Let It Be Me Blog Tour, PLUS An Q & A with Becky Wade AND a Giveaway!
Welcome to my stop on Let It Be Me's Blog Tour, I am ecstatic to be part of the tour. Please scroll down to see the other blog stops on the tour and how to enter Becky Wade's #Giveaway!
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Q & A with Becky Wade-
What inspired the plotline of Let It Be Me?
A few years ago, I had my DNA tested at Ancestry.com. At one point in the process, they gave me a warning along the lines of, “DNA test results can be confusing or upsetting.” Basically, they made me aware that I might learn something shocking and they wanted to make sure I was ready for that possibility. In my case, my results turned out exactly as I expected. However, my imagination started percolating. The two words that begin every story idea entered my head. “What if?” What if a woman sent in her DNA and learned that the parents who raised her were not her biological parents, as she’d always believed?
The hero, Sebastian, is a pediatric heart surgeon. How did you prepare to write a character with that profession?
For research, I read a non-fiction book that detailed many months in the lives and careers of the people (doctors, nurses, patients, families) who populated The Cleveland Clinic -- one of the foremost pediatric heart centers in the USA. I became so involved in these real-life people and the harrowing situations they faced, that I couldn’t put the book down. I spent a weekend reading and highlighting passage after passage. I referred back to that book dozens of times while rewriting. It was a fantastic resource!
Your recent books weave together romance, faith, and mystery. How did you come to that recipe?
Trial and error! I’ve always considered myself to be a romance novelist because I delight in the emotional journey the two characters take as they fall in love. After I had children, I felt led to write Christian romances that honored God. The scenes when God displays His love are the scenes that make me cry! Several books back, I began adding mysteries because concrete story goals (for example, What happened to the missing woman?) gave me a clearer path to follow when writing and also, hopefully, keep readers turning pages in order to uncover the secrets embedded in each book.
What challenges did you face during the writing of this novel?
The pandemic! I wrote most of Let It Be Me during the height of Covid. For six weeks of my deadline, my husband and three kids were all home with me. Many times, I tried to escape to the backyard with my laptop to find spaces of quiet in which to concentrate. It never worked. They always found me!
What blessings did you discover during the writing process?
I think God knew that a difficult and headstrong novel paired with a pandemic was more than I could have managed. Let It Be Me required a great deal of work, just like all my novels do. But it was also a delight. I had so much fun pairing a determined hero with a math genius heroine uninterested in romance. Given that this novel came out of 2020, it will always remind me of God’s faithfulness and provision. This book is a testament to the fact that God equips those He calls and provides joy in the work... regardless of the challenges.
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Having graduated college at 18, Sebastian Grant has continued to leverage his intelligence and determination to become a pediatric heart surgeon. The more accolades he receives, the more he's driven to pursue. Then he meets high school math teacher Leah Montgomery, and his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop.
Solving advanced math equations by the age of five, Leah has always wanted to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. She willingly put that dream on hold to raise her brother. Now that he is of age, she's set on avoiding any obstacles to her goal--including romance. When Leah receives surprising news in the process of taking a test for tracking her ancestry, she asks Sebastian to help her comb through aged hospital records to learn more. Soon his presence isn't so easily ignored. But when Sebastian learns his best friend also has feelings for Leah, he begins to question his resolve to win her. Attaining their deepest desires may require more sacrifices than they ever imagined.
These days Becky can be found failing but trying to keep up with her housework, power-walking her neighborhood, carting her kids around town, hunched over her computer, eating chocolate, or collapsed on the sofa watching TV with her husband.
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