E L James wants to help you find your own "Inner Goddess." The author behind the best-selling "Fifty Shades of Grey" will release a leather-bound "Fifty Shades of Grey: Inner Goddess" journal May 1.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, readers and aspiring writers can record their deepest thoughts in the "Fifty Shades"-themed diary, which will include a foreword and writing tips from James, excerpts from the "Fifty Shades" books and lined pages for journaling, with sections devoted to main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
Before snagging a seven-figure publishing deal with Vintage Books, "Fifty Shades of Grey" was an e-book that found its way to the top of the New York Times best-seller list. James self-published her steamy stories about college student Steele and kinky billionaire suitor Grey. The author's DIY route to success has helped her move more than 32 million e-book and print copies.
"As E L James traveled and met with her readers, there was a great curiosity about how she got started writing," Vintage publisher Anne Messitte told The Hollywood Reporter. "Her personal story as a writer is inspirational to many women, and journaling has been an important part of her creative process from the start."
"Fifty Shades" started out as fan fiction based on the "Twilight" series. Author Stephenie Meyer is moving on from Bella and Jacob to build her next franchise, the new film "The Host," and she said she has never read the books she inspired James to write.
"I haven't read it. I mean, that's really not my genre, not my thing," Meyer said. "I've heard about it; I haven't really gotten into it that much. Good on her — she's doing well. That's great!"
Meanwhile, the script for the much-anticipated film version of "Fifty Shades" still was not written as of January. However, screenwriter Kelly Marcel promised fans she is "100 percent going there" with the racy content and claimed the film will receive an NC-17 rating.
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