When Olivia goes to manage Finn’s failing bistro, will they end up sharing a table for two, or will it be a recipe for disaster?
Olivia Fuller longs to manage one of the restaurants in her father’s chain and to break free to live the independent life she’s wanted for so long. When her father finally puts his trust in her and sends her to a failing restaurant in Devon, she’s confident she can prove herself capable of doing the job.
Finn Anderson is about to lose his beloved seaside bistro, unless the bank can find a buyer to dig him out. When George Fuller offers Finn a deal, he has no choice but to accept if he wants any chance of getting his bistro back one day. And then the new manager arrives…
Even after meeting the prickly chef and discovering his complete lack of business skills,
Olivia is confident she can turn the struggling business round. But as Olivia and Finn start working together, a mutual attraction develops between them, and soon, nothing is going according to Olivia’s plan.
When there’s a real chance that the bistro might be sold off, Olivia and Finn determine to fight for it, united by their hard work and their growing feelings for each other.
But can they save the bistro and be together, or does destiny have a different path in mind?
A feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I write at my desk at home which is where I’m most comfortable. I can write elsewhere but I get easily distracted by everything else then!
I can write at any time really, but these days, I mostly write in the afternoons because I work at my day job till 3pm. But when I’m right in the middle of writing a book and everything is flowing, I can sit down and write morning, afternoon or evening, I don’t really mind when.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not really. I write on a Mac using Scrivener and I have my notes next to me on a fairly tidy desk! If I’m struggling to keep going, and not get distracted, I’ll set a timer making myself write for 30 minutes and then take a break, before doing the same thing all over again. I just keep going until I reach my word count for the session.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
I’ll usually drink a cup of tea while I’m writing. I try not to eat because my fingers will get messy and that will stop me typing. I might snack on some nuts in one of my breaks though. I try really hard not to eat chocolate in the breaks!
– What is your favourite book?
I would find it hard to choose one, but one that I always come back to is Pride and Prejudice. I always find something new in it, no matter how many times I read it.
– Would you consider writing a different genre in the future?
If you’d asked me this a few months ago, I would have said ‘no’ because I love writing contemporary romance and couldn’t really see myself writing anything else. But last year, I wrote a collection of short stories (hopefully published by now!) and we were given writing prompts for these. As a result, I ended up writing a couple of darker stories and a friend who was an early reader said I should consider writing a psychological thriller. So who knows? Never say never…
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I use experiences and situations and merge them together when creating characters, so no single character is entirely based on one person as such.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I do use a notebook for ideas but I don’t take it with me everywhere. I did when I first started writing but now I just make a note on my phone if I get a good idea when I don’t have my notebook with me.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I wouldn’t really read sci-fi, although I like to watch it. This is mainly because I prefer to see the worlds brought to life on screen. I don’t have anything against sci-fi books though so would read one if it took my fancy!
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
I’d love to co-write a book with JoJo Moyes because I’d learn so much from her and I love her books. I can’t imagine her approaching me any time soon though…
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you choose and why?
Well, I’ve travelled to Nashville, to Alsace, and to Cornwall to research books already, because my ideas usually stem from setting. For my latest book, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, I travelled to Devon after seeing a restaurant for sale in a small town there which inspired me to write the story. I’d quite like to go to Morocco, and to Marrakech specifically, because I’ve had an idea for a story that could be set there. I’d quite like to go there anyway so I could do both at the same time!
Thanks so much, Els, for inviting me to answer your questions.
Thank you, Julie Stock and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Julie Stock writes contemporary feel-good romance from around the world: novels, novellas and short stories. She published her debut novel, From Here to Nashville, in February 2015 and her second novel, The Vineyard in Alsace in March 2017. Over You (Sam’s Story) and Finding You (Jenna’s Story), her follow-up novellas to From Here to Nashville were published in 2018, making the From Here to You series complete. She has also published a boxed set of the From Here to You trilogy of books. Julie’s next novel, The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, will be out in summer 2019. If you’d like to sign up to her newsletter list, you can do so here: https://mailchi.mp/f3a7d28c0ab8/julie-stockcouk . As a thank you, you’ll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the From Here to You series, for free.
Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors.
When she is not writing, she works in communications. She is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.
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