??Fifty Shades? Author E.L. James Tops Forbes List


??Fifty Shades? Author E.L. James Tops Forbes List

Taking the trashy romance novel to the next level, E.L. James cashed in big time thanks to her 50 Shades of Grey novel franchise.

According to the newly-released Forbes Top-Earning Authors list, the erotic writer (real name Erika Leonard) scored a $95 million payday and even nabbed $5 million for the movie rights.

Beloved scribe James Patterson came in second with $91 million, while Suzanne Collins took home a $55 million paycheck for her Hunger Games writings.

Rounding out the top ten are Bill OReilly, Danielle Steel, Jeff Kinney, Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts, Dan Brown, and Stephen King.