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#Interview with Julie Stock, author of Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace #BlogTour

 

I’ve a real treat for you today – Julie Stock has kindly answered my question and I’m going to share her replies here! Read on to discover what she reveals and find out more about both her and her book, Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace!

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Stock – Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace (Book 2, Domaine des Montagnes)

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Elaine, and for taking part in the blog tour for my latest book.

Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?

The Domaine des Montagnes series was inspired by two things. Firstly, many years ago, I went to work at The Wine Society, a mail-order wine merchant based near where I live. Luckily for me, I was able to travel to France as part of that role and to visit some of the vineyards with the wine buyers. So when I started writing some time later, it was a given for me that I would set one of my stories on a vineyard.

Secondly, my maternal grandfather was French and as a result, I spent a lot of my childhood speaking French with him and developing a fondness for the country that still continues today. I’ve travelled all over France with my husband and Alsace is one of our favourite places. We’ve also tasted wine there at many different vineyards and it seemed like the perfect place to set my story when I started writing the series back in 2015.

What is your writing process? Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?

I try to plan my books out before I start writing because over the years, I’ve learned that a bit of planning makes the writing easier. Once the story is planned out, I write every day until it’s done. I write using Scrivener which works really well for me because it’s very visual and that helps me to see the big picture.

Scrivener is also good for monitoring your word count. I usually try to write at least 2,000 words a day, sometimes more, but at that rate, I know I will write at least 10,000 words a week and so the first draft will be finished in 6-8 weeks.

Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?

I do like all my characters, but I think one of my favourites will always be Jackson Phillips from my first book, From Here to Nashville. Jackson was inspired by the character of Deacon Claybourne played by Charles Esten in the TV series, Nashville, who I absolutely fell in love with. I loved his flawed but good character and his musical talent, and that’s what got me thinking about my own character and story.

If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?

This is a tricky one. I love all my female main characters and they’re all doing things I’d quite like to be doing.

I’ve always been musical like my character, Rachel, in From Here to Nashville, but it’s probably too late for me to be a country music star now! And like Olivia in The Bistro by Watersmeet Bridge, I dreamed of running a restaurant by the sea when I was young, but had no idea what hard work that would be…

So I think I’d have to choose Fran because she’s passionate about running The Vineyard in Alsace, and like her, I’m quite organised and I speak the language too so it would suit me very well.

How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?

I find choosing character names really important because I can’t really get going with writing the story until I’m sure about the names of my main characters.

For Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace, the two main characters, Lottie and Thierry, were introduced in the first book, and it was a bit easier for me because I was planning for them to be French names. Lottie is short for Charlotte, although no-one ever calls her that, but at first I had the name Lotte in mind because that sounded a bit more German, and given Alsace’s history, seemed to fit in quite well. But then as I started writing, I didn’t like Lotte that much, so I changed it to Lottie. As for Thierry, I wanted a classically French name and this one seemed to resonate with my character.

Thanks so much again for having me on the blog, Elaine. It’s been a real pleasure to answer your questions!

Thank you so much for answering my questions – you’re welcome on here at any time!

 

Now, here’s more about Julie’s book, Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace…..

It’s springtime at The Vineyard in Alsace, a new season and a new beginning

After being abandoned by her partner when she falls pregnant, Lottie Schell goes home to live on The Vineyard in Alsace, where she has started a new relationship with the estate’s winemaker, Thierry. Now about to give birth, Lottie’s determined to raise her child and to provide for them both on her own without having to depend on anyone else.

Thierry Bernard is still dealing with his grief and guilt following the death of his wife two years earlier, for which he blames himself. When he meets Lottie, the instant attraction he feels towards her gives him hope that he can move on from the tragedy of his past, as long as he can tell Lottie the truth of what happened.

When circumstances force Lottie and Thierry closer together, they both find it hard to compromise – she’s proudly independent and he’s fiercely protective – and they’re both wary about trusting someone new with their heart.

Can Lottie and Thierry take a chance on each other, move on from their pasts and start over?

Escape to The Vineyard in Alsace once again with this romantic read set in the heart of Alsace’s wine country.

Purchase Link – Amazon

Author Bio –

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 2015, after starting to write as an escape from the demands of her day job as a teacher. Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace is her ninth book, and the second in the Domaine des Montagnes series set on a vineyard.

Julie is now a full-time author, and loves every minute of her writing life. When not writing, she can be found reading, her favourite past-time, running, a new hobby, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, glass of wine in hand.

Julie is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Society of Authors. She is married and lives with her family in Bedfordshire in the UK.

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One comment on “#Interview with Julie Stock, author of Starting Over at the Vineyard in Alsace #BlogTour

  1. Julie Stock
    July 25, 2020

    Thanks so much for interviewing me on your blog again, Elaine! It’s always a pleasure to answer your questions 🙂

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