Steamy tale could be next chick-lit hit

A raunchy new memoir written by a Heage mum is being billed as the real life alternative to smash hit 50 Shades of Grey.

Kelly Lawrence’s Wicked Games is due to hit book stores on July 4, and chronicles an affair she had with a separated man when she was worked as a literacy teacher.

Having been signed to major publishers Random House, the mum-of-two, 32, of Bakers Hill in the village is hoping her work will be a hit in the wake of EL James’ 50 Shades trilogy.

Kelly said: “There was definitely a market there after 50 Shades.

“There was a lot of criticism that EL James’ books were not very realistic - but Wicked Games attempts to put this in a real life context.”

Former English teacher Kelly left the profession when she was made redundant from a school in Coventry.

She moved nearer to friends and family in the Belper area and set about her passion for writing – starting Wicked Games last October and completing it in an ‘intense two months’, she said.

The book tells the story of an ‘intense, exciting and at times unsettling relationship’

“I was quite nervous with it being a memoir,” she added. “You do leave yourself quite vulnerable in many ways. But In some ways writing it was quite therapeutic.”

Kelly, who stressed that the names of people in the book have been changed, has now signed a contract with publishers Mills and Boon.

And with EL James’ 50 Shades trilogy having now sold 70 million copies with book rights having been sold in 37 countries since it came out in 2011, Kelly’s market looks strong.

She gave a talk on memoir writing during the recent Belper Arts Festival.

Kelly said: “It’s hard to say because trends change so quickly –but people are certainly more open to this type of book now.”

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