Today, we’re spotlighting YOU FIRST, Stephanie Fournet’s newest contemporary romance. It released December 13th, so be sure to grab your copy! Learn more about YOU FIRST below, enter the $100 giveaway, and be sure to follow the blog tour for more entries!
by Stephanie Fournet
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
Publication Date: December 13th, 2016
Driven. Private. Insanely talented.
Gray Blakewood is the most successful crime writer under the age of thirty—and he has a secret that could cost him his life.
He just wants to finish his latest novel before his world unravels, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful distraction.
Meredith Ryan, his new personal assistant, has seen more than her fair share of hard knocks. And, still, she’s the sweetest person he’s ever met.
She deserves a lifetime of happiness—which he can’t offer.
But he can’t seem to stay away.
About Stephanie Fournet
Stephanie Fournet, author of Fall Semester, Legacy, Butterfly Ginger, and Leave a Mark lives in Lafayette, Louisiana—not far from the Saint Streets where her novels are set. She shares her home with her husband John and her daughter Hannah, their needy dogs Gladys and Mabel, and an immortal blue finch named Baby Blue. When she isn’t writing romance novels, she is usually helping students get into college or running. She loves hearing from fans, so look for her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and stephaniefournet.com.
Interview at It’s All About the Romance
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
Neil Gaiman’s “Advice to Authors (http://www.neilgaiman.com/FAQs/Advice_to_Authors) is excellent, as is his commencement address to the University of Art Class of 2012 (http://www.uarts.edu/neil-gaiman-keynote-address-2012). For him, and for me, writing is about writing. It sound redundant and circular, but you have to keep writing in order to succeed.
What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?
I am a runner, and I’ve recently discovered a love of camping. It’s best when I can combine the two: camp and go on a nice trail run. Camping is so relaxing! Everything just stops—especially if you are somewhere without cell service. At night, there’s nothing to do but watch the fire, pet the dogs, drink a ginger beer, and laugh.
Do you have any personal heroes/heroines?
Many, but some of them aren’t famous, so I’ll limit my response to the prominent ones. J.K. Rowling comes to mind first because of her commitment to her dream as well as her staggering talent. I really admire Scott Jurek, who is a vegan ultra-marathoner (I am a vegan runner). He recently broke the world record for the fastest traverse of the Appalachian Trail. I guess I’m inspired by people who give their all to their passions and goals.
Have you had any unusual or noteworthy occupations?
I don’t know if this is unusual or if it’s more eyebrow-raising, but I am a high school administrator. People I work with often tease me about also being a romance writer. I have an uncanny ability to spot a kid chewing gum (it’s my super power), and I guess some people have a hard time reconciling stuff like that with the fact that I can also write a toe-curling kissing scene.
What was your best date ever?
The summer before my daughter was born, my husband and I scraped our pennies together and went to London and Paris. One night while we were in London, we got all dressed up, went to a lavishly expensive restaurant we could not afford, had a fantastic meal, and then went to see Miss Saigon. I was 26 at the time, and it was the first contemporary musical I’d ever seen on stage. I’ve had countless wonderful dates with my husband, but this was one I will never forget.
Tell us something you are really proud of.
I am ridiculously proud of my daughter, Hannah. She’s brilliant, beautiful, talented, empathetic–you name it. My husband and I did an awesome job, if I do say so myself.
Can you confide something you wish you were better at?
I totally wish I could sing! I love music, and I actually do sing all the time, but it’s pretty bad. I’m not afraid of karaoke, but I should be.
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