Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt
Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a story about first love, lost love, and forever love. Being that it’s a destination wedding novel, I expected a pretty lighthearted story. It was actually much heavier than I anticipated! Vogt’s characters are realistic, flawed, and people you want to root for. She layers in the character backgrounds really well. Crazy Little Thing Called Love is a mixture of romance and suspense, and it’s very much women’s fiction. Not to be missed!!
Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?
As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?
A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.
Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?
The Story Behind Crazy Little Thing Called Love — from The Litfuse Blog
Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Where does a writer find inspiration? What’s the hardest part about writing a book? What do you hope your writing achieves? We asked Beth Vogt to tell us the story behind Crazy Little Thing Called Love.Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did your inspiration spark from?
There were two sparks for Crazy Little Thing Called Love: the first was the whole idea of young love and a couple eloping. I know people who were high school sweethearts and got married, and their marriages are still going strong. The second was the realization that we’ve all made mistakes and wishing we could undo those mistakes.
How long did your book take you to write?
I use The Book Buddy, a work-text developed by author Susan May Warren, and take about two weeks to develop my characters, my plot, and my spiritual thread. Then I take a month to fast draft the story before I rewrite it. All told, the process for the initial draft I sent to my editor took about 10 weeks.
How long was the editing/publishing process?
From start to finish – which includes my first draft, second edits, copy edits, and galley edits – one year.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
There’s so much I could say to aspiring writers. Find a mentor. Invest in writers’ conferences. Join My Book Therapy (author Susan May Warren’s writing community). Most importantly, stay grounded in who God says you are. The publishing business can mess with your head.
What’s your next book or project?
There are two more installments in the Destination Wedding series in 2016: another novella and another novel: Almost like Being in Love.