Name Lily Harlem
Age A lady never tells!
Where are you from
Originally I’m from Scotland, but I grew up in Yorkshire then moved to London, now I live in South Wales and love it! In fact, I’ve loved all the places I’ve lived in, I’m very lucky.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
By trade I’m a nurse, and that was my reason for moving to London, to train. I then worked just outside the City for several years. Life was a whirlwind as my job was centred around acute nursing (coronary care, accident and emergency, and surgery). I then met Mr Harlem, married, and his job brought us to South Wales and in turn gave me a slower pace of life. I missed the rush of nursing and the companionship but it gave me a chance to study creative writing, something I’d always wanted to do.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
There’s always something going on but I guess the most recent thing is my new release with Stormy Night Publications – HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD http://www.lilyharlem.com/head-of-household.html . It’s a historical, time-travelling novel that was great fun to write. Set in England I called on memories from my many wonderful visits to stately homes when describing Lord Radley’s manor. I never thought I’d write either historical or time-travel, but one thing I’ve learned about this game is never say never when it comes to genres.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
The urge had always been there. It was my husband who encouraged me to finally sign up for the course.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I’d finished the course and started to get published. Though before that happened I won the LoveHoney Award for erotic fiction with a story titled MADAM PRESIDENT. Because of that I always say the genre found me! You can read the winning story in my 99c/99p anthology STORIES FOR WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN http://www.lilyharlem.com/stories-for-when-the-sun-goes-down.html
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
After the competition and having a few short stories published I settled down to write a novel. I was inspired by a newspaper article Room to Let: Wanted, Girl to Share. The novel is titled SHARED http://www.lilyharlem.com/shared.html and is a sexy ménage a trois set in Cardiff. It’s been very popular and just about to be published as an audio book, it also has a sequel SHARED TOO http://www.lilyharlem.com/shared-too.html. I actually got quite a taste for writing threesomes and more and have a wide selection. http://www.lilyharlem.com/menage-a-trois.html
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
For a while I was hooked on first person, it’s so deliciously intimate, now I’m flitting between that and third again. Always simple past tense, I’m not even a fan of reading anything else. I’ve been told that my books read like movies , which I take as a huge compliment as I try and create scenes with lots of visuals and sensory descriptions.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For my last book the title actually came first, I imagined a stern but fair Lord of the Manor who was suitably kinky and looking for love.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I only hope readers let themselves fall into their imagination, and mine, and are whisked away from reality and into the Victorian era for a few hours. I write sexy romance, often kinky, sometimes GBLT, and when everything else feels dark and heavy, I hope my stories can provide some sensual escapism and lightness. Did I mention I’m a fan of happily ever after? I am, big time.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I’ll answer the mentor question because I had a wonderful creative writing teacher and for that I will always feel very blessed. She was enthusiastic, honest, brilliant, and inventive in the ways she got the class thinking out of the box. She was also very technical when it came to plotting and characterization. It wasn’t until I was published I began to learn about editing and sentence structure which is essential of course, but without the foundations of a technically good story, those details are pointless.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I haven’t been reading much lately so I’m finding this a hard question to answer. But I’m one of the Brit Babes and I’m always happy to dip into my colleagues work. http://www.thebritbabes.co.uk In fact if you follow this link there is a FREE ebook for everyone and it includes one of my short stories.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
The Brit Babes as cited above! They’re my friends, they cheer when things go well, commiserate when they don’t. Writing is a lonely job, without other authors who ‘get’ what it’s like I don’t know if I’d still be doing it.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Most definitely. It pays the bills (well, some of them!).
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
In my latest book – no. In general, then yes, I’d read contracts more thoroughly, I got stung with a few dodgy lines of wording back in the beginning. I’m too trusting and try not to be, it’s hard, though, my nature is to see the good in everyone.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It’s been there since I could read, I just needed to take some time to go and be a nurse for 16 years before I could indulge. It was the right thing to do, I like to think I made a difference to lots of people’s lives when they were having a tough time. My experiences on the wards have also fed my imagination and BREATHE YOU IN, http://www.lilyharlem.com/breathe-you-in.html which was inspired when I was working in coronary care, was named a USA Today Recommended Read of 2014. And CONFESSIONS OF A NAUGHTY NIGHT NURSE was published by HarperCollins http://www.lilyharlem.com/confessions-of-a-naughty-night-nurse.html
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure, I’m working on a series of novellas called REDWOOD SHIFTERS http://www.lilyharlem.com/redwood-shifters.html they’ll be published approx. one a month starting in June by Pride Publishing.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, I have Repetitive Strain Injury in my right forearm from typing so much! I have to make sure I rest my arm otherwise it’s so painful it keeps me awake at night. And when I’m awake at night I lie in bed thinking up more stories that I can’t write down because my arm hurts – it’s a bit of a vicious cycle I’ve gotten into!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, but I do love to travel as does Mr H. I usually post pictures of our adventures on Facebook and on my blog. http://lilyharlem.blogspot.co.uk
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
The publishers’ art department or Posh Gosh. http://emmyellisblog.blogspot.co.uk/p/posh-gosh-art.html
Fiona: If any of your books was made into a film who would you like to play the lead
Ohhh that’s a good question. Can I say my entire HOT ICE series? http://www.lilyharlem.com/hot-ice.html Because that would mean auditioning lots of hunky actors to play the sexy Viper hockey team. Anyone want to help me? 😉
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Learn the craft. It’s all well and good having a brilliant imagination and loads of story ideas but without the basics of how to write them down you won’t produce something you feel proud of (or that people will buy).
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for buying my books and sticking with me!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’ve been reading a travel book about Nepal. I want to go trekking there later in the year.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
It was an Enid Blyton Ladybird book I’m sure!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh – when Mr H is relaxed and being silly (he’s so serious and busy most of the time!)
Cry – when people (those I love and strangers) are hurt, or unhappy, or struggling against injustice.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Lady Diana – I’d like to tell her not to get in that car.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
My real name and my pen name? That would confuse people. I don’t reveal my pen name to many in my real life.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Hiking in the mountains, horse-riding, and running (though running is out of necessity, if I didn’t run every day I’d have a shocking writer’s bum!).
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m into boxed sets – The Walking Dead, Homeland, Game of Thrones, OA, Sons of Anarchy are all on the go at the moment.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food – Anything Mr H has cooked (except once when he made celeriac mash and it was disgusting!) and I’ve sat and watched him with a glass of wine on the go.
Colour – purple, if it’s sparkly even better.
Music – right now I have an ear worm for Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – I can’t stop listening to his album. https://www.ragnbonemanmusic.com
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I would have stayed in nursing. I loved it, not for the money obviously, but the sense of satisfaction, and the wonderful people I worked with and met. It was more than a job, it was a way of life.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Thank you for such great questions. Here’s a list of where you can find me on the web. If you sign up for my newsletter you’ll get a FREE ebook.
Newsletter Subscription http://www.lilyharlem.com/newsletter.html
Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/authorlilyharlem/
Raw Talent http://rawtalentseries.co.uk
Harlem Dae http://www.harlemdae.com
Amazon Author Page
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/Lily-Harlem/e/B004MHRTQK
Lily Harlem Author Bio
Lily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award-winning author of sexy romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Pride, Evernight, and Stormy Night Publications. Her work regularly receives high praise and industry nominations.
Before turning her hand to writing Lily Harlem worked as a trauma nurse and her latest HarperCollins release, Confessions of a Naughty Night Nurse draws on her many experiences while nursing in London. Lily also self-publishes and The Silk Tie, The Glass Knot, Cold Nights, Hot Bodies, Bite Mark and Shared have been blessed with many 5* reviews – all available on Kindle Unlimited.
If you love sporty romance don’t miss Hot Ice a seven novel 5* series about those sexy bad boys of the ice all available on Kindle Unlimited and the first book FREE when you sign up to her newsletter. And also check out Formula One themed novel Accelerated Passion and sexy soccer story Scored, also on KU.
Lily writes MF, MM and ménage a trois, her books regularly hit the #1 spot on Amazon Bestseller lists and Breathe You In was named a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2014. Her latest MM novel is Dark Warrior and you can grab Part One of her MM series Caught on Camera for FREE!
Lily also co-authors with Natalie Dae and publishes darker plot lines and suspense under the name Harlem Dae – check out That Filthy Book which has been hailed as a novel ‘every woman should read’ and is available in book stores nationwide. The Sexy as Hell Trilogy, a critically acclaimed boxed set, is available on Amazon and KU.
One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and deliciously sexy. Enjoy!
Visit Lily’s website for more details of her other books or her Amazon Author Page. Subscribe to her newsletter to get a FREE ebook and be the first to hear of new releases, and if you enjoy Facebook, hop on over there and say hi!