Under the Table is available now!
Lexi: When the first flowers bloom and there’s a fresh, spring breeze in your hair you can’t help but feel love in the air! And the perfect complement to that is a lighthearted, sweet yet sassy read and our guest today has a book that will satisfy that craving. Welcome, Stephanie Evanovich!
Hi Lexi! Thanks so much for inviting me over for a glass and a chat. I’m going with Sangria, get a little summer frame of mind going. I was just outside telling my crocuses how happy I was to see them. I think Spring has finally sprung.
Lexi: We are so excited to have you on the blog today, Stephanie! And even more excited about UNDER THE TABLE which has been described as a modern twist on My Fair Lady. And we love the role reversal, instead of the professor making over a working-class girl you have a capable, confident cook making over the awkward, computer programmer. Which component came first, the role reversal idea or the characters, Zoey and Tristan?
I’m a character driven writer, fascinated by the human condition. For me, it always starts there, usually with the hero. I love my super confident alpha males, but the world is full of unlikely champions. I was looking to create a guy who was vulnerable but not bitter. When Tristan morphed into a hero with absolutely no game, I fell in love with him. But he couldn’t do it without a savior of his own. With Zoey, she certainly wasn’t a player, but her husband made a prime example of one. The differences in Tristan were both obvious and refreshing. At first.
Lexi: Your brain is a marvelous thing. And something else we found marvelous: Tristan’s kitchen. You created a functional, state-of-the-art, and incredibly beautiful culinary-heaven! No wonder Zoey was so captivated by Tristan, she was stunned! What is your favorite part of the kitchen, any one thing that you desperately wish you had and wrote it in for Zoey to enjoy?
The thought of having warming and cooling trays was exciting, even if they are excessive. I mean seriously, everyone already has warming and cooling trays, they’re called ovens and refrigerators. I guess it’s always a good idea to have an awesome set of knives, but Zoey travels with her own, cause she’s a badass like that.
Lexi: It’s fascinating that simple things like space combined with the right tools can culminate into something breathtaking. Much like Tristan who has the heart and the brains, but needed Zoey to help bring all his pieces together to become a masterpiece. What was the most important emotion you gave Zoey when she finally stepped back and saw the entire package that was Tristan?
I’d like to think it was the surprise. Zoey’s focus was so streamlined, she was working a career plan and was enjoying a measure of success. Tristan just wanted to get through an uncomfortable evening. Some of my favorite love stories are when people find each other when looking the other way. And it’s the surprise that has them making those impulsive decisions, the ones that add the fun.
Lexi: Like the decorative frosting on a cake, perfection. Congrats on UNDER THE TABLE, sweet, funny, perfection in itself! Thank you for stopping by today and thank you for bringing us yet another lighthearted read right when we needed one!
You’re so welcome, Lexi, but the pleasure was really all mine. Thanks for letting me join the party and spread a little #upliftature. Hope everyone gets to spend a little spring curled up in a favorite chair with a tasty glass and a good book. Cheers!!