Name Lily Harlem
Age Old enough to know better!
Where are you from?
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Married to a gorgeous British man who is my real life hero. I’m an animal lover and collect waifs and strays – I’ve rescued dogs, cats, rabbits, fish and horses over the years. I worked for a long time as a nurse then after a move to the countryside took up a creative writing course and now write full time.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I’ve always got lots going on – check out my newsletter – http://www.lilyharlem.com/newsletter.html. This includes information on a new MF bad ass biker release Burning Rubber, the first part of a M/M serial Caught on Camera (FREE) and a bargain priced boxed set Brit Boys: On Boys.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I finally had the time to learn the craft and enjoy the journey. It took three years of writing and attending classes before I was published. The erotic genre found me when I subbed to a competition and won first prize with the very first piece of sexy fiction I wrote. You can read Madam President in my collection Stories for When the Sun Goes Down – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G2GIZ7Q
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I made my first pound! From there it went to writing full time and now I write to pay the bills, that adds the pressure on big time but I love what I do.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The first novel I wrote is called Shared. It’s set in Cardiff, Wales, and I was inspired to write it when I saw an advert in a local paper that said “Room to Let – Wanted Girl To Share”, my naughty imagination took that literally and I wondered about what the story would be if two hunky guys really were looking for a girl to share in every sense of the word. Shared – http://www.ellorascave.com/shared.html
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I enjoy writing first person, though I have dabbled with second person narrative. Right now my WIP is third person. I’ve been told my style is like watching a movie, I find that a great compliment as I write as I see things happening in my mind and hope that it flows from scene to scene.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Titles either come easily to me or they have to be rung like blood from a stone – if I get really stuck I ask my awesome street team for help, they’re always full of amazing ideas for a whole host of things – http://www.thebritbabes.co.uk/p/street-team.html
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think my main message is always love and acceptance. I write a lot of ménage a trois stories and the dynamics of three people in a relationship make it essential that everyone is honest about what they want. We all have to be honest in real life and take charge of our own happiness.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I write contemporary as a rule, so that’s in this world, in real cities/places and without fantasy. I do stray occasionally though which is fun.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading a Lee Child novel – can’t go wrong! I adore his unusual writing style and his strong characters.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’ve just finished a great read by Ashe Barker (new to me) and another by Geraldine O’Hara – both at my publisher Totally Bound – http://www.totallyboundpublishing.com
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on a story about a super-rich Dom. Yeah, yeah, done before but it’s fun and he’s hot, hot, hotter! My laptop is smoking!
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The Brit Babes – an incredible group of British authors who I’m lucky enough to call some of my best friends in the world – http://www.thebritbabes.co.uk
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. It’s my second career after trauma nursing and I feel very lucky to have experienced both. Not many people get the chance to love a profession twice.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. If I did I wouldn’t have approved it for publication with my editor.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From reading and thinking “I could do this!” From there I just needed to be told how and then given the time and space to let my imagination flow.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time management. It’s easy to get distracted when there is a dog that needs walking or a nice dinner to prepare for Mr Harlem but I try and stay focused for 8 hours a day. Oh, I have to turn Facebook off too!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Real life travel? No, not really, it’s a work-from-home job. Though I am lucky enough to have seen a lot of Europe and the US on my travels with Mr H. I also get to the Eroticon conference each year to meet up with the Brit Babes and enjoy workshops and lectures about all things sexy writing. http://writesexright.com/eroticon-2015/
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
My covers are designed almost exclusively by Posh Gosh – the best in the business in my opinion – http://emmyellisblog.blogspot.co.uk/p/posh-gosh-art.html
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I find setting stories in the US hard (Burning Rubber) as it’s easy to make mistakes with the lingo (I have an English accent and use all of the Briticisms you’d expect), also when writing MM it’s important to keep the dialogue and internal thoughts masculine, something that took a while to get the hang off (I’m a girly girl!) but I enjoy it now.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I have a page on my website that might be useful – http://www.lilyharlem.com/tips-for-new-authors.html
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Slap stick humour makes me laugh, and anything that shows the kindness of the human soul makes me cry. Seeing people being cruel to each other or to animals just makes me mad!
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Princess Diana. I thought she was lovely and grew up near to where she lived. I’d have liked to be her friend.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“I told you I was ill!”
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
My animals take up a lot of time. I like to horse-ride, run, swim. I also enjoy painting, especially outdoors in the summer with a picnic.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Sons of Anarchy and Walking Dead!
Love Actually is my go-to movie.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food – sushi
Colour – purple
Music- at the moment it’s Imagine Dragons and London Grammar but that will change when I’ve over played them!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would have carried on nursing and perhaps done my midwifery training.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/LilyHarlemAuthor
Raw Talent http://rawtalentseries.co.uk
Hockey Romance http://www.hockeyromance.com
Newsletter Subscription http://www.lilyharlem.com/newsletter-subscription.html
Harlem Dae http://www.harlemdae.com