'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author E.L. James: Sex Scenes Inspired by Classical Music; Husband Not Happy With Christian Grey [VIDEO]
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James revealed that "The Twilight Saga," written by bestselling author Stephanie Meyer, inspired her to write the story of Ana and Christian.
She said, "I worked for a company I was incredibly miserable at. Then I discovered writing after reading Twilight. I stopped going out and getting drunk quite so much, so it was good," according to Entertainment Wise.
Speaking at the launch of a classical album based on Christian's music, James said: "It's overwhelming and I try not to think about it too much. I wrote these books for me, for myself, and I would say to anyone who's writing: write stuff for yourself."
James then added: "But other people seem to share my fantasies too, so that's interesting. I'm not such a pervert. It was a huge relief to find that out. I've no idea."
The "Fifty Shades" trilogy ("Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker," "Fifty Shades Freed"), written by bestselling author E.L. James, tells the story of 22-year-old recent college grad Anastasia Steele, who enters into a dominant/submissive sexual relationship with 27-year old sexy billionaire Christian Grey, and both explore Christian's world of BDSM while trying to understand their complicated relationship.
The New York Times bestselling British author talked about her launch of "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album," which features music that inspired her while writing the trilogy, "music to have sex to" basically.
"I write to music all the time. I have music playing in my headphones and I have a huge playlist for writing. I have various songs for various things and some of them made it into the books," James said according to Business Insider.
When asked why she chose classical music, James responded, "Because I'm listening to it all the time. It's music to f--- to. We all want that."
Don't worry though, James' husband, Niall Leonard, revealed that him and his wife don't get down like that.
"I'm not a masochist and that's all I'm going to say about our sex life," Leonard said, according to BelfastTelegraph.
"I am the least romantic fecker who ever lived - ask my wife Erika, aka EL James," he joked.
James' husband revealed that the two don't have a private Charlie Tango or a secret Red Room of Pain.
"We barely have room for the ironing, never mind all the equipment," Leonard said during an interview on the TODAY show.
"I am not the inspiration for Christian Grey, except in the sense that being married to me might have made her invent Christian Grey," he said about the protagonist in his wife's book.
On Christian Grey, Leonard doesn't really like him.
"He's a deeply damaged fantasy figure," Leonard told CNN about the anti-hero in Fifty Shades of Grey. "In a way, Erika very quickly realized that you couldn't sustain a long story with a guy who was perfect and perfectly happy - you're not going to go anywhere. So she very quickly realized that ... this character had a difficult time, and there was a lot of healing to do."
Getting around to the point, Leonard clarified, "So I'm very happy not to be Christian Grey, 'cause that guy is a mess."
And, while there's very little of him in the book, Leonard says he can recognize his wife Erika (her real names is Erika Leonard) "in the emails that they [Ana and Christian] exchange, 'cause that's very much my wife's amazing ability to flirt via email."
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