In The Spotlight: Author Becky Wade

During her childhood in California, Becky frequently produced homemade plays starring her sisters, friends, and cousins.  TAuthors34hese plays almost always featured a heroine,a prince, and a love story with a happy ending.  She’s been a fan of all things romantic ever since.
Becky and her husband lived overseas in the Caribbean and Australia before settling in Dallas, Texas.  It was during her years abroad that Becky’s passion for reading turned into a passion for writing.  She published three historical romances for the general market, put her career on hold for many years to care for her kids, and eventually returned to writing sheerly for the love of it.  She’s delighted to be penning warm, wry, and heart-warming contemporary romances for the Christian market.  Her CBA debut, My Stubborn Heart, was a finalist in both the RITA and INSPY awards.  Undeniably Yours kicked off her Texas-set Porter Family series.  Her newest contemporary romance, Meant to Be Mine, has just hit shelves!
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, sweating at the gym, carting her kids around town, playing tennis, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.

What is the inspiration behind Meant to Be Mine?
I was inspired by a classic romance novel storyline known as the “Secret Baby”.  In the case of Meant to Be Mine, Ty and Celia get married in  Las Vegas at the spur of the moment (after dating one another for four days).  They realize the next morning that the wedding wasn’t such a good idea and they part ways.  The story picks up five and a half years later, when Ty tracks Celia down in order to inquire about a divorce.  What he discovers?  Celia has a daughter — his daughter — that she’s kept a secret from him.
Secret baby plot lines never fail to capture my interest!  I’m always so eager for the father to discover the baby and then to watch the characters navigate the drama that follows.  I’ve wanted for some time to try my hand at this sort of story and am extremely glad to have been given the chance.

What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
The banter!  Ty is the funniest, most charming, and most confident hero I’ve written so far.  When I put Celia into scenes with him I realized right away that she was going to have to be even spunkier than I’d originally realized.  I had a ball writing the dialogue between the two of them.  There were times when I could hardly type fast enough.

What was the greatest struggle you faced with Meant to Be Mine?
Revisions.  The first time out of the gate with Meant to Be Mine I made a rookie mistake for a romance writer.  I didn’t give the hero enough romantic conflict.  My editors quickly spotted the problem (plus several others) and I spent an entire summer rewriting the book.  Thank God for good editors.  Their advice isn’t always easy to hear, but it’s invaluable to receive.
MeanttoBeMine_compWhat I learned: Some books simply come together more quickly and easily than others.  That doesn’t mean that as the author you end up loving the end product any more or less.
What I learned again for the thousandth time: this business is humbling.

What is the theme of Meant to Be Mine?
From the beginning, before I’d written page one, I knew that Meant to Be Mine would be about forgiveness.

How was the title chosen?
Funny you should ask!  When I was brainstorming titles for Undeniably Yours, I came up with Meant to Be Mine.  I liked it so much, that I used it as the book’s working title and submitted Bo and Meg’s story to my editors with that title.  As it happened, my first book was called My Stubborn Heart and the team at Bethany House felt that the ‘Mine’ in Meant to Be Mine was too similar to the ‘My’ in My Stubborn Heart.  They asked for a list of additional title ideas and Undeniably Yours was one of the ones I submitted.  When it came time to settle on a title for Ty and Celia’s story, I resubmitted Meant to Be Mine because I still liked it and because I felt that it suited this novel just as well as the previous novel.  The second time around, they liked it!

How would you describe your writing style?
Romantic, humorous, heartwarming.  I’m interested in writing about imperfect, flawed people who are nonetheless loved by a perfect God.  Thus, my books all have a strong faith storyline.  I strive to write authentically.  I like to laugh.  I delight in writing about modern-day people and places.  At least one of my two main characters is always ‘larger than life’ in some way.  And my books are very romance heavy.  My readers can count on a hunky hero who’s going to fall madly in love with the heroine.

What aspect of your career do you find most challenging?
The writing of the rough draft, which is somewhat unfortunate, since I spend MOST of my year writing the rough draft.  The first one hundred pages are particularly difficult for me because I’m still sinking into the new characters.MyStubbornHeart-lo

This is your first series of connected books.  What are your thoughts on writing a series?
I’m both thoroughly enjoying writing a series and thoroughly challenged by it.  Novel writing is difficult work!  Penning a whole series of novels is extra difficult because I have to weave together an ever-growing cast of characters.  That said, part of what I love about writing IS the challenge.  Also, there’s something so rich and charming about revisiting the same town and the same characters over the course of four novels and several years.  The Porter family begins to feel like your family and Holley, Texas begins to feel like your place.

Any advice for other writers?
I think it’s incredibly valuable to take time to learn the craft of writing via writer’s groups, non-fiction books on the topic, conferences.  While learning the craft, I recommend practice.  Write one manuscript through to the end.  Then another!  As you go, try out different sub-genres and cultivate your own unique voice.  In the end, it’s critically important that you take the knowledge you’ve gained, and write your book the way that you love it best.

Ever since reading My Stubborn Heart, I knew Becky Wade was an author to follow!! My Stubborn Heart appealed to me because it was different – the girl was more dominant, the situation wasn’t as predictable and because it broke my heart! Now, you all know that I love my romances, however it takes a really good book to pull my heart strings. I was so involved and attached, Becky Wade did just that! Now, with the release of Meant to be Mine, I can guarantee that I will be reading it! Stories about unknown babies, where the parents, upon meeting again, realise that they’re still in love, are just the best. I hope that you will tune in tomorrow for information regarding a GIVEAWAY! Stay tuned…

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