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Have you met Becky Wade’s Porter family? If not, you ought to! 😉 I’m excited to have Becky visiting with us again today. Her latest novel, Her One and Only, releases tomorrow! Before we begin, here’s a quick look at the story.
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After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?
Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.
Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives — and their hearts — to one another.
You can read an excerpt of Her One and Only here.
Welcome back, Becky! Where did you find inspiration for Her One and Only?
Have you seen those adorable photos on Pinterest of older brothers standing in a circle around a tiny baby sister swaddled in pink? The boys are typically holding up little blackboards that say something along the lines of, “Don’t mess with her!” or “The Queen has arrived.”
I’m from a family of daughters, so I was fascinated by the idea of three brothers followed years later by one sister. I wondered what that much younger, only daughter might be like. How might her personality be impacted by her three rough-and-tumble older brothers? The character of Dru Porter, heroine of Her One and Only, is my answer to those questions.
I think my daughter could relate to Dru! What trait do you love most about her?
I love Dru’s courage. She is very, very brave.
She’d probably have to be, with all those brothers! 😉 Your Porter family series is set in your home state of Texas. How has being a Texan influenced your writing?
My love for Texas and Texans inspired my entire Porter Family series! The Porters are born and bred Texans, and like most people who were raised in the Lone Star state, they can’t imagine living anywhere else. I tried very hard to capture the flavor of Texas in my descriptions of the setting and to highlight the ruggedness, manners, integrity, confidence, and independence of my Texas characters.
Texas definitely has a flavor of its own. When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story?
The reassurance that no matter what happened in our lives yesterday or last year or during our childhood, God stands ready to do a new thing in us today. In Him, we can let go of the past and embrace the now.
The old has passed away; the new has come. That’s such a powerful truth. What was the hardest part about writing your novel: Getting started? Keeping it going? Finding the perfect ending?
The beginning is always the hardest for me. I know other writers who love the beginning best and moan when they’re trudging through the middle or end. Not me! The beginning is HARD for me. In part, because I spend the months leading up to every new project revising the previous project. Thus, when I open page one of chapter one, I’m rusty at rough draft writing. Also, I’m still getting acquainted with my new characters and my new story during the first one hundred pages. My heart isn’t yet invested in them. It gets invested, in time. But it takes awhile.
Much like meeting new people in real life, where it takes time to get to know them before we truly feel connected. Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
It came from a retro 1970s sofa in my childhood home. Before I was old enough to read, my mom would sit me on that sofa beside her and read aloud to me. We went through The Secret Garden and all the Little House on the Prairie books. Whole worlds came alive in my imagination! My passion for story began right then. Right there.
I feel sad for kids who don’t have that exposure to books, and that opportunity to develop a love of reading while they are young. What a blessing your mom was, Becky! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today! 🙂
Your turn! What is one of the first books you remember reading as a child? And/or, what is one of the first books you remember sharing with your kids? (I have always been an avid reader. One of my earliest favorites was a picture book, Where Did My Mother Go? I think I taught myself to read with that book! When my oldest was three, we read Charlotte’s Web aloud, and I was amazed that he could sit so still. He is an avid reader himself, and I love that!)
More about Becky:
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, Love in the Details, and the Porter Family series.
‘Her One and Only’ Giveaway:
Becky is generously offering to give away a signed copy of Her One and Only. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy. If you are unfamiliar with Rafflecopter or have trouble, you’ll find tips here: How to Enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway.