E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two, based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, the multi-million-copy bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey which, together with its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, became a worldwide phenomenon.
On August 1st 2012 Amazon announced that EL James had become Amazon’s bestselling author ever on Amazon.co.uk, and on the 7th August 2012 Fifty Shades of Grey became the bestselling novel in the UK since records had begun in 1998. Publishers Weekly also nominated her their Publishing Person of the Year, 2012.
The global film release of Fifty Shades of Grey directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson will start in North America on Friday 1st August 2014, with opening dates around the world to be announced.