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Mr. '50 Shades of Grey' to publish his own book

June 25, 2012 |  5:40 pm

Niallleonard_crusherE.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard, has written a book; it will be published this fall by Doubleday in England. But while James' "50 Shades of Grey" is getting readers hot and bothered with its sexually explicit "mommy porn," don't expect Leonard to pen a dirty book for gents. He's done something else entirely: written a book for young adults.

Leonard's young adult novel "Crusher" is, England's the Bookseller reports, "a 'gritty' London-set thriller about a 17-year-old school dropout who finds his stepfather murdered and becomes prime suspect for the crime."

James is a former television executive; her husband is a professional screenwriter who's written for TV.

The book, however, was a different kind of project for him. He wrote "Crusher" in November 2011 during NaNoWriMo, the do-it-yourself novel writing challenge. "My friends and family will attest that I have been loudly promising a novel for a very long time," he wrote on his blog. "But something would always come up -- a TV episode to write, or a series bible to develop -- or I’d decide the novel’s idea wasn’t quite focused in my mind, or there were too many narrative problems that needed to be solved before I could begin.  What amazed and appalled me when I actually started writing was that none of these problems actually existed." [via]

He originally intended to self-publish the book, but drew publishers' interest. In addition to "Crusher," his agent sold two other books.

Maybe they're hoping his books will take off they way his wife's have. James has emerged as a powerhouse bestseller; her novels "50 Shades of Grey," "50 Shades Darker" and "50 Shades Freed" are at No. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, on the L.A. Times' paperback bestseller list.

A U.S. publisher for "Crusher" has not yet been announced.


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