In Others’ Words: When Story Conquers Fear

Beth Vogt In Others' Words, Quotes, story 10 Comments

I sat across from my trusted friend Wise Guy recently and told him, “My heart seems smaller.” Had unrelenting circumstances — mine and others’ close to me — turned me into some emotional Grinch and downsized my heart? As I talked some and listened more, I realized that yes, fear had crept in and silenced me … that unknowingly I …

In Others’ Words: Finding Your Theme

Beth Vogt In Others' Words, Life, perspective 6 Comments

  Mention “theme,” and most people are transported back to English class, when the teacher asked, “What is the theme of this book?” Some of us had fun with this question about the central idea in a novel or short story or poem or play, and some of us started counting the days until summer vacation. And then some of …

Wish You Were Here & One of My Favorite Things: Photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen

Beth Vogt Fun, Reality, Writing 21 Comments

httpv://youtu.be/apXX4seSwyc During today’s two minute vlog I introduce you to one of my favorite things: the nature photography of Thomas Mangelsen. As I say in the vlog, one of the fun things about being a novelist is including things I love in my novels. And when I wrote my debut novel, Wish You Were Here, I decided to slip one …

Contemporary Romance: Meet Allison Denman of Wish You Were Here

Beth Vogt Contemporary Romance, Life, Reality 21 Comments

“Why can’t life be black and white, God? Why won’t you give me a happy ending?” She drew her knees up, resting her chin on her folded arms. “I’m trying to do the right things–shouldn’t that guarantee me happiness?” ~Allison Denman in Wish You Were Here In less than two weeks, Beth K. Vogt is going to share my life with all her …

Heroes and Heroines: Can They Ever Be Too Perfect?

Beth Vogt Reality, Romance, Writing 10 Comments

  I don’t hang around with perfect people. I’m sure you’re all very nice. I mean, you’re perfect, after all. And that’s the problem. I’m not perfect. I have a serious sugar addiction. (Jelly beans, anyone?) I skip my workouts. I prefer to “pile” rather than file my papers. My children will tell you that, um, sometimes I raise my …