8 Nov 2015

Author Interview with Becky Flade

Fated Hearts by Becky Flade
Psychiatrist Henley Elliott fled her quiet life in Cleveland for a gypsy lifestyle, trying to stay one step ahead of her painful memories. When she breaks down in quirky little Trappers' Cove, Minnesota, she meets Sheriff Carter McAlister - a man healing from his own share of hidden heartbreaks. 
At the request of a friend, Carter offers Henley a job to help her get back on her feet . . . but soon he can't resist trying to sweep the intriguing woman off them. Breaking through her carefully built shell proves to be a near-impossible task, and to make matters worse, a dangerous new presence in the Cove seems to be targeting Henley. They must learn to trust in each other in order to keep her safe. 
Can Henley and Carter leave their secrets and scars in the past to get a second chance at happily ever after?
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When did you first start writing? And when were you first published?
I first started writing in kindergarten but I was first published in the 3rd grade. The Philadelphia Tribune had a weekly pull-out called The Learning Key and a short story of mine was published there.

What is it about 'romance' that appeals to you the most? Do you read other genres?
It’s the happily ever after that appeals to me most but yes I do read and write in other genres. Thrillers, mysteries, sci-fi; most everything except westerns and non-fiction appeal to me.

Can you tell us a little about your latest release?
Fated Hearts is about a successful psychiatrist plagued by self-doubt and fear, on the run from herself, who breaks down in sleepy, quirky, fictional Trappers’ Cove. The local sheriff, a former Philadelphia police officer, is hiding from his own demons and is intrigued by the mysterious woman. They slowly fall in love while danger stalks them and they’re forced to believe in themselves as well as each other in order to survive.

What inspired you to write it?
The Trappers’ Cove book – Fated Souls – featured a heroine that was brazen and bold. In the months following its release I became obsessed with the idea of a heroine that was the exact opposite of that. My mom always said bravery was facing fears. And I wanted to see a woman that demonstrated that bravery. From that, Fated Hearts emerged.

If it was made into a film, who would you cast as the main characters?

Jennifer Garner would be my perfect choice as Henley Elliott and the man that most closely resembles my image of Carter McAlister isn’t an actor – Robin Thicke.

What is your favourite book that made it to the big screen?
The Princess Bride – I feel there is no explanation necessary.

What was the last book you read and would you recommend it?
The Curves Ahead by blondeanddangerous on Wattpad. And yes, I would recommend it. I adore indie fiction and this book pushes perceptions of what a heroine should look like in the best possible way.

Where do you currently write? And where would be your dream writing location?
I currently write in the corner of my living room. My dream writing location? The Beast’s library from Disney’s Beauty & the Beast.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I am addicted to watermelon flavored Sour Patch Kids.

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live.
Oh, wow, okay. I live in Philadelphia and I think it’s the most interesting place in the world; picking just one fact is like Sophie’s Choice. Well, not really that extreme, ha.

What inspires you as an author?
Everything inspires me. It can be as simple as an interesting looking person standing on the train beside me to a piece of music that lights my imagination.

Do you have a muse?
Not really. I’ve idolized Jim Henson the entirety of my life and Nora Roberts inspires me when I feel like throwing in the towel on this whole crazy dream but there isn’t anyone I would characterize as a muse.

Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Melissa McBride, she’s best known – I think – as Carol from The Walking Dead. My life would be a really boring role for her, ha, but yeah, I think Melissa McBride would be a good fit.

What are your (writing) plans for the future?
I’m working on the third book of four in the Cove series and in the next couple months I’ll be delving into self-publishing with The Czech Deception. I’ve a short story coming out soon in an anthology being edited and published by Fireside Press. And I have a serialized contemporary romance available on Wattpad. I’ve been busy, and I’ll be staying busy.

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
I want to go to Ireland. That’s #1 on my bucket list.

What do you listen to whilst writing?
Sometimes the television but most often I’m listening to music and the selection is driven by what I’m writing. When I drafted Fated Souls it was all hard rock, but Fated Hearts was more soulful and Fated Desires has a sensuous soundtrack.

Name one of your all time favourite songs.
Something by The Beatles

Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor in southeastern Pennsylvania. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.
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  1. Lovely interview, Becky. Your novels are on my TBR list--- the sooner read the better, I believe. You see, I'm particularly intrigued that you wrote two heroines with completely opposite personalities. Best of luck and many sales!

  2. Thank you, Suzy for hosting me today. And Deb ~ thank you! I loved writing Henley; and I hope you enjoy her.


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