by Beth Connolly on January 25, 2012
Erin Duffy, 34, worked at the interest-rate sales desk at Merrill Lynch for eight years before she was laid off in 2008. Taking advantage of her newfound free time, the English major from Georgetown University decided to write her first novel.
That novel, titled Bond Girl, was just released and it relates some of the more unsavory aspects of being a woman in the financial services industry. Erin says that, while much of it is fiction, “I’d say a solid 70% of it is a combination of things that I, or friends, either witnessed or experienced. A lot of friends from college and high school also worked in the industry so there are lots of different stories to draw from.”
Erin also wanted to show a different side of Wall Street than that which is commonly seen in the media. “I understand the frustration for sure,” she said of the Occupy movement. “And I understand, especially with what’s been written in the press and how things have been portrayed, why there’s so much animosity and backlash. That’s what was in the headlines, so that’s what everyone saw.”
After finishing the book, Erin was hired at a similar position at a different firm, but says she is quitting her job to focus on writing full-time.