Mercy: Can you share a little bit about yourself?
Becky: I was raised in southern California in an adorable historic neighborhood built in the 1930’s. My parents bought their home shortly before I was born and still live in it to this day. I’m the oldest of three sisters and so my dad was always wildly outnumbered. Even our two family dogs were female!
I attended Baylor University in Texas, which is where I met my husband. We have three children (19, 16, 11) and live in Dallas.
Mercy: What started your interest in becoming an author?
Becky: Immediately after my husband and I married, we followed his job overseas for four years. I found myself living on a Caribbean island with a lot of free time on my hands, because government restrictions prevented me from working. I’d always been a reader and I happened to pick up a book that I absolutely did not like. I thought, “I wonder if I could do this better?” Ha! What a dangerous thought! I sat down at my computer and began penning my very first manuscript. I soon learned that, no, I definitely couldn’t write better than a published author. For four years, I received nothing but rejections.
Even though my early manuscripts were never published, they were truly important because, through them, I fell in love with writing. My love for writing still keeps me going, all these years later.
Mercy: What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Becky: I enjoy traveling, reading, baking Paleo desserts, spending time outdoors, watching movies/TV, yoga, and hanging out with my Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
Mercy: What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Becky: That’s a hard one! Laura Frantz’s novels and Deeanne Gist’s novels are appreciated, but perhaps not as much as they deserve. They’re wonderful
Mercy: What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Becky: Spend time studying the craft! You can begin by borrowing books from the library on the craft of fiction writing. It’s helpful to read several, in order to learn from numerous different teachers. Then apply what you’ve learned by completing an entire manuscript and then rewriting the entire manuscript. Plug into writers groups and find relatable friends who can serve as critique partners and encouragers. Write another manuscript. And another. And another. You’ll improve and develop your own, unique voice with practice.
Mercy: How many books have you written, which one is your favorite?
Becky: I’ve now published nine Christian romance novels and four novellas. There’s no way that I can pick a favorite! I love them all for different reasons. For example, My Stubborn Heart is special to me because it was my first Christian fiction romance. Meant to Be Mine is special because the hero, Ty, was so much fun to write. A Love Like Ours is special because its hero has PTSD and his story warms my heart. Her One and Only and True to You are special because it was a delight to write those heroines.
Mercy: Can you share a little about your book Stay With Me which is releasing soon?
Becky: Sure! In Stay with Me, you’ll meet Genevieve Woodward, a successful Bible study author and speaker who’s both trying to uncover a family secret and attempting to hide a secret of her own. Her world turns upside down when she crosses paths with Sam Turner, the handsome owner of an historic farm. To Genevieve's dismay, Sam sees right through her carefully crafted image to the woman — and the mistakes — beneath. Loving her is a risk Sam can’t afford… and can’t resist.
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