Interview with Lily Temperly - Fix: Sex, Lies & Banking
Today I'm welcoming debut author Lily Temperley whose novel is based on a true story, hers! Read on and I'm sure you'll be as excited to read this book as I am!
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
Publication date: 11/7/2014
What's love got to do with it? Patrick Harrington is handsome, wealthy and successful. He is also a high-functioning addict that craves his next fix. His vices of choice are money and women: taking risks at work and pursuing multiple sexual conquests. Determined to get what he wants, as he always does, Harrington fixates on Alexandra Fisher - the latest pretty young thing in his office.
Hi Lily, welcome to The Reading Frenzy.
I understand Fix: Sex Lies & Banking is based on a
How true? :)
is more true than I care to admit! I have had a very interesting life and my
romantic endeavours gave me rich material to turn into a story that I hope my
readers will enjoy. The two central characters, Alexandra and Patrick are very
closely modelled on real people but also balanced with a bit of fiction to mix
things up. I would like to keep my readers guessing where the line between
reality and artistic licence begins and ends.
One of the catch phrases for the book is “Love makes
you do crazy things.”
Is this a romance too?
romance in the story as I am a romantic at heart and Alexandra certainly gets
wooed and pursued by Patrick. It also blends the love and romance
with sex and addiction so I guess it is not a typical boy meets girl tale. I
named it "Fix" for three reasons: one it can be interrupted as a means
of satisfying an addiction, two it is a position from which it is difficult to
escape, and thirdly it means to repair or mend. This story can be read through
all three meanings.
Lily I understand you write under a pseudonym because
you’re still working in the banking industry, only now
instead of London you’re based in the Middle East.
Do you find living there hard for a western woman?
Yes and No.
I do think it is a matter of confidence, perspective and understanding. There
is a large expat community here so there are times where you look around and
think that you could be in London or New York. There are many bars and
restaurants that are internationally known and people turn up dressed to
impress which may include a bit or a lot of flesh showing. On the other
hand, having been here long enough to understand more about the culture and
wishing to be very respectful of traditions and customs means that you think
harder about your appearance and behaviour. At work and in public spaces
like malls I make sure my shoulders and knees are covered. In terms of
things I miss as a women in the Middle East, the most noticeable thing is men
tend not to hold open doors so I miss the gentlemanly approach of guys in
Now that you’ve got book one under your belt what
about the entire process will you change with your next book? Or will it all
stay the same?
There is a
sequel underway but I also have lots of ideas for different novels. I have had
a mixed and pretty hilarious experience dating in my thirties that I hope
other women will identify with or enjoy the insight into for example. I am not
sure everything I write needs to be erotic. I wouldn't want to be typecast as a
writer in only one genre.
Your bio says there are two more books planned around
your personal banking experience.
When will the next one be available?
I work full
time and have a very active and full life (which I love). It means I have to
prioritise time to write, which I do most days. However, the production of a
novel is slower going now as I juggle my time than when I had a year off to
focus almost solely on writing. In short, I hope to complete it before the year
Lily, you’ve been featured in many media markets
talking about your book, yet you want to stay incognito.
Do you think it’s possible in today’s über-fact seeking world to accomplish
This is a
great question. So far so good. I have to be realistic about anonymity and the
risk of exposure and what the consequences might be. I am mindful of what
I put out there, but I don't worry too much as I now that it is in the
public domain I don't have any control over what happens next!
Cosmopolitan calls it a “Real Life” Fifty
Shades of Grey story.
I am always
flattered when comparisons are made to Fifty Shades of Grey on the basis of how
successful E.L James has been and that it has turned into such a phenomena. I
dream of the same kind of outcome. The are some parallels with the controlling
relationship and addictions but there is no bondage or BDSM in this book. The
fact that it is based on real life means it is a different lens on
love, sex and relationships. I hope it is believable given how much of it
Lily, thanks for being on the blog, good luck with
this and all your future books too!
My thanks for
featuring Fix on your blog. I was delighted to be asked!
Lily is now based in an exotic location after fifteen years of living and working in London. She arrived in London at the tender age of twenty with a dream: to dominate the world and see as much of it as she could while doing so. Reality soon bit with paying her rent becoming paramount, and so it was that she shunned everything she learnt at law school and opted for a shiny, lucrative job in the city.
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