TEMPER the novel by Nicky Drayden


TEMPER the novel by Nicky Drayden


Today I bring you awesome news! The release of Nicky Drayden‘s next book is upon us!!
Mark your calendars because in just alittle over a month from now TEMPER will be released!
If you follow me, you know she’s one of my favorite new authors & she’s been featured a ton on this blog before. I’m so honored to have her on the blog again!
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Blurb Me!

In a land similar to South Africa, twin brothers are beset by powerful forces beyond their understanding or control in this thrilling blend of science fiction, horror, magic, and dark humor—evocative of the works of Lauren Beukes, Ian McDonald, and Nnedi Okorafor—from the author of The Prey of Gods.

Two brothers.
Seven vices.
One demonic possession.
Can this relationship survive?

Auben Mutze has more vices than he can deal with—six to be exact—each branded down his arm for all the world to see. They mark him as a lesser twin in society, as inferior, but there’s no way he’ll let that define him. Intelligent and outgoing, Auben’s spirited antics make him popular among the other students at his underprivileged high school. So what if he’s envious of his twin Kasim, whose single vice brand is a ticket to a better life, one that likely won’t involve Auben.

The twins’ strained relationship threatens to snap when Auben starts hearing voices that speak to his dangerous side—encouraging him to perform evil deeds that go beyond innocent mischief. Lechery, deceit, and vanity run rampant. And then there are the inexplicable blood cravings. . . .

On the southern tip of an African continent that could have been, demons get up to no good during the time of year when temperatures dip and temptations rise. Auben needs to rid himself of these maddening voices before they cause him to lose track of time. To lose his mind. And to lose his . . .

“Drayden is an amazing writer and deft plotter. The twists are unexpected and never feel contrived, just as the novel explores real-world issues without sounding preachy.” (Library Journal)

  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (August 7, 2018)
  • Publication Date: August 7, 2018
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071SKJ2TD 


Nicky Drayden is a Systems Analyst who dabbles in prose when she’s not buried in code. She resides in Austin, Texas where being weird is highly encouraged, if not required. She’s the author of over 30 published short stories and also serves as the Special Anthologies editor for The Drabblecast, a speculative fiction podcast. Her debut novel THE PREY OF GODS is scheduled for release Summer 2017, from Harper Voyager.

Fascinate ME!!

  1. Is this book related to or a sequel of your previously published book The Prey of Gods?
TEMPER isn’t related to THE PREY OF GODS, but they do have a lot of similarities. Both are set in South Africa (though TEMPER is an alternate, fantastical South Africa that is hardly recognizable), and both deal with the ways that technology and mythology intersect. The technology in TEMPER is repressed and studying science has only recently become legal. Religion has become a ruling institution at the expense of cultural depth and individuality.
  1. How did you come up with the concept for this book?
Two main concepts formed this story. The first was reimagining an African continent that escaped the ills of colonization. Through examining the “could-have-beens” in this not-quite alternate history, I wanted to open a door to a world where anything was possible. The second concept came to me after reading about how some parts of Nigeria have very high rates of twinning, like nearly one in ten people are a twin. That left me wondering “What if we took it further? What if eighty or ninety or ninety-nine percent of people were twins?” And from that, this story was born.
That isn’t to say that life in this novel is a utopia. Far from it. People are dealing with lots of issues, prejudices, and discrimination brought into play by the fantastical parts of the story. In this society, twins are divided into groups based on the number of vices they are assigned as children. There are seven vices: Vainglory, Envy, Duplicity, Doubt, Lechery, Greed, and Temper. The twin with the least number of vices is deemed the “greater twin” and has better opportunities in life. The other is the lesser twin, pretty much destined for a life of poverty. The story is told from the point-of-view of Auben, a lesser twin, which leaves room for all kinds of vice-filled folly and dark character exploration.
  1. Which is your favorite vice?
Since I’m an author, I’m going to have to say Duplicity. People are literally paying money for me to lie to them! But hidden under the lies are nuggets of Truth that I hope are much more impactful than the lies.
Also, each of the chapters in TEMPER is named after one of Auben’s vices (or his one virtue), and if I had to pick which vice chapter was my favorite, I’d pick Doubt. That’s where we find out that Doubt is the worst of the vices, worse than Temper even, because while tempers flare and then eventually fade, doubt lingers. It burrows into your soul, steals away your happiness. It’s a universal feeling, and I think a lot of readers will really connect with that chapter.
  1. If you were a twin how many vices do you think you’d have?
Oh….Would I be the good twin or the bad twin? I’m MOSTLY a goodie-two-shoes, so I’d probably be the good twin, but just barely. I’d have to go with 3 vices.
  1. Will there be a sequel to this book or is it a stand-alone?
TEMPER is a stand-alone, but it’s lengthy, deep and dark, with complex cultural details that will immerse you in a world like you’ve never seen. Lots of food, magic, demons, and family drama.
  1. Do you have any advice for up & coming authors or second time published authors you’d love to share?

Guard your writing time. Get used to setting your schedule now, because when you go from a writer to a published novelist, you’re going to have lots of things competing for your time. Prioritize, and keep your head and heart in your writing above all else. That’s where the real joy lies. (That, and the fans are pretty amazing, too!)
Cool Book Swag!
You can read more about Nicky Drayden on this featurette:

Author Interview on Catching that Golden Snitch


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13 Responses

  1. M. Akamatra says:

    I always like to read about how an authors brain works! They are fascinating to me!

  2. i love how you shared this with all of us! i always love to know what the author is thinking when writing a book! great work!

  3. Thank you for sharing this!! I love to read more about an author, particularly as I have been writing a book for myself.

  4. bye: myself says:

    Interesting – never heard of these books or of the writer, so it was nice 'meeting' her.

  5. This is an interesting post. I love that you are able to read and learn more about the author!

  6. Sounds like an interesting novel coming out. I always love finding out more about the authors. And I am into novels which create alternative timelines. They always intrigue me.

  7. Wow! Definitely interesting story. It's so nice to learn about what inspired an author to write a novel. This interview just made me more interested in the book.

  8. I had heard of Temper. The book sounds so interesting and exactly the sort of novels i'd read!

  9. Nisha Kurian says:

    yes this is brilliant. it is always good to know from the author's perspective and internal working of his/her masterpiece.

  10. This is so amazing!! I love Nicky's writing!! And that it's based in South Africa is just an added bonus. Would so love to read more and it's amazing to see the insight as well. I love the concept of the book. Everyone goes through life having to face these vices. Wether a person is good or bad depends on their choices but that voice in their mind, that changes everything

  11. I am fascinated by twins, always been. When I was little, I would ask my mum where is my twin sister (although I didnt have one), anyway I hope to have twin babies. Back to the book, I havent read anything by Nicky Drayden but the story has my interest.

  12. Thank you, everybody! I'm so excited to share this book with you!

  13. Lexie Lane says:

    I'm not familiar with this but I do like reading about authors before I get into a book. What a very interesting perspective and will definitely be looking out for it now!

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