To celebrate the release of Fifty Shades Darker on DVD, we’ve put together some fun facts that you may not know about the book’s author, E. L. James.  

• Her real name is Erika Mitchell – and her pen name while writing the Fifty Shades series was Snowqueen’s Icedragon.

• Her personal car is a Mini.

• James was born to a Chilean mother and Scottish father.

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• Married her husband, Niall Leonard, in 1987, and the couple have two sons.

• She was listed on TIME Magazine‘s 2012 list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World”.