writing check out her website~ Beth Vogt