Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James has written a new romance, and is halfway through writing a second, she revealed in a Twitter chat with UK fans.
The writer took part in the online gathering yesterday (29th June), but the hashtag for the chat #AskELJames was hijacked by people criticising James' writing and her portrayal of people who practice BDSM. Asked how she dealt with negativity about her books, James said: "I think any writer just wants to be read... and for me I never thought that would happen - so I concentrate on that."
Grey (Arrow) is the retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey from the point of view of the male protagonist Christian, rather than heroine Ana. James was coy about whether she would also go on to rewrite the remaining two books in the trilogy from Christian's point of view, saying "we'll see..."
During the event James was asked is she was working on anything new. "I've written a new book and am halfway through another," she said. "Both romances. Not sure when I will finish them." Pushed further to talk about what her next book would be she said: "Depends which one I go back to - or if I write a new one!"
Much of the criticism on the #AskELJames hashtag focussed on the portrayal of the BDSM relationship in the book, with many tweeters saying it was abusive and irresponsible, rather than romantic.