The author of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy made an unexpected appearance at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Kansas City.
The Fifty Shades trilogy was a runaway hit, but has drawn strong opinions from both fans and detractors.
The author, E.L. James, had been quietly attending the convention, which started earlier this week, organizers say.
She revealed herself after her trilogy came under the face of withering criticism during the New Adult Fiction panel Wednesday afternoon.
Organizers confirmed Thursday that James stood up and identified herself as the author of the books during that panel discussion. She indicated that she was attending the conference in support of a friend, and was taking a low-key approach.
Some attendees in the room said on Twitter that once James identified herself in defense of her books that dead silence filled the room, and that James eventually exited abruptly.
Organizers said James' name was on her badge, but it was turned around in a way that it wasn't clear to those who saw the author. James has since asked for the name on her badge to be changed to "Erica."
James is declining interview requests, wanting to continue to maintain a low profile, organizers said.
Author Abbi Glines, who was one of the panelists discussing New Adult Fiction, posted on her Twitter account that James was in the audience in support of her.
"Just for record @E_L_James was at the NA panel for #RT13 because she was supporting me. Yeah, taking total credit ;)" she wrote.
Have you read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy? What did you think of the books? Share your thoughts on KCTV5's Facebook page. Click here.
Friday, April 18 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:20:57 GMT
A Tigard woman found guilty of murder for the death of her 4-year-old son was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years. A jury found Jessica Dutro-Boggess, 25, guiltyMore >
A jury found Jessica Dutro-Boggess, 25, guilty on charges of murder, murder by abuse and assault earlier this month.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 10:12 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:12:08 GMT
An investigation into a two Nike employees accused of selling rare Nike shoes for their own financial gain led to a Florida man's arrest this week. A Washington County Sheriff's Office detective's affidavitMore >
An investigation into a Nike employee accused of stealing rare Nike shoes from the company's world headquarters and then selling them for his own financial gain led to the arrest of a Florida man.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 3:24 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:24:49 GMT
A theft suspect is accused of forging TriMet passes, possibly more than a thousand of them. Transit police served a search warrant at the Central City Concern's Estate Motel, 225 N.W. Couch, on WednesdayMore >
Efren Escarsega Jr., 39, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of first-degree theft, theft by receiving and conspiracy to commit forgery.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-04-18 16:55:01 GMT
A priest known as Father Isidore who was associated with the St. Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis has been arrested on child pornography charges. Albany police said Stanley Brittain, aka Father Isidore,More >
Albany police detectives say they found evidence of child porn when they raided a home yesterday morning.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-04-18 20:42:29 GMT
An 18-year-old was killed and a boy was critically injured in a car crash in Independence. Police were called to the scene on Stryker Road at around 5 p.m. Thursday. Investigators said a Dodge DurangoMore >
An 18-year-old was killed and a boy was critically injured in a car crash in Independence.More >
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-17 02:51:53 GMT
A Portland police officer was wounded and his K-9 partner is missing following a shootout with a suspect in southwest Portland.The officer survived the shooting and he's in "very good spirits" while recoveringMore >
An officer was shot in the legs and his K-9 partner was killed during a confrontation with a burglary suspect in Portland. More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 1:41 AM EDT2014-04-19 05:41:59 GMT
Four people were taken to the hospital after police said a car ran a red light and slammed into the outdoor eating area of a McDonald's restaurant in Longview. It happened a little before 3 p.m. More >
Four people were taken to the hospital after police said a car ran a red light and slammed into the outdoor eating area of a McDonald's restaurant in Longview.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:05:06 GMT
Police said a lengthy multi-agency investigation led to a traffic stop and the discovery of methamphetamine hidden in a car, as well as a meth lab at a Salem home. Police said a 2002 Subaru Impreza drivenMore >
Police said a lengthy multi-agency investigation led to a traffic stop and the discovery of methamphetamine hidden in a car, as well as a meth lab at a Salem home.More >
Saturday, April 12 2014 6:07 AM EDT2014-04-12 10:07:09 GMT
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral. A mother humpback whale and her calf were cruising just offshore when a set rolled in. J.T. Gray of NorthMore >
An incredible photo snapped Saturday at the iconic Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore is going viral.More >