Frequently Asked Questions

Will you write more books about Christian Grey and Ana Steele?

Never say never – but they’re on the back burner at the moment, as I have a few other stories to tell first.

Will you write a book from Christian’s perspective?

See above…

Will you be involved in the process of making the movies based on the books and how many movies will there be?

Yes. Three hopefully.

In the movie, who do you think should play the main characters?

It’s way too early to comment on the casting.

Will you be touring again?

Hopefully, yes – I’ll be doing a date or two in the UK. That’s all we have planned at the moment. But watch the site and I’ll post details should we venture further afield.

Do you have advice for writers?

First of all, write for yourself. Stop thinking about wanting to write – sit down and start doing it. Even if it’s just one particular scene you have in mind – it could be a description of a place or a person, or maybe a few lines of dialogue. You don’t have to start at the beginning. Once you have something down on paper it will inspire you to write more.

What is your writing process?

I start off with a very simple premise. In the case of the Fifty Shades Trilogy my premise was, What would happen if you were attracted to somebody who was into the BDSM lifestyle, when you weren’t? I often have a loose timeline to work with, but I don’t feel bound to it – I let the characters dictate what happens. I often listen to music to evoke a mood – I will listen to the same song over and over again when I am lost in a scene. Also, I’m obsessed with the geography – ie where everything is in a particular room, and the choreography of scenes – whose hand goes where when! And I like to have a visual reference for everything.

Is Christian Grey based on anyone real? Where do I find him?

Now that would be telling…

How did you do the research for your books?

The Internet! Sometimes I phoned various experts (that I found through the internet), or asked questions on Twitter. And sometimes I devised my own experiments…

Was Fifty Shades of Grey originally self-published as a eBook?

Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed were never self-published as these novels. An earlier version of this story began as Twilight fan fiction which was posted on the internet. The trilogy was picked up by an Australian publisher, The Writer’s Coffee Shop, who released them as e-books and print-on-demand paperbacks.