My “Lighter Shades” trilogy began when, by way of and idle displacement activity for finishing my novel, I thought I’d fritter away a morning documenting the first fifty things that I found annoying about “Fifty Shades of Grey”.
The resulting blog post went a little bit viral, and got me far more attention than I’d ever thought possible. I especially enjoyed the visits from a number of Fifty Shades Handmaidens who felt there were several points I really, really needed to understand, which were 1) If I didn’t like the book I didn’t have to read it 2) It was just a bit of escapist fun and I had no right to judge it by my impossibly high and snobbish standards 3) if the book was really so crap then why had it sold so many copies, HMMM? and 4) I was just jealous bitter like aloes and lemons, because I would never write anything so successful.
Which was nice.
Anyway, I was then commissioned by ebook publishers Collca to deconstruct the whole novel, and then shortly after the whole trilogy – which was quite definitely one of the coolest things that can possibly happen to a blogger. The series has had some very, very lovely reviews from some very, very lovely people. Also, for reasons that I hope my “Lighter Shades” books make clear, I’m donating half of my royalties from “Fifty Shades Lighter” and “Lighter Shades Freed” to Women’s Aid.
“Lighter Shades of Grey”, “Fifty Shades Lighter” and “Lighter Shades Freed” are available from all the usual ebook sources – just scroll to the bottom of Collca’s page to find the links.