Steamy bestseller by mom of two

By admin
29 June 2012

ABOVE: It’s been dubbed “mommy porn” but some fans have no qualms about reading Fifty Shades of Grey in public.

Every morning when Erika Mitchell travelled to work on the London Underground she had a secret ritual – reaching into her bag she’d pull out a book, then fold back the cover so nobody could see what it was.

The she sat transfixed, lost in the pages of the erotic romance novels she loved reading. She thought of it as her one guilty pleasure in life.

Then one day an exciting idea hit: why not write her own saucy novel? Having read hundreds she was something of an expert on the subject.

She set to work, using every spare minute away from her job as a TV executive to come up with a compelling plot.

A big fan of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, she decided to take the love affair between the series’ main characters, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, and aim it at adults, giving it a sexy spin. And so the idea for the runaway smash-hit Fifty Shades trilogy was born.

YOU’s Jane Vorster takes a look at this global publishing phenomenon. Read more in YOU 5 July 2012.

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