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No one had more of an impact on publishing in 2012 than E.L. James.  The shy 49-year-old author hardly seems as if she could be the creator of the biggest erotic hit in decades or the rebel who upended the publishing world. But it was this suburban British mom who penned the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, selling more than 65 million copies and sparking a massive chase in Hollywood for movie rights (won by Universal and Focus for $5 million in March).

The suburban British mom, one of The Hollywood Reporter's 2012 Rule Breakers, talks to THR about what happened since her erotic trilogy took the publishing world by storm.