Happy Wicked Wednesday!
This week, we caught up with author Empi Baryeh to ask for permission to chat with the characters from her latest release, Expecting Ty’s Baby. She was kind enough to grant us permission. I hope you enjoy our conversation with Patricia and Ty!
How did you two meet?
Ty: Three months ago, I was in Ghana helping my best friend with a merger. I happened to be standing at the reception area when this African goddess walks in, holding a toolbox. (Chuckles) She had this in-charge attitude about her, and I was transfixed. I knew I had to meet her, so I waited until her friend introduced us.
Patricia: First of all, it’s my make-up kit, not a toolbox. I went to Media Image Advertising to see my best friend who was interning there at the time. She had a huge crush on her new boss and, being the good friend I am, I had to suss him out. I didn’t notice Ty immediately, because I was busy strategizing about appropriate questions for the boss – if I could convince my friend to introduce me, that is. As she walked into the reception area, I turned and found Ty staring at me. My heart missed a beat. I couldn’t turn away. When he eventually asked me out a couple days later, I said yes immediately.
Was it love at first sight or lust at first sight?
Ty: Lust. Scorching lust. We couldn’t have resisted if we’d tried. There was something more, but we’re both practical people at the core, and we knew our relationship couldn’t be anything but a short-term one, so we made an agreement. We’d be together for one week…
Patricia: (smiles) no strings attached. Fate had other plans, though.
Between the two of you, which one is more romantic?
Ty: I’m definitely more romantic. She’s practical to a fault. You might get in trouble for buying her flowers.
Patricia: Don’t listen to him. He likes throwing about labels. I’m romantic enough. It’s just that my definition of romantic is different. It’s not about flowers or cards, but when your actions are guided by your love, that’s romantic. Like the way Ty went out of his way to give me financial advice when he didn’t have to? That was a romantic gesture to me.
Ty: There you go. I’m more romantic.
Describe what you would consider the perfect date night.
Patricia: We already had the perfect date night. He cooked. I’m talking a full meal from scratch, plus dessert. You should see him in an apron (wriggles her brows). We then cuddled up in the couch talking.
Ty: I had plan. I needed to convince her we were good together. It worked too, because I got her to agree to move in with me.
Patricia: (gasp) We both know it wasn’t the meal. Well…maybe that played a role too.
What do you love most about your partner?
Ty: Trish has got moxie. She’s determined, smart and selfless. She’ll be there for you, if you need her. She didn’t have an easy childhood. I admire her for not letting life put her down or limit her ambition. She’s everything, I admire in a woman.
Patricia: Ty’s sense of responsibility. I wasn’t happy about it at first, believe me. In the end, however, that was what convinced me, he’d always be there for me and our baby.
If you could change one thing about your partner, what would it be?
Ty: She’s stubborn. STUBBORN! If I could change one thing about her, it’s that.
Patricia: He’s a little old-fashioned in his thinking. Like (imitating Ty’s voice) “every child needs two parents, ideally married.” It might seem endearing, but most times, it’s just frustrating, because he’s also stubborn.
Ty: I’m persistent. Not stubborn.
Do you believe love is forever?
Ty: My dad died when I was young, but every single day I knew him, he showed love that could last a hundred lifetimes. My heart beats only for Trish, so yes this love is forever.
Patricia: I never wanted to think about forever. My father left us when I was young, so I didn’t think I was meant to have that kind of love, but Ty invaded my life with his persistence and sneaked his way into my heart. Now that he’s in there, I’m never letting go.
In the bedroom, are you a giver or a taker?
Ty: I’m a giver all the way. Seeing her pleasure is a huge turn-on.
Patricia: I’m both. Ty is a generous lover and his touch is my weakness, but when I’m sated, I like to pay him in kind (winks).
Abandoned by her father at a young age, beauty therapist, Patricia Owusu, has learned the hard way that men can’t be relied on. She’s determined to make it on her own without falling into the cultural trappings of marriage. However, when she finds herself pregnant after a torrid love affair with African-American financial consultant, Ty Webber, she discovers one man’s resolve to stick around.
When Ty discovers Patricia is carrying his baby, he offers marriage, because real men take responsibility for their actions. He isn’t prepared for Patricia’s stubborn determination to make it on her own. But nothing will prevent him from claiming his child or the woman he considers his.
Can Ty convince Patricia to take a chance on him to help provide a loving home for their baby, or will Patricia’s mistrust lead her to miss out on true love and rob her child of the type of father she never had?
While surveying the selection, she couldn’t hold it in any longer. “Ty stayed over last night.”
Naaki grinned as though she’d expected that.
“Aw, shut up,” Patricia said, which earned an even bigger grin from Naaki.
“Did you two…you know?”
“Is sex the only thing you think about these days?” Patricia rolled her eyes. “Yes, we ended up in bed together.”
Naaki chuckled as she went for the salad. “And?” She looked at Patricia. “Come on, you’re usually more forthcoming with details.”
Patricia hesitated before blurting out, “This morning he asked me to marry him.”
“Ooh, that good, huh?”
“Look, this is serious.”
Naaki’s smile faded and she frowned. “Really?”
“Exactly! Thank you. Crazy, right?”
Patricia hadn’t stopped thinking about Ty’s words before he’d stormed into the bathroom. I intend to marry you, Patricia. Like a threat, and the resolve in his eyes should have scared her. Maybe it did a little, but it also upped her curiosity, even left her a teeny bit…excited.
She swore. Crazy, twisted, stupid…urgh!
“I didn’t know he felt that way.”
“He doesn’t. He’s a Neanderthal who wants to marry me because I’m carrying his child.”
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