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It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it, and Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James said she did exhaustive “research” for the best-selling erotic novel in which many of her own sexual fantasies actually appear on paper.

“It was a very considered study,” James joked the explicit sex in her books during the latest stop on her book tour. “My husband still rolls his eyes and says ‘God, what do we gotta do now?’ He was very cooperative.”

“Fundamentally for me it’s still a love story,” she notes. “I think women love to read love stories. People concentrating on the sex … I can say over and over again I cannot own people’s reaction to this story.”

“If they want to concentrate on the sex … it’s their issue, not my issue.

As for the banter between Christian and Anastasia Steele? “That’s actually how I write my emails … I am a terrible flirt. I have a lot of fun with those.”

With a multi-million dollar book deal and now a Fifty Shades of Grey movie in the works, James won’t spill on who should play Christian Grey on film.

“I’m so not telling you,” she teased. “It’s really, really early days in the film process. I’m keeping my mouth shut because I will get into trouble.”

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