Author: Marlene Morgan
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Romantic Suspense
Sleeping With A Wall Street Banker is a psychological thriller that begins when lawyer Alice Francis leaves her life in London for a new start with Wall Street banker Jake Logan in New York. She quickly learns that this is a man consumed by his need to control; he loves but on his terms. When Jake’s ex-girlfriend, Jessica, finds out about Jake’s relationship with Alice, Alice’s life takes a dark turn. For all the trappings of success from a Wall Street career, Jake is a man tormented by the irrational guilt he carries from his past relationship with Jessica. Jessica is unmarried and childless with a biological clock that has all but stopped ticking, and Jake is her back-up plan. Her ultimate goal is to fix Jake’s life by interfering, setting him up, and blackmailing him in an effort to force him into a horrible relationship that was never meant to be. With Alice in the picture, Jessica’s goal is almost certainly a recipe for disaster and a fate equal to death itself. When the plan begins to fail, a mentally unbalanced Jessica resorts to destruction.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was at a stage of my life where I wanted to do something different. I had just taken the NY bar exam after practicing law in the UK and I had a creative itch I wanted to scratch. Additionally, the time I spent in NYC, observing people and life in general, the vibrant and emotional lives I observed at places ranging from Starbucks to the gym was also an inspiration.
What books have influenced your life the most?
Sadly, I have to say the NYS Kaplan Bar Exam prep book. That book ruled my life for well over a year. It seemed like every waking moment was devoted to the Kaplan Exam prep book.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently thinking through the plot line of a potential sequel to this book. I’m also studying for the NYS ethics exam. I’m also starting to train for a marathon.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If it had been possible, I would have produced the final draft the first time around. This leads me to your next question.
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
It was just after I submitted the first draft, which I wanted to believe was finished, I had a long conversation with my editor during which we discussed the draft. During that discussion it became clear in order to get the book to where I really wanted it to be I would have to undertake a major re-write. That was tough.
What has been the best compliment?
I wasn’t expecting this but I’ve been very moved when readers comment on how much they like the book and the characters.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
I’m a budding gourmet cook my partner is a very good cook and has helped me along.