On Wednesday night Mags and I ventured out to the Garden City Hotel for the Birthday Party of the year for Christian Grey, hosted by Divalysscious Moms. The full gallery of images is at the bottom of the post.
The event started with a cocktail hour, which included some beauty treatments from the Red Door Spa at the Garden City Hotel.
Mags and I both got plumped with the Oxygen Blast. I’m not quite sure what was in, but they sprayed a light mist over my face and my face did look more vibrant. Plus, Jessica was an absolute sweetheart to have work on me.
After the cocktail hour, which did include the Red Room Signature Drink, we had a Q & A with Erika, we could not photograph or video any of it, but I did take copious notes:
- She started writing Grey in October, after the filming of Fifty Shades of Grey, as a way to get back into the head space of Christian and Ana. She finished it after the release of Fifty Shades of Grey.
- The quick turn around on the release of Grey, about 6 weeks, was because Erika wanted to the book released on Christian’s Birthday. The publisher agreed, that is why there is only 1 million copies being printed in the original run – time.
- Christian is just a regular bloke – he’s a bit all over the place and less observant than Ana.
- Once she got into Christian’s head, she did not have difficulty writing in Christian’s POV
- It was interesting writing a blow job from the male POV.
- She used the term blow job twice
- She did check with Niall on a few things on the male POV…
- It was enormous fun writing from Christian’s POV, she was surprised by how humorous the relationship was with Elliot and also how the relationship with Elena was.
- Christian does have a different playlist from Ana.
- Erika has had dreams of Christian Grey, but they’re mundane. You’ll have to have the dirty dreams for her.
- Erika is halfway through another project, she’s not sure if she’ll finish.
- She will probably write Darker (depending on how Grey is received) and maybe she’ll write Freed. She sounded much less confident about writing Freed.
- The reason we love Christian Grey – because he doesn’t exist.
After the Q&A we sang happy birthday, had cake, cupcakes, dessert and the book signing took place. I did ask the organizer, Lyss, how many people attended, she said it was 200. Although they had advertised for 350, they had to limit to 200 due to the size of the space. But the number was just right, it allowed a big enough event to have a buzz to it, but intimate enough that Erika was able to interact with the fans during the signing portion.
I want to thank Erika, Lyss, and the publisher for making such a great event. It was unique, intimate and a lot of fun. I would definitely do another event like this, so fingers crossed that she does more of them.