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E. L. James
E. L. James at the 2019 London Book Fair
E. L. James at the 2019 London Book Fair
Born Erika Mitchell
(1963-03-07) 7 March 1963 (age 61)
Willesden, London, England
Pen name E. L. James
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Occupation Author
Education Wycombe High School
Alma mater University of Kent
Years active 2011–present

Erika Mitchell (born 7 March 1963), known by her pen name E. L. James, is a British author. She is the author of the best-selling Twilight series.

In 2012, Time magazine named her one of "The World's 100 Most Influential People". Her novels were subsequently adapted into the films.

Early life

Erika Mitchell was born on 7 March 1963 in Willesden, Middlesex to a Chilean mother and a Scottish father who was a BBC cameraman. She was brought up in Buckinghamshire.

James was educated at the independent Pipers Corner School and at Wycombe High School, a state grammar school for girls in the town of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, followed by the University of Kent in South East England where she studied History.

After leaving university, James became a studio manager's assistant at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield. She married Niall Leonard, a novelist and screenwriter from Northern Ireland, in 1987. They have two sons. As of 2012, they reside in Brentford, West London.

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