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E. L. James

AKA Erika Leonard

Born: 7-Mar-1963
Birthplace: London, England

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Novelist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Fifty Shades of Grey

Erika Leonard's novels started as Twilight fan fiction, titled Master of the Universe and based on the vampire series by Stephenie Meyer. Unlike Meyer's writings, it is far from lacking in overt sexual content. Extended into a trilogy, women are the primary audience for the work. The Brevard County Public Library removed the first novel from its shelves, finding objection in its erotic content and obvious lack of literary value, but rescinded the ban due to high public demand. Film rights have been licensed to Universal/Focus.

Mother: Alexandra Mitchell
Husband: Niall Leonard (screenwriter, two sons)

    University: University of Kent

Official Website:

Author of books:
Fifty Shades of Grey (2011, novel)
Fifty Shades Darker (2011, novel)
Fifty Shades Freed (2012, novel)

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