Author Josephine Templeton writes urban fantasy, vampire romance and historical romance. A recent guest of the ARC NOLA Authors & Readers Conference in New Orleans, she is the writer of four books. Convicted of Love and A Pirate’s Kiss are both historical romances. Forever Yours is a vampire love story, and her latest urban fantasy novel, Scorned, is the first book in Templeton’s Fallen Angelle series. She was gracious enough to agree to an interview with atombash.com New Orleans Literature, on writing, Scorned, fallen angels, and vampires.
“I started when I was 5. I don’t remember why. That very first story was about a witch, and that night, I dreamed about her! I began working on my first novel (Forever Yours) after my ten-year high school reunion. During school, I had written a lot of poems and short stories.
“As for my writing process, it scares the beejeebies out of other writers! Ha! I spreadsheet. A LOT! But, basically, I type my idea out in one word file called “Scorned Brainstorming” (or whatever the book title at the time is). And then I spreadsheet everything from the story Acts to the characters. Most importantly, I keep a detailed [spreadsheet] for each chapter complete with pictures I use for inspiration. Once I am finished with the book, I print and keep a scrapbook.”
Per Templeton. the first book she had published was not the first book she had written. “Convicted of Love was my second novel. I wanted to share my stories with the world, so publishing was the next natural step. This was back in 2007 when e-publishing was a baby. I joined a local writers group in Baton Rouge (HeartLA), and they helped me learn more about the craft and where to look for publishers.”
“I draw inspiration from many things, especially pictures,” posted Josephine on her BlogSpot site, where she shared that photos help her while writing. “I take a lot wherever I go because one never knows where an angel or a demon will pop up!” said Templeton during her interview to atombash.com.
“Angelle, God’s first Angel, fell from grace along with Satan. However, after thousands of years as Satan’s girlfriend, Angelle wants back into heaven and becomes human. Now she must atone for her sins and save as many souls as she damned while fighting vampires and demons. One more condition—she must remain celibate.
“Jack, a vampire hunter, visits Angelle’s bar, and their attraction is instant. But after watching her walk away from a car accident, he’s convinced she’s a vampire and must die. When Angelle doesn’t burst into flames at sunrise, Jack joins her quest to save souls. The partnership is jeopardized when two of the Scorned Bride’s daughters enthrall him.
“Angelle must save Jack from another dimension, but in doing so, she risks her salvation. Will Jack want to be saved by the time she finds him? And if they survive the Scorned Bride, can they survive each other?”
Scorned is a fun read, much along the lines of an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a Sookie Stackhouse Louisiana-vampire-bar vibe and a sprinkling of angel lore reminiscent of Supernatural. The characters have that kind of kickbutt likability factor peppered with just enough personal imperfection to soon become endearing to any ravenous fantasy-genre reader in search of an otherworldly heroine. The fallen protagonist, Angelle-ically embodied in human form through Templeton’s words, is not likely to be scorned by readers at all. It would be easy to see this character grow to command a fan following. There is a lot to love about this story, chock full of bad vamps, good vamps, more bad vamps, werewolves, demons, a touch of romance, and the coolest alternate dimension this side of the bayou. The bad news is the book is so hard to put down, it is over before you know it. Click here for the Kindle edition. The good news is there’s a second book.
On fallen angels…
“What made me want to write about fallen angels? Well I was driving home from work and stuck in traffic and the idea just fell from the sky and into my lap! Sorta like a fallen angel does! I’ve always loved angels.”
Josephine is currently working on Broken, the second book in her Fallen Angelle series. She plans to release it at the end of the year.
And on vampires…
“Vampires sought me out in high school. After all, they like to find us when we are young, right? I cut my vamp fangs on Bram Stoker’s Dracula in high school. Then later the movie Interview with a Vampire, the movie Lost Boys, The TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Lestat of course! Love Anne Rice! She is a darling.”
Some of Templeton’s favorite books include Jim Butchers Dresden series, She also reads Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kim Harrison. “The list goes on,” she said. “I’ve been reading books since I first learned how to read. In my youth, I read Gothic romance, historical romance, epic fantasy (J.R.R. Tolkien) and more.”
Josephine Templeton is a member of the Heart of Louisiana Baton Rouge Chapter of the Romance Writers of America. HeartLA is a nonprofit organization for published and non-published authors. Josephine welcomes readers to the benefit luncheon held by HeartLA on Halloween at 11;45 am at Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge. The luncheon focuses on connecting readers with writers, and proceeds benefit the nonprofit. Raffles and door prizes will be offered. Guests are invited to come dressed in costume. For ticket information, click here.