Here’s an interview with Kiru Taye, as part of her Passion Shields blog tour. Take it away, Kiru…
How did you start writing erotica?
Great question. I didn’t have a light bulb moment when I started writing erotic romances. I have always enjoyed reading romantic novels with steamy scenes and when I starts writing romance stories I knew I would never lock the love scenes behind the bedroom door. I just wasn’t that kind of writer. And with time the scenes have become steamier depending on the characters and stories.
What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
Honestly. This is like asking me which of my 3 children is my favourite. Impossible to choose. I love them all. 🙂
What erotic authors do you enjoy reading?
I love discovering new authors every day but I enjoy books by Doris O’Connor, Natasha Blackthorne and Kenya Wright
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Two words. Google images. LOL
Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Not really. Except that I like a quiet room when I’m writing.
Where’s your favourite place to write?
Laptop on my lap, sitting up in bed.
Who is your favourite character from one of your stories and why?
My favourite character has to be Benjamin Moss from the Passion Shields series. Not only is he sexy as sin and deliciously dominant, he is also an intuitive man who goes to extraordinary lengths to earn Selina’s trust. That’s a tall order because when we first meet Selina in Scars, book 1 of the series, she really has no trust for anyone, not even Benjamin whom she’d just married.
Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
LOL. I’m not a spy or secret agent. Of course they know what I do. It’s a job like any other and I’m proud of it. So are they.
What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Writing great books.
How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Characters who materialise in my mind and insist I tell their stories. It’s either I write or I go insane. I know which I prefer. LOL
What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Read. Read. Read. The best thing I ever did as an author was love reading.
If you get writer’s block, how do you get around it?
I try and relax. Watch movies or read books. Even a simple thing like sitting in a coffee shop can trigger scenes in my mind.
If you could bring one of your characters to life, which one would it be and why?
I would love to meet Christopher Star from the Passion Shields series. He is Benjamin Moss’ best friend and business partner. He is such an enigma but so much fun too. I’d love to hang out with him for an evening.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently editing Riding Rebel, The Essien Trilogy book 3, which is out end of January 2015. It is an erotic contemporary romance set in Nigeria.
What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
When I started out writing the Passion Shields series, it was a huge challenge because it was my first attempt to write an erotic series. 3 books later and I think it’s been successful. Well, I hope the readers think so.
What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
Getting a Breathless Press to sign my first ever published book and series. His Treasure, Men of Valor, book 1 and the rest of the Men of Valor series, is a historical romance series set in pre-colonial West Africa. To my knowledge it is the first ever published historical romance series with purely African characters published by a non-African publisher. His Treasure won the 2011 LR Cafe Book of the Year. 🙂
PASSION SHIELDS SERIES by +Kiru Taye, Author
This is a multi-part series following the exploits of the sexy men and women of the Moss Star Security firm owned by Benjamin Moss and Christopher Star. We meet the lovers they possess, the clients they protect and travel internationally from London to Freetown, from Johannesburg to Los Angeles in sexy stories packed with sizzling secrets and thrilling suspense.
Contains: sexual situations, strong language and some violence.
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Scars (Passion Shields, book 1)
She clutches at control to cover her flaws. He wants to strip her bare because she’s beautiful.
Selina Moss hides a secret beneath her controlled happy exterior. Her body is covered in scars and she’s never revealed them to anyone. She’s not beautiful and she doesn’t want pity.
However, it’s her wedding night and husband, Benjamin Moss, is determined to strip down her barriers.
Benjamin is not playing fair, not when he’s deploying breath-stealing seduction as well as mind-melting sex toys. But will he still want her when she bares all?
Buy link: http://kirutaye.com/booklist/scars
Secrets (Passion Shields, book 2)
Her body is his to command, her heart his to win.
Selina Moss bared her body to her husband and allowed him to see her and touch her like no one else has ever done. When a member of the family visits, she realizes there is still so much about her husband she doesn’t know.
Benjamin’s remorse about his family history drives his actions. Selina is his present and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her from being contaminated by his past, including revealing the shame that burns his soul.
But for Selina, finding out about Benjamin’s past means investing emotionally in a man who’s only going to walk away once their temporary arrangement comes to an end. Is she ready to bare her heart to him along with the secrets of their past?
Buy Link: http://kirutaye.com/booklist/secrets
Scores (Passion Shields, book 3)
His love possesses her. Will it protect her too?
Benjamin Moss has proven how much he cares about his wife, Selina. She pushed him to shred his iron control and bare his soul to her. In return he’s earned her much guarded heart as well as her body.
But her past has finally caught up with her and scores will have to be settled before they can have a happy ending. Can Benjamin’s love protect her from those who seek to destroy both of them? Or will she finally lose the man who’s possessed her body as well as her heart?
Buy Link: http://kirutaye.com/booklist/scores
A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru 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 rat 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.
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