Interview with Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

What's the story behind your latest book?
My New Release is titled: IRRESISTIBLE Passion ~ A BWWM Sweet & Steamy Romance.

She's a doctor with baggage. He lives a double life. Their passion is irresistible!

~ A Flirty & Feisty Romance Novel ~

“I crave her...” - Jayden

“I can’t get him out of my head…” - Tiana

In between looking after his son during the day and living a double life at night, Jayden Donovan shuts out everything else. He does not welcome strays or strangers into his mansion in Buckhead, Uptown Atlanta. So, when he sneaks home and finds a woman with full curves, sun-kissed lips and long dark hair asleep on his sofa, all hell breaks loose. Who is she and what does she want?

Doctor Tiana Seegars ends up where she is not wanted–in an affluent neighbourhood far from home. Waking up to find the intense gaze of a sexy, rough-around-the-edges, tattooed man roaming over her body sends her pulse racing. Though Jayden gets her body hot, he wants her out of his home fast.

Yet his search for answers leads to a growing irresistible passion. Will Jayden and Tiana find what they both need?

~ From the author of “Shocking Affair”: A Sweet & Steamy Romance ~
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.
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 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; All the covers have received stunning reviews.

Kiss My Lips cover was designed by LoveBitesandSilk Graphic Designs;
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.
Published 2018-07-25.
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Books by This Author

IRRESISTIBLE Passion ~ A BWWM Sweet & Steamy Romance
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 83,120. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
In between looking after his son during the day and living a double life at night, Jayden Donovan shuts out everything else. He does not welcome strays or strangers into his mansion in Buckhead, Uptown Atlanta. So, when he sneaks home and finds a woman with full curves, sun-kissed lips and long dark hair asleep on his sofa, all hell breaks loose. Who is she and what does she want?
"Shocking Affair"
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 74,440. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Plays » American / African American
“Brilliant, beautiful and bold, Michelle’s the CEO of Hotshot Publishers. I’m the janitor assigned to clean her office. She has her eyes on me. The truth is, I don’t date powerful women. In fact, I don’t date at all, but it doesn’t stop my eyes from finding hers in a room. Suddenly, she asks for my help. I want to refuse, but I’m curious. Besides why would I turn down my boss?"
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,970. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Family
Taking a quick break from his search for the man who put his dad behind bars, Adam meets a curvy, dark-haired, intelligent beauty with a lovely sense of humour. She sets his body on fire and shakes him to his core. He longs for her and will move mountains to be by her side. But when he finds out the identity of the woman, his heart is at war with his head and every emotion comes crashing down.
Your Christmas Gift ~ A Sweet & Sexy Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,080. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Femi stretched out on the sofa at his hideaway penthouse days before Christmas. Darkness eats up his heart because he is a therapist who cannot help himself. When a dark-haired woman with killer curves, slanted eyes and feisty boldness storms inside his suite asking him to pack his belongings, he knows he must kick her out. Yet, his stomach walls curl with tension as she rattles his peace.
All of Me ~ A Sweet & Steamy Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,740. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
“Incredibly hot, pushy & a real hunk, my neighbour, Jermaine is so in my face, I can hardly breathe on my own. He has a body any woman dreams about with hard lines, tight ass, muscled with tattoos along his arms and inviting lips that keeps me gasping. Yet, I know he’s wrong for me, but tell that to my aroused body as night after night, his chiselled figure pulls me closer in my dreams..."
"You're Mine" ~ A Sweet & Steamy Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,490. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
"Rachael’s beautiful, brainy & feisty. Every time I see her, my stomach walls tighten and heat gushes to my chest. But she’s out of bounds to me. Aside from the fact Rachael’s my mum’s god daughter, I think she’s pregnant. Only I don’t see any man showing up to claim responsibility for the bump she carries around with pride. But I’m in the city for about a month, not enough time..."
Enticed Forever ~ A Bad Boy Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,230. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Millionaire bad boy, Theo Galanos has two things worked out. Women want anything money can buy. And he has no problems keeping them sweet as long as his heart is not involved. But when he hits a car and sends it spinning off the road, he meets Aize, an attractive woman in a figure-hugging dress who wants nothing he has to offer. Nothing prepares him for the body-popping tension which grips him.
Naked Attraction ~ A Sweet & Sexy Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,590. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Replaying her hip-wriggling dance steps in his head, Mofe is on the trail of a dancer he saw in a beach club in Europe. No one seems to recall who she is, not even the beach club owner. But he has her picture on his phone. When he walks into the city’s courtroom and sets eyes on the female District Judge presiding over his brother’s case, he knows he has found the elusive dancer.
Love at Christmas ~ A Sexy Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,790. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Emem is on her way to attend a Christmas speed dating contest. When she is paired up with Runo, their attraction is instant and the urge to kiss him is so strong and undeniable. Then he finds out Emem wants more than a week long affair. And she discovers Runo is a non-local out to have fun. When the desire to be together is so strong, would they face their deep emotions or find reasons to opt out?
Lust ~ A Sexy Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,710. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Back in the day, Faye wanted Jordan in her arms and in her heart. Every nerve in her body pulsed with longing, but he did not look her way. Not once. Instead, he surrounded himself with beautiful women. Then, he had the nerve to set her up, almost ruining her future. Now he is back looking even more fetching. For all that is good in her life, what does he want from her?
His Choice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,560. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Following the rules of the underworld means Obigho stays alive and gets the honour she deserves. She must find her way to an earthly palace, face danger and do the unthinkable to the royal house, its treasures and the entire village. When she sets eyes on Osula, the prince with an irresistible aura, intoxicating charm and a compassionate heart, she is tempted to break the rules.
His Ring ~ A Sweet & Steamy Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,410. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Western
Peeping out from her bedroom window to watch the tattoos on Yomi's chiselled chest and the play of muscles across his abs and arms as he works out, is Esohe’s guilty pleasure. But she denies her sensual attraction for good reasons. Her son, her work and re-settling in town are all she cares about. But as days turn into weeks, can she stop thinking about the man who has her emotions tangled?
Indecent ~ So Seductive
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,310. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Adventure
Date me or Break me? Sultry beauty, Elna has a definite reason she is at the Airport. Although there are things no one must find out, she does not worry about being controlled by the demands of a relationship. When a tall, dark-skinned man with rippling muscles stare at her legs on the flight to California, her chest pounds. Will the tiny spark in Elna and Tonye’s eyes burst into flames?
Wild Whispers ~ A Sweet Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,410. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Romance » New adult
Fleeing from his attackers, handsome photographer, Gary is stranded in the woods. He finds an abandoned shelter but it is already occupied by a woman with eyes that see through him. Now he must figure out a way to warm his way into her home, if not her heart. Before long, Gary struggles to get Adaora out of his head. Through the tough night, will Adaora and Gary change each other's lives?
Red Velvet Rose
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,390. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
A life outside her reach is what classy blonde heiress, Gabriella yearns for with all her heart. When a well-chiselled, dark-skinned man wearing a white vest and bandana drives a white Lamborghini around Martha's Vineyard, she pictures herself in a different world. Will a soft caress, a slow embrace & a touch of lips be enough to light a flame in their hearts as Valentine Day closes in?
Seduced Hearts: A Body ~ Tingling Romance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,610. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Ghanaian designer, Efua Flonta has a marriage and a life many women dream of. Her heart lies with her racy husband, Xavier and two young children until she meets a man who threaten everything she holds dear. Sexy formula one racing champion, Xavier wants nothing more than to please his beautiful wife and children. When an old friend stops over, he does not bargain for one weekend of trouble.
Stolen Kisses (Holiday Series Box Set) ~ A Steamy Romance
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 93,640. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Feeling pushed to hide from the reality in her life, Lorna Ibe flies from London to New Jersey for the perfect getaway. Settling quickly in her aunt’s home, she decides to volunteer in the local charity shop. When Lorna runs straight into Logan, a gorgeous man with no intention to have an affair, she wonders about many things, including whether or not to date him.
Tempting Desire
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,840. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
TV host, Onome Keyamu is a hard nut to crack. She knows what she wants, so giving her heart to any man is out of the question. While sexy football coach and fitness instructor, Roman Gordon has set rules – not to mix business with pleasure. They have no room in their lives for a relationship. Will one sleepover take care of their sexual desires or will it push them into the arms of other partners?
Forbidden Dance ~ Steamy Hot Novella
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,560. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Former glamour model, Alero Thomson abandons her husband’s London home because he is a no-good cheat. She dances her way into the heart of a new admirer in Casablanca before her gorgeous millionaire film director husband, Kyle comes crawling back.
Royal Cowries (Cowries Series #1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,980. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Pushed to marry a man she would never pick for herself, Uvbi hatches a way out to undermine the rule of law. Getting out of the age old tradition will cost Uvbi her dignity and freedom. When Nagudia, who conceals his past to gain freedom in the land, rescues Uvbi in the bush, he has no idea his life will become entangled with hers in a bizarre way.
Kiss My Lips ~ A Steamy Romance
Series: Holiday Romance. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,340. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance, Fiction » Holiday » Family
Lorna Ibe’s heart thuds for Logan Blake, the man who chooses her first and kisses her like no man has ever done. In fact, Lorna dreams of an amazing wedding, complete with kissing her charming fiancé’s lips in front of hundreds of guests. Only she has no hint the most important people in her life would rather not see her walk down the aisle with Logan.
Stolen Valentine Kiss ~ A Sweet Romance
Series: Holiday Romance. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,320. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Holiday » Family
For Lorna, London City brings back memories she would rather forget. And the season of love has lost its romantic flavour along with her broken heart. An unplanned holiday to New Jersey is just what she needs to take her mind off her emotional turmoil. Taking a long break from dating is all she has in mind before the tall, gorgeous man with blue eyes and a mysterious grin walks in
HUSBAND to RENT ~ Drama & Intrigue
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,130. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Smart and sassy, Otasowie has one thing on her mind she is afraid to share with any man. But when she meets the handsome hotelier from The Gambia, she is so intrigued and offers to help him search for his missing relative. Otasowie makes an absurd request Fara finds hard to ignore. Is there any chance Otasowie’s wish will come true or will Fara grant her wish with another request?