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 Darker (2016) and Fifty Shades Freed (2017). She has been married to Niall Leonard since 1987. They have two children.
(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.