This week I thought I would interview someone who I have interacted with a lot of the past two years and who I am excited to meet this summer in Seattle for the FiftySoiree
Where are you from?
Stoke on Trent, England. It is a small city about half way between Birmingham and Manchester.
How did you come to read Fifty Shades of Grey?
I heard the title mentioned by a favourite radio presenter a couple of weeks before it was published here in paperback and I don’t know why but I was intrigued. I knew nothing about the content at that time. I asked at a couple of local bookstores but they had not heard of it. I wondered afterwards when it sold in such massive numbers if they recalled me asking.
Did you read an actual book or an ebook?
I bought the first book in paperback as soon as it was released and the other two when they came out a couple of weeks later. I devoured them, reading late into the night and found it very difficult to sleep for thoughts of Mr Grey. I’ve since bought the hardbacks, audiobooks and ebooks on Kindle.
Which is your favorite book in the series?
It is very difficult to choose but I’ll say the first one because I find the attraction between Christian and Ana very moving and believable. The way that they both feel the obstacles to them being together but are powerless to stay apart is the essence of all great love stories.
What is your favorite scene in the series?
Again there are so many to choose from. I adore the proposal in the boat house but if I can have only one then it would be the shower scene at the Fairmont when Christian admits that he loves her.
How many times have you read the series?
All the way though I’ve read the paperbacks 3 times but now I listen to the audiobooks whenever I get a chance in the car or when I am ironing and I read a few pages of the books every day.
Outside of Fifty Shades of Grey, what is your favorite book, series or author?
I used to read crime novels by writers such as Harlan Coben and Tess Gerritsen but now I am totally hooked on Fifty Shades fanfiction. I never knew it even existed until I started communicating with other fans of the trilogy. As a direct result of reading Fifty Shades I read Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy and also the Twilight books.
If you were to meet E L James today, what 2 questions would you ask her?
– Are you happy with the level of input you’ve had in the movie?
– Because her success has led to so much travelling and I have the trip to Seattle coming up – does she have any tips for handling jetlag?
Have you had any unique experiences because of your love of Fifty Shades of Grey?
Through our shared love of the books I have made contact with so many lovely ladies all around the world. I have never before visited the USA but I wanted very much to walk in Ana’s footsteps and see Seattle. When I first heard about the Soiree being arranged I thought it was an impossible dream but circumstances just seemed to fall into place and now I am very excited about what may well be the trip of a lifetime.
What scene are you most looking forward to in Fifty Shades of Grey The Movie?
When Christian shows Ana the Red Room of Pain for the first time.
Where can people find you on the web?
Facebook: facebook.com/Sue Spruce