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Updated: Sep 14, 2012 02:20 PM EDT

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The "Fifty Shades" trilogy has been the publishing sensation of the decade. (Photo : Flickr)

If "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James is trying to prove critics wrong who say her novels are nothing more than just poorly written "mommy porn," she has the worst public relations team in history.

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James has taken to making unimaginably oblivious statements in her interviews lately. In an interview just last week, the author said that the sex scenes in her books were fittingly inspired by the masochistic music of The Black Eyed Peas. Discussing her creative process with British newspaper The Sun, James divulged, "I have songs that I write sex to. One of them is The Black Eyed Peas' 'Sexy'. That is a very sexy song." She said in the least self-aware interview ever.

And in a new radio interview set to be broadcast on British radio station Classic FM on Sept. 16 she lets another juicy fact slip.

According to The Telegraph, the author of the erotica phenomenon revealed that the "Fifty Shades" books had humbler beginnings than even her most die-hard fans probably realize. In the interview, James divulges that she wrote the novels on an old Nokia cell phone during her regular commutes into London.

"I'd be sitting on a train typing away on a phone," she says, adding that she would continue writing on the bus from Waterloo to Holborn. She would then beam the words to her computer at home.

That definitely helps explain the quality of the writing found in the "Fifty Shades" novels. It's difficult to think of too many synonyms for words like "smart" and "smirk" while writing your book like the epic poem of text messages.  

The trilogy may have sold over 10 million copies at this point, but the author also admitted that her father, who died in 2002, would likely have found their content a little too risky. When asked by interviewer Nick Ferrari how her dad - a former BBC cameraman - would have reacted to their content, James replies, "I have no idea. I don't even want to go there, thank you."

While James does continue on to say that she thinks her father would have been "incredibly proud" of the success she has achieved, she added, "I just hope he would never read the books though."

However the author says that her mother, who is originally from Chile, has given the books her official seal of approval.

"She's read them twice. She has read them in Spanish as well. She thinks they are great," says James.

The "Fifty Shades" trilogy has been the publishing sensation of the decade. What started as a self-published novel on the internet has spawned countless imitators and the film rights to the books have been picked up by Hollywood.

Since being published last year, "Fifty Shades Of Grey" has become notorious for its explicit sexual content and controversial portrayal of a relationship involving BDSM. Now that the novel has sold more than 10 million copies to British readers, James' book is the UK's bestselling book of all time. All three books from James' trilogy have remained in the top five of The New Yorks Times' bestsellers list for over three months.

A film version of the novel is also is in the works, but has no confirmed stars yet. Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Matt Bomer, and Robert Pattinson are among many actors' names that've been mentioned in casting the leading role of Christian Grey, a troubled businessman who seduces an innocent college graduate called Anastasia Steele.

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