Interview with Ashley Lynn Willis, Author of Summer’s Temptation


1. Tell us a little about yourself and your latest/upcoming release.
I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I love that town. I’d go back in a heartbeat, but now I’m living in the Midwest with my husband and three kids. I love summer—the ocean, the lake, the warm breeze, the tickle of grass between my toes, and especially catching fireflies at dusk. Hence why my new release, Summer’s Temptation, is set during my favorite season.

The book is about a college girl, gaining her confidence back and finding love after a heartbreak. Before I wrote the book, I read a study that forty-two percent of women between the ages of twenty and thirty have had a “friends with benefits.” Instantly, a light bulb went off, and I thought it’d be fun to write about a sweet southern girl finding love in an unexpected relationship. That’s how Cassie and Tyler were born.

2. What was your inspiration for the book?
I had an amazing college experience. Think frat parties, sorority socials, all-night study groups, midnight runs to Walmart to buy underwear because my roomie and I were too lazy to wash our clothes. When writing Summer’s Temptation, I was basically reliving one of the best times of my life, when my sole responsibilities were getting good grades and dancing without spilling the beer in my hand.

To be honest, I’m happier now with a wonderful husband and three beautiful kids, but there’s always an underlying tension revolving around my many duties—cook, chauffeur, tutor, counselor, housekeeper. (The list goes on and on.) I read to escape the responsibilities of my everyday life, and I write for the same reason.

3. What do you normally like to read when not writing?
I love New Adult, but my first love is Urban Fantasy. My favorite UF of all time is The Fever Series by Karen Moning.

4. Describe your main character in six words.
Snarky, careful, a bit of a pushover, but also loyal, kind and beautiful inside and out.

5. What is your favorite book of all time that you can reread a hundred times, and it still feels like the first time?
The Restorer (Graveyard Queen, #1) I’m a sucker for gothic books set in the south, and this one is a perfect mix of romance, mystery, and Spanish moss.

6. What are you working on now?
Autumn’s Fall (Vandeveer University, #2)

7. What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not writing?
Go to the zoo or the pool with my three children.

Young Adult or New Adult? New Adult
Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires
Ghost or Zombies? Zombies
Action movies or Chick flicks? Action Movies
Mountain views or Ocean views? Ocean Views

Thanks for letting me visit!

Title: Summer’s Temptation
Author: Ashley Lynn Willis
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Vandeveer University #1

If there are only three truths in life, they are these. Women will always try to change a man. Men will always say anything to get a girl in bed. Tyler Mason will always have a long line of girls trying to domesticate him, and none will succeed. If one of these ceases to be true, the world will cease to exist.

These are the rules as college student Cassie Faye knows them, so when she gives up on dating in favor of a man who can satisfy her without tempting her heart, her next-door neighbor Tyler tops the list. Tyler isn’t the type of boy Cassie would fall for, but he’s the perfect guy to teach her how to claim her sexual independence without losing her heart in the process. Too late, Cassie finds out that under his womanizing exterior is an attentive, considerate lover who brings out passions in her that she’d barely glimpsed before.

What if she’s wrong about the third truth? What if the world as she knows it is about to cease to exist?

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Ashley lives in the Midwest with her husband of twelve years. For eight years, she worked as an engineer in general aviation but quit her job to be a stay at home mom to three precious children. She began writing in September of 2009 and has been penning her imagination ever since.


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