Another week and another new month (happy June, readers!) means we continue our shortlist author interviews. We kick off June with shortlisted author Becky Wade. Becky’s novel Meant to be Mine (Bethany House) is on the short list for the Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense category. Below we chat with Becky about her fun reading list and learn about the inspiration behind Meant to be Mine.
Ty Porter has always been irresistible to Celia Park. All through high school–irresistible. When their paths cross again after college–still irresistible. This time, though, Ty seems to feel exactly the same way about Celia. Their whirlwind romance deposits them at a street-corner Las Vegas wedding chapel.
The next morning they wake to a marriage certificate and a dose of cold reality. Celia’s ready to be Ty’s wife, but Ty’s not ready to be her husband. He’s a professional bull rider; he lives on the road, and he’s long planned to settle down with the hometown girl he’s known since childhood.
Five and a half years pass. Celia’s buried her dreams so that she can afford to raise her daughter. Ty’s achieved all of his goals. Or thought he had, until he looks again into the eyes of the woman he couldn’t forget and into the face of the child he never knew he had.
How much will Ty sacrifice to win back Celia’s trust and prove to her that their spontaneous marriage can still become the love of a lifetime?
1.) What are you listening to? I love contemporary Christian worship music! I don’t listen to anything while writing except my dog’s soft snores and the background noise of the dishwasher or washing machine. But when I’m cleaning up the house or cooking or driving somewhere with the kids (on those occasions when they’ll consent to listen to something other than bad pop music) we rock out to praise songs. Three of my current favorite songs are: Because He Lives by Matt Maher, Come As You Are by Crowder, and Who You Are by Kristian Stanfill.
2.) What are you watching? Sadly, almost nothing lately because I’m ‘on deadline’ with a book due June 1st. The torture!! I can’t wait until June 1.
I get my morning shot of TV news from the Today Show. When I am able to squeeze in solo TV time, my relaxation show is Who Do You Think You Are. My son and I like to watch the BBC version of Sherlock together.
3.) What are you reading or what’s on your nightstand? I’m currently reading the first novel in my friend Rachel’s Hauck’s Royal Wedding series, Once Upon a Prince. I’m cheating a little because I’m “reading” it by listening to the audio version on my phone every time I’m alone in my car. I’m grateful that I can listen my way through books! The stories make my driving time a treat.
What inspired Meant to Be Mine? I was inspired by the idea of a ‘Secret Baby’ plot line I’ve always loved books in which fathers are reunited with children they never knew they had. I gave that classic romance novel idea my own twist by marrying Ty and Celia in a Las Vegas wedding chapel right at the outset of the book. I really enjoyed tackling not only the ’Secret Baby’ premise, but also the ‘Marriage in Name Only’ aspects of Ty and Celia’s story.
I’m thrilled that Meant to Be Mine was named to the INSPY shortlist in company with books written by author friends of mine. I’m honored to be in their company and I’m truly encouraged by the nomination. Thank you INSPYs!