Published by Blue Tulip Publishing on November 3rd 2015
Butterfly Ginger is the story of first love getting a second chance. The summer before freshman year, Nate Bradley and Blythe Barnes meet and fall hard. Even with plans to attend college in different cities, they’re convinced that nothing can tear them apart—until everything does. Now, six years later, life in South Louisiana is giving them the chance to put the pieces back together.
ABOUT STEPHANIE FOURNET:
Stephanie Fournet, author of Fall Semester, Legacy, and Butterfly Ginger, 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.
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With only three words, how would you describe Butterfly Ginger?
First love reboot
Was there a scene or idea that sparked your interest and made you excited to write this book?
Yes, indeed. Butterfly Ginger is a flowering plant that grows in the Saint Streets, a neighborhood in my town where all of my novels are set. Butterfly Ginger smells sweet, fresh, and inviting, almost like honeysuckles. I am a runner, and last summer when I was running through the Saint Streets, this fragrant blossom kept catching my attention. I didn’t know the name of the flower at the time; I only knew that I wanted the scent of that flower to be the scent of one of my heroines. And that’s where the novel started. Butterfly Ginger is the perfume that Nate, a landscaper, associates with Blythe, and it haunts and comforts him for six years as he pines for her.
What scene are you most excited for readers to get to?
Don’t take this the wrong way, but I think the first time Nate and Blythe make love is a very powerful scene because it’s scary and tender and real all at the same time.
Do you have any routines or practical advice that helps you get your writing done?
I have written every single day since Dec. 26, 2012. Pledging to write every day—even if it is just a few sentences—is what allowed me to finish my first novel. I’d wanted to be a writer my whole life, and I’d had a number of false starts over the years. But when I held myself accountable and made writing my daily practice, everything fell into place. If you want to be a writer, you must write every day.
Where do you write and would you be willing to share a picture of your writing space?
My favorite place to write is in my den by the big picture window (see picture). I sit with my legs stretched out on my comfy red couch, a pillow in my lap, and the laptop on my pillow. I often let my eyes drift to the window to watch the birds and squirrels in the oak tree in my back yard or look at the colors in my daughter’s paintings that are propped on the windowsill. As I am writing this at night, I’m watching storm clouds race past a waxing moon. It’s eerie and beautiful. Usually—as they are now—one or both of my dogs are asleep on the floor nearby or sitting beside me. If they aren’t snoozing, they are demanding that I pet them with one hand while trying to type with the other.
What book have you fallen in love with recently?
The last book I finished was Alice Clayton’s Mai Tai’d Up from her Cocktail series. I really enjoyed it (you can find my review on Goodreads. How can you go wrong with a great house, a sexy veterinarian, and rescued dogs?
Let’s end with my favorite question. What question do you want to answer that no one ever asks you?
Why do you write romance?
I write to fill a holy longing. Writing about two people falling in love—and the all-consuming power that phenomenon has—fills me up like nothing else. Some may think that writing romance sounds like my addiction, and if it is, I don’t care. I don’t want to be cured. Nothing is better than this.