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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Fifty Shades of Grey in my new mansion

Author plans on upsizing from semi detached home

Erika Mitchell is reportedly planning to invest her newfound wealth in property
Erika Mitchell is reportedly planning to invest her newfound wealth in property

EL James, the author of the bestselling novel Ffity Shades of Grey, is reportedly swapping her semi-detached home for a seven-bedroom mansion.

The writer, whose real name is Erika Mitchell, is believed to be house-hunting after finding her fortune in the explicit book.

Miss Mitchell, 49, penned the fastest selling paperback and Fifty Shades of Grey was also the first to break the one million downloads on e-reader Kindle.

With reports of the trilogy being made into a film along with merchandise deals from the popular franchise, her earnings are likely to fund the upgrade comfortably.

The London-born novelist has been living in a modest £350,000 home in Ealing in the capital for 14 years with her husband Niall Leonard and two teenage sons.

But according to the Daily Mail, the family is expected to move into a Grade II listed 17th century Queen Anne mansion with four bathrooms, a wine cellar and landscaped gardens worth £3 million.

It has been claimed she has earned more than £6m in the few months since the book's launch.

The book is about the relationship between heroine Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, who introduces her to sado-masochism and bondage.

Its success has been attributed to the more discrete e-readers that allow the literary choices of its users to remain anonymous with covers.

But according to Miss Mitchell, her status as t new doyenne of pornographic fiction has not changed her daily life.

"I haven’t really had a chance to think about that,’’ she said. ''I’m not sure how. I mean, I’ll have some money, which will be nice. I can get a nice kitchen.’’

In an interview with the Telegraph, she said still does her sons' laundry and sorts of their rugby kits.

And when Mr Leonard was asked what being married to EL James was like, he replied: "Mostly it’s just like being married.’’

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