Catch a Falling StarCatch a Falling Star
Beth Vogt
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At 36, Dr. Kendall Haynes feels her dreams of finding a husband and having children will never come true. When former pilot Griffin Walker becomes the reluctant guardian of his 16-year-old brother, he wonders how his life got so off course. Will Kendall and Griffin discover there's been a divine plan all along? 320 pages, softcover from Howard.
     

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 Christianbook.com Interview with Beth Vogt


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.
 
I’ve embraced the truth that God’s best is often behind the door marked “Never.” Some of the “Never” doors he’s walked me through: I said I never wanted to marry a doctor or anyone in the military. My husband was an air force family physician for 18 years.
In my late teens and early twenties, I said I never wanted children. I have four – including one surprise pregnancy when I was 41 and the mother of 3 teens!

I said I was never going to write fiction. My third novel, Take Another Look, releases in May 2014 (Howard Books).

What is your favorite Bible verse? Why? Translation too, please.

Romans 5:2 (The Message) “… We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand - out in the wide open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.”
I love how this verse talks about “the wide open spaces of God’s grace.” God says he lavishes his grace on us – and yet we live as if he is a grace-miser, as if God withholds his grace, his love, from us. The truth of this verse gives me spiritual breathing space.

What sparked your interest to write about your main characters as a pilot and as doctor?

There’s the oft-quoted adage: "Write what you know." I’m married to a family physician with a solo practice in Colorado. So, I just borrowed my husband’s profession and “loaned” it to my heroine, Kendall Haynes. Several of our good friends are air force pilots, which provided me access to experts when I made Griffin Walker an A-10 pilot.

Is either career choice part of your background?

I’ve always said I would have never cut it at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) – and both the fictional hero of Catch a Falling Star and my husband (my real life hero) graduated from the Academy. As far as being a doctor? I’m empathetic, but beyond saying, “That looks painful” I’m no good to anyone needing medical attention.

 

How much research did Catch a Falling Star take?

I wanted to ensure that I got the pilot/flying aspect of it right – both the personality and the factual information. And my husband was my go-to source for anything medical. Since I live in Colorado Springs, where the book takes place, some of the research was organic. As I drove around town I’d think, “This is where Griffin lives” or “ I want Kendall to eat at this restaurant.”

How much of the story is factual information?

If by factual you mean based on truth, then the whole book is founded on a reality we all wrestle with: What do we do when life doesn’t go according to plan? Kendall, Griffin, Ian, Evie (two subplot characters) are all imaginary people facing real life problems. There’s a subplot of adoption and one of my “Preferred Readers” read through those scenes to make sure they were believable, i.e. emotionally truthful.

What are the most interesting facts that you learned while researching and writing Catch a Falling Star?

I was quite caught up in Evie’s story – of how she wants to adopt after dealing with infertility, but even that dream isn’t coming true the way she imagined. Talking with my friend who’s adopted two children helped me understand some of the overlooked challenges adoptive parents face. Adoption is a ministry that God uses to transform both the child and the parent.

On a lighter note, it was fun to learn more about Jeeps, since both Kendall and Griffin are Jeep people.

What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?

I’m working on my third novel, which is titled Take Another Look. It’s a stand-alone novel, based in Colorado and it’s been challenging me as a writer as I delved into a romance that has a lot of reasons why it shouldn’t happen.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading Catch a Falling Star?

I’ve learned to stop expecting life to go according to my plans – and to trust that God is working even when I can’t see any evidence of that. Does God want us to dream, to hope? Absolutely. But ultimately our hope and confidence has to rest in Him, not in having everything work out the way we want it to go.

What organizations are you involved with?

I’m on the leadership team for My Book Therapy, author Susan May Warren’s coaching and mentoring community for writers. I also belong to several other writers organizations, including American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and Faith, Hope and Love, the inspirational chapter of RWA.