Interview with Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

Published 2020-02-20.
What's the story behind your latest book?
GET UNDRESSED ~ A BWWM STEAMY NOVELLA is about two complete strangers who sign up for a unique blind-dating event that will see them test each other under pressure in ways they don't imagine.

BLURB
~ A Flirty & Feisty Romance Novel ~

A speed-dating event involves 2 strangers from 2 different continents. They’ve got six short weeks to make the biggest decision of their lives!
To date.
Get undressed &
Get engaged.
Or
Break up.
And go their separate ways. There is no second chance.

Nigerian nurse, Ola Gowon has no man who whispers sweet nothing in her ears at night or one who loves her for herself. Hopeful about the future, she shows up at the speed-dating event in Canada to find out her blind date has the exact attributes she stated she did not want in the guy of her dreams. What will it take for her to find the man who will rock her world?

After losing hope of ever finding the woman of his dreams, heroic fireman, Liam Thomas shows up at the speed-dating event to find there has been a mix up. How else can someone explain why the woman standing in front of him as his blind date is the exact opposite of what he said he needed?

But when they start dating, differences erupt, jealousy rears its head and their hearts are stirred in ways they did not imagine.

Will Liam and Ola choose each other to save their needy hearts?

~ From the Author of Christmas Desire ~
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't have all the patience in the world to sit twiddling my fingers, while a busy Editor takes twelve solid weeks to consider my manuscript and give me a reply. I believe each author has a unique voice, but this can be quickly tweaked by a persistent Editor, so that one author sounds exactly like another.

I saw a paperback novel on the seat of a train as I wrote my first novel - LOITERING SHADOWS. I leafed through, and discovered the author was self-published. I researched all about self-publishing. The idea of becoming an indie author appealed to me more because of the freedom that comes with being an indie author. Plus I can set my own deadlines.

Interestingly, I look forward to clinching a book deal someday. The Editor and I will work together to achieve our objective.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing part time in May 2010 and my full-time writing took off in 2013.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a historically bustling city in South-South Nigeria, called Benin City. As a teenager, I spent endless hours in bed reading tons of romance novels after getting my teeth into maths and science subjects. Journeying with several characters to various destinations, laughing and crying with them, anxiously waiting to find out how they worked through their conflicts always kept me going back for yet another romance novel.

My growing up years have definitely influenced my writing. Three of my six books (LOITERING SHADOWS, BEYOND the LADY & HUSBAND to RENT) are set and have reference to my home town, Benin City.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family for sure. My dearest best friend and husband plus my loving children make me smile as I get out of bed. I'm thankful for each new day God gives us together.

Also, my head and heart ticks with characters that have heart and soul, life-size personalities, real emotion and conflict. Their intense and twisting tales keep me inspired each day. When I wake up, I reach for my phone, tablet or notepad to keep track of the storylines.
What is your writing process?
It usually starts with a broad storyline of the main characters. Sometimes, I don't have a title at the start. What I know from the onset are the characters birth place, not where their career or heart takes them. Although my new release - Red Velvet Rose - did not follow this process. Readers on Facebook supplied the heroine's name, personality and birthplace - so awesome.

Then, I type the story as the characters take me on their own journey of self discovery. Their dialogue flow readily when I'm awake and asleep. I type a number of chapters each day. There are days in between when I don't write. I find this writing pattern very helpful.

When I come back to the story a day or two later, I read a few preceding paragraphs and then continue the story with the excitement and fervour from the previous writing.

When the first draft is complete, I set it aside until I'm ready to rewrite and edit. After engaging in multiple edits, I send it to my publishers to generate a proof copy. Editing and tweaking continues after proofing until the book is ready to be released.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the most important people. After each book is published, I keep my fingers crossed until I read the views from my fans. Their words excite me and keep me tapping on my keypad. The feedback (great and not so great) gives me the push for the next story.
How do you approach cover design?
Designing my book covers has evolved over time. Sometimes I get my cover designer to do it. When I do it myself, I get feedback and approval from my husband and children. IRRESISTIBLE Passion book cover was designed by me and approved by my family. Readers love the cover.

His Ring Book Cover was designed by a dear author friend. Same as my previous book, Indecent ~ So Seductive. And I did not even send her my characters profile. She just knew what I want and the book covers are a hit with readers.

The book covers for my last six titles were professionally designed. I usually forward the book title, physical character profile for my hero and heroine to my cover designer with a few sketchy thoughts about their personalities and background. Quite often, the designer comes up with draft designs of their interpretation. Together, we fine tune until I'm satisfied. I get feedback from my husband and children.

More recently, for my last four releases, I designed the eBook covers myself on Canva.com. My teenage children and husband tweak it until we are all happy. And Mario Lazarou of Obsessed by Book Designs helps create the Paperback covers with the background photographs taken by my Sweetheart.

My last six book covers - Forbidden Dance, Royal Cowries, Seduced Hearts, Tempting Desire and Red Velvet Rose - were all designed by Maria Lazarou of Obsessed By Books Designs; http://obsessedbybooksdesigns.weebly.com/ All the covers have received stunning reviews.

Kiss My Lips cover was designed by LoveBitesandSilk Graphic Designs; http://www.lovebitesandsilk.co.uk/2016/03/a-feel-good-contemporary-fiction.html
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy and fulfilment comes from getting feedback (good and not so good) from readers. After each writing journey, rewriting, editing, re-editing and publishing, it gives me tremendous satisfaction to read what my readers think of the characters and storyline. I get a great kick when readers urge me to publish yet another story. Readers asked all the time for me to publish Zane's story and so I did in RED VELVET ROSE.

My joy is also wrapped up superbly when a story that started like a mustard seed, grows and blossoms into a fruitful tree seen as a finished book.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have found the use of Social Media a great way to reach my readers, e.g. Twitter, Facebook. Also, online retailers like Amazon and Smashwords provide e-market place to reach a wider audience.
What do you read for pleasure?
A whole bunch of romance novels. I'm a huge fan of contemporary romance. There's not enough time to read as many novels as I have on my Kindle. In reality, I wish I had more time to read. Historical romance novels rank next on my pleasure list. In the past, I have read thrillers. But I have lost my appetite for anything that does not end in happy-ever-after. And I have no apologies for my sassy taste.
What are you working on next?
I have my next book on Pre-order now!
Book title: IRRESISTIBLE Driver ~ A Single Mum Romance

BLURB
~ A Flirty & Feisty Romance Novel ~

Will my selfish, impossible & hunky guest be my helper or my undoing?

With three mouths to feed and juggling two jobs at a time, the last thing, Lola Lawson needs is to be with a bunch of strangers at a party or offer her home to the celebrant who is quick to judge her actions. When her dreams go up in flames, will she ask the gorgeous but impossible bachelor for help or suffer in silence?

Determined to make the most of a bad plan and hide his pain, high-earning dermatologist, DeShawn Jones throws an impromptu wear-a-mask party. When he meets the defiant, dogged driver of the evening, he gives her a piece of his mind, only to find himself at her mercy and irresistibly attracted to his driver-turned-hostess.

When disaster strikes, will DeShawn step up to help, Lola or bolt out the door?

~ Author of Christmas Desire: A BWWM Romance ~
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