Now it’s Prissy Shades of Grey

Fears pub­lish­ers will snub ‘no romps’ novel

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Edi­tor [email protected]­daymir­

FIFTY Shades Of Grey au­thor E.L. James is pen­ning a book with no sex – but can’t get it pub­lished.

The British writer, 56, who has made mil­lions from raunchy nov­els, ad­mits she isn’t op­ti­mistic about her less racy fic­tion. “I have writ­ten a book with­out sex in it but I don’t know if it will ever get pub­lished,” she ad­mits.

De­spite her fears, James, worth an es­ti­mated £116mil­lion, is con­tin­u­ing with the project and writes up to 2,000 words a day. She said: “It’s get­ting into it that is the thing. I needed to get it fin­ished be­cause I’ve been try­ing to write that f***er since 2009.”

It comes after her new erotic novel, The Mis­ter, which sold 52,000 copies in its first week, is lined up for the big screen – and could inspire a new line of sex toys. The Fifty Shades tril­ogy took £1bil­lion at the box of­fice, and her lat­est prose tells the story of a British Lord who has an af­fair with his Al­ba­nian cleaner.

She also re­vealed how she splits her writ­ing time be­tween Lon­don, Corn­wall and Los An­ge­les. She said: “The home in Lon­don is full of stuff, we’ve got 32 years of stuff in this house. In Corn­wall it’s not like that. It’s very min­i­mal­ist so I pre­fer to write there.”

And she re­veals she sends notes to her­self to stop her get­ting writ­ers’ block. She said: “Even­tu­ally what­ever you’re do­ing you’ll find some sort of in­spi­ra­tion. Once that hap­pens, write that down. I usu­ally send emails to my­self on my phone.

“I’m a woman of a cer­tain age so I tend to for­get things,” she added.

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