Author of US wives' favourite bondage book is British mum

Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

50 Shades of Gray, dubbed 'mommy porn', was written by Erica Leonard, a London mother-of-two

LAST UPDATED AT 14:31 ON Tue 6 Mar 2012

THE AUTHOR of a sex and bondage novel that has topped American erotic fiction charts and supposedly rekindled the sex lives of New York wives has been revealed as a 48-year-old British mother-of-two.
 
Erika Leonard, who wrote 50 Shades of Gray under the pseudonym E.L. James, was tracked down by the Evening Standard at her terrace home in Brentford, northwest London, where she lives with her scriptwriter husband Niall and two teenage sons.
 
Leonard, a former TV producer, was baffled as to how the reporters had found her and said she had hoped to keep her real name a secret for fear that her small publisher would be swamped with demand.
 
Her tale of billionaire Christian Grey, who seduces a college graduate and trains her to become his sex slave, is selling out in New York bookstores and is number 27 on the New York Times best-seller list. It has topped the Amazon chart for erotic fiction and is the 56th most bought book from Amazon's Kindle store.
 
Dubbed as "mommy porn" by some and simply "The Book" by others, it is becoming a cult hit among Manhattan women, according to the New York Post. Its tales of bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism and a "red room of pain" are said to have revitalised the sex lives of married couples on the Upper East Side.
 
One happy reader told the newspaper: "The person who recommended it to me said, 'It will make you want to have sex with your husband.' And it did!"
 
Following its publication last May, Leonard has written two more books to make a trilogy: Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
 
A week before her cover was blown by the Standard, 'E. L. James' had told the New York Post how she was "blown away by the popularity" of the trilogy, describing the books as her "midlife crisis".
 
Leonard began writing erotic stories in 2009 when she posted fan fiction tales online based around the Twilight series and was later offered a book deal by Australian publishing house The Writers' Coffee Shop. · 

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