A Conversation with Beth K. Vogt

INSPYs 2016-Beth K. Vogt Feature

As we return from the long holiday weekend, the INSPYs Advisory Board is thrilled to welcome Beth Vogt to INSPYs.com. Beth is a well-known contemporary author whose latest novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Howard) made the final in the 2016 INSPYs shortlist in the Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense category.

Today we talk with Beth about her novel’s inspiration, the latest TV addiction her family enjoys and MORE!

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that Book - Crazy Little Thing Called Lovehappen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after? – Goodreads

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INSPYs: What inspired Crazy Little Thing Called Love?

All of my novels examine real life situations, and Crazy Little Thing Called Love looks at what happens when two teenagers elope during their senior year of high school. The novel is fueled by a Story Question: If you’re given a second chance at love, should you take it?

INSPYs: Who was your favorite character to write about in Crazy Little Thing Called Love?

Oh, now you’re asking me to pick favorites – such a difficult thing to do! I did become attached to Mrs. Wright, Vanessa’s former next-door neighbor. She ended up playing more of a crucial part in the story than I expected. And I created her based on our neighbors when we lived in Florida. The wife was like a second grandmother to my children, especially my daughter, Katie Beth.


+ What are you listening to? My daughter Christa controls the Spotify playlist, so I listen to quite an eclectic variety of music. Pop, oldies, praise and worship – whatever she queues up. We have a great time singing together when I drive her to school every morning.flash

+ What are you watching? My husband, daughter, and I are avid fans of the TV show The Flash. Right now we’re trying to guess who the man is behind the iron mask that Zoom is holding prisoner … sorry, you have to be a Flash fan to understand.

+ What are you reading or what’s on your nightstand? Where to start? I’m diving into women’s fiction: Summer Sisters by Judy Blume and The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell. I’ve also got some newer releases by Rachel Hauck, Becky Wade, Patricia Bradley, and Melissa Tagg. And I’m always reading nonfiction, too: My Sister, Myself by Vikki Stark and I Thought It Was Just Me by Brené Brown. I’m a book juggler when it comes to reading.

Thank you so much for joining us, Beth! Love reading more about your favorite character in Crazy Little Thing Called Love and hearing more about your family’s latest TV addiction.

Beth s PortraitsABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 Cant Hurry Love (May 2016) and Almost Like Being in Love (June 2016).

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Up Close and Personal with Stephanie Landsem

We continue this week’s short list author interviews with Stephanie Landsem. Stephanie’s novel  The Thief (Howard Books) is on the short list for the Historical Romance category. Below we chat with Stephanie about her talented musical family and their love of superheroes.

Goodreads SummaryBook - The Thief

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Abandoned by the God she once loved, her only recourse is to depend upon Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, to keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and the landlord satisfied.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure and is desperate to escape the accursed Judean province. Accepting a wager that will get him away from the aggravating Jews and their threats of revolt, he sets out to catch the thieves harassing the marketplace.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Nissa hopes for freedom from her life of lies. But the supposed miracle brings only more misfortune, and Longinus, seeking to learn more about the mysterious healer, finds himself drawn instead to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Cedron, Longinus, and Nissa are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. As danger closes in on them from every side, they must decide if the love and redemption Jesus offers is true or just another false promise. How can the so-called Messiah save them from their shackles, when he cannot even save himself?

What are you listening to?

Since I live in a musically talented family, there’s seldom a quiet moment in our house. With a son home from college and his band re-connecting in our basement (which means I’m always out of food), I hear a lot of indie rock and jazz. My husband’s band plays an eclectic mix of 80s and current rock on weekends. With another son playing guitar and daughter playing bass, well . . . let’s just say the dishes are usually rattling in the cupboards. I love hearing my family’s music but when I get  quiet moment, I tend to savor the silence.

What are you watching?

Right now I’m re-watching a series called Grand Hotel. It’s a little like Downton Abbey but set in a hotel in Spain with mucho more drama, backstabbing, literal stabbings, revenge, heartbreak, and—unlike the stoic Britsplenty of manly crying. I absolutely love it. One warning to anyone who might be tempted to watch: the last season is not yet subtitled in English so after a cliffhanger episode you will have to wait to see what happens or learn to speak Spanish. With my kids, I’m watching all the Marvel/Avengers movies again before going to see Age of Ultron at the theater. We love our superheroes! Then we’ll do the same before the new Jurassic Park comes out this summer.

What are you reading?

I have several books going and a pile to read this summer. I’m happily catching up on some biblical titles I put off while I was writing The Living Water Series and have Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews on kindle now. On audio, I’m listening to classics that I somehow missed in high school and am halfway through The Brothers Karmazov. On my nightstand is Innocence, by Dean Koontz and I’m loving it. If you’ve always thought of Koontz as a horror writer, you’d be surprised at the themes of faith, hope, and forgiveness that are coming out in his latest works. As for nonfiction, I’m reading The Grace of Yes, Eight Virtues for Generous Living, by Lisa Hendey for a summer bookclub and Created to Relate, God’s Design for Peace and Joy, by my lovely friend Kelly Wahlquist. I’m always browsing a new cookbook and right now it’s The Ancestral Table by Russ Crandall — the blend of history and food is deliciously compelling.

Here’s my reading stacked up on my nightstand. As you can see, I always keep industrial strength earplugs handy in case band practice goes later than my bedtime 🙂

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Thank you so much for joining us today, Stephanie. It was a pleasure to host you here. Learn more about Stephanie: Facebook ǀ Twitter ǀ Website