The author pulled in $95m in one year, leapfrogging James Patterson and Suzanne Collins as the highest-earnerShe began writing just four years ago, and famously started out with fan fiction, posted on the internet and inspired by the vampire romance series Twilight. But EL James, the author of Fifty Shades of Grey, who once described her work as a “mid-life crisis writ large” has become the highest earning author in the world.According to figures published by Forbes magazine, the author, who has popularised erotica as a genre, earned $95m (£65m) in the 12 months to June, beating James Patterson who was the second highest-earning author ($91m), and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, who made $55m.Fifty Shades of Grey, which tells of an erotically charged affair between 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele, has tapped into readers’ saucy side at a time when the anonymity of ebook purchasing has “enabled people to widen their tastes under the wire”, Philip Jones, editor of book industry magazine The Bookseller, said.”You might think that a big, blockbuster bonkbuster is no great surprise, but no one could have predicted the scale of the Fifty Shades phenomenon.”James, 50, whose real name is …read more

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