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About Beth K. Vogt

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 5/5

Q. Previous occupations

A. Magazine editor, consulting editor, freelance writer

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing & Editing

Q. High school and/or college

A. I graduated from Bladensburg HS in Maryland & graduated from San Jose State University with a journalism degree.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Chris Tomlin

Q. Favorite movie

A. The Magic of Ordinary Days (A Hallmark Special)

Q. Favorite television show

A. Lie to Me

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Fun in ways I never dreamed or imagined

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Anything that I've ever done that was ultimately worthwhile ... initially scared me to death." ~Betty Bender

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I like to say that I'm not striving for happiness because happiness is often based on circumstances. Happiness can come and go.OK, now that I've philosophized a bit, I'll say that the moments I've been perfectly happy (content) are when I look around and see my husband and kiddos (and now my son and daughter-in-love) talking, laughing, maybe playing a board game together. Being a family. Enjoying one another.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I asked my 10-year-old daughter this question. She answered it for me: Spiders. I'll go with that.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. In Venice, with my husband Rob, stepping into a gondola for a romantic sunset ride.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The disciple Peter. He was fearful at times, and yet, God still used him.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Oh, I want to rattle off a list of my girlfriends--so many of them are my heroes. I admire my friend, Renee, who lost her son to cancer. He was only 13. Renee walked that journey out with faith, honesty and courage.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I say "Oh. My. Word." A lot! I also hope that I say "I love you!" even more.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. The times that I've held onto anger instead of choosing forgiveness.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be able to dance. I mean, like a dancer on Broadway. With skill and abandon.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I'm still working on what I hope will be my greatest achievement: being a wife and mom. And doing it well.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I tend to put the bar too high--be a perfectionist. Of course, you wouldn't know that if you looked at my desk.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I don't expect others to be perfect. ;O)

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. Whoa. Who thought up these questions? OK--here's my outside the box answer: I would like to be the ocean. It's so immense and powerful and yet walking along the shore can be so restful. When I spend time at the ocean I feel so close to God.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I like to laugh, so I would say my sense of humor.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. David Curtiss, the hero in Susan May Warren's thriller "Wiser Than Serpents." He is willing to lay down his life--literally--for the woman he loves.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Is it possible to have a "favorite" villain? Yikes! I'll go with Thomas Gabriel, John McClane's nemesis in "Live Free or Die Hard." The man had no conscience.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to meet Sara from the Old Testament. She's the first late-in-life mom that we know of, and that's a topic very close to my heart. I became a mom again at 41, when I had three teens! And then I wrote a MOPS-brand book about it.So I'd like to sit and talk all things "Mommy-Come-Lately" with the first late-in-life mom.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. My family needs to realize they cannot start a conversation with me until I am completely facing away from the computer screen. Totally facing away.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Being a wife and a mom. Really, truly.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Based on my answer to #11, I have to say a Broadway dancer!

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty. A sense of humor. Loyalty.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Oh. My. Word. One thing? Greek yogurt with extra fruit added. (I'm counting that as one thing.)

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "How Great is Our God" by Chris Tomlin; "Remember When" by Alan Jackson; "Better Than a Hallelujah" by Amy Grant; "I Run to You" by Lady Antebellum; "Be Thou My Vision" by Selah

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Susan May WarrenRachel HauckDenise HunterSiri MitchellMax Lucado

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. 1. The first book I ever read -- because it opened the door to all the other books I ever read.2. These is My Words by Nancy Turner3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery4.Living By the Book by Howard Hendricks5. Lord I want to Know You by Kay Arthur

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. For pure "turn my brain off and relax" escapism, I like to read Georgette Heyer's Regency romances.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Connect with other writers through conferences and online writing communities like My Book Therapy.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. My readers enjoy that I approach real life with both humor and depth.

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