Readers, Becky is in my local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers, so we’ve become good friends. When her first Christian romance novel released, I scheduled her on my blog, and I’ve scheduled the next two as well. Because of my own book deadlines, I didn’t read the first one right away. I did read book two when it released. I had to go back and find book one, because she has a unique voice that I love. Now with this book, I read it as soon as I received it (before its release).
She writes the kind of books I wish my publishers had let me write. They are so true-to-life in intensity and passion without being too graphic. I call the romance hot, because of the intensity and passion. And she reveals the reality of how hard it is sometimes to keep within the bounds of propriety when the love is so intense.
The storyline of this novel is intriguing. Her characters are multi-faceted. And I love the
addition, the spiritual thread is very strong and deep. I highly recommend this
amazing read. The characters will stay with you a long time. Texas
Welcome, Becky. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
It's wonderful to have a job that's also a ministry. I know I couldn't finish a page, much less an entire novel, without God's movement in my writing life. I always pray before I open my manuscript and ask/plead/entreat Him to help me. So far, He's been gracious to do exactly that.
On the horizon, I see (Lord willing) more busy, wonderful years with my husband and three children. Writing-wise: two more contemporary Christian romance novels about the Porter Family and one stand-alone novella. After that, I'm not sure. Maybe a long, long vacation to the beach?
Please schedule the books on my blog as soon as you have the publication dates. Tell us a little about your family.
I've been married for twenty years and my husband and I have three children. My thirteen-year-old daughter enjoys cheerleading, flat-ironing her hair, Chef Boyardee products, and pop music I don't like at all. My ten-year-old son loathes homework and standardized testing but loves sports, cars, video games, and all things cowboy-related. My five-year-old daughter spends the whole day dancing and singing made-up songs. She's very social and unless I invite one of her friends over to play she attempts to talk to me nonstop. All day. Without pausing.
I have one of those nonstop talkers, and she grown with children and a grandchild. Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
It's so sad,
Lena! I now
write during hours I used to spend reading, so I don't have nearly as much
reading time as I used to have. It's not unusual for me to take a whole month
to read one book. During the summer and non-deadline times of the year, I'm
able to read more.
What are you working on right now?
I'm revising my fourth novel for Bethany House, and the third book in the Porter Family series. This one's about Jake Porter. He's a former Marine who came home from
Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder and a scar across his face. He's a dark and brooding hero, and since I
love the brooding ones, I'm having a great time squeezing every drop of drama I
can out of him.
Can’t wait to read Jake’s story. What outside interests do you have?
Tennis! My husband played college tennis and started giving me lessons shortly after we married. I've been playing women's doubles ever since. Currently, I'm part of a team that competes at clubs around the
Dallas/ Fort Worth
metroplex. Tennis gets me outdoors and exercising. Plus, it's a great way to
Does eating chocolate count as an outside interest? If so, I've also got that one covered.
Eating chocolate is one of mine, too. How do you choose your settings for each book?
I follow the whims of my inspiration. My sisters and I once stayed at a small town Bed and Breakfast in
Pennsylvania. I found it so quaint that I
decided to set My Stubborn Heart
I live in
Even though I'm a city girl, I love taking day or weekend getaways to old Texas towns. Think
historic squares, yummy restaurants, patriotism, and COWBOYS. The spirit of
those communities inspired me to set my Porter Family novels in a charming
little town in north Texas.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
After giving this a great deal of deep, intellectual thought I've decided to go back in history to 1990's
England. Why? So that I'll have the
chance to spend an evening with Colin Firth before he meets his wife. Then I
can marry him instead. I'll have my own Mr. Darcy!
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I'd understood sooner that publication isn't the goal of writing novels. Nor is bestsellerdom or a devoted readership. The real goal of my writing is simply to be obedient to the call God has placed on my life. That's where the joy and satisfaction is.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
As my children have grown, the problems they struggle with have grown, too. Sometimes I feel as though I'm reasonably qualified to raise children who are eight years old and under. But I think I missed the advanced degree in mothering that might have prepared me for children who are 13 and 10.
Through this the Lord is teaching me (again and again) to trust Him with my worries, my family, our future.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Write the book God leads you to write.
Write it exactly how you love it.
Don't let anyone else's process influence yours. Seek and find your own process.
Tell us about the featured book.
Meant to Be Mine stars Ty Porter, the funniest, most confident, and most charming hero I've written. Right at the outset of the story, Ty marries Celia Park in a spur-of-the-moment
Las Vegas wedding. The next morning, they part
Fast forward more than five years. Ty tracks Celia down in order to divorce her and marry the beautiful hometown girl of his dreams. Except he finds more than he bargained for. Not only does he discover Celia, but also Celia's daughter. Their daughter—a sweet-hearted kindergartener he never knew anything about.
Lots of fun, forgiveness, romance, and spunky back-and-forth banter ensue.
Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Five and a Half Years Ago
"Will you marry me?"
Celia glanced up at Ty and found him gazing down at her. His gorgeous blue eyes regarded her as if she were the most fabulously desirable woman on the planet.
"What did you just say to me?" She had to speak louder than usual to be heard above the happy din of the
Las Vegas casino.
"Do you want to marry me?"
"Ty Porter, that's not funny."
"Who said I was kidding?"
"Me. I'm saying it." Their romance had only begun four days ago. Granted, they'd been the four best days of Celia's life. Because of him, she'd spent her daylight hours in a haze of bliss. She'd spent her nights thinking about him, staring up at her hotel room ceiling with eyes as round as Ping-Pong balls, too excited to sleep.
"Your turn, miss." One of the dealers at the craps table pushed two dice towards Celia with his slim stick, bent at a ninety-degree angle at the end.
"Feeling lucky?" Ty asked.
"Yes." Ty liked her—her!—which made her the luckiest girl in
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/beckywadewriterGoodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5298259.Becky_Wade
Thank you, Becky, for sharing this amazing read with me and my readers.
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