Becky Wade~ Book of the Year and Giveaway!
Today I’m excited to interview award-winning author Becky Wade. Not only did her novel True to You win a Christy Award for Contemporary Romance of 2018, but it also won Book of the Year for 2018.
Thanks, Janet! It’s a treat to join you here.
What was your favorite part of attending the awards?
I loved the opportunity to share the evening — the gala dinner, the ceremony, the socializing afterward — with the staff from Bethany House as well as writer friends and reader friends.
Can readers attend the award ceremony in Nashville?
Absolutely! A few of my readers attended the gala this fall and they had a fantastic time. They’re Christian fiction aficionados, so they really enjoyed chatting with so many authors at one time. The next Christy Award ceremony will be held in Nashville on November 6th, 2019. Those of you who like to plan far in advance — (I know you’re out there!) — can mark your calendars now.
OH, I hope I can go!
I think it’s wonderful that a contemporary romance was recognized this year! What are your thoughts on that?
I arrived at the Christy Awards ceremony knowing that True to You had been nominated alongside two terrific books in the Contemporary Romance category. Its odds of winning were 1 in 3. Thus, when it received the Christy Award, I felt wildly fortunate. It never occurred to me think that it might bring home a second award.
At the end of the evening, Charles Martin announced the Book of the Year by its opening line. He smiled a little and read, “Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn’t all fun and games.” My opening line! My jaw dropped. I gaped at my editor and she gaped at me. I’d put on my coat because it was chilly in the auditorium, so I walked to the podium in my coat. The first words out of my mouth were, “I’m flabbergasted!”
And I genuinely was.
I’d already spoken the remarks I’d prepared. Any of a hundred things could have flown out of my mouth because I was so discombobulated. By the grace of the Lord, the thing that came out of my mouth was the very thing I would have wanted to articulate had I had time to collect my thoughts. Namely, how honored and grateful I was that the judges had decided to recognize a book written for women.
Those of us who love to read romance know exactly why we love it. However, our genre doesn’t always receive the respect in deserves — in part, I suspect, because romance is largely written by women for women. I think it’s fantastic that a romance took home the Book of the Year Christy Award because it sent the message that every sub-genre of Christian fiction has something valuable and important to offer readers.
Amen! We all believe that here at Inspy Romance! I’ve bought the book now, and I look forward to reading it! What makes this book special compared with your other wonderful novels?
During the writing process, there are certain aspects of every story that give me fits and certain aspects that come together easily. I rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. It takes a tremendous amount of time and effort to get a novel ready for publication. By the time one of my manuscripts is finally ready, I’m always just as proud of it as I am all the others.
The aspects of True to You that came together easily for me:
1) The heroine’s personality. Nora is a middle child and a bookworm. Immediately, I felt that I knew and understood her.
2) The plot line. I have first cousins who are adopted, so writing about a hero who’s trying to find his birthmother was both fascinating and informative.
3) The theme of true vs. false. It was a joy to uncover the false things the characters (and the rest of us) believe and then confront them with the truth of who God says we are, in Him.
So true! True to me, true to you, ha! (I couldn’t resist being corny.) What’s coming up for you next?
My third and final Bradford Sisters romance, Sweet on You, will release April 30th.
We can’t wait! Thank you so much for visiting Inspy Romance!
It was my pleasure!
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True to You
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.
Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. However, when John, an adoptee, is diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his ancestry.
John enlists Nora’s help to uncover the identity of his birth mother, and as they work side-by-side, this pair of opposites begins to suspect that they just might be a perfect match. But can their hope for a future survive their wounds from the past?
Becky mentioned her love of romance in this interview. Why do you love to read romance? Name one reason in your comment and you’ll be entered to win your choice of Becky’s books. One winner will receive a signed print copy if she lives in the USA or an eBook copy if she lives outside the USA. Comment by January 5, 2019. (Void where prohibited.)