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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481026372
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481026376
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My name is Chloe Thurlow. I write erotic books and my Mother doesn't speak to me.

I am a night person, the girl at the bar who looks like she should have gone home and maybe has no home to go to. I am thin, chic, in an abstract sort of way. I have high cheekbones, long legs, perhaps too thin, and I like dancing.

I compose my work in the dead hours between two and six while London sleeps and the early morning planes follow the Thames into Heathrow carrying bankers and businessmen hoping to make it in the greatest city on earth - London, where I was born on a December night with a full-moon overhead and snow covering the garden.

Writing is a sickness, an ailment, an addiction. When I'm not writing, I'm thinking about what I have written that day and, when I do go to bed, I lay sleeplessly thinking about what I am going to write when I get up and start again the following day.

When I do sleep, I sleep badly, in spite of the magnets under my mattress that are supposed to orientate my body north to south so the dragon lines pass through the invisible portal at the top of my skull and down to my feet, my best feature, an old boyfriend once said. The last thing he ever said, now I come to think about it.

I have worked as a tutor, in marketing, and for a women's magazine which involved writing captions for interiors and combat with photographers fixated on depth and apertures. Regular working doesn't suit me, it interferes with writing, and now I freelance as a waitress at corporate 'events' where masters of the universe congratulate themselves by drinking buckets of champagne and falling over.

My new novel Katie in Love is officially released 21 March 2015. It is about a girl with long legs who likes dancing and is trying not to be promiscuous now she has met a man working to save the planet's poor and downtrodden. He is a volunteer doctor, so kind and selfless, the girl of my story wonders if she is in the process of doing the one thing she vowed never to do - fall in love.

Katie in Love is an erotic romance novel without a hint of porn. Porn is pure shock, often brutal, unpleasant, a turn off. The erotic should be saucy, sensitive, a glimpse at our own hidden desires and dark side.

This is from a recent review: "Read Anais Nin's 'A Spy In The House Of Love' and read Thurlow alongside, there is little to distinguish one from the other in my view.' - Elizabeth Woodham.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Iris Gioia on 14 Nov. 2012
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Now we've all had a chance to read `Fifty Shades of Grey,' it was a delight to come across `The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena,' which brilliantly explains why EL James's three novels have met with such amazing success. Erotic literature has always been something of a murky backwater but, with Fifty Shades, the genre has become mainstream.

A novelist of some repute herself, Chloe Thurlow outlines why this phenomenon has occurred and also how other writers and would-be writers can achieve the same. According to Ms Thurlow, EL James's major achievement was to write a romance and add an erotic component, rather than to write an erotic book with a glimpse of romance. The difference may seem subtle, even minor, but twenty million sales worldwide cannot be explained away by mere subtlety.

As a writing guide, her book describes how to create believable characters, compulsive plots and how to draw in readers through the power of the erotic, rather than the use of pornography. As she says at one point, the difference between erotica and porn is `good writing.' The `Phenomena' provides excerpts from Ms Thurlow's own work, as well of that of other writers, and lists of essential reading and erotic publishers seeking new material and voices. Whether a reader or a writer of the erotic, this is a valuable contribution to what is the fastest growing genre in literature today.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Em Heaton on 14 Nov. 2012
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Few books in the last century have had the success of `Fifty Shades of Grey.' In `The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena,' Chloe Thurlow reveals how EL James redefined the genre by adding an erotic element to what is in essence a love story, where writers in the field have normally set out to write erotica and spiced it up with a pinch of romance.

For those who enjoyed EL James's trilogy and would like to know more about the process she went through to achieve such enormous acclaim, and for anyone inspired to turn their own hand to writing erotica, the `Phenomena' is an insider's guide filled with writing tips, tricks and techniques. A novelist herself with several books under her belt, Thurlow gives us a historic view of erotica and provides excerpts from such luminaries as the Marquis de Sade. She discusses the difference between pornographic and erotic - pointing out that one difference, as she puts it, is `good writing,' and leads her readers to a greater understanding of the erotic as a literary genre.

For those serious about writing themselves, Thurlow provides a quick guide on the dos and don'ts of writing erotica, and a useful list of erotic publishers. If you have `Fifty Shades of Grey' on your bookshelf, you'll re-read it with fresh eyes after consuming the `Phenomena.'
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chris Brandler on 27 Nov. 2012
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I stumbled on this book quite by chance and found it a totally intriguing read. Ms Thurlow guides us through the success of EL James with the Shades of Grey books, takes us on a journey into the life of the Marquis de Sade, showing us how the life he led brought him to write the books he wrote, and all the time she gives useful tip for writers working on the chalk face of modern erotica. For writers, this book I am sure will be helpful and inspiring. For non-writers it is a good, intelligent read that reveals why erotica has become mainstream.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By samui gal on 23 Nov. 2012
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`The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena,' explains how EL James managed to turn the perception of what constitutes an erotic novel on its head.
Chloe Thurlows `Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena' explains how EL James changed the way we see erotic fiction, using examples of her own excellent work to highlight her points. Chloe achieves what she set out to do, with this insightful look at the 'phenomena'

Chloe is an accomplished erotic author in her own right (and one of my favourites) and I hope she can ride this current wave of interest in erotic fiction.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl on 20 Aug. 2013
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I found this book to be very informative and a definite must read for anyone who decides to incorporate romance scenes into a book.
There were many examples that I thought were well researched and very helpful along with some great excerpts of other books. I read The Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomena in one afternoon. I was starving for the information even if I didn't know it.

A talented writer, Chole Thurlow give us a greater insight into the genre and how to build strong characters and story-lines. Easy to understand and a gold mine of information, this is a great book
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By davo rhinehart on 23 Nov. 2012
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Chloe happens to be a personal fave author of myself and my wife. The Fifty Shades Phenomena brilliantly explains why and how this genre has now become mainstream.
I love the way she breaks down the genre in a way that is easy to understand, and is immensely helpful to other other writers interested in exploring the erotic genre. Chloe uses examples from her own books to highlight the points, a clever way to showcase her own talented writing. An excellent read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Torquil on 4 Mar. 2013
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As Chloe says herself, there is no silver bullet. However, she does much to illuminate the ways in which 50 Shades changed the game, bringing what was a hidden niche very much into the mainstream. Both in this and in her own works, Chloe writes with precision and artistry, confirming the view that erotic literature is literature first and foremost.
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