Please welcome Teodora Kostova to the blog today chatting about FOOD and her latest novel, the highly rated and delightful Kiss & Ride.
When in Rome… EAT!
I’m a huge foodie and I always end up putting too much emphasis on food in my books. My editor hates it, always underlining my wordy food descriptions, saying it’s not really needed to move the story forward.
And I always ignore him.
I have to recommend this one, guys. It gave me so many feels; I loved everything about it. If you’re looking for a holiday read- look no further. 5 Stars!Lili's ReviewFor me, food is massively important for the story. Obviously, not to a point that the book turns into a cooking and lifestyle journal.
Food can set the mood for a certain scene. It can show the reader how the character feels, or what they dream of, or how much they love someone.
I love experimenting with the setting of my stories, always trying to set them in different, beautiful cities around the world. A Sip of Rio is set in Rio de Janeiro because I fell in love with the city when I went last year, Kiss and Ride is set in Rome for much the same reason. What better way to show the local culture than food?
Luca, one of the MCs in Kiss and Ride, dreams of opening his own restaurant. Cooking is a passion of his, nurtured by his grandparents since he was a kid. When he cooks for Vin, when he shares a meal with him, I can feel the energy passing between them. The connection they’re building.
And, come on, I can’t write a book set in Rome and not talk about food! That would have been incredibly inconsiderate.
The best meal I’ve ever had was in a small, family owned restaurant in Rome, tucked away from the busy streets and mostly catering to the locals. The menu was a page long, the options not that many, but everything we ordered was absolutely divine! We went back for dinner the next day, tried some other dishes, and, honestly, if I wasn’t married I’d burst into the kitchen and ask the chef to marry me.
When we moved in together he taught me how to cook, and the time we spent together in the kitchen, preparing the ingredients, talking and laughing, and later eating the delicious meal we’d cooked together, is one of the happiest memories in our relationship. We’ve been together 13 years and up to this day we always have dinner together as a family. We cook together when we can, and we’ve taught our son to appreciate food and the way it brings our family together.
What happens when you meet the right guy at the wrong time?
When Vincent Alesi’s estranged father dies, he gets on the first plane from New York city to Rome to be at the memorial service. Even if he has to max out his credit card. Even if he hates the man for leaving him. Even if it’s a day before Christmas.
Everything that can go wrong does go wrong, and Vin ends up trusting a complete stranger with all his secrets, even the ones he didn’t know he had.
Luca Romano’s job as a flight attendant takes him all over the world. But a jet-setting lifestyle is not what he wants. His dream of opening his own restaurant is being placed on hold over circumstances beyond his control.
Timing is everything…
When Vin bursts into Luca’s life, both men fall fast and hard. But their lives, their dreams, even the cities they live in couldn’t be more different.
Their few days together in Rome are romantic, emotionally intense, and leave them both wanting more.
Can a fleeting love affair change their lives forever?
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Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job a few years ago when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.
When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.
Don’t be shy and get in touch – I love connecting with my readers.