Meet the 'very cooperative' husband of Fifty Shades Of Grey author who helped with erotic novel's research
19:22 GMT, 4 May 2012
His wife's most intimate sexual desires have been revealed in a bestselling novel.
But Niall Leonard, the husband of E.L. James who is the author of Fifty Shades Of Grey, has been described as 'very cooperative' by his wife at a U.S. book-signing.
According to People magazine, the British author relied on him to help conduct research for the erotic novel.
Creative partnership: Niall Leonard (left), the husband of Fifty Shades Of Grey author E.L. James (right), has been described as 'very cooperative' by his wife at a book signing in New Haven, Connecticut
She said in New Haven, Connecticut on Wednesday: 'My husband still rolls his eyes and says, “God, what do we got to do now”'.
The London-based author had been addressing a 1,000-strong crowd of fans that had gathered to meet her.
Mr Leonard, a screen writer who has worked for the BBC in the past, was brought up again when his wife was quizzed about the research she performed prior to penning the book.
She joked: 'It was a very considered study.'
Erotic: The bestseller (above) will be turned into a film but its actors have not been confirmed
Her husband, who was born in Northern Ireland, now works as a freelancer after realising that 'office life was not for him', according to his blog.
It appears that Mr Leonard shares his wife's creative flair for writing.
Since leaving his desk job, he has written for various TV networks from home.
TV shows include Ballykissangel, which is aired on the BBC.
While they are impressive credits, Mr Leonard's private life has never drawn the type of attention it is now attracting.
Ms James, who has often giggled her
way through interviews regarding the book, was also asked if she has a
sexual 'playroom' just like Christian Grey, her protagonist, has in his fictional
She responded: 'Unfortunately my house isn't big enough.
'I do have a spare bedroom and one of the walls is painted [red]. But actually it's full of my ironing.'
She was also asked about which actor will be cast as the multimillionaire lead character when the book is adapted for the big screen.
As she has proved in previous interviews, she is tight-lipped about such speculation.
'I'm so not telling you. It's really, really early days in the film process. I'm keeping my mouth shut because I will get into trouble.'
Rights to the story have been secured by Universal Pictures and Focus Features.
The author said she has been shocked by the book's success.
She told her Connecticut fans: 'I'm pretty impressed by this turnout. This is really f**king phenomenal. I didn't foresee this at all.'
Fans: Ms James spoke about her husband at a book signing, much like the one staged in Florida (pictured above) last Sunday
She also chatted with them about some of the book's plot line.
Anastasia Steele, the story's lead female character who is romantically involved with its protagonist, sends her boyfriend flirty emails in the book.
Ms James said of the banter: 'That's actually how I write emails… I am a terrible flirt. I have a lot of fun with those.'