Guest – Tempeste O’Riley – How Much fof Your Personality is in Your Writing – Dreamers’ Destiny Blog Tour

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Welcome to the Dreamers’ Destiny Blog Tour. I want to begin with special thanks to Dreamspinner Press (my publisher, and for whom without there would be no book Smile. I hope you’ll follow the entire tour. There are plenty of chances to win a signed paperback copy from my backlist, $25 at Dreamspinner Press, an audiobook of either Designs of Desire or Caged Sanctuary, and more!

Each tour stop will feature an excerpt along with some question that relates to the post. Check the Rafflecopter at the end of the post to enter your answer to the question. A few stops will have special (additional) giveaways as well, so make sure you check out the whole post!

Now, let’s see what I have for you today….

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Now, that’s a hard yet easy question to answer. The simple answer is quite a bit. But it’s not that easy, really. It depends on the character and on the story how much of me bleeds all over the book. In my first book, Designs of Desire a L O T of me was in that. I have Ehlers-Danlos, I used forearm crutches (I now mostly use a wheelchair, though I still have my crutches too), I’ve been harassed and abused due to my health and mobility issues…. In fact, that’s what inspired the story in the first place, lol.
In other stories, it’s not as overt, though life experiences still are there. In Dreamers’ Destiny Liam and Cam live in Asheville, Cam grew up in a small town in Georgia, both places I’ve been and one of the two I even lived very very close to. I won’t tell you which, but let’s just say I’ve spent more than passing time in both locals  I also have a thing for tattoos and got mine in NC late late at night at this really neat tattoo parlor where they would do “standard” tats if you insisted, but they really prefered to do “real art”.
Honestly, I’m not sure how not to have my personality and experiences taint my writing and it not end up flat and lifeless. It’s not a matter of write what you know, but write what you feel, and those things simply come through. So how much comes through? Probably a lot more than I want. LOL. But I can only write what the smexy guys in my head do, so take it up with them 😉

People don’t just materialize into reality simply because you want them to so desperately that waking up breaks your heart.

Dreamers’ Destiny

by Tempeste O’Riley

M/M Erotic Contemporary, Occult/Paranormal, Romance

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Release Date: May 13, 2016 (ebook/print)

Length: Novel / 200 pages


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Liam Grady is the owner of the Feathered Quill, a quirky little bookstore in Asheville, and—though he doesn’t realize it yet—a dream walker. His last relationship failed almost a year ago, and he’s not had the interest or nerve to pursue anyone he’s met since.

Cameron Danu is a tattoo artist from rural Georgia. Cameron is left without a job after his boss, Jose, is forced to close the shop after a heart attack. When Cameron learns Jose has set up an interview for him at a small tattoo parlor in Asheville, he hopes for a fresh start in a new town.

Fate brings Cameron and Liam together, and they realize they’ve met before—in their dreams. A chance encounter and a winged tattoo might lead them to their destiny—if fear doesn’t turn their dreams into a nightmare.

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Other Works by Author:

Designs of DesireSimple Desires*+ – Bound by Desire* – Desires’ GuardianTemptations of DesireTruth in Lace* – Desires’ Pride* – Signs of Desire

Micah’s Medicine+ – Caged SanctuaryWhiskers of a Chance

*shorts in series +shorts in anthologies

About the Author:

Tempeste O’Riley is an out and proud pansexual genderfluid whose best friend growing up had the courage to do what they couldn’t—defy the hate and come out. He has been their hero ever since.

Tempe is a hopeless romantic who loves strong relationships and happily-ever-afters. They has done many things in their life, yet writing has always drawn them back—no matter what else life has thrown their way. They counts her friends, family, and Muse as their greatest blessings in life. They lives in Wisconsin with their children, reading, writing, and enjoying life—especially now that they have joined the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® (as Novice Sister Eroti-Quill… can’t imagine where that name came from).

Tempe is also a proud PAN member of Romance Writers of America®, WisRWA, and Rainbow Romance Writers. Tempe’s preferred pronouns are they/them/their/theirs/themselves. To learn more about Tempeste and their writing, visit

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Tempeste’s Temptations

5 Responses to “Guest – Tempeste O’Riley – How Much fof Your Personality is in Your Writing – Dreamers’ Destiny Blog Tour”

  1. H.B.

    The concept sounds intriguing. Good luck with the release!

  2. Jen CW

    Thanks for another post & look at your newest book. I would be so hard pressed to believe I had met the person I was dreaming about for so long.

  3. H.B.

    I’ll probably think I’ve finally gone crazy and just crawl back into bed to hide.

  4. Trix

    I admit that I don’t really think about where authors and their characters overlap that often, but it is fun to hear about!

  5. Jen

    Thanks for the interesting post. I enjoy learning about how authors create their stories. I was also sad to read that you have been harassed and abused due to your health issues. 🙁


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