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EL James Does 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Promo Tour (Video)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 12, 2012 at 2:36PM

Curious about EL James, author of erotic fantasy fiction "Fifty Shades of Grey"? The Twihard, who started out writing "Twilight" fan fiction before penning her own trilogy (which has been bought for the movies, under her control, by Universal and Focus Features), has been on a promo tour as her three Vintage books have sold 3 million digital and print copies in less than a month and top the New York Times bestseller list. They are also bestsellers in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Translated books are about to hit other countries too.
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EL James
EL James

Curious about EL James, author of erotic fantasy fiction "Fifty Shades of Grey"? The Twihard, who started out writing "Twilight" fan fiction before penning her own trilogy (which has been bought for the movies, under her control, by Universal and Focus Features), has been on a promo tour as her three Vintage books have sold 3 million digital and print copies in less than a month and top the New York Times bestseller list. They are also bestsellers in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Translated books are about to hit other countries too.

Erika Leonard, who prefers to be called EL, is a plump 40ish British ex-BBC production exec, has two kids, and her husband helped to edit the books. She learned a lot about S & M doing research on the internet. (What she and her husband do is private.) Here's The Observer, USA Today, Newsday, and The View.

She won't weigh in on who should play her lovers Christian and Anastasia; she went with Focus because they have successfuly brought challenging material to the screen, including "Brokeback Mountain."

This article is related to: Interviews, TV Interviews, Television, TV, Stuck In Love, Focus Features, Universal/Focus Features


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.