Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Author Interview and Giveaway—Kiru Taye

The lovely Kiry Taye agreed to share some of her novel writing tips with us and provide readers with a fabulous giveaway as well. Please be sure to read to the end of the post to find out how you could stand a chance to win a $20 Gift card, one Making Scandal T-Shirt, one Essien Trilogy cap and a signed copy of A Valentine Challenge.

What genre do you write in? Any specific reason why you chose the genre?
The simple answer is that I write romantic fiction because I love reading romantic fiction.

Where do you get the ideas for your books? How do you go from idea to outline?
I don't really outline. My stories usually start with a character and/or a scene and develops from there as I type. I don't know the full story until it is written.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Why?

Do you use any specific software to outline/plot your novel? If yes, could you give us a couple of advantages and disadvantages of the software or method you use?
No wizardry or gadgetry. J Just Microsoft Word.

If you have to choose only one element (setting/ character development/ structure/ conflict/ etc.) that is absolutely essential to every novel you’ve written, what would it be? Why?
It's conflict. Without conflict all the other elements don't make sense to me.

How much time do you spend on getting to know your characters before you start the first draft? Why?
No time. I get to know my characters as I write. I don't fully know them until the last revision is complete and I have the final manuscript.

What is your writing process like? Do you finish the first draft and then start editing or do you edit while you write? Is there any specific reason why you do it like that?
My first draft is very raw. I don't edit or revise until the first draft is complete.

Do you only self-edit or hire a professional editor? Why?
I have a wonderful editor. I can't live without her input. J

If you have to give one sentence advice to a novice writer, what would it be?

Read loads, write often and revise always .

Could you please give us a list of your published books. Please state the publisher and year published as well.

His Treasure (Men of Valor, 1), Breathless Press, 2011
His Strength (Men of Valor, 2), Breathless Press, 2012
His Princess (Men of Valor, 3), Breathless Press, 2012
Her Protector (Men of Valor, 3.5), Breathless Press, 2012
A Valentine Challenge, (Challenge Series, 1), 2012
An Engagement Challenge (Challenge Series, 2), 2012
Island Bound (Bound Series, 1), Decadent Publishing, 2013
Christmas with the Enemy (Bound series, 1.5), 2013
Scars (Passion Shields, 1), Evernight Publishing, 2013
Secrets (Passion Shields, 2) Evernight Publishing, 2013
7 Sinful Secrets Anthology, Evernight Publishing, 2013
Keeping Secrets (The Essien Trilogy 1), 2014
Making Scandal (The Essien Trilogy 2), 2014

About Kiru Tye

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.
You reach her via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest
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Making Scandal by +Kiru Taye, Author 
The Essien Trilogy, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Multicultural

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.




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."

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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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Keeping Secrets is 99cents /77pence for a limited time only

Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?
That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding. He who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.

Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed but is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of. She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them. However would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is.



  1. Thank you for such a wonderful interview and for hosting me, Yolande. xx

    1. You are welcome, Kiru. It was great to learn more about you.