Thursday, 15 March 2012

Author Interview and Special Giveaway!

A Place of Inspiration

As promised, I'm continuing with my occasional series on authors and the places that inspire them... today I'm excited to have the wonderful Ghanaian author, Empi Baryeh, as my guest.  Empi's going to tell you about herself, her new book and her special place of inspiration.  (Everyone who leaves a comment below will have a chance to win a copy of her new romance, Chancing Faith - in ebook format.) 

Empi Baryeh

I've been writing since the age of thirteen after stumbling upon a YA story my older sister had started. The story fascinated me so much that, when I discovered it was unfinished, I knew the task of completing it rested firmly on my shoulders. And somehow the ideas and the words for the rest of the story began to pour into my mind. I've been writing ever since.
It wasn't until another thirteen years later, however, that the romantic in me geared me toward romance. I now focus on heart-warming multicultural romance with enough passion to enthral readers who want a little sizzle with their romance. I live in my native country, Ghana, which provides the exotic setting for most of my novels.

He didn’t do short-term relationships…
American ad exec, Thane Aleksander, doesn’t date co-workers either—until business takes him to Ghana,West Africa, and he meets Naaki. Now he’s at risk of breaking all the rules. Can he stop this headlong fall before it’s too late?
Until he met her!
Naaki Tabika has a burning need to prove, to herself and others, that she’s more than wife and mother material. To do so, she’s prepared to give up everything for her job. Meeting Thane, however, makes her want to get personal. But falling for her boss could destroy her career. Will she be willing to risk it all for the one thing that can make her truly happy?
Two divergent cultures, two different races, two career-driven professionals, only one chance at true love—will they find the faith to take it, or will their hearts be sacrificed on the altar of financial success?

 My Place of Inspiration

One of my favourite scenes in Chancing Faith takes place at one of Ghana’s oldest historical landmarks - Aburi Botanic Gardens, which was created in 1890 as an agricultural research station and a habitat for plants from around the world, which in turn has attracted birds and butterflies. Aburi is just about an hour’s drive from Accra and, therefore, a convenient getaway for many Accra dwellers – me, included.
I love the expanse of undeveloped land, with rich tropical vegetation and clean mountain air. The mountainous topography provides a breathtaking view of surrounding areas and Accra in the distance. It’s such a peaceful feeling to get away from the chaos and traffic in Accra to the laid back serenity of Aburi. I always knew it would make it into one of my stories, and I’m happy that book turned out to be Chancing Faith.
In the story, Thane and Naaki go on a weekend getaway at the gardens and… (well, if I say anymore, I’ll probably be saying too much ;-)).

Aburi Botanic Gardens – Palm Drive

Aburi Botanic Gardens – vegetation

And just because I’m on a roll, here’s an image of Golden Tulip (Accra) Hotel, which inspired La Paulanda Hotel in Chancing Faith

 Where you can find me -

Twitter: @empibaryeh

Thanks for joining me today, Empi! 

Weren't those some fabulous pics?  I love the Palm Drive!  Now, don't forget to leave a comment and your email address for the giveaway.  Empi will contact the lucky winner!


  1. Hi Eugenia. Thanks for hosting me. I look forward to meeting your readers.

  2. You're very welcome, Empi. This will be fun!

  3. Nice blog Eugenia. Empi, I love knowing I have been to places that the characters go to in your book and I can't wait to see how you describe them in Chancing Faith. Looking forward to reading it.

  4. I am looking forward to reading Chancing Faith........I love the title

  5. Winner of the free book has been announced on my blog: