Meet Niall Leonard, the Man Who’s Married to ‘Fifty Shades’ Author E.L. James
Ever wonder what the spouse of the author of ’50 Shades of Grey’ is like? Ladies and gents, meet Naill Leonard.
-Lyah M. Alphonse, Yahoo! Shine
You may think that being married to the woman who wrote the BDSM Fifty Shades trilogy might mean a long parade of expensive trips, jealous fans, and plenty of erotic toys. But according to Niall Leonard, E.L. James’ real-life husband of more than 20 years, the couple’s “lifestyle” has little in common with the book.
“We’re mostly, for all intents and purposes, just a regular family,” Leonard, a screenwriter and novelist, told CNN in an interview.
Their two teenage sons have to put up with plenty of fallout from their mom’s steamy Twilight fan fiction.
“They can look after themselves and they don’t take any crap from anyone who wants to tease them about it,” Leonard says. “People do, but… deep down they’re really proud of what she’s done and they’re really proud of her.”
While the idea may make their sons squirm, Leonard says that he does see aspects of his wife in her Fifty Shades characters, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
“I see my wife in the emails that they exchange,” he says. “That’s very much my wife’s amazing ability to flirt via e-mail.”
Does she like the color red? Collect Madonna-and-child pictures? Say “Jeez” a lot or refer to the “apex” of one’s thighs? Leonard’s not saying. He wasn’t her editor, though he did proofread Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed as his wife (whose real name is Erika) was writing them.
“She’d write a new chapter every week or so, and I would proofread it, checking her spelling, punctuation and occasionally suggesting a tweak if I thought the meaning was unclear,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper. She was posting chapters at Fanfiction.net at the time, under the user name “Snowqueens Icedragon,” he said. “One night a week we’d sit at her laptop and go through her latest installment, and somehow we managed that for 18 months without killing each other.”
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