About Lily Harlem:
Lily Harlem lives in the UK and is an award-winning author of contemporary erotic romance. She writes for publishers on both sides of the Atlantic including HarperCollins, Totally Bound, Pride Publishing, Evernight Publishing, Xcite, and Sweetmeats Press. 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, In Expert Hands and Scored have been blessed with many 5* reviews since their release.
Lily writes MF, MM and ménage a trois, her books regularly hit the #1 spot on Amazon Best Seller lists and Breathe You In was named a USA Today Reviewer’s Recommended Read of 2014.
Lily also co-authors with Natalie Dae and publishes under the name Harlem Dae – check out the Sexy as Hell Box Set available exclusively on Amazon – The Novice, The Player and The Vixen – and That Filthy Book which has been hailed as a novel ‘every woman should read’.
One thing you can be sure of, whatever book you pick up by Ms Harlem, is it will be wildly romantic and down-and-dirty sexy. Enjoy!
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by many things including music and lyrics, scenery, weather, emotions (good and bad), travelling, listening to friends chatter and photographs.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a fly by the seat of my pants writer! I usually have one or two ideas, a scene maybe, and/or a character in a particular situation and I write Chapter One and go…
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters but I do listen to what they’re saying, I also visualise them. I’m often caught staring into space and it’s because I’m imagining what they’re doing like a movie playing in my head. There’s a saying ‘if you see a writer sitting still and doing nothing, don’t disturb them, they’re working’.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up! A successful author is one who picked up a pen and kept at it. The other essential thing, of course, is to learn the ‘craft’ of writing. There’s a right and wrong way to do it, vivid imagination alone won’t get you published you need to know how to share that imagination. I studied at Cardiff university in Wales, UK.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I write erotic romance so I needed a publisher who specialised in that genre – of which there are many. I looked for a professional website, eye-catching covers, decent price point and an excellent reputation. I now have several publishers on both sides of the atlantic and I also self-publish. I’m a great believer in not having all of my eggs in one basket.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I hope ebooks continue to gain strength, they are easy and cost effective to produce which means the author gets decent royalties. I do like to hold a paperback, don’t get me wrong, but ebooks are the way forward for the travelling reader or the book worm.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Erotic Romance. Contemporary, GBLT and menage a trois
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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