Where are you from? Texas
How did you come to read Fifty Shades of Grey?
Two summers ago, on a beach vacation with my daughters, I was cozied up with The Hunger Games Trilogy under my beach umbrella and ironically, my 21 year old daughter was engrossed in Fifty Shades of Grey; it was making the rounds at her college campus. She shared some of the story with me and really wanting someone to discuss it further with, she asked me to read it. The female protagonist was my daughter’s age and also a college student. At first it was difficult to wrap my head around that one little detail, but once I came to terms with the fact that both my daughter and Anastasia were consenting adults, I did fall in love with the story… and the rest is history.
Did you read an actual book or an ebook?
Which is your favorite book in the series?
Definitely the first one. The development of the story and the characters was perfect. It kept me turning the pages and sucked me into the plot from the beginning. Erika did a great job setting up the archetypes, and building the rising action and establishing conflicts. I’ve been a life-long reader and my heart knows that for a story to capture my soul, it needs to hook me from beginning. I immerse myself in every book I read, and these characters really got under my skin.
What is your favorite scene in the series?
The elevator scene at The Heathman, after the drunk-dial night. That moment where he kissed her for the first time was perfectly choreographed. I will never look at an elevator the same way again. I even traveled to visit The Heathman and got to ride in that elevator, numerous times. And just in case you wondered? The sizzle is still there.
How many times have you read the series?
Twice, start to finish, and I just started reading it again to follow filming. This time I am picturing Jamie and Dakota as I read. My imagery is lucky to now have two Christians and Anas. The ones I first imagined were picture-perfect, but these amazing actors are totally transforming into the characters right before my eyes.
Outside of Fifty Shades of Grey, what is your favorite book, series or author?
I’ve had my nose in a book for over fifty years, so I can’t even began to pinpoint a favorite. I’m a serial reader and read multiple books simultaneously. In addition to Fifty Shades, I am currently reading ‘Our Fault In the Stars’, ‘Life After Life’, ‘Gone Girl’ and waiting in the wings, I just downloaded ‘Gabriel’s Redemption’ and ‘Lone Survivor’. I’m also rereading ‘Tangled’ in anticipation of ‘Twisted’ which I believe is coming out next month. I enjoy reading all genres.
If you were to meet E L James today, what 2 questions would you ask her?
- How has this experience changed you? How amazing and how overwhelming has it been to watch the world fall in love with your story and take part in bringing it to fruition on screen?
- I’ve been working on a YA/NA novel series for a few years and I would also ask for advice with some of the hurdles that have gotten in my way. Disciplining myself to get into that ‘writing zone’ and just do it. I love how that zone feels, but finding it is tough. My first deadline is my 55th birthday and that’s less than a year away. What was the panacea that helped you get there?
Have you had any unique experiences because of your love of Fifty Shades of Grey?
Absolutely! Last summer, I traveled from my home in Texas to Portland and Seattle to visit all the sights in the books. That was an amazing experience. I also visited all the Twilight book sights on The Olympic Peninsula, because I had previously fallen in love with that series, as well. It was a connection Erika made with her fan fiction and where this all began for her. All these characters are very close to my heart.
Another unique experience has been meeting many amazing women who are now my Twitter family and Greysessed sisters. We have so much fun fangirling together! My account began as a personal account, years ago, and after tweeting my entire 50 Shades Vacation, it evolved into a fan account. I went from a handful of followers who I personally knew, to hundreds who were traveling vicariously with me. Even Erika followed along. So did Christian and Ana. That was fun! I also met Crissy @50Latersbaby on that vacation!
What scene are you most looking forward to in Fifty Shades of Grey The Movie?
The evening scene where Christian flies Ana in Charlie Tango, to Escala for the first time.
She is literally ‘the moth to the flame’, so eager to discover both his mysteries and her first, unbeknownst to her, multiple orgasms! So much happens in that one night and into the next morning; so many discoveries for both of them. I am looking forward to experiencing those moments on screen with them.
Thank you Crissy and Mags for inviting me to share with the community.
Where can people find you on the web?
Twitter: FiftyShadesFangirl @emlight60