#Exclusive Author Interview with Julie Stock #BookPromo #TheBistrobyWatersmeetBridge @wood_beeze48

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Hello Sunshines, I hope everyone is safe and well. I have the huge pleasure to welcome the wonderful Julie Stock, author of feel-good contemporary romances, we are talking about relaxing with a good book, writing and Kit-Kats – you know me, chocolate must be involved 😉 So sit back, grab a cuppa and enjoy.

Frankie: Hi Julie, Welcome to Chicks, Rogues and Scandals! Thank you for taking the time to chat with me today.

Julie: Thanks so much for having me on your lovely blog, Frankie.

Frankie: Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?

Julie: Romantic; Friendly; Passionate; Organised; Hard-working.

Frankie: Can you tell us a little about your latest/up and coming release?

Julie: My latest release is The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, a feel-good contemporary romance set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon.

Here’s the blurb:

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?

You can up pick up your copy here.

Frankie: When not writing, what do you like to do to relax?

Julie: My favourite relaxing thing to do is to read. I love reading romance of all kinds, but I enjoy reading other genres too, including women’s fiction and thrillers.

Frankie: If you could have a holiday home anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Julie: This is something I’ve discussed with my husband a lot! It would probably be in France or Spain. We’ve travelled across most of France so it would be hard to pick one place, but we really love Alsace in eastern France (and I set another of my books, The Vineyard in Alsace, there so that would make sense!), and we also love the Vendée/Charente regions of western France. If we were going to live in Spain instead, we loved Valencia when we went there a couple of years ago and would be very happy to settle there.

Frankie: If you could have one of your books made into a film, which book would it be and who would play your lead characters?

Julie: I’d love for any of my books to be made into a film, but I’d really like to see my début novel, From Here to Nashville on the screen. When I wrote it, I imagined my main female character, Rachel, being played by Emma Watson, and my male lead, being played by country music singer, Sam Hunt.

Frankie: When writing, do you plot or do you go with the flow?

Julie: When I wrote my first book, I was definitely a ‘pantser’, writing by the seat of my pants, as writers call it, but over time, I’ve realised that it helps me to plot a little before I start writing so that I don’t get stuck along the way. I really only outline the plot in the loosest way so that there’s room for me to explore where the story might go but it’s very helpful to have that outline to turn to as I write.

Frankie: What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?

Julie:

  • Make time for your writing. As someone once said, you can’t edit a blank page. If you can write 300 words a day, you’ll have 10,000 words by the end of a month.
  • Be prepared to accept help. Join an organisation like The Romantic Novelists’ Association or one for your genre. The RNA has a great New Writers’ Scheme and that will help you gain confidence in the early days of your writing career.
  • Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time to find your voice as a writer, and to find the path to publishing that suits you. Try not to worry if it doesn’t all happen overnight. Just keep writing and keep improving, and you’ll get there.

Frankie: If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite?

Julie: I would have to invite Barbra Streisand because she’s my favourite singer of all! I’d also invite Matthew Goode because he is just gorgeous but also I imagine he’d be a great conversationalist. Finally, I’d invite someone who could make us all laugh, so I think I’d invite Rob Brydon.

Frankie: Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, Julie. I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun; What is your favourite snacking food?

Julie: I love most foods so this is hard, but I’m partial to cashew nuts, or pitta bread and hummus, if savoury. If something sweet, I love a Kit-Kat!

Frankie: Oooh, yes!! Bread for me in any form and I will never say no to a Kit-Kat 😉 Thank you, Julie!

Julie: Thanks so much again for having me on your blog, Frankie. I loved answering your questions.

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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.

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge was published in August 2019, followed by Bittersweet, a collection of 12 Short Stories for Modern Life in September 2019.

If you’d like to sign up to her newsletter list, you can do so here: NEWSLETTER. As a thank you, you’ll be able to download Before You, the prequel story to the; From Here to You series, for free.

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Book Promo

The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge

A feel-good contemporary romance, set in a bistro beside the sea in Devon. 

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?

Pick up a copy here.

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2 thoughts on “#Exclusive Author Interview with Julie Stock #BookPromo #TheBistrobyWatersmeetBridge @wood_beeze48

    Julie Stock said:
    30/03/2020 at 4:40 pm

    Thanks so much for interviewing me on your blog, Frankie. It was a pleasure to answer your questions!

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