Friday, June 27, 2014

Dopplegangers, Twins, and Beth Vogt!


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Today, I am super excited to host the wonderfully talented, super amazing, Beth Vogt! Beth is someone you feel like you've known for ages! And her books? Oh yeah. So good! Today, I've asked her a few questions and we're playing a few rounds of Would You Rather? So jump in and join the fun! 

Q1. Beth, tell us what inspired this particular story?
Somebody Like You started with a long-time desire to write a book about twins – I have a fraternal twin sister – as well as my own experience as a military wife. But even more, Somebody Like You was inspired by several friends who were widowed at young ages – one was a military wife who was pregnant with her second child – as well as a close friend whose son was killed in Afghanistan almost two years ago. I held all of them close in my heart as I wrote this book.

Q2. Since we’re talking twins, they say everyone has one…or a doppleganger. When it comes to Hollywood, who would you say is your doppleganger or twin? Can you share a photo with us?


Well, as I said, I do have a twin sister – but we are fraternal. We looked so different from each other growing up that we had a difficult time convincing people we were sisters, much less twins.
Beth and her sister Brenda! 

A Hollywood twin? Wow … have never thought of that. My friend, Casey Herringshaw told me there’s an app that helps you discover your Celebrity Twin. According to that device, I’m twins with  . . . um, Helen Hunt and Julia Stiles?!  Funny story: I had several readers and reviewers tell me that they thought I looked like the photo of the heroine on the cover of my debut novel, Wish You Were Here.

Okay, let’s play a fun round of Would You Rather? You, Haley, and Stephen all get to answer!

Would you rather….

…swim through a river of crocodiles or an ocean of sharks?

Me – I’ll take the sharks, because at least you can see that fins sticking up and have a chance to do some weaving and bobbing

Haley: she’d take the crocodiles (she ignores stuff, ya know?)

Stephen He’d be in there with the crocodiles, protecting Haley. 

…live in a treehouse or a cave?
All three of us are going for the treehouse. If you read Somebody Like You, then you’ll understand that answer.

…ride in a hot air balloon during a downpour or drive a race car on ice?

 I have no desire to ride in a hot air balloon, so I’m driving a race car on ice – and you didn’t say I couldn’t drive slowly. Nope. You didn’t.

Haley and Stephen would opt for the hot air balloon and make the best of it.

Ha! I loved it! And when I sent the questions, I hadn’t read the book yet so yay me for the treehouse question! ;)

Thanks for hanging out today, Beth! It was tons of fun!



 Who would you say your Hollywood Doppleganger is? Post a pic in the comments if you wish! Leave a comment to be entered in a giveaway for Somebody Like You

I've been told numerous times I look like Megan Mullally (and sound like her) or Tina Fey.
What do you think? 





Here's a peek at Beth's book, Somebody Like You
Can a young widow find love again with her husband’s reflection?

Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s
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killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening—and finds her husband waiting for her. Did the military make an unimaginable mistake when they told her Sam was killed? 


Too late to make things right with his estranged twin brother, Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation­ship, they are inexorably drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together—and whose ghost could drive them apart? 

Somebody Like You is a beautifully rendered, affecting novel, reminding us that while we can’t change the past, we have the choice to change the future and start anew.



35 comments:

  1. http://bit.ly/1v3JL1B

    I was told when I was younger I favored kristy nicols. My sister and I look a lot a like as well!

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    1. Isn't it fun to see who people say we look like?

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  2. When I was in college, I had a lot of people tell me I looked like Ricki Lake. One of my friends even had me "autograph" a picture that fooled his sister. Ha!

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  3. People used to say I look like Kelly Ripa?? Been a while since I got that. But for some reason people generalize that all blondes look alike. "You know who you look like...(fill in any random famous blonde)" love the interview Beth!

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    1. I don't think all blondes look alike, but I can sorta maybe kina see Kelly. :) Actually, I always think you look like one of my doctors here in Memphis. I think I've told you that before.

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    2. All blondes look alike. Sheesh!

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  4. Ummm...the Jolly Green Giant. LOL. Well, I can laugh now, but back in 6th grade, not so much:)

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    1. Um no. No that is not a valid answer so now it's my mission to find doppleganger.

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    2. With your long hair and big gorgeous smile, Julia Roberts is a candidate for sure!

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    3. I scratch out your answer, Susan. I think you're gorgeous -- and being tall is part of that! My daughter CJ is thirteen and she is already tall and wants to be taller.

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    4. :) y'all are sweet! And I'm in love with my height now. Just took me a long time to grow into it:) lol

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    5. Having driven by the actual Jolly Green Giant statue in southwestern Minnesota many times, I can honestly say you look NOTHING like him, Susan. ;)

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    6. LOL. I will take your word for it:)

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  5. So fun to learn Beth has a twin! I always wanted one!

    I think b/c I have curly dark hair people automatically "see" Andie Macdowell. BUT there was a time when several people thought I looked like Julia Ormond in her role in Sabrina (with the short curly hair).

    Would love to win Beth's book!

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    1. I could see Andie Macdowell, Heather. I think you're gorgeous! And when you both wear the red lipstick...!

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    2. Thank you Jessica. I will have to pay you off later. HA!

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  6. HRH, The Duchess of York.

    Up until she started acting foolish, I was okay to look just like her.

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    1. Hey I could see this! When she was younger of course! Two read hawt mamas!

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    2. Yes, the Duchess of York has made some mistakes in her life … but don't we all?

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  7. Kayden McKenna from Dani Pettrey's series ;)

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    1. Love that!!! Actually I was watching a show last night and thought, this girl looks just like Laurie. But I didn't have your number to text it to you! Rose Byrne.

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    2. Yes, I see the Rose Byrne for Laurie!!!

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    3. You guys made my day! I'd love to look like her :)

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    4. Ooh … how fun: You're a fictional character in one of my favorite author's books!

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  8. When I was in high school, in the big curly hair days, I heard Jennifer Grey a LOT.

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    1. Jodie: The question is -- who was your Patrick Swayze? ;o)

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  9. Fun interview! I have fraternal twin boys who look nothing alike, either, Beth, and I have the same problem convincing people they are, in fact, twins.

    As far as a doppelganger goes, when I was younger I got a lot of Julia Roberts and Brooke Shields. I think in both cases it had to do with my thick brown hair. Recently, I had a few people tell me I looked like the cover model for Joanne Bischof's Cadence of Grace series. :)

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    1. How fun … ya know, I can see the resemblance to the cover model for Cadence of Grace. I can.

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  10. Jessica - I think you look like Sara Evans. :)

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  11. People used to get me and my sister mixed up. We were not twins, I am 3 years older, but we looked so much alike that especially from a distance people would get us confused.

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  12. Well, I was mistaken for Kirk Cameron during an unfortunate short-haired perm incident when I was 13. So I'm going with Kirk Cameron! (I LOVED Beth's book!!)

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    1. I'm sorry, Jill, but that made me almost spray my yogurt onto my laptop. :)

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