Leesa Harker (pictured above) is the author of 50 Shades of Red, White & Blue. A Belfast piss-up version to 50 Shades of Grey. Her first novel was quickly followed by Dirty Dancin' in le Shebeen , and new book called Maggies Feg Run.
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About the book:
Well. Lis is a wee story about me and Mr Red White and Blue. Sure didden I meet him down le Bru on a back-til-work interview. He was tall, dark and bucksome and he was gorgiz in lem chinos. So nie if ye want a wee giggle and yer nat too squeamish, let me tell ye all what happened sure ye ll nat believe it. We re talking baps, blindfolds and a Belfast Bus Tour ye ll never forget. Oh Mammy, don t start me!
Maggie Muff xx
You can read ALL about it here: http://blogofanorthernirishgirl.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/leesa-harker-book-signing.html
Below are a few pictures from the day:
THAT'S ME AND THE AUTHOR *SQUEAL*
Fifty Shades of Red, White & Blue is laugh out loud snortingly funny, it will have you pulling at the pages to read more! Leesa Harker has wrote an amazing novel which you won't be able to put down.
With mentionings from the twelfth, 'le bru', baps and blindfolds I think it's simple to say this will definitely keep a smile plastered on your face.
Fifty Shades of Red, White & Blue is one of my favourite novels from this year and I know Dirty Dancin' in le Shebeen is going to be even better! (If that's possible)
Author Interview: (At the time when these questions were asked, it was latest news.)
~ Can you tell readers abit about yourself?
Well, I’m very normal really! I am a mum of two midget banshees called Lola (4) and Lexi (2). I have always wanted to write a novel – but thought it would be a chick-lit style one – definitely nothing like Maggie Muff – but I’m over the moon that it’s been such a success. I have had loads of different jobs over the years – Bank Manager, Car Sales, Car Mechanic (yes, true), Perfume Spritzer… I think you’re getting the picture – I find it hard to settle!
~ Have you any latest news you can share?
Well, I’m currently working on the third novel, ‘Maggie’s Feg Run’ and I’m also talking with a TV production company regarding bringing Maggie Muff to the screen! The play is also on again in Aug in the Opera House…I’m very busy but it’s all great fun!
~ For those that don't know, Can you tell us about Fifty Shades of Red, White & Blue and your inspiration behind it?
It started off as a parody of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ really – as a joke for my friends on Facebook. I really had no intention of carrying it on into a full scale book! I had read a few chapters of the original and thought that Christian Grey was a complete eejit! Telling Anastasia what she could eat/wear and keeping her away from her friends? Disturbia! So, I suppose in a way it was a wee feminist rant about it – but in a funny way.
~ How much of your novel would you say is realistic?
I think there are elements in there that people can identify with. Like loads of people have came up to me and said they know someone like Maggie or Sally-Ann. Some of their antics are based (loosely) on real events that I’ve heard about or been a part of but obviously, I’ve taken it to extremes to add comedy etc!
~ Are any of your characters based on anyone you know?
No, they are all totally made up. I guess when creating characters, you do end up putting a bit of yourself in there – they all come from you after all…but no Maggie etc are one-offs!
I loved your novel! Flat out loved it! It feels like the book I've been waiting for! Why do you think people are so quick to fall in love with it?
I think it’s because it just hasn’t been done before. This is the first time really that a story and characters have been created in Belfast – without mentioning the troubles or politics – AND with two women as the lead characters! I think the fact it’s written in our dialect tickles people too and they love reading the slang words that I use.
~ Can you tell us anything about Dirty Dancin in Le Shebeen?
It follows on from 50 shades. Big Sally-Ann wants to re-create the last dance from the film Dirty Dancin on her birthday night in the Shebeen. So basically, it follows her and Maggie trying to organise it and all the carry on that goes on in their lives! There’s a lot more characters in this book and several plots. But mostly, I think it’s about the relationship between Maggie and Sally-Ann.
~ Can you tell us anything about Maggie Muff the play?
It’s just sold out a run at the MAC in Belfast and is now on again in August in the Grand Opera House in Belfast! I’m over the moon about it.
~ Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I think stop thinking about it and just do it! Tinker about with ideas you have in our head – write everything down and you might just come across a little bit of magic if you do! I think what’s happened to me has been a lot of ‘luck’ too – I think the timing was right and the fact that I started it really for myself – not really thinking that I would have a readership – made me lose my inhibitions about it and just write what flowed out of my head!
~ Is there any question you wish I'd asked but didn't?
~ Is there anything specific you'd like to say to readers?
Thank you for spending a fiver on my wee story – and for all the support on Facebook! I can’t tell you in words how much I appreciate it! :)
Book? God – too many to list! The most recent favourite has to be ‘How To Be A Woman’ by Caitlin Moran – really funny and interesting read. Also loved ‘Me Before You’ by JoJo Moyes– rarely does a book make me laugh and cry – but this one did.
Author? Defo Marian Keyes – love that lady. Niamh Greene also.
Quote/motto? If there’s a will, there’s a way!
Dominant or Submissive? Dommissive ;)
Book store or book site? Love Waterstones – because of their café – it’s where I wrote most of the 2nd book – but the new Easons in Belfast is great too.
Sweet or salty? Sweet! Just like Maggie :)
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