“Hello and welcome. I’m the author of the adult romance Fifty Shades trilogy, the first instalment (British spelling) of which was published in May 2011. I’ve been delighted and honoured by the positive response from readers the world over, and I’m looking forward to bringing you some new love stories I’ve got planned.
With love and thanks”
~ E.L James
Erika Mitchell (born 7 March 1963), known by her pen name E. L. James, is an English author. She wrote the bestselling erotic romance novels trilogy Fift Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, along with the companion novel Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian.
The combined novels have sold over 100 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. In 2012, Time magazine named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.“
Life and career
After leaving university, James became a studio manager’s assistant at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield.
Fifty Shades trilogy
James initially wrote fan fiction under the pen name “Snowqueen’s Icedragon”, with her most notable work being a Twilight fanfiction that eventually developed into Fifty Shades of Grey which was subsequently adapted into a film. James has spoken of her shock at the success of the book. “The explosion of interest has taken me completely by surprise” she said. James has described the Fifty Shades trilogy as “my midlife crisis”, writ large. All my fantasies in there, and that’s it.”She did not start to write until January 2009, as she revealed while still active on FanFiction Net: “I started writing in January 2009 after I finished the Twilight saga, and I haven’t stopped since. I discovered Fan Fiction in August 2009. Since then I have written my two fics and plan on doing at least one more. After that… who knows?” In August 2013, sales of the trilogy saw James top the Forbes’ list of the highest-earning authors with earnings of $95m which included $5m for the film rights to Fifty Shades of Grey. On 1 June 2015 James announced the upcoming release of Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian, which was released into stores on 18 June 2015.
Awards and honours
- 2012 Time 100 by Time magazine, “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”
- 2012 Publishers Weekly “Publishing Person of the Year”
- 2012 National Book Award (UK), “Popular Fiction Book of the Year”, Fifty Shades of Grey
- 2012 National Book Award (UK), “Book of the Year”, Fifty Shades of Grey
- Fifty Shades of Grey (2011)
- Fifty Shades Darker (2012)
- Fifty Shades Freed (2012)
- Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey As Told by Christian (2015)
(The informations are adapted from Wikipedia)