I’d like to welcome Kiru this week to the Blogger blog Fair. I hope you will enjoy reading a bit about her and her book!
Tell us a bit about you?
A lover of books, as a teenager I used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, I’m still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book.
During the day though, I transforms my wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters.
When I’m not writing or reading, I’m usually found hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, I currently live in the UK with husband and children.
Where did you get the idea for your current book?
The idea for A Valentine Challenge came to me as I was thinking about writing a story for a Valentine Anthology. I had this vivid image in my head of Michael (the hero) standing in a hotel car park waiting for a woman. As I started typing and Kasie (the heroine) emerged through the entrance doors of the hotel, his purpose and story became clearer.
What kinds of things inspire your writing?
I’m a visual person so images inspire a lot of my stories. It could be something I see as I walk down the street or a picture in a magazine.
Do you write with mood music, background noise or in total silence?
When I’m writing a first draft manuscript I prefer total silence. But when I’m editing I don’t mind music as it helps me to engage emotionally with the characters.
Could you tease us with a blurb or excerpt from your current book?
Blurb – A Valentine Challenge (Challenge series, book 1)
Ex-soldier Michael Ede’s spent his time building his life exactly the way he wants it. Life is good. Or so he thinks. So when his friends set him a challenge to exorcise the memory of a woman from his past, he expects it to be a walk in the park.
Socialite Kasie Bosa is spitting fire at men. Her long-term boyfriend has asked for a break via text message of all things. How dare he? She’s told him to go take a dive into the River Niger. And not so politely too. So the next man who dares to cross her path is at risk of getting shredded with her spa manicured nails.
Bad news for Michael who has chosen her as the object of his challenge. But neither of them can deny the sizzling chemistry between them nor control their responses, it seems. It’s the season of love. Can either of them escape unscathed?
What do you have planned for your next project?
I’ve got a new series coming soon. Passion Shields series follows the exploits of the men and women who work in a security firm.
The first book of the series SCARS is out in August 2013 published by Evernight Publishing.
There’s also a short story from the series titled SEX TAPE featured in the upcoming 7 Sinful Secrets Anthology published by Evernight Publishing.
Do you have a favorite snack to munch on when you write or are planning a project?
Usually when I’m focused on writing, I sometimes forget to eat. But I don’t get very far without a cup of decaf coffee to get me going.
If you could have any job/career in the world (other than writing), what would it be?
I would’ve loved to be a singer but I don’t have a very good voice. J
Best piece of writing advice you received?
Finish that story! You’ll never know if it’s going to be a bestseller until you write it.
Read book excerpts and free short stories on my website: http://www.kirutaye.com