What I write:
After spending time as a nonfiction editor and author, I crossed over to the “dark side” of the writing road, moving from contemporary romance to women’s fiction. Yes, I like happily-ever-afters, but women’s fiction lets me explore how relationships between sisters, moms and daughters, best friends—anyone we love—can be messy. The novels in the Thatcher Sisters series could best be described as my “Little Women gone wrong” books.
More about me:
I’m an award-winning novelist who once said she’d never write fiction and now enjoys hanging out with imaginary people. I’m a creative, but I’m also craft-challenged, so don’t invite me to join you at Hobby Lobby unless you want me to push your cart while you shop. When I’m not writing, you’ll find me taking photos of my daughter’s volleyball matches—lots and lots of photos. I learned the game through a camera lens.
What I’m looking for in my ideal reader:
- You want a story that delves into real-life issues like complicated family relationships, grief, estrangement, breast cancer, and unexpected pregnancy.
- You want stories with a spiritual thread—and characters who might believe in God, might not, or who are struggling in their faith journey.
- You want a romance but recognize that there’s more to happily-ever-after than the fairy tales tell us.
- You want humor because, well, life—whether real or imaginary—is always better with laughter.
- You want strong secondary characters—because why should the main characters have all the best lines?
What to expect if we’re compatible:
- You’ll spend some (virtual) time in Colorado—a beautiful place to be—because that’s where I live and where I’ve set my Thatcher Sisters series.
- You’ll identify with one (or maybe more than one) of the Thatcher sisters—Johanna, Jillian, Payton, and Pepper—either because you have sisters or you know some sisters just like them.
- You’ll learn a bit about twins. I have a fraternal twin sister so I decided to make Payton and Pepper identical twin sisters.
- You’ll laugh . . . because I believe laughter is music. And I can’t write a book without some comic relief.
- You’ll wrestle with questions like “Is family always worth fighting for?” and “Is it always possible to move from a truce to trusting someone?” Each one of my novels starts with a Story Question that my characters have to answer. They’re tucked inside each story . . . and my readers answer the question, too, with each turn of the page.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind doors marked Never. Beth is a 2016 Christy Award winner, as well as a 2016 ACFW Carol Award winner and a 2015 RITA Award finalist. Beth’s latest novel, MOMENTS WE FORGET, book two in the Thatcher Sisters Series, releases from Tyndale House Publishers in May 2019. Visit Beth at BethVogt.com.
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?