Temple West, debut author of the YA paranormal romance Velvet, is as nerdy in real life as she is on the Twitter. Armed with a very shiny English degree, she spent four months in Oxford holed up at the Radcliffe Camera amongst the hush of ancient books and the rich musk of academia. Returning to Los Angeles, she acquired a concurrent degree in film, mostly as an excuse to write essays about The Princess Bride and Hook. She can sew (poorly), drive stick (please fasten your seatbelt), and mostly lift her feet off the ground while stuttering into first gear on a very small motorcycle. She currently lives in Seattle and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.
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Interview with Temple West
What was your experience like on Swoon Reads?
Phenomenal. I felt very comfortable going into it because I’d read all the terms and conditions and fine-print, and realized there were literally no downsides to submitting my manuscript.
Do you have any strange writing habits?
Occasionally I’ll bang my head against the wall and curse the blinking cursor on my blank first page.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’m a slave to the muse, and the muse tends to like coffee shops and airplanes. Seriously, I get a ton of writing done on planes. It’s weird. But nah, no daily writing goals. I’m the sort of writer where the more I try and force / regulate it, the more I get stuck.
What are your must have writing accessories?
Laptop with a raised keyboard. I can’t write on Macs because the keys are too close together / smooth. I also like the click-y sounds of PCs. Other than that I tend to carry around at least four pens and two notebooks at all times. I don’t know if it counts as an “accessory,” but my two other go-to writing tools are Scrivener (that’s what I write my manuscripts in now), and Google.
If you could work with any author who would it be?
Scott Lynch or Laini Taylor. Or Tolkien. Or Brandon Sanderson.
What inspired you to write Velvet?
I love vampires and it was really only a matter of time before I wrote my own vampire novel. But the thing I really wanted to do with Velvet was write a story where vampires made sense. Where they felt almost as if they could really belong in our world, with our physics. I also wanted to create a new and satisfying mythology, or origin story, which is definitely going to be an important part of books 2 and 3.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Nerdster: Tales of a Blue-Haired Girl
What are you working on now?
Book two. And some screenplays.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Stick around for book two! Things are about to change.
First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don’t fall in love.
After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.
Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?
Lisa’s Review: First and foremost, the cover of this book is gorgeous. It is the reason this book jumped to the top of my TBR pile. Secondly, I LOVED this book so much. I just want to buy everyone I know copies so they can read it. It’s just amazing. I mean who wouldn’t love to read about a gorgeous, hunkie, vampire bodyguard and a story about forbidden love. I know that was what also made this book jump to the top of my TBR pile.
The main characters, Caitlin and Adrian are simply amazing. It was really easy to connect with them. They were really well developed characters.
Caitlin is definitely resilient. She has endured a lot in her life and overall, adjusted well. Having to move to Stoney Creek after the loss of her mother was difficult but she continued to focus on her life goals. I loved that about her.
Although Adrian is a bit reserved he is extremely intelligent and compassionate. It would be difficult for anyone to have to grow up with so many rules and nobody caring for you, but Adrian recognizes he wants more. His journey of self discovery in this book really tugged at my heart strings.
The vampires in this book are not the ferocious type nor are they like the ones in Twilight as they don’t sparkle. These vampires feed off emotions as well as blood. They are governed by a Council, which sets many rules with serious penalties. They are able to be in the sun but typically isolate themselves from humans. They cannot create new vampires as they are born not made.
Adrian’s father is a demon who is after Caitlin. Adrian is appointed by the Council to protect her from his father. There appears to be ulterior motives for this which are not explained in this book. Which is why I want the next book, like now.
The book is paced well and kept my attention throughout. Temple’s writing is superb. Her writing really draws you in and keeps you connected.
This book will definitely be reread again and again.
-2 winners will receive a paperback copy of Velvet.