Beth K. Vogt talks about Almost Like Being In Love
Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Beth is a 2016 Christy Award finalist, as well as a 2015 RITA® finalist, and two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. She continues her destination wedding series with You Can’t Hurry Love (May 2016) and Almost Like Being in Love (June 2016).
I am delighted to have Beth K. Vogt here today talking about her latest release, Almost Like Being in Love. Welcome Beth!
Q: When you are writing, what treat do you like to keep you going?
Beth: I’m a tea drinker and my favorite tea is Bigelow’s Constant Comment. I drink it hot and I also use it to make iced tea in the summertime. I also have a glass jar of Jelly Belly jelly beans in my office. I consider them brain food – and they’re gluten-free, too.
Q: Tell me about why you chose the genre you write in and what about it appeals to you?
Beth: When I started writing fiction, I worked on two story ideas: one historical and one contemporary romance. I remember thinking, “Let’s see which one of these ideas takes off.” The contemporary story idea did and it became my debut novel, Wish You Were Here. Of course, I worked on that manuscript for three years before I pitched it to editors, and the story changed quite a bit during that time. I enjoy writing contemporary stories because all of my books are inspired by a magazine article I read or a friend’s story.
Q: If you were to pick one character out of your books that could materialize and become a real live person, a friend, who would it be?
Beth: I’d like to become friends with Haley, the heroine from Somebody Like You. She and I are alike, in the sense that she was a military wife like I was. But we’re also very different–she’s braver than I was at her age. I’d like to sit down and talk with her and see how she’s doing now.
Q:What was the hardest scene to write in Almost Like Being In Love?
Beth: Writing Almost Like Being in Love was an interesting process. I turned the book in on time and then realized that something wasn’t right. Two weeks later, I had an idea to change the book, so I called my editor at Howard Books and pitched the idea to her. She agreed and handed the book back to me. I ended up rewriting more than 60% of the book. One scene that I reworked was the ending. I knew the wedding wasn’t going to be perfect–no wedding is–but my husband challenged me on one aspect of the scene and I took his advice and changed how I’d written it. (Sorry, no spoilers.) My husband gives me some great ideas for my novels.
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