Kiru Taye Talks About Heroes.

Today, we welcome author Kiru Taye to Romance Reader.  Kiru is the creator of sensual, passionate romances set in Africa and her versatility as a writer has allowed her to crate a considerable range of stories, from contemporary to historical and also paranormal.  Her most recently published work is her novella ISLAND BOUND.  But more about that later.  Right now, she's here  to talk about heroes.  Every reader of romances has an idea of what heroes they find appealing.  It will be interesting to ee what Kiru has to say about the matter....

Over to Kiru:

Hello, everyone. For those who don’t know already, I write historical, contemporary as well as paranormal romances. My stories are sensual, with strong, passionate characters and the settings are atmospheric and exotic, usually in Africa. My debut historical romance HIS TREAURE (Men of Valor series, book 1) is a LR Cafe Book of 2011 award-winner and also a runner-up at the Swirl Awards 2012 (novella category).When I’m not writing, i love reading, hanging out with family/friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, I currently live in the UK with husband and children.


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What kind of romance hero do you like?

Thank you to Nas  for hosting me today.

Hello, everyone.  When I started writing my newly published contemporary romance, ISLAND BOUND, it wasn’t clear to me what kind of a hero the male lead Joshua would become. All I knew about him when I wrote the first chapter was that his wife was asking for a divorce.

According to Tami D. Cowden’s Complete Writer's Guide to Heroes and Heroines (May 2010), there are eight fictional hero archetypes: The chief, bad boy, best friend, charmer, lost soul, professor, swashbuckler and warrior.

With each new scene and chapter that I wrote, Joshua’s non-physical characteristics took shape in my mind and a picture of the kind of person he was emerged.

His primary hero persona is that of a leader/chief. He is very focused on work and has won his way to the top by sheer hard work and a dose of good luck. He is very goal-orientated and decisive and comes across as inflexible.

At first glance he doesn’t appear the knight-in-shining-armour type, which is partly the reason his wife, Christy, is seeking a divorce after only a few years of marriage. And as they work through the issues destabilising their marriage, it turns out, Joshua is a noble, relentless protector, after all. My kind of hero. J

Over to you, readers. What kinds of heroes do you like reading about?


When Christy Inemi-Spiff discovers that the man she vowed to love and honor has no such feelings for her, she’s determined to cut her losses and move on with her life. A quick, quiet divorce is all she wishes for Christmas.
However, Joshua has other ideas. He’s not ready to walk away yet, especially when he doesn’t understand why Christy wants out of their marriage. So he demands she agree to spend a quiet Christmas on a remote African Island with him, hoping they can salvage their relationship. If she still wants a divorce after these two weeks, he will let her go. But not before he’s had his fill of her.
But with the sparking tension between them, and the secrets behind the disintegration of their marriage threatening to explode, will either of them get their wish? Or will this season of good will show them what really lies at the bottom of their hearts?

Published the 16th  January, 2013 by Decadent Publishing for their new African Ubuntu line.

Read an excerpt here

Get your copy at:  Amazon   or Amazon UK

Please visit Kiru's website for more buy links.

Giveaway:  Leave a comment on this post and visit my blog to enter the Rafflecopter prize draw to win a $10 eGift card in the Island Bound Book Launch event. Entries close on February 2, 2013.


  1. Welcome to Romance Reader Kiru! We're looking forward to chatting with you here!

  2. What a great conflict and story line. I'm wondering about the secrets behind her desire for a divorce.

    1. Thank you, Medeia. Secrets will do that to a marriage even when one spouse thinks they are protecting the other.

    2. Thanks Medeia for coming by!

  3. Yes Kiru, I do agree with you. If you don't nurture that lovely closeness that you get when you first fall in love, your romance will not flourish....and no marriage could really survive.

  4. The kind of hero i like to read about is the types that love hard ( and don't really know it), that protect by any means necessary, along with that fierce possessiveness.

    I loved Island Bound (wishing for more). It's a must read ( i did leave my review)...


    1. A protective, possessive hero is my kind of hero too, Chynarey.

      Saw your review of Island Bound. Loved it. Thank you!

    2. Hi Chynarey!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  5. I think all the hero ideas sound great to read. Interesting post, Kiru. Can't wait to read your book. It's on my kindle for when I finish my current reading book.

    1. Hi Kathleen!

      Thanks for coming by and reading this post!

    2. Hi Kathleen, thank you for stopping by and happy reading!

  6. great interview! And I love that Kiru mentioned another writing book which I can add to my list of things to read!


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