Wish You Were Here & One of My Favorite Things: Photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen


During today’s two minute vlog I introduce you to one of my favorite things: the nature photography of Thomas Mangelsen.

As I say in the vlog, one of the fun things about being a novelist is including things I love in my novels. And when I wrote my debut novel, Wish You Were Here, I decided to slip one of Thomas Mangelsen’s photographs into the story. The photograph I chose (pictured below) is titled “Maroon Bells Daybreak.”


Photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen

Also in the vlog, you’ll also hear a bit more about the upcoming May 15th launch party with my other “Debs,” Dani Pettrey, Katie Ganshert and Olivia Newport.

In Your Words: Writers, have you ever incorporated some of your favorite things into your stories? Readers, if you had the chance, what favorite thing would you slip into a novel?

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  1. April 24, 2012, 3:20 am   /  Reply

    You are so creative….and adorable in that cap!

    What favorite thing would I slip into a novel? Hmmmm……coffee. There’d have to be plenty of coffee in my novel.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 6:54 am   /  Reply

      Hats — love wearing ’em on early morning flights!

  2. April 24, 2012, 5:38 am   /  Reply

    Gorgeous, wonderful, and a great part of the story. I am thinking how I can incorporate Scottish highland cattle into McLoughlin . . . and maybe . . .

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 6:54 am   /  Reply

      Oh, the places you’ll go, Dee …

  3. April 24, 2012, 6:48 am   /  Reply

    Beth I love the vlog! You look so cute in your hat! I love looking at photography and T. Mangelsen doesn’t disappoint. Beautiful.
    Looking forward to the launch! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 6:57 am   /  Reply

      No, he doesn’t. My husband and I have loved his nature photography for years.
      The book launch with Dani Pettrey, Katie Ganshert and Olivia Newport is gong to be so, so much fun!

  4. April 24, 2012, 7:41 am   /  Reply

    Love the hat, too. I’ve slipped clay and pottery into my stories. And I love the way you used Thomas Mangelsen’s photo in Wish You Were Here.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 7:59 am   /  Reply

      Not surprised to hear that you slipped clay and pottery into your stories, Pat.
      You were an invaluable resource for me for a magazine article too.

  5. April 24, 2012, 8:34 am   /  Reply

    Great job on the vlog post, Beth. I liked the way you worked the photo into the story. And I smiled when I saw how you worked in a mention of Susan May Warren. Clever!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 8:58 am   /  Reply

      I had to give just a nod to Susie, Keli — she was so, so encouraging to me as I walked on the “Dark Side.”

  6. April 24, 2012, 8:40 am   /  Reply

    Love your vlog! And LOVE those photos. Oh my goodness. So gorgeous!!

    Hmmm…I can’t think of what I might have put in my first novel, but my second is about a singer and performing, which I’m passionate about. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 8:59 am   /  Reply

      Not surprised at all that singing is showing up in a book you’re writing … not at all.

  7. Loree Huebner
    April 24, 2012, 9:03 am   /  Reply

    Loved your vlog!

    I’ve been to that very spot…in the Maroon Bells picture.

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 9:15 am   /  Reply

      Really? Really?
      So, so jealous!

  8. Megan DiMaria
    April 24, 2012, 10:18 am   /  Reply

    I love to discover what real-life stuff authors put into their novels. Thanks for the fun peek into Wish You Were Here, Beth!

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 10:30 am   /  Reply

      Isn’t it a gorgeous photograph, Megan?

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 1:00 pm   /  Reply

      I’m weaving more favorites into book 2.

  9. April 24, 2012, 12:41 pm   /  Reply

    Where were you in Florida?

    • Beth Vogt
      April 24, 2012, 12:59 pm   /  Reply

      Destin — for the My Book Therapy Deep Thinkers Retreat.

  10. Jeanne T
    April 24, 2012, 1:38 pm   /  Reply

    Loved your vlog, Beth. I’ll try not be jealous that you looked so cute after DT. :O) I was a fright, I’m sure–so happy-tired-exhausted. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Beautiful photos by Thomas Mangelsen. I love how you wove your love of photography and Thomas Mangelsen’s work into your book. Coffee makes an appearance in mine, but it’s not nearly as majestic as beautiful photography. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Beth Vogt
      April 25, 2012, 6:52 am   /  Reply

      I think there are other things you love weaving their ways into your story, Jeanne …

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