Any day that I can chat with Bethany Turner is a delightful day, which is why I’m so happy to welcome her back to the blog today to chat about her new novel Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish!
Bethany Turner is the award-winning author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.
HADLEY BECKETT’S NEXT DISH
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Celebrity chef Maxwell Cavanaugh is known for many things: his multiple Michelin stars, his top-rated Culinary Channel show To the Max, and most of all his horrible temper. Hadley Beckett, host of the Culinary Channel’s other top-rated show, At Home with Hadley, is beloved for her Southern charm and for making her viewers feel like family.
When Max experiences a very public temper tantrum, he’s sent packing to get his life in order. When he returns, career in shambles, his only chance to get back on TV and in the public’s good graces is to work alongside Hadley.
As these polar-opposite celeb chefs begin to peel away the layers of public persona and reputation, they will not only discover the key ingredients for getting along, but also learn the secret recipe for unexpected forgiveness . . . and maybe even love. In the meantime, hide the knives.
Fan-favorite Bethany Turner serves up a heaping helping of humor and romance with this thoroughly modern story centered on cooking, enemies, and second chances.
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Hi dear Bethany! Welcome back to the blog!
Bethany: Over. But I’m an over by marriage. I was born an under. The under gene must be recessive, because I’ve birthed two overs.
Carrie: hahahaha! I wonder if 23andMe has a test for that….
Bethany: I live in the mountains, so the ocean is more of a novelty. I’m not a big fan of warmth and sunshine (#DontJudgeMe) but nothing is better than a cool Spring day at the Atlantic Ocean off the rocky coast of Cape Cod!
Carrie: see? YES. To all of this. If i have to be at the ocean, please let it be a cool day with a rocky coast 😀
Bethany: That’s tricky! I don’t eat a lot of carbs these days, but I never have the patience for soup. Unless it’s French onion. I’ll always be patient for French onion.
Carrie: mmmm…French onion. <checks to see if Panera delivers to me>
Bethany: Board game. I’m a full-on, intense, competitive, play-Monopoly-until-everyone’s-bankrupt type of girl.
Carrie: I’m pretty sure that we are the same person.
Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently.
Bethany: Nicole Deese’s Before I Called You Mine is one of my absolute favorite reads in recent memory. Nicole is every kind of wonderful. A non-fiction favorite has been Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick. I would highly recommend it to anyone who, like me, tends to listen to all the lying, competing voices in their head when we should all just be listening to that still small voice that is the only one we can truly trust.
Carrie: I’m dying for more time to read Nicole’s book (and yours, too, while we’re on the subject)! The Steven Furtick isn’t one I’ve heard of before but it sounds great – our pastors have been teaching on that concept lately & they’ve quoted Jennie Allen’s book Get Out Of Your Head a lot. I’ve got that one on my wishlist too!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Bethany: That, in my heart of hearts, I love order and structure and neatness and style. Now, please keep in mind that sneaking a peek at anything else in my life would call this observation into question! But my purse is meticulous. My purse is my truest self–compartments for everything, every resource I may need for every situation, and usually designer. Ha! (Pay no attention to the unprepared chaos wrapped up in a twenty-year-old sweatshirt with holes in it that currently sits before you…)
Carrie: hahaha love it!
Q: Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish is about two rival celebrity chefs – who is your fave celeb chef to watch?
Bethany: I have a bit of an obsession with Gordon Ramsay—and I blame this book for that obsession. Very early on Chef Ramsay became the very basic inspiration for my Max Cavanagh–at least when it came to his style and reputation. Also, we regularly watch Restaurant Impossible together as a family. Robert Irvine is probably my number two favorite. When it comes to just watching chefs cook though, minus all of the competitive bells and whistles, I adore Alex Guarnaschelli. When she first starts cooking, I always think, “Whatever. That’s nothing special.” By the end she has created a brilliant masterpiece with—seemingly—approximately the amount of effort I put into making tuna salad. (Sorry…I know you just asked for one fave, but that’s like asking me to pick one favorite Tom Hanks movie. Can’t be done. Oh, wait. You’ve Got Mail. Okay, it can be done. I have no excuse for picking three chefs!)
Carrie: hahaha see, I have to divide my Tom Hanks movies into categories – romance (You’ve Got Mail) and then everything else (probably – currently – A Good Day in the Neighborhood). Which has nothing to do with celebrity chefs, but there you go.
Q: What surprised you about Hadley Beckett’s Next Dish or your characters as you wrote their story?
Bethany: I didn’t expect Max Cavanagh to endear himself to me the way he did. Obviously I love all of my heroes, but Max was so unlike any hero I had written. After spending time with The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck’s Ben Delaney (a dreamy pastor who’s a great dad and so loyal and protective of the people he loves) and Wooing Cadie McCaffrey’s Will Whitaker (a bit of a dork who tries so, so hard…even if he is somewhat misguided at times), Max was a shock to the system. When we first meet him, he’s a total jerk. Not in a misunderstood way or a we-don’t-see-his-viewpoint sort of way. He’s just a jerk. But as Hadley Beckett peeled away the layers of Max’s persona, he revealed himself to be one of the most real characters I’ve ever gotten to write. I found myself cheering him on and believing in him, and feeling like maybe all he’d needed all along was for someone like Hadley to break through to the man he could be.
Carrie: awww!! I can’t wait to meet him – and i’ve been hearing people say that he’s their fave of your heroes!!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from the book & why do you love it?
Bethany: “A relatively decent human being—with that smile and those eyes…and those arms—could pose more threat to me than the old Maxwell Cavanagh ever had.”
I love this quote because Hadley is so confused by the change she sees happening in Max and she doesn’t know if she trusts it. She doesn’t know if she trusts him—and truthfully, it would be easier not to. Her career, her reputation, her self-confidence, her courage…they’ve all been intertwined with Hurricane Max’s path of destruction through her life, but it’s not until she begins to believe he’s actually becoming a better person that she begins to believe she may be at risk. Of course, in my opinion, that’s when the fun really begins…
Carrie: oh of course 😉
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Bethany: Honestly, Carrie, I don’t know yet! And that’s exciting…and also terrifying. I’m not someone who does well with uncertainty—and that, I suspect, is exactly why God sees fit to give me so much of it at times! Regardless, there are so many stories bouncing around in my brain and in my heart (and in a few cases, on my iCloud Drive) and when the time is right (God’s timing…not mine), the next one will make its way to the page and onto shelves. (I can’t wait!)
Carrie: Well, I am cheering you on from the sidelines for whatever comes next!
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What about you? What interests you most about Hadley Beckett’s Main Dish and/or my Q&A with Bethany Turner? (Also… what’s your fave Tom Hanks movie? Just for fun.)