Steamy tale could be next literary hit

Kelly Lawrence with her new book.
Kelly Lawrence with her new book.

A raunchy new book written by a Heage mum is being billed as the real life alternative to smash hit Fifty 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 publisher Random House, the mum-of-two, 32, of Bakers Hill, 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 Fifty 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.

“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 real names of the people have been changed for the book, has now signed a contract with publishers Mills and Boon.

And with EL James’ 50 Shades trilogy having now sold 70 million copies, Kelly’s market looks strong. She said: “It’s hard to say because trends change so quickly –but people are certainly more open to this type of book now.”