Welcome back to Writing for Christ Beth Vogt, I am excited to have you here for a second time. :- )
What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?
I retired the title of “debut novelist” and submitted my third novel, Somebody Like You, to my publisher. One of the most fun things in my writing life is celebrating the successes of my writing friends as they accomplish everything from finishing their first manuscripts to attending their first conference to signing with agents or publishers – and there’s been a lot of that too.
What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?
Oh … that is such a tough, tough question. While I was on deadline I had to ignore my To Be Read pile – although I did succumb and read Rachel Hauck’s Once Upon a Prince. (Loved it!) I also read an advanced copy of The Artist’s Daughter by Alexandra Kuykendall, a former MOPS International colleague – and a talented writer. I love her insights on how a father (or the lack of one) influences a woman’s life. I just finished Susan May Warren’s Take a Chance on Me (gave it a 5-star Amazon review!) and now I’m looking at novels by Jody Hedlund, Cynthia Ruchti, Joanne Bischof, and Becky Wade – just to name a few.
Do you have favorite authors?
Of course I do! Susan May Warren and Rachel Hauck are my mentors – and true master storytellers. Cynthia Ruchti has such a wonderful way of crafting words. Deb Raney is a favorite author – and a grace-filled woman. And I love Sandie Bricker’s humor.
What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing or connecting with readers?
I love the surprises. When I’m writing a scene and all of sudden my character says or does something I hadn’t planned on and it takes the story in a fun new way, or ramps up the tension – that’s wonderful! Connecting with readers? Bring it on!! I’ve talked to readers on the phone. Emailed them. Instant messaged with them. Flown to Kansas and met with a book club. Skyped with another one. Love it all.
What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings?
The most ideal atmosphere is one free of interruptions. Does it ever happen? No, never.
Okay, something fun for those writers out there: In what point of your writing career did you surprise yourself by writing the most words ever in the shortest amount of time?
I am all about fast-drafting. Last February I fast-drafted a manuscript and wrote over 40k words in four weeks – not counting the weekends. So, that’s an average of 8k words a day.
Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels.
Thank you, Casey. It is a delight to spend time with you and your blog readers.
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