English novelist and film producer E. L. James is the well-known author of the Fifty Shades of Grey book series, her bestselling erotic romance trilogy. She has authored Fifty Shades of Grey in 2011, Fifty Shades Darker in 2012, Fifty Shades Freed in 2012 and the companion novel, Grey: Fifty Shades of grey As Told by Christian in 2015.
She is also known by the alias Snowqueen’s Icedragon. As the latter, she has authored the Twilight fan fiction, Master of the Universe, which was used as the basis for the Fifty Shades trilogy. Her net worth is estimated at $100 million US dollars.
Born to a Scottish father and a Chilean mother, James, formerly known as Erika Mitchell was born on March 7, 1963 in London, England and was raised in Buckinghamshire. She attended the Pipers Corner School, followed by the Wycombe High School. With a degree in History, she then graduated from her alma mater, the University of Kent.
E. L. James is married to Niall Leonard, a screenwriter and has two sons.
James first worked in Beaconsfield’s National Film and Television school as a studio manager’s assistant.
When she first saw the first Twilight movie, she was overtly obsessed with the books the movies were based on. After having read the Twilight book series over and over, she wrote two sequels to the Twilight novels and later published them as kindle novels under her alias, Snowdragon’s Icequeen. These novels served as the basis for her soon to be written Fifty Shades trilogy.
She started penning down the romance novel following Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in 2009. The response to her trilogy was unprecedented and she was featured on the Forbes’ list of the highest-earning authors in August 2013 after the sales of her books. After the trilogy ended, she went on to release the book Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian in 2015. Her fifth book in the installment, Fifty Shades darker as Told by Christian Grey was released in 2017.
How much is E. L. James Net Worth in 2017
Having already authored and sold millions of copies of the Fifty Shades Trilogy and the companion novel, Grey: Fifty Shades of grey As Told by Christian, she still continues to expand on the trilogy series. Her books have also been turned into movies, with Fifty Shades of Grey released in 2015 and Fifty Shades Darker in 2017.
The last book in the series, Fifty Shades Freed has been announced for a 2019 release. She is a Producer for the movie series. She has an estimated net worth of $100 million US dollars as of 2017.
Besides being a novelist and film producer, James is actively involved in charitable work, most notably, the Thomas Coram Foundation for Children, a UK children’s charity. In 2012, she was featured in Time Magazine’s piece on “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”.
In 2012, Publishers Weekly honored her with the Publishing Person of the Year award. In addition to this, her book Fifty Shades of Grey has received the National Book Award (UK) for the Popular Fiction Book of the Year as well as the Book of the Year categories in 2012.