Author E.L. James is hoping to land a cameo in the film adaptation of her hit erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey after revealing one of the smaller characters in the book is based on herself.

The British writer recently signed off on a movie deal and now Hollywood gossips are desperately trying to nail down who will play the characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele on the big screen.

During an appearance on U.S. newswoman Katie Couric's daytime talk show on Monday (17Sep12), James revealed she has a few actors and actresses in mind - but she refused the name names.

She does, however, have someone in mind for one of the lesser characters in the novel.

James says, "I've actually written myself into the book; I play a very tiny cameo role and I might try and do that if I'm asked to... We'll see. But it'd be interesting to know if people can find me in the books."