The Secret Life of E.L. James by Marc Shapiro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In The Secret Life of E.L. James, Marc Shapiro tells the story of the woman behind Fifty Shades of Grey. Hers is a writer’s cinderella story: forty-something working mother of two turns her penchant for reading romance novels on the tube and writing fanfiction to penning not one, but three best selling novels. This unauthorized biography chronicles that journey from her years working in television to becoming the first writer in history to hold the top three spots on the NY Times Best Sellers List at one time. E.L. James went from an unknown to a publishing phenomenon who brought sexuality and eroticism to the forefront of our national dialogue, breathed new life into the erotic romance industry and turned the publishing world upside down. Shapiro tells us exactly how she did it. The Secret Life of E.L. James is a must-read not simply for grey-sessed Fifty Shades fans, but for anyone who’s ever had a dream. In an age when economic security is a misnomer and it seems tragedy looms around every corner, it is nice to read a [true] story with a happy ending (no pun intended).
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