Who could have imagined that this 52 year old British writer would take the world by storm? Yes, we’re talking about E.L James, author of the world famous and the most successful, best-selling erotic novels trilogy of all time, Fifty Shades of Grey.
James, actually can be referred as the one author who took erotica to a next level through her overtly sexual books.
The former television Executive James gained international fame after penning erotic romance trilogy series Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed along with the companion model Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian. In 2015, the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey was adapted into a movie under the same name. The movie produced by Universal Pictures turned out to be one of the highest grossers of the year. On April, there were reports that her writer-husband, Niall Leonard, was enlisted to write the script for Fifty Shades Darker, the film's sequel.
The combined novels have sold over 70 million copies worldwide, over 35 million copies in the United States and set the record in the United Kingdom as the fastest selling paperback of all time.
Unlike Christian Grey, the main protagonist of her erotic romance novel, James doesn’t have a RED ROOM in her home. She rarely appears in interviews. In her rare interview given to The Telegraph, some three years back, she told that she was not such a pervert. True that.
This popular writer, who is almost in the end of her middle age, likes to call her a shy house wife who drives a mini, hardly drinks expensive wine, spends her free time doing her son’s laundry and spending her time at home like every regular housewife. James who was born as Erika Mitchell to a Chilean mother and a Scottish father leads a simple life and not an extravagant or lavish life not as one thinks. Well, she is just the opposite of everything one may think. The British writer doesn’t live in a mansion or a bungalow. She doesn’t spend millions of dollars on shoes, clothes, parties and drinks.
Fifty Shades of Grey started as a The Twilight Fan fiction series originally titled Master of the Universe which James wrote under the pen name “Snowqueen’s Icedragon” on fan fiction sites. The lead characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele were formerly named after The Twilight Saga’s Edward Cullen and Bella Swan and due to the sexual content, they were published on her own fan fiction site called FiftyShades.com. Later James changed the names of the characters and removed all the substance from the site before publishing them as the book. Though the book was surrounded with the controversies and criticisms regarding its poor literary qualities and the negative impact it made on young girls and housewives, it has still managed to gain all the popularity in the world. No wonder this BDSM novel did wonder all over the world, successfully wooing millions of women.
Despite all the debate about the book and her not so frequent encounter with the media, she constantly updates about her books through her tweets. With 175k followers on her twitter, she enjoys huge fan following. And not to worry, as she has all the support of her husband who himself is a writer himself. And good news for all the Grey fans, James recently announced a new book on the series “Fifty Shades of Grey: As Told by Christian Grey”. Unlike the first three books, this new book will be narrated by Christian not Anastasia. So all the fans keep your fingers crossed.