For years, I have been a big fan of CCR author Becky Wade. Her stories offer characters with real problems and flaws (so relatable!), great settings, and the most satisfying happy endings. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. She was recently inducted into the Christy Awards Hall of Fame!
It’s a great thrill to have Becky as my guest today for a chat about her upcoming release, Memory Lane, out February 14. First, let me tell you about the book – whose cover might just be one of my favorites.
ABOUT MEMORY LANE
After surviving a trauma several years back, Remy Reed relocated to a cottage on one of Maine’s most remote islands. She’s arranged her life just the way she wants it, spending her time working on her wood sculptures and soaking in the beauty of nature. It’s quiet and solitary—until the day she spots something bobbing in the ocean.
Her binoculars reveal the “something” to be a man, and he’s struggling to keep his head above water. She races out to save him and brings him into her home. He’s injured, which doesn’t detract from his handsomeness nor make him any easier to bear. He acts like a duke who’s misplaced his dukedom . . . expensive tastes, lazy charm, bossy ideas.
Remy would love nothing more than to return him to his people, but he has no recollection of his life prior to the moment she rescued him. Though she’s not interested in relationships other than the safe ones she’s already established, she begins to realize that he’s coming to depend on her.
Who is he? What happened that landed him in the Atlantic Ocean? And why is she drawn to him more and more as time goes by?
There’s no way to discover those answers except to walk beside him down memory lane.
Now, let’s chat with Becky!
Me: I’m a sucker for a good setting. Why did you choose Maine as the setting for Memory Lane and the Sons of Scandal series?
Becky: Back when I decided to set Sons of Scandal there, I’d never been to Maine. But every time I’d see pictures or video of that state, I’d feel a tug. The rugged coast! The islands! The forests! I chose it as my setting because it’s gorgeous and because so many of my readers love Maine and because doing so gave me an excellent reason to travel there myself. Last summer, my husband and I took an amazing 10-day trip to New England. We spent most of that time in Maine and it was even better than my highest hopes. I soaked in the details as much as I could and took dozens of photos.
Me: I absolutely love the “opposites attract” trope! What do you find fun about writing this trope? Challenging?
Becky: So many elements of an “opposites attract” trope are great fun for me. The banter. The juicy friction. The way he’s bewildered and amused by her approach to life and vice versa. How they grow to adore and respect the uniqueness of the other.
My challenge was to make sure that the hero and heroine’s differences actually did complement each other. I’d never want a reader to close a book of mine and think, That relationship would never work long-term. So it’s very important to me to stack up the characters’ strengths and weaknesses in such a way that they make each other stronger and readers can clearly see that, while they’re opposites, they are also perfect for one another.
Me: Many of your recent stories, including this one, weave in a bit of mystery. What do you think the addition of mystery lends to a romantic story?
Becky: A gripping and emotional romance should keep readers turning pages based on the strength of the relationship alone. But a mystery gives a reader an extra reason to read past their bedtime. Personally, I love to get sucked into a story because I have big questions that I need answered, things I need to figure out, and theories percolating in my brain.
In my books, the characters are falling in love and tackling questions like, ‘What secret was buried in the past?’ (Stay with Me). ‘Who are my biological parents?’ (Let It Be Me). ‘What’s at the end of the treasure hunt her dad left her in his will? ‘ (Turn to Me). In Memory Lane the question is, ‘Who is this man who washed ashore?’
Me: Memory Lane will release on February 14. Can you tell us about your most memorable Valentine’s Day?
Becky: My childhood Valentine’s Days in my sunny California hometown were my most memorable. My mom would set the breakfast table with doilies, flowers, and red napkins. She’d make my sisters and me pink, heart-shaped pancakes. And we’d each receive a box of chocolates from See’s Candies. (Which is still my favorite chocolate in the world.) Then I’d set off to school with hand-addressed valentines for my classmates and a decorated shoe box for the valentines they’d be giving me. I’d always choose an extra-flattering valentine for the cutest boy in the class and then attempt to interpret his valentine to me as extra-flattering in return. I loved those Valentine’s Days!
Readers, help me thank Becky for spending some time to share with us today! Join the conversation… What’s one of your memorable Valentine’s Days? Do you have a favorite Becky Wade book? Have another question for Becky?
Becky Wade is the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, the Bradford Sisters series, and the Misty River Romance series. Find out more at http://www.beckywade.com/ and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and BookBub. Pre-order your copy of Memory Lane here or pick one up when it comes out on February 14!