Behind the Book: Ian Walker of Catch a Falling Star Hijacks My Blog

I’m not sure how I feel about taking over your blog.

Inspiration for Ian Walker of Catch a Falling Star

Really, Ian? I thought you’d have fun with this.

Um, not really. I’d rather take Dr. Kendall’s dog, Sully, for a walk.

You and Sully got along great in Catch a Falling Star.

Sure. What’s not to like about a dog? It’s a pretty uncomplicated relationship, you know?

You like uncomplicated relationships?

I haven’t had too many of those. I got taken away from my first mom because she abandoned me. And then I ended up in foster care before I was adopted by the Walkers—and that wasn’t the easiest adjustment for me.

Why not?

Sully — Dr. Kendall’s goldendoodle

See? This is why I’d rather walk Sully. 

Okay—that’s fair. I guess I make you deal with all that stuff in Catch a Falling Star, don’t I?

You sure do. I’m the . . . what did you call it?

You’re the Inciting Incident.

Yeah. I kinda get things going.

Exactly. So do you want to tell me what you do like?

I like Dr. Kendall – and not just because of Sully. She listens to me, ya’ know? And she didn’t get mad when I—

Sorry, Ian. I have to interrupt you before you give away part of the story.

Oh. Sorry. Well, can I just say she doesn’t get mad easily—with me, at least? Griffin seems to irritate her a lot.

They seem to irritate each other, don’t they?

Yeah—at first.

What else do you like?

The Incline in Manitou Springs, CO

I’m learning to like Colorado. At first I really missed Florida and all my friends—but Colorado is pretty cool. I want to try hiking the Incline – if Dr. Kendall says it’s okay – and Griffin says we might go to the Great Sand Dunes this summer. Oh – and I like Dr. Kendall’s endless pool.

I was waiting for you to mention that. Is there anything else you want to talk about before we wrap this up?

Yeah – my name. Why’d you choose to name me Ian?

There’s a very special reason for your name – and I’ll share more about that in an upcoming blog post.

Now you’re being secretive.

Not really. I just have a certain way I want to talk about things.

But I thought I was in charge today.

Only to a point, Ian. Only to a point.



Is there anything you’d like to ask Ian — or me — as we get “behind the book?”  More interviews by imaginary characters & other “Behind the Book” glimpses of Catch a Falling Star to come! 










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  1. April 16, 2013, 4:38 am   /  Reply

    My heart ached for Ian, but I was so pleased to see the way his character matured by the end of the book. These blog posts are making me want to read the book…again. 🙂

    • April 16, 2013, 8:24 am   /  Reply


      • April 16, 2013, 9:11 am   /  Reply

        My heart hurt for Ian too — that said, I loved developing his character as I wrote Catch a Falling Star.

  2. Roxanne Sherwood Gray
    April 16, 2013, 5:27 am   /  Reply

    Ian is a great kid . . . I mean, character. He’s very believable and endearing. Thanks for letting him takeover your blog. Oh, loved the photo of Sully!

    • April 16, 2013, 9:12 am   /  Reply

      Sully is a adorable, isn’t he? No wonder Ian loves him! 🙂

  3. April 16, 2013, 6:45 am   /  Reply

    My heart goes out to Ian & I love him already. And Sully? I’m not normally a dog lover, but that might be changing. In fact, it’s highly possible there’s a farm dog in our future. Actually seeing fun interactions between dogs and the Vogt household have helped pre-condition me.
    After this fun interview I can’t wait to read past chapter 2 of Catch A Falling Star!!! Hurry up, May 8th!

    • April 16, 2013, 9:13 am   /  Reply

      Dee, I know someone who would be happy to help you find a farm dog!

  4. April 16, 2013, 7:37 am   /  Reply

    I love Ian and Sully! So excited about this new book, Beth!

    • April 16, 2013, 9:13 am   /  Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement, Michelle.

  5. Katie Beth
    April 16, 2013, 8:13 am   /  Reply

    Love, love, L-O-V-E the hijackings of your blog by your characters! I felt like Ian was a real person there! Can’t wait to read and understand even more!
    SO proud of you, Mom!

  6. April 16, 2013, 8:24 am   /  Reply

    What a great idea. You are so talented! 🙂

    • April 16, 2013, 9:14 am   /  Reply

      Coming from you, Cathy, that compliment means so, so much!

  7. April 16, 2013, 8:58 am   /  Reply

    Totally love these interviews. You have the best ideas…I might hijack your idea! lol

  8. April 16, 2013, 9:14 am   /  Reply

    Hijack away, Pat!

  9. April 16, 2013, 1:46 pm   /  Reply

    Great job, Beth! You definitely know the voice of a teenage boy!

    • April 16, 2013, 1:47 pm   /  Reply

      I raised a teenage boy — and loved it! 🙂

  10. April 16, 2013, 5:41 pm   /  Reply

    Enjoying these interviews, Beth. Looking forward to reading the book! 🙂

  11. Deana W.
    April 17, 2013, 10:59 am   /  Reply

    This makes me more excited to read the book!

  12. April 18, 2013, 1:56 pm   /  Reply

    I just wanted to say that: I have hiked The Incline!!! I live in Colorado. It’s a challenge, but also amazing.
    It’s just fun to see elements in a story that are true to someone’s life. Have you ever been to CO or hiked The Incline? Just wondering. 🙂

    • April 18, 2013, 2:05 pm   /  Reply

      So, Teryn, who are you asking the question: Ian or me?
      Because, well, Ian is imaginary. And yes, in his imaginary world, he’s been to CO, but no, he hasn’t hiked the Incline.
      I live in CO — Colorado Springs, to be exact.
      And no, I haven’t hiked the Incline. Yet.

      • April 18, 2013, 2:47 pm   /  Reply

        Haha, yes, I was talking to YOU, Beth. I knew Ian was imaginary. 🙂

  13. Julie McDonough
    May 1, 2013, 5:45 am   /  Reply

    Great interview…I can’t wait to read the book! 🙂

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