• Kate Hawthorne

Author Spotlight - Allison Temple

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

Hello to Allison Temple!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I live in Toronto with my very patient husband and our goofy rescue dog Manny. I learned to play the tuba when I was 12. I learned to crochet was I was 36. I'm powerless in the face of cookies, want all my books to be super happy and fluffy, but I like my TV shows to be dark and twisty.

How would you describe your brand? What makes one of your books inherently YOU?

For a long time I used the tagline "Awkward and thoroughly kissable." My books are all pretty slice of life, steamy but always sweet. I like to tackle real world problems, so most of my main characters are just average guys who don't like their jobs or are secretly pining for the hot neighbour. No billionaires or Navy SEALS here (but never say never). I love to make people laugh, so in an Allison Temple book, you'll always get humour and heart. I want people to have that happy sigh feeling when they're done reading.

Tell us about what you're currently working on.

I've got big projects planned for 2021. I'm dipping some toes into sci-fi and fantasy, but I've also got a cute slice of life coffee shop romance, and I'm hoping to try out some extreme sports romance set in a sailing race around the world.

If you could dream cast your favorite book into a movie, whether yours or someone else's - what book would it be and who would you cast?

I'm so bad at fan casting. I just want to say Richard Armitage for everyone.

What is the weirdest place you've ever written before?

I tend to write sex scenes in public places. It's not intentional, it just seems to happen. I wrote some truly hot stuff sitting at the Mazda dealership waiting for an oil change.

What does the writing process look like for you? What comes first? How do you start? When do you know you have a good idea vs a dream?

So there's what I want my process to look like and what it actually is. The meet-cute almost always comes first for me. My writing flows best when I also know what the ending will look like. I'd say I like to plan out detailed plots, but at this point I think we have to admit that's a lie. Once I know what each character wants, I usually just write until I hate it, then write some more. When I get really stuck, I write a sex scene, even if I don't wind up keeping it. In real life, sex doesn't always fix things, but in my writer brain it does a pretty good job.

If you could write about any character or story that you haven't written about yet, what would it be and why?

So I have this truly out-there space western idea that I'm dying to write. It's like Firefly meets Butch & Sundance. It's epic and amazing, includes industrial espionage, escapes through outer space, and maybe even an orgy? It's the sort of thing I'd have to excuse myself from society to write though. I'd go all GRRM (except I'd finish) and go off grid and emerge from the woods in two years with a complete series lol.

Which of your characters do you think is the most under appreciated and why?

I think the character who got the toughest reviews is Seb from Top Shelf. People said is was kind of a jerk, and I'm here sitting on the other side of my computer screen thinking "Yup, he really was." He's like a cat: Intensely attached to the people he cares about, and willing to claw off the faces of anyone who pisses him off. I love how he finds a softer, kinder side for Martin, while still continuing to be inherently himself.

What is your favorite book? One of yours and one of someone else's.

Like forever and ever? My all-time top favourite is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. In romance, I'm a bit obsessed with the Arden St. Ives series by Alexis Hall. Of my books...this is mean. I'll say Honeymoon Sweet because it's the most intrinsically "me" book I've written, but Avery from Hot Potato is my favourite character.

Favorite show to binge watch?

I've watched The Haunting of Hill House like 10 times.

What movie have you seen more times than you want to admit?

My go-to mindless comfort watch is Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.

Favorite quote or song lyric:

I use "I just want you to feel you're doing well." from The Princess Bride a lot.

Is there anything else you want anyone to know?

Tacos are the perfect food.

Where is the best place to find you online?

If you want to keep track of new books, then Bookbub. If you want some book news, but also lots of pictures of my dog, then Facebook

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