Update: Congrats Kandra! You Won!
Thank you so much for willing to be interviewed!
1. What was your inspiration behind Catch a Falling Star?
I like to write fiction that is based on real life. The catalyst for Catch a Falling Star was a conversation I had with a friend several years ago. She has a fulfilling life—lots of friends, a satisfying career/ministry, is involved with lots of worthwhile things—and yet some of her dreams haven’t come true yet. And she was asking, “How did I end up here? Did I miss something? Did I take a wrong turn?” And that conversation stuck with me for weeks. Everyone experiences life not going according to plans—the question is: What do you do when life takes a detour?
2. When you write, do you plot the story out beforehand or are you surprised as to where it takes you?
Yes and yes. I use The Book Buddy to plot out my novels. The Book Buddy is a marvelous work-text created by best-selling author Susan May Warren that helps you map out your novel. I then fast-draft my novel—and that’s when the surprises happen. I know where I’m going, but there’s always an unexpected plot twist or two. I start writing a scene and end up thinking, “I didn’t know that was going to happen!” Plotting is needed—but I have to give the story room to breathe and lead me a little bit too.
3. I found Griffin to be such a fascinating character. Was there anyone/anything you based him off of?
Oh, Griffin. Such a fun hero. My husband was in the air force and we made several good friends who were pilots – some helicopter pilots and some jet pilots. Getting to know them, I discovered that pilots can balance the demands of that career field and their faith. But other than that, Griffin was created in my own head. I think anyone who has been single for a long time gets rather set in their ways—and that was true for Griffin (and Kendall, my heroine).
4. Your novel deals with a lot of medicine (Kendall is a doctor) as well as issues with adoption. How much research did you have to do?
I had to do a fair amount of research for the medical aspects of the book, especially since I created an imaginary herbal supplement. Even made up, it had to be based in plausible reality. Thankfully, my husband is a physician, so he’s my very-close-at-hand expert. The adoption subplot came about because one of my closest friends has adopted two children. I’ve watched her pray over her children, face the challenges, embrace the ministry God has given her. I wanted to address at least some of that in Catch a Falling Star. She read the entire manuscript, but I especially wanted her feedback on Evie’s story.
5. Can you tell us a little about what you are currently working on?
I’m finishing up book #3, which is titled Somebody Like You. It’s also a contemporary romance, and it has twins in it. That’s been fun to write because I have a twin sister. I’m also working on a novella and, like any novelist, I’m already thinking, “What next?”
Author Bio: Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best is often behind the doors marked “Never.” After being a nonfiction writer and editor who said she’d never write fiction, Beth’s debut novel, Wish You Were Here, released in May 2012. Catch a Falling Star releases May 2013. Connect with Beth atbethvogt.com, where she talks with others about quotes through her “In Others’ Words” blog.
Beth Vogt has generously decided to do a giveaway of Catch a Falling Star! All you need to be entered into the running is to leave a comment. The giveaway ends May 24th. Please include your email address. If you are the winner, you have 48 hours to respond to the email that will be sent to you. To start the conversation going: Are there any dreams of yours that you’re still waiting to come true?
16 thoughts on “Interview of Beth Vogt and Giveaway!”
Thanks for letting me visit with you today!
Thank you for the interview!
Hmmm dreams that I am waiting to come true? I would love to write a book some day 🙂
You and me both!
Lisa — here’s hoping your dream comes true!! Mine did …
I loved this book. And I love author interviews. I really liked the fact that God brought Griffin and Kendall together at just the right time…. they were perfect for each other!
🙂 That was such a good story!
One dream that has finally is come true is working in a library. OK it is the church library and a volunteer job but that is OK too. I always wanted to live on a lake and I now do that. It is not big or well known but I like it. I would love to live closer to my grandkids. Unfortunately they all live in different directions
I am so glad to hear that you loved Catch a Falling Star — spread the word, please! (That makes all the difference for authors.) And yes, I enjoyed watching Kendall and Griffin’s romance unfold — I was even surprised a few times as I wrote it. 🙂
My dream is to be financially independent. I have a job I love, that I consider to be a calling, but it doesn’t pay much so I’m constantly struggling financially. More health problems also equals more bills, which doesn’t help. I’m getting better about trusting God with this, but sometimes it’s still nerve-wracking.
Thanks for giving away a copy of Catch a Falling Star. I loved Beth’s first book so would enjoy reading this new book.
Pam: It’s difficult when your dream is blocked by obstacles. But I prayed that you won’t despair — and that you will see some forward motion.
My dream….to fulfill the plans and purpose that God has for my life and to watch my young women do the same! Loved the story! Too much independence in a woman is nerve wrecking, but Kendall had it going on!
Martie: Glad you enjoyed CAFS. There was good reason for Kendall’s independence — and yes, it was a bit challenging at times, wasn’t it? 😉
Of course! Dreaming never stops, does it? In the middle of a cross-country move and job changes, I am dreaming of an organized home and time to read books again! Please sign me up for this one!
Hi, Kandra — God bless you as you move cross-country. I remember doing that! May new friends be waiting for you (they will be!).
Very fun to know. I like the message behind Catch A Falling Star and am not only looking forward to dive into the story but to see if something about the message resonate with me… Please enter me in the giveaway.
Thanks for sharing the interview. Glad I’m not too late to enter for the giveaway. To answer the question, yes I still have dreams that haven’t come true. Its seems I am alway dreaming…. Thanks for the giveaway, I can’t wait to read Catch A Falling Star.