I’m so honored to have Beth Vogt here on the blog today to chat about her new book Moments We Forget!
Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction 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. Now Beth believes God’s best often waits behind doors marked Never. Beth’s first novel for Tyndale House Publishers, Things I Never Told You, released in May 2018. Moments We Forget, book two in the Thatcher Sisters series, releases May 2019.
Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner, and a 2015 RITA Award finalist. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publishers Weekly‘s Best Books of 2014. A November Bride was part of the Year of Weddings series by Zondervan. Having authored nine contemporary romance novels or novellas, Beth believes there’s more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us.
An established magazine writer and former editor of the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth blogs for Novel Academy and The Write Conversation and also enjoys speaking to writers’ groups and mentoring other writers. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Rob, who has adjusted to discussing the lives of imaginary people, and their youngest daughter, Christa, who loves to play volleyball and enjoys writing her own stories.
SERIES: Thatcher Sisters #2
GENRE: Inspirational Women’s Fiction
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2019
Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine.
Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again.
Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?
Hi Beth! Welcome back to the blog!
Beth: I’m a year-round tea drinker. Hot tea in the fall and winter and ice tea in the spring and summer. My favorite is Bigelow’s Constant Comment.
Carrie: I love that name!
Beth: Music. I love to listen to music when I write. Sometimes I make Spotify soundtracks that fit my characters’ personalities.
Carrie: I am, in fact, listening to one of my multiple Spotify playlists while I put this post together 🙂
Beth: Yes. I’d love a cabin in the mountains for a writer’s retreat, but for me a long walk along the beach is the best way to feel close to God.
Carrie: ‘Yes’ is my answer to this question too – ideally, an ocean with an mountainy coast. Best of both worlds.
Beth: Print book. I have an e-reader, but I love a “real” book – you can’t beat curling up on the couch with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a book pulled from your To-Be-Read (TBR) pile.
Carrie: So true!
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Beth: My superpower would be to pause time so I could write uninterrupted for oh, say, four hours a day.
Carrie: I want the same superpower so maybe – MAYBE – I could whittle down my reading TBR galaxy 😀
Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Beth: I head to the Christian book section to see if my books are there … and if they are, I take a picture. And then I look for my friends’ books, and I take photos of their books. And I also turn the books face out because, well, that helps other visitors to the bookstore to see them, too. 🙂 And then I send my friends the photos I took – or I post them on social media.
Carrie: love it!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Beth: If you snuck a peek in my purse (and thank you for actually not doing this!) you’d discover that I could supply a small country with pens. Lots of pens. No outside donations needed.
Carrie: hahaha! I know who to sit next to in church then 😉
Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote Moments We Forget?
Beth: I listened to the debut album A Light Left On by The Western Den. Take a listen!
Carrie: ooo yes! I’ve heard great things about them! (Shout out to Cathy West here because it feels appropriate. haha)
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in your books?
Beth: I like to hide my friends’ names in my novels. Sometimes I tell them ahead of time … sometimes I surprise them and let them find out when they read stories.
Carrie: how fun!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Moments We Forget?
Beth: I thought about the dedication for Moments We Forget for weeks. It reads: “A sister is both your mirror—and your opposite.” Elizabeth Fishel (1950-), journalist and author
Moments We Forget is dedicated to all sisters who struggle in their relationships with one another. Who fight to find their place between “me” and “us.” No sister relationship is perfect. And some sister relationships are bound in pain. But even then, there can still be love.
That’s the takeaway for this book: that even in the most difficult of relationships – and relationships are often messy – there can still be love.
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Beth: Even as I launch readers get to know more about the Thatcher sisters in Moments We Forget, I’m working on book three in the series – and having a wonderful time seeing how Johanna, Jillian, and Payton grow closer to one another – or not.
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What about you? Do you have sisters? How are you the same? opposites?