Author interview and book spotlight – with Kiru Taye

Let’s get to know Kiru Taye via these questions.
Welcome to my blog, Kiru.

How did you become a writer?

Writing was purely accidental rather than planning. After over ten years spent in the corporate world, I was looking for a different challenge, one that would allow me some flexibility around my young children and family. One of the books I was reading at the time, caught my attention and I thought, “I can do this.” Well, I did and the rest is history. J

Are you a genre writer? Why (or why not)? Which genre appeals to you the most?

Yes, I am. I love reading genre books. I’m a fan of popular fiction and fiction for entertainment. Romance is my favourite genre.

What makes this book special to you?

Making Scandal is special to me because I get to explore more about the Essien family and their adventures which started in Keeping Secrets. Mark Essien is a less sentimental character than his older brother Felix. On the surface, he is the epitome of a playboy. But beneath, he is quite loving and romantic and I fell in love with writing him as much as Faith Brown did.

A brief description of the book and its main characters.

Sassy, successful Faith Brown has earned her place in the boardroom through hard work and sheer ambition. Making family is not on her agenda when there are businesses to develop and competitors to outdo. So when a casual affair with smooth and irresistible tycoon Mark Essien leads to an unplanned pregnancy, she’s determined not to make the mistakes her mother made by living with a man just for the sake of her child.

For Mark, personal matters have no place in the boardroom. Spotting the perfect opportunity, he ruthlessly launches a takeover bid for Faith’s Investment Brokerage firm. Finding out he’ll soon be a father, he knows he can’t let the indomitable and sexy Faith go through with her plans of single parenthood. All gloves are off. He’ll seduce her by any tactic necessary if it means his child doesn’t suffer the same stigma he did as a child.

With the media dogging their affairs in the boardroom and the bedroom, they find that making family is harder than making scandal.

What are your writing fads or quirks?

I don’t really have a quirk. Boring, isn’t it. But when I’m writing I can zone out for hours and miss meals unless interrupted.

What’s your take on these writing dilemmas? (Please specify the reason for your choice)
1) plotter or pantser

Pantser. Nothing else works for me. My characters are too unpredictable. J

2) self publish or traditional

Self-Publish. I’m really loving being able to choose my own book covers and setting my release dates.

3) Polished first draft or sloppy one?

Sloppy first draft. My first drafts are just that. First drafts. It takes a few revisions to get them polished. You can ask my editor. J

4) Deadline or family time

Family time. One advantage of self publishing is that I set my own deadlines.

5) Writing a certain target everyday or in floods and droughts

Floods and droughts. That’s just the way I write. I can go for weeks without writing a word and then write 40000 words in 5 days.

What’s your favourite wish as a reader?

I wish I had the time to read more books. J

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Summerita.

Thanks you joining us, Kiru. Really enjoyed your lovely answers. I share the flood and drought writing style with you and totally with you on the sloppy first draft, though mine is so wayward, even I find it difficult to comprehend it at times! But I guess we all have our quirks, no? 🙂

About Kiru

A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she’s still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book.

After over ten successful years in the corporate rate race, she has chosen a different kind of creative challenge—transforming her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters.

When she’s not writing or reading, she’d hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and children.

 

 

Making Scandal by +Kiru Taye, Author
The Essien Trilogy, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural
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Sassy, successful Faith Brown has earned her place in the boardroom through hard work and sheer ambition. Making family is not on her agenda when there are businesses to develop and competitors to outdo. So when a casual affair with smooth and irresistible tycoon Mark Essien leads to an unplanned pregnancy, she’s determined not to make the mistakes her mother made by living with a man just for the sake of her child.

For Mark, personal matters have no place in the boardroom. Spotting the perfect opportunity, he ruthlessly launches a takeover bid for Faith’s Investment Brokerage firm. Finding out he’ll soon be a father, he knows he can’t let the indomitable and sexy Faith go through with her plans of single parenthood. All gloves are off. He’ll seduce her by any tactic necessary if it means his child doesn’t suffer the same stigma he did as a child.

With the media dogging their affairs in the boardroom and the bedroom, they find that making family is harder than making scandal.

 

BUY LINKS

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Barnes and Noble / Smashwords

EXCERPT

Faith’s cheeks heated and she half-laughed, half-coughed in a self-conscious manner. Her body still tingled as if it finally woke up from a long sleep. A really long sleep.

“Of course, I wasn’t expecting that finally getting you to loosen up will get me so out of control I was going to explode within seconds like a teenager.”

How could he say that or even expect her to believe it? In the past year, he hadn’t exactly been lonely. Unlike her. He shouldn’t pretend this was more than it was. Sex. Lust. That’s all they had.

She rolled over, trying to cover herself up in a semblance of decency. The thought of him with other women had her heart clenching tightly.

“If I believe that, I’ll believe anything.” She pulled herself up and away from him. “You forget that your pictures have been splashed over the papers with different women hanging on your arms this past year.”

The mattress depressed as he sat on the edge. Tendrils of his heat curled around her. Breathing saturated her lungs with his spice. Need bubbled in her veins. She closed her eyes, hating the tightness in her chest.

Remember, this is just sex. It doesn’t matter how many women he’s been with this past year.

Bullshit. Her hands clenched into fists, tightening on the seams of her clothes.

“Yes, I’ve attended events with women all because you refuse to be seen publicly with me. I would rather have had you as my escort on those occasions.”

Fingers, steel bands, wrapped around her ankles and tugged. Eyes flying open, she gulped in air and slid down the bed on her back until her legs straddled his hips. One by one, he removed her shoes and massaged her bare feet. His fingers worked blissful magic. She purred, to her dismay.

“But I haven’t had sex with another woman since I met you at that conference in Jo’burg.”

 

CONNECT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

You reach her via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest

Follow her blog for latest news and giveaways: http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.com

Read book excerpts and free short stories on her website: http://www.kirutaye.com

Link to her Amazon author page

 

GIVEAWAY

Kiru is running a contest during the book tour. She is giving away a $20 Gift card, one Making Scandal T-Shirt, one Essien Trilogy cap and a signed copy of A Valentine Challenge. For your chance to win, complete the rafflecopter entries. This contest is open internationally to eligible entrants over 18 years or as applicable in their country of residence.

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 This post is hosted by Summerita Rhayne, author of Against All Rules, a sweet sensual romance.
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