Bio: Betsy St. Amant is the author of more
than fifteen inspirational romances, including The Key to Love, and
a frequent contributor to iBelieve.com. She lives in north
Think “food truck wars” meets You’ve Got Mail! Rory and Jude have fallen for each other anonymously online, not realizing the other is their biggest competition in an upcoming food truck contest they both are desperate to win. With a multilayered family dynamic, witty online banter, and loads of spicy conflict, Tacos for Two will leave readers chuckling, cheering, and craving Mexican food.
Tacos for Two is the second book you’ve published with Revell, after The Key to Love (2020). How does Tacos for Two differ from your previous novel? The Key to Love was sweet, while Tacos for Two is all savory! My characters in The Key to Love were searching for identity and the true meaning of love, while Tacos for Two centers more on the themes of family heritage, loyalty, and sacrifice.
The main female protagonist is Rory Perez. Can you please tell us a little more about her character and her backstory? Rory has a heart of gold and a strong sense of loyalty to family—that’s why she is still working so hard to make her aunt’s food truck business succeed even though she can’t cook. She feels an obligation to her cousin with special needs and her late aunt—who was like a mother to her—to make the food truck a success . . . even if it’s to her own detriment. Rory loves jogging, lavender tea, and her heritage but is sick of Mexican food, hates change (and cilantro!), and is weary of carrying so many burdens. Her one escape has been communicating online via an anonymous dating app, through which she’s formed a deep friendship with a man she knows only by the handle StrongerMan99. Rory must learn that change is inevitable, and sometimes, that’s a very good thing.
You’ve Got Mail has always been one of my favorite movies. I couldn’t resist setting up a similar meet-cute as a nod to the Tom Hanks classic! I also love the instant conflict that arises in romance novels when characters have a secret identity that must be discovered and responded to.
Both characters feel trapped by family circumstances. Can you elaborate on the similarities you see between these characters and why they may have some common experiences? Rory and Jude have much more in common than they first think. Jude is wealthy, and Rory is struggling to make ends meet for her inherited food truck business, yet they both are driven by a need much deeper and more vital than finances. They’re both struggling to thrive in a life seemingly chosen for them, rather than one of their own making. Once they start relating to each other on this level, the chemistry—and the conflict—only increases!
Why did you choose to give your more recent books food-centered themes? This unintentional “brand” of mine just evolved! It started with my novel All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes (Zondervan, 2014) and was followed by several novellas that also featured bakeries, cupcakes, or sweet treats. The Key To Love (Revell, 2020) followed suit with a French twist. After that, I thought getting out of the bakery and into a food truck might be a fresh and fun change for my readers!
What do you hope readers experience when reading Tacos for Two? I hope readers alternate laughing and swooning over Rory and Jude’s online banter, find a new love for their own family heritage, become more open to the concept of change, and of course—crave tacos with extra cilantro!
What are you working on next? I’m working on a novel
right now that involves a high school English teacher, an unlikely wish in
How can readers connect with you? I love hearing from and engaging with readers. They can find me at the following social media sites and, of course, participate in my monthly newsletter by signing up at www.betsystamant.com.
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Thank you, Betsy, for sharing this new book with my blog readers and me. I’m eager to read it when I meet my book deadline.
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