Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Beth Vogt & Moments We Forget

Posted May 6, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Beth K. Vogt, Christian, contemporary, giveaway / 30 Comments

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.

You can connect with Beth on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

SERIES: Thatcher Sisters #2
Inspirational Women’s Fiction

RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2019
PAGES: 448

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?

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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.

Carrie: amen

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. 

Tyndale House is offering a print copy of Moments We Forget to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? Do you have sisters? How are you the same? opposites?

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30 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Beth Vogt & Moments We Forget

  1. Jocelyn

    I do not have any sisters OR brothers. But I love reading about siblings relationships.

  2. emilee

    I have 2 sisters, no brothers. It never ceases to amaze me how different we are from each other and how different most siblings are from each other. Same mom and dad, same rules (mostly) yet we each have such different personalities.

    • Carrie

      my brother and i (no sisters) are polar opposites as well but we get along wonderfully too

  3. Elizabeth Litton

    I have one sister (and 5 brothers). My sister and I are 6 years apart–she’s definitely a first-born personality and I’m a middle child personality. However, we have a really good relationship and get on well together.

  4. Rebecca Maney

    I don’t have sisters, but several of my co-workers do and the relationships seem both complicated and complementary. This book is so high on my wish list! . . . and great interview.

  5. Merry

    My sister was 15 months younger than me. She is with the Lord now. We were alike in that we both love the Lord, children and we had the same career. She was much more stylish, organized and a better cook than I am.

  6. I have three sisters! My older sister is the sweet one, I’m the sensitive one, my next sister is the athletic one, and the youngest is the rebellious one. We all love each other though!

  7. Anne

    I have one sister who is 3 years younger than I am and we are totally different in every way. It is hard to imagine that we were raised in the same family. She is close to our brother who is older than her by 7 years and communicates with him regularly. I wanted to have a close relationship with my sister but she spurned me many times and no longer will communicate at all. I don’t know what I did wrong. After not seeing her for 10 years she visited me last summer for 2 weeks. The reason she visited was actually to coordinate a visit here to see her 2 daughters at the same time for a week. so that they could get together with the cousins. I was thoughtful, kind, generous and gave, gave, gave and she took, took, took. Now I hear nothing at all and my birthday was unacknowledged. I am so sick.

  8. Winnie Thomas

    I have 6 sisters (and 2 brothers). Two of my sisters (twins) passed away 9 years ago, less than 3 months apart. We are all very close, but there are a couple of them that I feel closer to, because we are more alike in temperament, likes, etc. A couple of my sisters like to be constantly on the move–traveling, shopping, etc., so while I love them dearly, I don’t relate to them quite as well. We’re all great friends, though, and love to get together. Our brothers are very close, too.

  9. Marilyn

    I have a twin sister and an older sister. We all have similar personalities. Quiet and shy at times. We have most of the same interests, except our older sister is not as interested in some sports as we are.

  10. Sonnetta Jones

    I have 3 sisters that I grew up with. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers from my dad’s first marriage. I love my sisters that I grew up with. We are the same yet different. We have the guardian, protector, peacemaker and the Negotiator. We are very tight. We were raised to always look out for each other. Thanks be to God for the genuine love and respect we have for each other.

  11. Pam K.

    I have a sister ten years younger and had one three years younger (we also have three brothers). I’ve always been pretty close to the sister who is ten years younger, perhaps because I did a lot of care giving when she was very young and we shared a room. I wasn’t as close to our other sister; we were quite different, but we knew we loved each other.

  12. Faith Creech

    My sister and I are exact opposites in every way imaginable. It’s hard to believe we come from the same family!
    Thanks for the chance to win your book!

  13. Patty

    I have an older sister. We live pretty close together which is nice! A build in shopping buddy=)

  14. Vivian Furbay

    I have 3 sisters and one was my parents favorite which was made real clear. But i wouldn’t want to be in her shoes as they treated her like she always needed someone’s help. Because of the I became a stronger person and have since learned to rely of Jesus.

  15. Brenda Murphree

    I have a sister that is 3 1/2 yrs older and a brother that is 4 1/2 younger than me. My sister is a very sensitive person and not picky about her house. She is not in the best of health since she had rhabdomyalisis 3 yrs ago. I am a very picky OCD person about everything. And I hate that I’m that way. Even if I get my house clean I always see more to do. I can’t stand to sweat and get dirty. We both love God and church though. She plays piano and I play the bass guitar. My brother plays drums, acoustic and electric guitar.

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