Tuesday, August 04, 2015


Bio: Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author who said she’d never write fiction, the wife of an Air Force physician who said she’d never marry anyone in the military, and a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2015 and 2014 Carol Award finalist, her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, and their youngest daughter.

Dear Readers, I usually prefer historical novels, but there are some authors who write contemporary novels I always read as soon as they release. Beth K. Vogt is one of those novels. From her first published novel, I was hooked on her writing and storytelling. Crazy Little Thing Called Love grabbed me from the first page and didn’t let go. I loved the characters, the story line, and the setting. It’s the whole package. You won’t want to miss this book.

Welcome back, Beth. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I grew up in a religious home, but didn’t understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with God. I met my future husband, Rob, right after a rough breakup. On our second date, he shared his faith with me. When I told him I believed in God too he said, “I don’t see you doing anything about it.” (Yes, he’s a direct person.) We had a long distance relationship and he continued to share scripture verses with me.

Seven months later, we got engaged during the holidays and decided to have a “crash course” in premarital counseling while he was home for one week for Christmas. Rob was in the U.S. Air Force at the time, so we made a call to the Andrews Air Force Base chapel. –– We were assigned quickly to meet with a Quaker chaplain. During our first meeting, the chaplain pulled out a Campus Crusade Four Spiritual Laws tract and said, “Let’s just make sure we all know where we’re coming from.” He then walked us through the Gospel. At the end of that little booklet, there’s a picture of two circles: one with you on the throne of your life and one with Jesus on the throne of your life. And I stared at that page and knew I was in the wrong circle.

After that, my time was filled with reading the Word, attending a small Bible church once we were married, joining a couple’s Bible study – all of these things helped me grow as a young believer.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Rachel Hauck and Susan May Warren. They have mentored me from the beginning of my writing journey, and they are forces to be reckoned with. I love “talking story” with them. Melissa Tagg will also be there because she’s just crazy-talented and loads of fun and we’ve known each other from the beginning of our writing journeys. Cathy West will also join us. She is another phenomenal writer. She’s a pantser, while I’m a plotter. I visited her in Bermuda this summer and wooed her over to my side of the writing process – a little bit. We had so much fun plotting a story together! Who knows? She might provide the location for the retreat.

I would want to be a fly on the wall of that retreat, especially if it is at Cathy’s place. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I enjoy speaking to women’s groups and to writers. I was involved with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers International) as a writer, editor, and speaker. I love encouraging young moms. I’ve spoken to local groups and at their national conventions. I also love teaching other writers what I’ve learned along the writing road. I’ve taught local workshops, online courses, and at the ACFW annual conference. For me, an opportunity to speak is an opportunity to encourage.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?

Now how do you answer a question like this? I could fudge and say I’m always embarrassed when I can’t remember a person’s name – I am so bad at that! Or I could tell you about the time I was in a high school talent show and sang a song with two other girlfriends, and I missed my cue and came in at the wrong time. Yeah. Totally miffed it. And when you’re a teen that kind of experience scars you forever. Of course, we didn’t win the talent show. How did I handle it? I finished the song – and went off stage and cried. I apologized over and over again, and felt like a failure. I did learn that you survive that kind of experience.

People are always telling me they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
My response varies with the person. Most of the time, I smile and say, “How interesting. What kind of book?” Inside my head, I’m thinking, “Let me know how that works out for you,” because most people do not understand what the writing life demands of you. If a person shows a real interest in writing though – an inkling of passion – then I listen. And if they ask questions, I offer a small amount of advice. Not too much though. They’ll find out when – and if – they start their writing journey.

Tell us about the featured book.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love asks the question: What if you discovered that what you thought was your worst mistake was actually the right choice? Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first novel in my destination wedding series that examines the power of love, and the mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.” 

Please give us the first page of the book for my blog readers.
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.

TIA’s 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.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Beth, for sharing this new book with my blog readers today. I know they'll love it as much as I do.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Christianbook.com
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: A Destination Wedding Novel - Amazon
Crazy Little Thing Called Love: A Destination Wedding Novel - Kindle

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Cindy W. said...

I would love to win a copy of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Thank you for the chance to win.

I live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Anonymous said...

would love to win. Angela and Oreo in KY

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Emma said...

I am looking forward to reading Crazy Little Thing Called Love.Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA.

Pam Graber said...

I've been reading comments about this book for weeks and every time, I think, "Wow! This sounds SOOO good!" If I don't win it maybe I'll have to buy it for our church library. It's always easier to spend someone else's money, right? :)
Oh, and what is a "pantser"? You said you were a plotter and your friend was a pantser but I can't for the life of me figure out what that is. Maybe someone who flies by the seat of their pants?

Pam in Ohio

Patty said...

I loved 'Wish You Were Here' and the rest of that series by Beth. I'm sure this will be no different!

Patty in SC

Beth K. Vogt said...

Good afternoon, everyone! It's just past noon here in Colorado and I'm abou to dive into rewrites for the second novel in my destination wedding series: Almost Like Being in Love.
But first, Pam wanted to know what a "pantser" is.
I am plotter, meaning I plot out my stories before I start writing: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3. Spiritual journey, ect. Other authors write by the seat-of-their-panters, a.k.a. pantsers. They don't plot out their story before they start writing. They let the characters lead them ... they kind of go with the flow, and eventually put it all in order.
And even though I plot out my stories, I can still be surprised by an "I didn't know that was going to happen" moment.

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Good question, Pam. Since I started as a panster and am still more panster than plotter, I agree with Beth. I do have a timeline of events that I break into chapters with a few sentences about what needs to happen. All writers are wired differently. I think that most pansters do what the plotters do, but we don't write it down. We let the story percolate in our brain until we're become part of the story. Then we start writing.

Trixi said...

Been wanting this book since it's come out! Great interview, enjoyed reading it :-) Thank you for the chance to win a copy of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

Trixi in OR

Mary Preston said...

A lovely interview thank you.

Mary P


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful cover. I have enjoyed other books by this author and would love tonreadbthis as well.
Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!
Deanne in PA

Judy said...

I really enjoyed getting to know a little more about Beth. Her I would never's cracked me up! I can so relate to what she said. I would love to win a copy of, Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Thank you for the chance.

Judy B from Indiana

Loraine Nunley said...

I'm intrigued. Medical workshops at a honeymoon destination? It sounds like a fun read. I have put this one on my TBR list. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Loraine in TX

Raechel said...

Love your salvation story; God is so amazing!!

Thank you for this giveaway - I'd love to win and read this book. :)
In Christ,
Raechel from MN

Brenda Arrington said...

Sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for the giveaway.

happygrammaof3(at)Comcast(dot)com VA

sm said...

I enjoy books about real life situations and how they can turn out to be a good thing. I just lost my husband to cancer (10 week total illness) and am looking forward to how God will turn this event into His new plan for me. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jackie Smith said...

I've enjoyed Beth's other books and am anxious to read this one, too!
Thanks for the giveaway.
Jackie in GA

Edward Arrington said...

Been trying to win this one, so here's another try. It sounds good.
Edward A in VA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Abigail Richmond said...

Looks awesome! Would love to win a copy! Btw, love the title, do you happen to be a fan of Michael Buble? This is the title of one of his songs! Love his music!
Enter me!
Blanch, NC

Anonymous said...

love to win Beth's book! Shelia from Mississippi

Melissa Oldaker said...

Been wanting to read this since I first started reading reviews for it. Thanks for the giveaway.

Melissa O in NC

rubynreba said...

Sounds like a great series that I would enjoy. I always look forward to reading Beth Vogt's books.
Beth from IA

Connie said...

Great interview!
Connie from KY

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Please drop my name in the giveaway hat. Great interview!

Anna in FL