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Who Needs a Hero: Velvet by Temple West

Who Needs A Hero

Welcome to the Who Needs a Hero Event! Each day during the event we are featuring heroes from young adult novels! Today we have Trish from Velvet by Temple West. Velvet is the first book in the Velvet Trilogy! It is a paranormal series featuring vampires! You can read my full review of Velvet here! This novel released on May 12, 2015 by Swoon Reads.

*Don’t forget to enter here for the Who Needs a Hero International giveaway!*


Meet Trish:

Trish is a secondary character in the Velvet universe.  When the MC, Caitlin, moves to Stony Creek, Trish sort of aggressively befriends her.

Why Temple thinks Trish is a Hero:

This isn’t stated outright in the book, but Trish knows that Caitlin’s mom has just died. Like, very recently, just-a-few-days-ago died.  Where some people might tiptoe around her, Trish sort of intuitively knows that Caitlin needs someone to treat her like a normal human being, to be brash and funny and tell inappropriate jokes.  Trish is a hero because without ever looking like she’s trying at all, she tries very hard to be a friend to a friendless, horribly lonely girl.

Interview with Trish

DFT: You grew up in the small town of Stony Creek so I was wondering if you would give us an idea what it is like to live there and what some of the best things about it are? 

Trish: It’s cold in winter, hot and humid as hell in summer, and there’s lots of trees. We’ve got a bar, an inn, and the creek is dammed so you can swim in it.  The town’s getting old, there’s not a lot of kids left, and we go to Queensbury or Saratoga Springs whenever we can.  Still, it’s home.  It’s quiet, and it’s beautiful, and everyone’s got as much space as they could possibly want.

DFT: While reading Velvet I have to admit that you were one of my favorite characters! I love your easy going personality and how blunt you are. What do you think is one of your best qualities? What is probably your worst quality?

Trish: Ha! Well Ben would probably say my backside is his favorite quality and then I’d smack him around and he’d repent and say my viciously sharp mind is extremely attractive.  I dunno, sometimes I go a day or two without showering, so personal hygiene might be my worst quality.  That, or how damn sexy I am.


DFT: One of the things that took me by surprise is how ridiculously smart you are.  Not that you ever came across as dumb but you don’t really act like you would want to attend Oxford and be a writer! Why don’t you flaunt your intelligence like most people do?  

Trish: I’m not that smart.  Well…okay, I am.  But I don’t know what I want to do with all that smartness yet.  Gotta figure out some life shit before I go bragging about how brainy I am.

DFT: Velvet is actually about one of your good friends Caitlin.  She just recently moved to town and you are one of the only people that she really allowed to befriend her.  While getting to know her what is something about her that took you by surprise?

Trish: That she was funny, too.  That she had ambition.  Took a while to see it, she was so miserable when she first showed up, but it’s in there.  She’s got gumption underneath her grief.  I like that about her.

DFT: Since you have lived in Stony Creek your whole life and because it is such a small town you probably know everything about everyone that lives there.  What can you tell me about the mysterious Adrian and his family?

Trish: I swear every urban legend for a hundred miles has spawned from the mystery of the de la Maras.  When I was a kid, the Master ranch was the last building on the last road out of Stony Creek.  Then the construction crews came in during second grade, blasting away on the mountain, building that ridiculous house.  Mr. and Mrs. de la Mara moved in about a year later. I remember my parents went up, and so did the Masters and a few others, to say hi and introduce themselves and bring them a casserole or like, a succulent or something.  From what I heard, they just took the stuff at the door and wouldn’t let anyone inside.  I think Caitlin is the only one who’s ever actually been inside that house.  I mean honestly, who needs a five-car garage?  It’s nutty.  Adrian was adopted by them a couple years later and he’s almost as bad as his aunt and uncle.  I honestly don’t know that I heard two whole sentences from him before Caitlin came along.  She and Adrian are the least talkative people I’ve ever met.  It’s kind of infuriating.  If you really want to know about the de la Maras, you should ask her.  Friggin’ creepy-ass mountain dwellers.

DFT: Lucky for us Velvet is just the beginning of your story! Can you give us any hints as to what we can expect to see in the next book?

Trish: Caitlin and I are…having an argument.  I love her to pieces but she’s making bad choices and I can’t stand by and watch.


Temple WestAbout Temple:

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 Nashville and is the proud mother to a one-year-old laptop and a vintage Remington typewriter.

You can visit Temple around the Web here:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Vlog

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Want to read more from Temple West?



Available May 12, 2015 by Swoon Reads

About this Book

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?

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One Response to “Who Needs a Hero: Velvet by Temple West

  1. MirandaNo Gravatar

    Great review! I loved Velvet and cannot wait until 2016 to see what happens in the second book! I must say Temple West is my new favorite author! :)

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