Monday, October 3, 2011

Fifty Shades Darker Blog Tour - Interview & Giveaway!

Hello my lovelies! I'm so excited to share my interview with E L James. She's the author of two of my favorite contemporary reads.
° [TWCS] [Goodreads] [Amazon] Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1)
Click the cover to read my review!
 ° [TWCS] [Goodreads] [Amazon] Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2)
 Click the cover to read my review!
What does writing mean to you? E L James provided me with this quote for my author page.
  • Writing for me is a voyage of discovery. Not only do I get to meet new people - my characters - and work out what makes them tick, but I also get to do the things they do – such as flying helicopters or sailing catamarans. It’s such a wonderful escape from the banality of real life… the laundry, the cleaning (What cleaning? says my husband) etc… I love it. And what's most exciting is, I get to find out about myself; my likes and dislikes. Sometimes they surprise me more than anything.
Hey there lovely lady! Thank you so much for stopping by Book that Thing to answer a couple of my questions. Congrats on the Fifty Shades Blog Tour and the release of Fifty Shades Darker!  How are you doing?
  • Hello! And thank you for having me – I am very pleased to be here. I am doing very well, thank you though horribly busy at the moment.
Tell us a bit about Fifty Shades Darker. What’s the book about? Just pretend we all don’t know already. Yeah riiiiight! ;-)
  • Well Fifty Shades Darker continues Ana’s and Christian’s relationship. Both of them have been suffering during their all too brief separation and Christian is determined to get back with Ana, and when an opportunity presents itself, he seizes the day – in good old Fifty style.
Us book addicts are always interested in the writing process. What’s your favorite place, time, … to write? Sticky notes on the computer screen? Pen or keyboard? So many possibilities. Maybe you want to share a picture of your desk/…?!
  • From the state of my desk you can see I am a really untidy person. This gives you an insight into my rather chaotic mind. It’s more chaotic than usual at the moment because the company I work for in RL is making a television pilot for a broadcaster in the UK – so it’s all hands on deck to get that done. Most of the time I write here at my messy desk, which is in the back of my living room – but I can write anywhere.  I wrote a good deal of FSoG and FSD while commuting on trains to work, on my old Nokia E71 and then on my Blackberry using Documents to Go.  But I also carry a notebook at all times so I can scribble down ideas etc. I am a terrible daydreamer, who will drift off at any given moment, so it has been good to channel my daydreaming into plots etc. I get most of my ideas whilst driving, having a shower or smoking a fag in the back garden.  Writing ideas while driving is not advised - I keep meaning to buy myself a Dictaphone, but I keep forgetting… It’s interesting that you mention stickies –I get ideas while I am writing too. These I put on virtual stickies which litter my desktop.

Let’s talk about Christian Grey (or simply “Fifty” to us obsessed fans). What is it about him that’s so appealing? He is a tortured soul after all. Still, just thinking about him makes me shiver in anticipation.
  • I think Fifty’s appeal is on many different levels. Firstly, we all like a man who knows what to do, and he really knows what to do! That, with his beauty, his wealth, and his domineering side, is a very seductive combination. But he’s also very broken, as we learn in FSD, and we all like to think that we could be the one to fix him up.
Fifty in Fifty Shades of Grey – Fifty in Fifty Shades Darker. Is there a difference? Does he take a step forward or backward? Progress or setbacks? You don’t need to reveal any Spoilers, but we sure would love a hint or two.
  • I think he becomes a little more open minded in FSD, more willing to try something new, so yes – I think he does take a few steps forward, and for the first time in his life allows himself to let go some of his iron control. You can see how in the book.
What was harder for you to deal with? The release of the first book of the series or the one of Fifty Shades Darker? People love Fifty Shades of Grey! I should know. I’m #TeamFiftyShades all the way. Any completely unrealistic fears about the second book not doing so well? 
  • Of course!!! Doing this and publishing the first one has been terrifying - there are so many expectations to live up to. 
How in the world did you come up with this storyline? Unbelievably great. Did you know from the beginning where to take the story, or did Ana and Christian take over at one point?
  • Ana and Christian took over very early in the story and I followed them where they took me. I originally imagined an ending very different to where it all finishes at the moment.  I have had an extraordinary journey with them, and thoroughly enjoyed myself during the process. In terms of the storyline… it just comes out of the ideas I have when I am daydreaming in the car or in the shower as I said earlier.
What’s next? When is Fifty Shades Darker #3 coming out and do you have plans for your fourth book already (Life after Fifty so to speak)? There WILL be one, I hope. I’d hate to go all twitchy-palm on you.
  • Please stow your twitchy palm! Fifty Shades #3 will be out in January, hopefully, and I am working on a contemporary romance at the moment – well, I’ve written a chapter and a half. One of the stickies (the pink one!) is a list of ideas for various novels – of which there are currently 12. I also have one completed novel as yet unreleased and a young adult novel that is nearly complete. They both need further work, though, as they are the first books I ever wrote – and when I have some time I will rewrite them. So hopefully, if the publisher will have them, there will be more from me.
Thank you so much! I'm thrilled to have you here today.
* The author declined to answer one of the questions.
I asked my fellow #TeamFiftyShades members if I could post screen captures of one of our Twitter "Fifty" sessions [_yay_ / Laurielu / Salastam_S2 / Luniesr]. They said yes. Just for shits and giggles, here's some Fifty madness: Click "Secret Convo" to reveal our secret conversation!
Don't you forget to visit the other blogs! Tour Schedule:
Yay! Double trouble on Oct. 3rd! Review, interview and giveaway x 2. Make sure to stop by

Win an ebook copy of both Fifty Shades of Grey 
and Fifty Shades Darker!
° The giveaway is international (ebooks)
° Open for entries: Sunday/Monday, October 2nd/3rd - Friday, October 7th
° The winner will be picked via
° Winner will be announced on Friday, October 7th
° I'll email the winner (check your spam folder)
° Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email (or another one will be chosen)
° You read one of the books? Enter anyway! I'll pick a second winner who gets
  whichever book you already have.

How to enter? 
° Follow my blog via GFC
° Leave a meaningful comment or question for E L James! Don't forget your email address and GFC name.
° Are you entering for both books or just one (which one)?

Extra Entries:
° Follow me on Twitter (@_yay_) +1 (leave your Twitter handle)
° Follow E L James on Twitter (@E_L_James) +1 (leave your Twitter handle)
° Like Book that Thing on Facebook +1 (leave your Facebook name)
° Tweet about the giveaway +1 (leave the link to your tweet)
° Comment on my review of Fifty Shades of Grey +3  (already left one? it counts!)
° Comment on my review of Fifty Shades Darker +3 (already left one? it counts!)
Add all info to your mandatory comment on this post. No separate comments necessary (but allowed)!
Any problems? 
Email me at sk_86(at)gmx(dot)de
Good luck my lovelies!


  1. I am happy to see that Ms. James writes at a messy desk. It gives me hope for my chaotic work space. I enjoyed the interview!

  2. WOOT WOOT!!! LET THE TOUR BEGIN!!!! Great interview! So excited for this!! Thanks for the major pimp out! I am doing the same for you my friend!

  3. This is awesome!!!! I really, really want to read 50 shades darker!!!

  4. I follow you on GFC.....hnwhitlock2000 at gmail do tcom

  5. I follow you on twitter...@thehiddenbiblio hnwhitlock2000 at gmail dot com

  6. My question is: "does our lovely author have her own personal 50?"

  7. I like you on FB...hnwhitlock2000 at gmail dot com

  8. I have been hearing so much about this book on Goodreads. I haven't read either - but I would love too.

    riverinaromantics (at) gmail (dot) com

    Jodie @ Riverina Romantics

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  10. Great interview!
    I´m entering just for "Fifty Shades Darker"

  11. I've just recently heard about these books from some of my GR gals. They've been raving about the first book in this series and they are anxious to read the second one. I need to know what the fuss is about!

    Those virtual post it notes are a hoot!

    Entering for both books
    +1 Original entry
    +1 FB like Megan root
    +6 Comment on both reviews
    +8 total

    rootml1 AT hotmail DOT com

  12. WOW!! This is one of the best author interviews I have ever read. Outstanding questions, great illustration, Ms. James' answers were engaging.

    Happy Reading, Writing, and Blogging,
    Bona Fide Reflections

  13. I keep seeing these FIFTY SHADE books around the internet, but haven't red any yet. I think's it's about time I do!

  14. Stopping by to say hi from the blog tour. I won't enter because I am hosting a give away tomorrow! Did want to say that I am a new GFC follower and would love a follow back. Great site here!!! Donna

  15. I haven't read either of these books yet, but they both look awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy:)
    GFC follower: Julie Witt
    Twitter follower for you: @jwitt33
    Twitter follower for E L James: @jwitt33
    I like Book that Thing on Facebook +1: Julie Witt

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  16. Hey _Yay_,
    Great interview! I've never had the pleasure of reading E.L. James work, but they look so interesting! I hope I win so I can start to catch up!
    GFC follower: Dana Alma
    Twitter follower for you: @Readaholics
    Twitter follower for E L James: @Readaholics
    I like Book that Thing on Facebook +1: Dana Alma

  17. Great interview! I had to laugh because I was actually a huge fan of Master of the Universe and had NO IDEA it had been turned into an independent novel! That's FANTASTIC! XD

    And I love that her desk is messy. Most of the time, you can barely see my computer for all the other randomness on my desk :P

    I'd be excited to read both books :)

    GFC: The Romanceaholic
    Twitter for you: @RomanceaholicBR
    Twitter for EL James: @RomanceaholicBR
    Liked on FB: Jess Richardson

  18. Hello Yay. Thank you so much for kicking off the Fifty Shades Book blog tour and good luck to those after giveaways. Thanks too for the lovely comments... all the best.
    EL x

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  20. i'm entering for the 2nd one, i'm dying to read it! so excited and happy to hear about a 3rd book definitely looking forward to read that one too! this books are on my MUST-READ list they are to good to miss.

    Entering for both books
    +1 Original entry=
    +1 FB like= Astrid J. Gomez Escobar
    +6 Comment on both reviews (in fifty shade as vanessacullenlutz)
    +1 following EL James = @VanneCullenLutz
    +1 tweeting=!/VanneCullenLutz/status/121014234648809472
    = 10 ^^

  21. Thank you E L James for doing this blog tour and I am happy that your books are getting the well deserved attention! I am a happy follower from your FF: MOTU, your .com site, Book that Thing, GFC: Virginia Mollner, and FB. I would be honored in the giveaway with both Fifty's! My Best Regards and Laters Baby!

  22. Awesome interview, always like to hear how you authors get your ideas, how you work on your characters etc., thanks for sharing.
    GFC follower: Eva Perez
    following via twitter, you and EL James (my twitter handle is @perez_evita)

    If given the option I would opt for both since I haven't read either, but if I can't have both then the first one which is Fifty Shades of Grey. Thanks for the giveaway :-)


  23. I loved the interview. I find it interesting to get to know something about the authors & how the characters came to be. Thank you for taking some time out to be a part of this interview.


    GFC name Lisa George
    Twitter follow for you @wolphcall
    Twitter follow for EL James @wolphcall
    Like Book That Thing on Facebook Lisa George
    Comment on Fifty Shades of Grey Lisa
    Comment on Fifty Sades Darker Lisa
    Tweet about Giveaway!/wolphcall/status/121220185725206528

  24. Extra entry

    #TeamFiftyShades kinky

  25. Can I have my own Fifty please......... I love how you your hand got all twitchy, lol

  26. I love you forever for hosting this giveaway! *fingers crossed* I BADLY want to read these books!

    Twitter follower: @courageousgrace

    And I commented on both reviews! I double checked to be sure. :)

  27. I really enjoyed the interview with miss James, thank you for a peek inside her world :)

    I'm entering for both e-books
    I follow you on & EL James on Twitter - venus08
    My email:

  28. °°°°°°°°This giveaway is now CLOSED!!!°°°°°°°°


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