Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Q&A Tuesday with Becky Wade + Giveaway!

Becky Wade Author
Delighted to have Becky Wade on the blog today! I've enjoyed getting to know Becky over the last couple months, partly because of her books, and partly because, well  you'll figure it out when you get there. And stay tuned for the giveaway below!

 Hillary Lodge: Thanks for joining in on the blog today, Becky! Share with us about your most recent release, Meant to be Mine.

Becky Wade: Meant to Be Mine is a secret baby story. Yay! I've been wanting to write one for a long time.

Ty and Celia marry in a Las Vegas wedding chapel after a whirlwind romance. He
realizes the next morning that he's made a mistake. They part ways. The story picks up more than five years later, when Ty tracks Celia down in search of a divorce. He discovers that he  they  have a child he knew nothing about.

Like all my books, Meant to Be Mine is a wry, modern (hopefully heartwarming) love story with a faith story woven through.



Meant to be Mine Becky Wade HL: In Meant to Be Mine, Celia dreams of owning a pastry shop. What inspired her love for baking?

BW: My love for pastry. Unlike Celia, I'm not a very good cook or baker. Even so, I have a tremendous sweet tooth. My sisters and husband make fun of me because I'm always willing to splurge on desserts. My thinking goes something like, "We had frozen yogurt a whole hour ago. I think enough time has passed to treat ourselves to cookies!" or "Oh! A bakery! I’m suddenly hungry for a scone."

HL: I cannot relate to the at all. At. All. (Brushes crumbs off self.) What was your favorite part of Ty and Celia's journey?

BW: Something painful happens to Ty more than a third of the way into the story. My favorite part: the conversation he has with Celia afterward, when he realizes that she brings him calm and peace.

Becky Wade My Stubborn Heart
HL: Most of your books have some sort of sports element - bull riding, horse racing, hockey. What elements of professional sports to you feel you're drawn to?

BW: In general, I'm drawn to larger than life characters. In all my books, one of my characters is larger than life. Matt (from My Stubborn Heart) was a great pro hockey player. Meg (from Undeniably Yours) was an heiress who inherited a mind-boggling fortune. Ty (from Meant to Be Mine) was a famous bull rider. The manuscript I'll be starting this fall will star a pro football player.

I'm fascinated by people who are different in extraordinary ways. I'm interested in giving those people challenges and flaws and discovering how they handle them. Plus, it's fun for me as a writer to live in the shoes of someone who is amazingly talented, or famous, or wealthy. It's enjoyable to 'be them' in my imagination.

Athletes are especially attractive to me, and not just because of their fitness or
physical abilities (though those two things don't hurt). To become one of the best in the world at a sport you have to possess uncommon drive, focus, and competitiveness. Athletes are disciplined. They're willing to push their bodies through pain and I'm somewhat in awe of that.

HL: You've written for both the General and Christian markets. Other than the inclusion of faith elements in CBA, what other differences have you observed?

BW: Regarding CBA books: They're more likely to be set in small town America. Many of the novels are for an older reader. Many feature Amish characters. Many have a sort of slow sweetness to them, whereas ABA books (even straight romances without suspense) tend to be more fast-paced. The characters in CBA tend to be less flawed. Contemporary romance and speculative romance are both a smaller part of the market in the CBA than the ABA.

Regarding CBA publishers: I've only worked with one ABA publisher and one CBA publisher. I've found Bethany House to be very nurturing and supportive of their authors. When I first signed with Bethany, they flew me to their headquarters to meet the staff face-to-face!

HL: Let's chat writing process - what time of day do you write?

BW: I most like to write in the mid-morning when my kids are in school. The house is quiet and organized and I can concentrate! Creatively, late afternoon is also a good time for me. Typically, though, I'm carting my kids around town in the afternoon, which isn't ever-so-conducive to penning novels.

HL: What aspect of the publishing process do you find the most challenging?

BW: Writing the first one hundred pages of a new book. Even though I've done all kinds of character work by the time I begin Chapter One, I'm still getting to know each character's point of view for the first one hundred pages and so we feel a bit like strangers.

HL: What do you find the most rewarding?

BW: The writing of the final few chapters. By then, I'm completely immersed in the characters and their emotions. The stakes are high. Their love for each other is heady.

HL: Rumor has it your next book features Jake Porter. What can you tell readers about his story?

BW: My next book, A Love Like Ours, does indeed feature Jake Porter. (For those who haven't read my Porter books, Jake is a former Marine who struggles with PTSD. He's also a Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.)

A Love Like Ours begins when Lyndie James, the best friend of Jake's childhood, moves back to town. She's just as brave and optimistic as she ever was. Her way with horses is unchanged and so Jake hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds.

Like a lot of my readers, I'm a sucker for a wounded, brooding hero. Jake is definitely that and I did my best to squeeze every drop of angst and drama and love out of him that I could.

HL: SO. Let's chat dogs. My readers on this blog are very familiar with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Shiloh. Can you share about your Cavy?

BW: I adore sharing about my Cavy! His name is Sam and he's a four year old male Tri-Color. He's unbelievably sweet, mellow, obedient, and affectionate. Before Sam, we'd only owned cats. My kids begged for a dog for years and my husband and I finally relented. Since I knew I'd be the dog's main caregiver, I figured I might as well get the kind of dog I wanted, so I got a Cavalier.

The kids are crazy about Sam, but to my surprise, I'm the one who loves him the most. He's my company and my writing companion and the one I cuddle with when I'm watching TV.

HL: He's adorable! I think Sam has more of a snout than Shiloh. I love the shot of Sam on the bed  I've seen Shiloh with that pose and expression often!

Thanks for stopping by, Becky, and for sharing photos of Sam!

~ Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of Meant to Be Mine! Just mention your favorite baked good in the text of your comment. ~


Becky makes her home in Dallas, Texas with her husband, three children, and one adoring (and adored) cavalier spaniel. 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 and has received Inspirational Reader's Choice and Carol nominations. Her newest contemporary romance, Meant to Be Mine, released in May. To connect with Becky via social media and find out more about her books, visit beckywade.com.



53 comments:

  1. I'm reading Undeniably Yours right now and lovin' it! I'll be looking forward to reading a follow-up about Jake! I've been hearing lots of good things about Meant to Be Mine!

    Hmmm... favorite baked good? Something chocolate. I guess I'd say a Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake that's pretty amazing warm out of the oven with some vanilla ice cream on it. :-D

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    1. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Cyndi! Triple Chocolate Bundt Cake with ice cream sounds lovely!

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  2. I love, love Becky Wade's books. Ty stole my heart and I fought it the whole time but he's a charmer ladies. :)

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    1. They are wonderful books, aren't they? I think My Stubborn Heart is still my favorite!

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  3. I'm a fan of cookies in general and love to bake them. I think a favorite recipe of mine is Pineapple Drop Cookies.

    I've loved Becky's first two books and look forward to Ty & Celia's story.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I've never heard of Pineapple Drop Cookies, Patty - I'll have to investigate that! Thanks for visiting the blog today :-)

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  4. Who doesn't love baked goods! If I'm the one making it, I'd say my grandmother's chocolate bundt cake . . . but if someone else is doing the baking, maybe a chocolate eclair or cheesecake! (I think my stomach just growled.)

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  5. Hillary, this has been one fun interview! I feel like I know Becky (and you) a lot better for having read it. Like the two of you, I have a major sweet tooth. One of my favorite things to do is try new dessert recipes. A friend of mine (who makes the most delicious homemade bread I've ever eaten) once told me I have THE KNACK for creating desserts. Honestly, I just follow the recipes. But I must admit they usually turn out pretty delicious. Recently, I discovered a new favorite treat: root beer float cookies. Which my dad has said are in his top five favorite cookies. Huge compliment right there. Anyway, if anyone would like to try them, my recipe may be found on my blog here: http://writingtoinspire.blogspot.com/2014/06/summer-has-arrived.html

    What are your favorite treats, ladies?

    Blessings,
    Andrea Cox
    Proofreader/Writer
    andrearenee2004@yahoo.com
    writingtoinspire.blogspot.com

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    1. Root Beer Float cookies? I'm intrigued. Thanks for sharing the link, Andrea!

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    2. You're welcome, Hillary. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

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  6. I love all baked goods (except cherries..yuck!) Love Becky's books and can't wait to read Meant To Be Mine!

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  7. Oh you did have to be torturous, and say "favorite baked good" SINGULAR, now, didn't you!? My favorite baked good (if I must choose) is one of my own concoction. A double cheesecake, baked in the middle of a red velvet cake, with dark fudge frosting, sprinkled with white chocolate chips, and topped with glazed strawberries. Basically all the romance and awesome of a Becky Wade book, in cake form:) I would ADORE the chance to win her new novel. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

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    1. Oh my goodness gracious!! Sounds delicious! Can I come to your house? :)

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    2. Kelli - that sounds like an incredible creation! I had to read it over a couple times to take it all in. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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  8. I have read all three of Becky Wade's books and loved them... I love my mom's apple pie.... It's the most delicious pie you'll ever eat.

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    1. I love a good apple pie! What kind of apples does your mom use?

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  9. Oh My Goodness! I love baked goods of all kind! But I have to say cookies are my favorite!

    douglas.emilee@yahoo.com

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  10. I really enjoyed Meant to Be Mine, and I would love to win a copy! I am really looking forward to A Love Like Ours.

    One of my favorite baked goods is brownies with cookie dough baked on top. Or a good chocolate pie. I have a hard time picking one dessert.

    Please feel free to check out some of my reviews of both the Porter novels and A Table By My Window at my blog, http://hearttoheartbooks.blogspot.com.

    Thanks,

    Renn

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    1. Thanks for stopping by the blog, Renn! Those brownies sound great!

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  11. Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness. I could eat a whole plate of them! But, I also love my moms lemon meringue pie! Yum! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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    1. I hear you on the chocolate chip cookies - good stuff! Thanks for visiting the blog today!

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  12. Love your family picture. This looks like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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  13. Cherry you're made with sour cherries topped with whipped cream! :)

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  14. Oh cherry pie and email address if necessary is ewe_r_merritt(at)yahoo(dot)com...forgot that part!

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    1. Cherry pie is yummy! If you're a fan of cherries, check out my "Adventures with Cherries" blog - super tasty, super easy :-)

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  15. I would love a Becky Wade book....love the interview...

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  16. I absolutely adore Becky Wade's books! There my go-to books if I'm having a bad day. She's one of those authors I just automatically buy any new release - LOVE her!

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  17. I love Becky Wade! She's such an encouragement. I love baking homemade chocolate chip cookies!

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    1. Becky is encouraging by nature, I think, Lakenya :-) And I'm with you on the chocolate chip cookies!

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  18. My favorite baked good... hmm how do I pick one?! I love cookies, pie, and cake. I would love to win a copy and can't wait to read the rest of the Porter brothers series. I loved Undeniably Yours! Thanks!

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  19. My favorite baked item is probably stereotypical, but I LOVE fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. I also love oatmeal raisin, but have yet to master the big, luscious, chewy kind. Mine always turn out hard OR flat!

    Blessings,

    Tina

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    1. Hi Tina! There is NO SHAME in loving a good chocolate chip cookie! One trick I've heard for making the big cookies is to bring all of the ingredients - including your butter and eggs - to room temperature first. And fresh baking powder or baking soda helps too. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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  20. How can I pick a favorite baked good? I love anything chocolate or peanut butter or coconut. And extra frosting doesn't hurt!

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  21. Anything chocolate especially ice cream is on my favorites list.

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  22. If I win your book, I will make a pan of brownies to celebrate!

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  23. I think my favorite baked good is homemade chocolate chip cookies with walnuts. But I do also love brownies - especially when they are baked with chocolate chips and walnuts! I like chocolate!

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  24. My favorite kind of yummy goody is a hot double chocolate chip brownie with chocolate frosting. Oh I absolutely love the pictures of your dog, he is so pretty. I love those kinds of dogs
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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  25. My favorite baked good is homemade bread right out of the oven but it has been WAY TOO HOT here lately to even think about turning on my oven :(

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  26. I enjoy making(and eating) Oatmeal Scotchies!! They are really good bar cookies!!
    I LOVED Becky Wade's book Undeniably Yours!

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  27. Hey Ladies, loved the interview. I absolutely love Becky's books. Once I read the first one I was hooked. My favorite baked goods , oh I have several . In the summer i love fresh peach cobblers. I also love fresh strawberry pies, but there is not much baking to it. I would love to win a copy of Becky's book . Thanks and blessings
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Hmmm...baked good....baked good...doesn't ring a bell! Haha ;) my go-to baked good is cookies or brownies (wish I took the time to make them from scratch), but I love a warm cinnamon roll too! And chocolate cake with cream cheese icing. And blueberry muffins. Warm with butter.

    I was really intrigued by Jake's character in Undeniably Yours, so glad he's getting a story. Thanks for the chance to win Meant to Be Mine! I've been itching to read it for a while now!

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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  29. Favorite Baked Good - not a question one of Jean Marc's Raspberry Cakes. For you Pittsburgh, PA people its found in Millvale and it is AMAZING! Would love to read another of Becky Wade's books!
    jking23(at)kent(dot)edu

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  30. Becky's stories are so amazing and filled with so much emotion that I am happy to lose myself in her stories. As for favorite baked goodie, I have several, but the one that I will always buy no matter what is the coconut macaroon. Always delicious! A mountain of coconut with chocolate is a winner every single time. Hands down!!

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  31. Chocolate chip cookies or brownies. Love anything with chocolate. I haven't read any of her books before. Looking forward to adding some to my TBR pile :)
    Lori
    jlipayer(at0charter(dot)net

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  32. It would be hard to pick a favorite baked good, I like so many. I love fresh bread and bagels, non-sweet, and chocolate chip cookies, fresh out of the oven and white cake for my sweet.

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  33. Ooh, can't wait to read Jake's story, I knew he'd have a doozy of a story when I read about him in Undeniably Yours. As for baked goods, I love brownies, cookies, and cheesecake. I think there must be a dessert out there that incorporates all 3, right?
    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  34. A favorite baked good? Everything from rolls to brownies. I have such a sweet tooth...

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