Not that I have ever doubted it. And sex sells to everyone else, too. Not that I know if women of a certain age and station in life are hungry for not-so-subtle expressions of physical release. But it seems to be. Now, should I beefcake up my own depictions of sexual escapades. I really thought I had hit a high note with Louie-the-dog.
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Mummy porn: Forget Mills & Boon! The new literary trend is explicit 'erotic novels' aimed at middle-aged mothers whose marriages are in a rut
Erika Mitchell was on the dreary rush-hour Underground commute into the centre of London when she first buried herself in risque novels in a bid to shut out the world around her.
This unlikely exercise in escapism on the Central Line became something of a passion — and after devouring nearly 800 erotic stories, the 49-year-old TV producer and mother of two decided to pen one of her own and post it on the internet.
Two years later, after winning an ever-expanding army of online fans, she has become a literary sensation, with a six-figure book deal and a Hollywood film contract signed last month and said to be worth $5 million (just over £3 million).
Bestseller: Erika Mitchell, aka E.L James, has become a hit on both sides of the Atlantic with her Fifty Shades trilogy
Her pen name — E. L. James — is the talk of the book world thanks to her Fifty Shades... trilogy, which tells of a virginal university student’s sexual awakening at the hands of a young, handsome, brooding billionaire with a helicopter, a private jet and eye-watering tastes in the bedroom.