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Overview (2)

Born in London, England, UK
Birth NameErika Mitchell

Mini Bio (1)

E.L. James was born on March 7, 1963 in London, England as Erika Mitchell. She is known for her work on Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Fifty Shades Freed (2018) and Fifty Shades Darker (2017). She has been married to Niall Leonard since August 8, 1987. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Niall Leonard (8 August 1987 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (7)

Born to a Chilean mother and Scottish father (a BBC cameraman), she is a former production manager turned author of S&M romances.
Erika is the author of the twilight fan fiction story Master of the Universe published on fanfiction.net and her own blog between 2009-2011. This story was penned under the name Snowsqueen Icedragon. This story was later turned into the New York Times Bestselling trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, published in 2011 and 2012. This was penned under the name E L James.
Her book "Fifty Shades Of Grey" is the fastest selling paperback novel of all time.
She did not start writing until she was 45 years old.
Nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay, with Kelly Marcel, for the film adaptation of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.
Used initials to make her gender as author of "50 Shades of Grey" ambiguous.
E L James freely admits "50 Shades of Grey" was a sublimation of her midlife crisis and a fanfic of Twilight. She is now on the Forbes rich list.

Personal Quotes (23)

[on 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ] I wrote the books really just to entertain myself. The fact that they've entertained a whole lot of other people is just thrilling. My only ambition when I published this was to see it one day in a book-shop. So everything has been, like, 'Holy crap!'
I really like clever men who challenge you.
I came up with a story and I wrote it.
Once you're in charge of your job, your house, your children, getting the food on the table, doing all of this, all of the time, it'd be nice for someone else to be in charge for a bit maybe.
I'm not a great writer.
I don't watch much British television at all. I mean, it's ironic because I used to work in it for years.
If you've been married for 400 years, as I have, it's nice to experience first love again and you can vicariously through a book.
I think women love a passionate love story.
All a writer wants is to be read, and people are so flattering and lovely. I mean, there are witches out there as well. But most are so kind.
Women basically want the same thing - a good passionate story, a great fantasy - and for our partners to do the laundry and the washing up.
God forbid that women have fantasies.
I've set the bar quite high in terms of storytelling.
I've worked in television all my life, but really I've always wanted to work in the movies.
I'm a bit of a control freak.
Write for yourself. That's it. And write every day.
I'm looking forward to getting back to my house and my Ugg boots and not washing sometimes, and getting back to writing.
I hate having my photograph taken.
I see myself as a story teller.
I value my anonymity. I'm happy to come in on the tube or the train and watch other people reading 'Fifty Shades.'
I never set out to do this - getting to No. 1 in the 'New York Times' bestseller list wasn't even a pipedream.
I think women love to read love stories.
Yes, I'm a 'Twi-hard.' I became obsessed. Absolutely obsessed. I didn't watch television, I didn't go to the cinema. My friends would ring and say: 'What are you doing?' And I would say: 'I've just got to finish this chapter.'
Everyone's clamoring for the fourth book in the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy, which makes me laugh. Just the part of 'a fourth book in trilogy' that makes me laugh, not the clamoring for the next book.

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