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Today, I am ecstatic to hang out with the wise, lovely, talented author, Beth Vogt. I read her debut novel, Wish You Were Here and I gotta say, it was so much fun to read. I laughed out loud, I swooned, and I'm pretty sure I laughed and swooned some more!
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. She’s discovered that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Her inspirational contemporary romance novel, Wish You Were Here, debuted May 2012 (Howard Books.) Her second novel, Catch a Falling Star, releases May 2013. Beth is an established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International.
JP: You said you’d never write fiction. The world is a better place because you do! Tell us why you chose romance?
BV: God turned a season of burnout into a bend in the writing road and I found myself on the “Dark Side” writing a novel. I’ve always loved to read romances – contemporary, historical, even some suspense – so it was a natural choice for me to try writing one.
JP: In your debut novel, one of your male characters, Daniel, has spent years sending your heroine, Allison, postcards. Are you a postcard fan? Do you collect them? How did this idea come to you? It was one of my favorite things about the book, among so many others!
BV:The title Wish You Were Here came first – after several misfires – and then the idea for the postcards came after that. It just seemed natural that Daniel would send Allison postcards – glimpses of all his travels. Most of the postcards are based on places that my family has lived or visited through the years.
JP: Can you share with us one of your favorite lines from this novel and tell us why?
BV:This is some dialogue between Seth, Allison’s ex-fiancé, and her stepfather, Will:
“I’m sorry about how things ended between you and Allison. But that doesn’t give you the right to get physical with my daughter. Do I make myself clear?
Seth closed his eyes, searching for a way to make amends. “Look, Mr. Denman, Allison and I had a bit of a disagreement before Christmas. I assure you that I didn’t hurt—”
“The only thing you can say at this time is ‘Yes, sir.’”
Seth gritted his teeth. “Yes, sir.”
When I wrote this scene I imagined what my husband would say if he were talking to Seth – I think I even asked him. Will represents safety for Allison – and he comes through for her again. I believe fathers can (should) play a crucial role in their daughter’s life – and one facet of that role is to protect them.
JP: I remember grinning at this snippet! Daniel is a big-time outdoorsman. What about you? Indoor girl or Outdoor? Have you ever done any of the things he did in the book?
BV: I’m an indoor girl who married an Eagle Scout-outdoor guy. I love to watch my husband camp. My husband and I enjoy snowshoeing and we’ve gone snowmobiling. The scene where Daniel breaks his knee cap? That one is taken from real life. Several summers ago, my husband broke his knee while we were hiking. After our daughters headed down the mountain to alert the rescue team, he splinted his leg with two tree branches, bandanas and a rolled up T-shirt and with the help of two guys, started hiking down the mountain. We met the rescue team halfway down.
JP: Oh, wow! You married the real MacGyver! So tell us, did you try on wedding dresses for fun, you know as inspiration for the novel!? What kind of research, hands-on/off, did you do?
BV:The only one trying on wedding dresses was my oldest daughter, who got married in 2011. I did visit a llama ranch to get up close and personal with llamas. I even shared a few kisses with some of them.
JP: Um…I've done lots for research, never smooched a llama! Okay, now a couple of fun questions before you have to go! If you could be a character in any book you’ve read, who would you choose and why?
BV: Oh. My. Word. That’s a tough one. I’ll go with Anne of Anne of Green Gables. I love that girl’s spunk and intelligence and imagination and sense of adventure!
JP: Fill in the blank: If I were out for the day, I’d be lost without __________ and __________, but I could make it without __________________.
BV: If I were out for the day, I’d be lost without my sunglasses and my iPhone, but I could make it without breakfast or lunch..
JP: I could make it, but I wouldn't want to! Before you go, what would you like to ask the readers today? They love to comment!
BV: I’ll offer them two questions: If you could be a character in any book you’ve read, who would you choose and why? And here’s an easier one: What 2 things do you need to make it through the day?
Good questions! Thanks, Beth, for hanging out today!
Here's a sneak peek of Wish You Were Here
Wish You Were Here
Kissing the wrong guy days before her scheduled wedding leads Allison to become a runaway bride. But can it also lead to happily ever after?
Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.
Still, kissing the groom’s brother, Daniel, in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison’s life is nothing but mistakes at this point. Daniel’s adventures—chronicled through a collection of postcards—have always appealed to Allison’s well-hidden desire for something more. But how can betraying her fiancé’s trust lead to a true happily ever after?
Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Recognizing she doesn’t have all the answers won’t be easy because she’s used to being in control. To find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her—one outside her carefully defined comfort zone—and find the strength to let Him lead.