Empi Baryeh

Love Stories Tender Enough To Warm Your Heart...
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Favorite Food: Tuo-zaafi (a dish from northern Ghana); and any meal with mussel
Favorite Movie: Black Panther (the only movie I’ve seen in a theatre 3 times); The Wedding Planner (Odd choice, I know)
Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy; The Rookie (esp after Mekia Cox joined)
Favorite Author: Many - Kennedy Ryan, Nana Prah, Kiru Taye, Amaka Azie, Talia Hibbert, Alyssa Cole, Brenda Jackson (I could go on)
Favorite Song: Many. I like ballads and soft rock.
Favorite Book: Many, but Hook Shot by Kennedy Ryan is my auto-recommend.


What made you become a writer?
When I was 13, my older sister left home and while cleaning her room, I found a story she’d been writing. I was disappointed to get to the last page and find it incomplete. I was already a bit of a dreamer, so (in retrospect) it was probably not a huge surprise that ideas for the continuation started pouring into my head. That’s how my writing journey began.

I am sure you have been asked this before. Why romance?
Yes I have, and I always respond with why not romance? The seed, though, was planted back in high school when a classmate who’d read some of my writing asked me why I wasn’t writing romance. I didn’t read romance then, so it hadn’t even occurred to me as a genre I might be interested in. Years later, when I discovered my favourite movies were romantic comedies and dramas I ventured in.

Your stories take place in Africa and highlight African Culture. What about these aspects of your stories are important to you as a writer?
Growing up, there was always a lack of fiction about people like me or who’d had experiences I’d had. I’ve learnt so many new and interesting things about other cultures through books. So early in my writing career, I made the decision to showcase Africa and African culture. I didn’t know how readers would respond, because I also knew I wanted to write for an international audience. It was important to me that the world see the Africa I actually live in rather than the one they hear about on the news.

Describe a typical day for Empi.
Oh my! Weekdays, I wake up around five, get the kids ready for school, then I go to my day job where I attend meetings, write a lot of reports, handle complaints and find myself mentally exhausted. Scraping an hour or two to write during breaks at work and after the kids go to bed is how I mentally rejuvenate.

What is the most difficult part of the writing/publishing process?
I’m a pantser to the core, so discipline and getting the first draft written are my biggest challenges. I don’t mind editing and the rest of the process.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
I hang with my family and also binge series on Netflix


Tell us a little bit about THE ILLEGITIMATE PRINCE and the series of which it is a part.

is my second contribution to a multi-author series, The Royal House of Saene, from Love Africa Press.

Here’s the blurb:

Financier, Kalahari Asanti, specialises in corporate takeovers, but his next conquest is personal. The Kingdom of Bagumi owes him a great debt, one he intends to collect from King Ibrahim Saene, the father he’s never met and the man he holds responsible for his mother’s death.
Princess Edina Dampare is to be engaged and trying to accept the undeniable truth-no man will ever reach her on the same level as the stranger who imprinted on her soul when she wantonly yielded her innocence to him the one forbidden night she allowed herself to put desire before duty.
Kal’s quest for revenge brings him face-to-face with the woman who’s been haunting his dreams for the past eight months. Now the man who grew up with nothing is determined to reclaim everything the Royal House of Saene took from him…including her.

What inspired you to write this book?
It started with a photo of 6 African male celebrities posted by author Kiru Taye on a Facebook group for Romance Writers of West Africa. Immediately, I could see them as brothers or friends in a romance series. I commented as such. That comment garnered others and the series started taking shape. Actually, bringing the kigngdom of Bagumi and its royal family to life took many years of planning, discussion, almost giving up and a whole lot of dreaming.

What is next for Empi?
I’m working on a story (currently) titled DINNER AND A KISS. It’s the standalone sequel to Most Eligible Bachelor, and book 2 of a planned four-book series featuring 4 Ghanaian billionaire bachelor friends. This year is dedicated to completing that series


If there was one thing you could tell your readers about Empi, what would it be?
I’m an introvert at heart, so while you won’t see me doing many videos, I do love to read your emails, reviews and chat messages.

What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Create a writing process and/or schedule writing time; don’t wait to be hit by inspiration or put it off until when you publish.

How can readers reach you?
Email: empibaryeh@gmail.com
Website: www.empibaryeh.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/empibaryeh
Twitter: @empibaryeh
Instagram: @empibaryeh

Empi, thank so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview.