If you haven't heard of this talented author yet, then you might be living under a rock. And as always, we've made it our mission to point these things out to you and introduce you to authors and books that you just HAVE to read! We are very excited to have here today author Andrew Shaffer, who just recently released Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, a parody of the popular Fifty Shades. And as if that wasn't enough, he even let us email Mr. Earl Grey! They both took time from their busy schedules and here's what they had to say.
I thought "Fifty Shades of Grey" brought up a lot of different issues and, as a critic or reviewer, it was nearly impossible to address them all in a single review or blog post. The parody addresses the questions raised about fan fiction, the response from media (including Dr. Drew), and the way E. L. James seemed to treat BDSM as something in need of curing.
I told my girlfriend, Tiffany Reisz, that I'm going to write a parody of her "The Original Sinners" series. Instead of being set in a BDSM club, it would be set in a gym and be called "The Original Spinners."
Have an off-the-record discussion about "Fifty Shades of Grey."
Truthfully...it would be impossible for me to spill dirt on her! Her Twitter feed (@tiffanyreisz) is 100% her: what you see is what you get.
I had a lot of fun writing the deflowering scene:
No. But I'm sure it will be out before the final book in George R. R. Martin's "Fire and Ice" series.
Sunrise or sunset? Sunset. I don't remember the last sunrise I saw.
Vampires or werewolves? Neither.
Christian Grey or Edward Cullen? Edward, because he came first.*
*That's what she said.
Up Close and Personal with Mr. Earl Grey himself!
From: Earl Grey
Date: July 19, 2012 3:10:38 PM PDT
Subject: Re: UTC Interview for Earl and Andrew
I mostly stay grounded due to gravity. Except for when I fly my helicopter or F-16. As for the second part of your question, I am not sure how to answer that because I don't have any friends. This just got awkward, didn't it? Sorry.
You're referring to the book, "Fifty Shames of Earl Grey," that's supposedly told from Anna's perspective? The only person he talked to was my old butler, Data, so I'm guessing the book is filled with lies and half-truths. Or half-lies? Something like that. Mr. Shaffer sent me a copy, but I haven't had time to read it. I've been too busy having sex with my new wife on a giant bed of money.
Believe it or not, I knew that Anna was "the one" when she didn't fall 1500 feet to her death out of my helicopter. You'd be surprised how many times that happened to me with previous relationships! I suppose I should install seatbelts, but I like to live dangerously.
Anna's really taken to live-action role playing. I don't want to say too much about our private life—what happens in the Room of Doom stays in the Room of Doom. Except pregnancies. And STDs.
Of course I've heard of the "Twilight" books and movies! I'm solidly Team Jacob, though. I've only read the first three books, and didn't know that Edward and Bella end up getting married. So, thanks for totally ruining that for me. :(
I'm not heard of this "Fifty Shades" movie. Is that based on the autobiography of El James, the Mexican Lucha Libre wrestler, or am I thinking of a different book? As for the Tom Cruise movie, of *course* I'm excited. I've had a hard-on ever since I heard he was cast as Jack Reacher. Actually, I should probably get that checked out by a doctor. It's kind of painful.
I'll tell you what this means: Tom Cruise is back on the market! If I were a single lady right now, I would be jumping up and down on my couch. But of course I'm not single, and I'm not a lady. And I would *never* jump on the couch in my condo's living room, because it's real faux pleather.
A shrewd, laugh–out–loud parody of E. L. James' bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey series:
Young, arrogant, tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?
Harper Perennial published Shaffer’s debut nonfiction book, Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love, in 2011. Da Capo Press and Tantor Audio will publish his parody novel, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, under the pen name "Fanny Merkin" this summer.
His writing has appeared in such diverse publications as Mental Floss and Maxim. He reviews romance, erotica, and women's fiction for RT Book Reviews magazine.
Shaffer attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for a summer semester and studied comedy writing at Chicago's The Second City. He is also the creative director of Order of St. Nick, the greeting card company whose irreverent cards have been featured on The Colbert Report, NPR, and FOX News.
An Iowa native, Shaffer currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky, a magical land of horses, basketball, and bourbon. You can find him most days causing trouble on Twitter at @andrewtshaffer, @evilwylie, and/or @emperorfranzen.