A Conversation with Becky Wade

Today, the INSPY Awards warmly welcomes author, Becky Wade. Her novel, Her One and Only (Bethany House) is on the 2017 shortlist in the Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense category. Please join us in welcoming Becky.

Becky shares about reaching the end of a four-book series, her chocolate preference (white or dark), shares a picture of her TBR – plus more!

ABOUT the BOOK

Romance Fans Eagerly Anticipate Every New Release from Becky Wade.

Gray Fowler, star NFL tight end, is being pursued by a stalker, so his team hires a protection agency to keep Gray under the watch of a bodyguard at all times. When Gray meets Dru Porter, an agent assigned to him, he’s indignant. How can an attractive young female half his size possibly protect him?

But Dru’s a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt. She’s also ferociously determined to uncover the identity of Gray’s stalker. And she’s just as determined to avoid any kind of romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past. But the closer they get to finding the stalker, the closer they grow to each other. As the danger rises, can Dru and Gray entrust their hearts–and their lives–to one another? – Goodreads

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

INSPYs: What inspired the characters and story of Her One and Only? Her One and Only‘s heroine, Dru, is a professional bodyguard and her character was inspired by female superheroes like Wonder Woman. Dru’s confident, brave, and blunt.  I had a blast writing her!

Gray, Her One and Only’s hero, is an NFL football player.  His character was inspired by all the professional football players I’ve watched on the field and in interviews over the years.

The story idea for Her One and Only was inspired by the bodyguard love stories I’ve enjoyed in books and movies.  Remember The Bodyguard with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner?  I gave that premise my own twist by casting the heroine as the bodyguard.

 As the final book in the Porter Family Series, how was it to say goodbye to these characters in Dru’s story? It was bittersweet!  I sniffed back a mist of tears as I wrote the final pages of Her One and Only’s last chapter and epilogue.  It was difficult to say goodbye to those characters and their stories!  At the same time, I was grateful to the Lord because (thanks to  His equipping) I’d done what I’d set out to do five years before — I’d written my first ever series just the way I’d envisioned it.  Thus, the completion of Her One and Only delivered equal measures of joy and sorrow.

JUST FOR FUN QUESTIONS

> 1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WRITING OR READING SNACK? Lately, it’s iced tea and trail mix.

> 2. WHAT ARE YOU READING OR WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND? Novels by my friend Katie Ganshert, Jojo Moyes, and Kristan Higgins are sitting on my nightstand currently.  I can’t wait to read these and others this summer!

>Faceoff Questions:

> 1. WHITE CHOCOLATE OR DARK CHOCOLATE? Dark chocolate

> 2. EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL? Night owl.

> 3. PC OR MAC? Mac.

> 4. COMEDY OR ACTION? Action.  Unless it’s a ROMANTIC comedy, in which case, I’d choose that hands down.

Thank you very much for interviewing me here on the INSPYs site!  I’m thankful to the advisory board members and the judges who give of their time to make the INSPY Awards possible.


ABOUT the AUTHOR

Becky Wade is a native of California who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and now lives in Dallas. A favorite among readers of Christian contemporary romance, Becky has won a Carol Award, an Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and an INSPY Award. Learn more at www.beckywade.com.


Thanks so much for joining us on the INSPYs blog today, Becky. It was a pleasure to host you and spotlight, Her One and Only.

A Conversation with Becky Wade

INSPYs 2016-Becky Wade

As our 2016 INSPY author interviews draw to a close, today we welcome Becky Wade. Becky has been shortlisted in previous INSPY awards and this year, her novel A Love Like Ours (Bethany House) is on the 2016 shortlist in the Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense category.

Today, Becky discussed how A Love Like Ours came to be and the challenges/benefits of writing a closely-connected familial series.


Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.Book - A Love Like Ours

When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend? – Goodreads

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH BECKY WADE

INSPYs: What inspired the story of A Love Like Ours?

A Love Like Ours was inspired by the stories I’ve read and seen over the years about veterans dealing with PTSD. Those accounts of our real life heroes never fail to stir my emotions and my admiration. Thus, I decided to attempt to write a hero who’d encountered trauma on one of his tours with the Marines and has struggled with PTSD ever since. The result is Jake Porter and his journey toward hope, aka A Love Like Ours.Becky Wade INSPYs2

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INSPYs: What are some of the challenges/benefits of writing a closely-connected series like the Porter Family books?

THE CHALLENGES

  • Balance. It’s always tricky to weave secondary characters who will star in future books or have starred in past books into the current novel. I’m constantly trying to lay groundwork for the books that are to come or catch up with characters from books that have been published. But I have to balance that with my foremost goal — which is to keep the plot of the current novel clicking along. It’s difficult to find just the right ‘recipe’!
  • Intricacy. Managing the details of a large family, their parents, their friends, their kids, and their town across four books and the passage of eight years in their story world is intricate work! I can’t tell you the number of times I had to cross reference or consult my notes or peek back at previous books to make sure I had the particulars right.

THE BENEFITS

  • Familiarity with the characters. I brainstormed each of the Porter Family characters before beginning book #1, Undeniably Yours. So when I started book #2, #3, and #4, I was already familiar with that book’s Porter hero or heroine. I already loved them and was invested in them.
  • Depth. Working with one family for so many years gave me a chance to really go deep with them, to show them across a whole season of marriages and babies and trials and joys. A writer can’t experience that same level of depth within the page count of a single book.

JUST FOR FUN QUESTIONS

+What are you listening to?

Audio books! I just finished A Man Called Ove, which was published in Swedish and has since become an international bestseller. It has some language in it, but overall, I found it utterly charming. Hilarious. Heartwarming. I was amazed by how authentically the main character was written. He was a curmudgeon and I loved him a great deal anyway.

+What are you watching?

So You Think You Can Dance is my favorite summertime show! This season, the contestants are kids and they’re phenomenally talented.

+What are you reading or what’s on your nightstand? Book - The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder

I’m currently reading The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder, Rachel McMillan’s debut novel. I think it’s fantastic that she’s reimagined Sherlock and Watson as two women in 1910 Toronto

Thank you for interviewing me here at INSPYs.com! I’m so grateful to the Christian Fiction bloggers who work diligently in support of our genre. What an honor for A Love Like Ours to be shortlisted in the Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense category! Thank you, judges.


Thank you so much for joining us today, Becky! It’s great to learn more about the Porter family and the challenges and benefits they presented.

ABOUT THE AUTHORBecky-Wade5

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, Undeniably Yours, Meant to Be Mine,  A Love Like Ours, and Her One and Only.

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2015 INSPY Award Winners

After our panel of judges careful consideration, the INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2015 INSPY Award Winners. Below are the seven winning novels in their respective categories and a statement from our judges on the reason why they felt it was worth the award…

Book - Miracle in a Dry SeasonDebut: Miracle in a Dry Season (Bethany House) by Sarah Loudin Thomas: 
We chose Miracle in a Dry Season not only because of the talent of the author, but because it is a unique and engaging story. A refreshing tale of miracles, love, and laughter set in the 1950s, Sarah Loudin Thomas pens an intriguing take based around the miracle of Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand. Through the story, characters – led primarily by a male character, Casewell, and events we gain a deeper understanding of faith and what it means to embrace the gifts and blessings God has given us.
Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense: Meant to Be Mine (Bethany House) by Becky Wade: Book - Meant to be Mine

Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade is the epitome of Christian romance. The chemistry between Ty and Celia is fabulous, and we could feel the sparks in every interaction between them! While the romance is spectacular, this book has so much more to offer. Beautifully written, it is an emotional experience in the best way. Wade’s descriptions of the characters brought them to life, and their relational, emotional, and spiritual journeys rang true. The other four novels in this category are wonderful, but Meant To Be Mine’s excellence is unable to be denied.

 

saving amelieGeneral Fiction: Saving Amelie (Tyndale) by Cathy Gohlke: 

What a challenge, to pick one winner from five fabulous titles including Biblical, historical and contemporary fiction. We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2015 INSPY Award for General Fiction is Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke, which impressed us all with its complex characters, fascinating historical detail, and bold yet subtle Christian message. The story is set in Germany in the early days of World War II, and plot centres on rescuing the deaf Amelie, from her father and from a regime which prized “perfection” over the sanctity of life. The characters face danger, hardship and uncertainty over the course of this thought-provoking and sometimes harrowing read. We were particularly impressed with the sensitive way Gohlke showed how God can use ordinary people in the bleakest of circumstances.

Book - Mark of DistinctionHistorical Romance: Mark of Distinction (Tyndale) by Jessica Dotta: 

We chose Mark of Distinction because it exemplifies the historical romance genre and confronts unique spiritual themes. Jessica Dotta has woven a story with a captivating setting and characters. The writing style and mystery of the plot draws the reader from the beginning into a Victorian society of restraint, secrets, and consequences. At its center is the theme of full surrender and trust in God. With complex characters and a unique voice, the story unfolds with unexpected twists and romance.

Book - Storm SirenLiterature for Young Adult: Storm Siren (Thomas Nelson) by Mary Weber:

Our panel decided to choose Storm Siren as the winner for the YA category. Nym deals with insecurities about her elemental powers and wondering why she was born with such a curse. This makes Nym relatable to young women all over the world and from every generation – we have all dealt with insecurities at some point in their lives. To see Nym have to come to terms with how she was created and to use those powers for the greater good shows tremendous character growth. Another reason we chose Storm Siren was because of the amazing and magical world that Mary Weber created. World building is one of the first things in a Fantasy novel that draws you into the story. Oh…and who doesn’t love a map inside their book!Book - A.D. 30

Mystery/Thriller: A.D. 30 (Center Street) by Ted Dekker:

A.D. 30 is a fast-paced adventure that keeps you turning the pages until the very end. Ted Dekker delivers a powerful, faith-filled story that brims with perils – each with their own kind of mystery and suspense, struggles, and most importantly hope. Dekker takes us on a journey to Jesus through the eyes of the daughter of Maviah, a gentile and an outcast, readers rediscover the message of Yeshua, experiencing it as never before. Dekker masterfully conveys the depth of God’s love for us — a knowledge we often hold in our heads, but fail to carry in our hearts. Warring kingdoms, power-thirsty adversaries, and fickle rulers are only a few of the obstacles in Maviah’s journey that keep the reader flipping pages. Whether she will succeed in her quest is a mystery. An uplifting and simple message, encased in a sweeping historical epic, is the primary reason it was selected A.D. 30 to be the winner of this year’s INSPY award.

Speculative Fiction: Spirit Bridge (Thomas Nelson) by James L.Rubart:

Book - Spirit BridgeSpirit Bridge is a brilliantly written story that was thought provoking and yet easy to follow as a standalone novel, though it is the third and final book in the Well Spring series. The story-world was populated with an excellent group of lead characters who were complex and easily relatable in their struggles in both the physical and spiritual realms. Their struggles challenge the reader to examine aspects of their own lives.  The story’s message, dying to self and keeping the enemy from gaining a foothold, was clear throughout, not getting lost in the suspense and action of the story. Spirit Bridge fully satisfies the reader’s expectations of the genre. It is a powerful spiritual thriller, with the speculative elements underpinning the novel and not requiring any further explanation to better understand it. Spirit Bridge is very worthy of the INSPY for Speculative Fiction.

 

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We’d like to thank our judges for their hard work and careful consideration of each title.

Congratulations to the winners and all the nominated authors! 

Up Close and Personal with Becky Wade

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.

Goodreads SummaryBook - 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?

Becky Wade

“You know you’re a writer on deadline when you have a stack of clean clothes this tall simply waiting to be transferred to hangers. Nothing’s been hung up in at least two weeks.”

Author Interview

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.

Becky Wade's Reading

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.

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Becky’s Writing Space

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!

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Thank you so much for joining us today, Becky. It was a pleasure to host you here. Learn more about Becky: Facebook ǀ Twitter ǀ Website