Grinders, I had the opportunity of interviewing the awesome and increidible Author; Zane. Oh yes, Zane!!!
Washington D.C Native Best-Selling Erotic Author ; Zane, has sold millions of novels since the release of the first two books entitled “Addicted” and “The Sex Chronicles“,and “The Shattering Myth“.
Since a youth, Zane has loved reading books; coming from two retired educator parents which helped to grow her vivid imagination. While attending school the teachers knew she’ll soon become an writer. Though Zane didn’t think nothing of it; years later while being an research assistant at Duke Divinity School, she discovered AOL chat room.While hanging out in the chat room, she formed the name Zane and started writing an short story entitled, “The First Night“. After receiving numerous and great reviews; she started getting emails about the short stories. AOL Chat company would later take down those stories due to the content, but that didn’t stop Zane…she decided to put his fantasies on paper.
Then, here comes the Critics!!!!
Zane doesn’t listen to the criticisms, stating, “you have to do what you love and doing what you’re passionate about“. ” I use sex as a segue to deal with a lot of deeper issues. I don’t feel like I am a sex writer or even an erotica writer. I would describe myself as a very detailed writer who does not down her sex scenes”. Zane expresses.
When being asked if one of her books reflects on some her own personal experiences with relationships and life; Zane stated,”All of the books to a degree“.
August 2000, “Addicted” book was released grossing as the hottest paperback book at that time. Fourteen years later, “Addicted” was released into theaters by Liongate film company. Zane expressed, “ It was a logical choice to do Addicted first, and it was also the choice of the studio… it felt great to see the movie on the big screen. I enjoy expressing myself in different mediums and this afforded me that opportunity. The director, cast, and studio all worked together flawlessly to make it take flight”. The unrated version is now available on VOD for purchase and the DVD released on February 10th 2015. “Addicted” became an Box Office hit, but the films doesn’t stop there!! Without a doubt more of Zane stories will be making there way to the big screen sooner than everyone thinks. She has even decided on the next film have but hasn’t made the formal announcement as of yet. Stay tuned!!!
We can’t forget that In fall of 2008, Zane Sex Chronicles made it’s premiere on cable television network Cinemax, There was no doubt in Zane mind that both ” Zane Sex Chronicles” and “Zane’s The Jump Off” helped both sexes (male & female) to communicate more openly not only about sex but life in general. According to Zane, “My characters were realistic, flawed, brazen, and complicated. Viewers were drawn to those traits because such is life“.
Zane is the publisher at Strebor books, Simon and Schuster were she publishes over 30-60 books an year. when asked what advice do she have for writers who’s looking to do self-publishing; Zane stated, “Be informed. Be informed. Be informed. Understand exactly what they are getting into. Writing a book is only the beginning of several steps to successfully self-publish a book. They need to know the difference between being a writer and being an author. They should read at least three books on the subject and make an informed decision“.
One book the Authors prefer to check out is her upcoming March 17th 2015, Titled “Infinite Words: A Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Publishing.” For the radio listeners, you can check out a weekly radio show on writing called “Zane’s Literary Salon” that premieres at 11:30 AM EST on Saturday, February 7, 2015 and then will re-air every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 5:00 PM EST. It will air on WHUR Voices–Sirius XM Channel 141.
I have an favorite Zane book ,Entitled “The Other Side Of The Pillow“. Zane, gives us some insight on “The Other Side Of The Pillow“, saying… “I was inspired to write; “The Other Side of the Pillow”, for two reasons“. “The first is that I came up with a concept for a cable show years ago that would tell one side of the events from a female perspective and then flip it and tell it from the male perspective. I slept on that idea and the series “The Affair” has now done that and won some awards for it”, saying whiling smiling. ” Now, I would look like I am copying it but that is not true. I need to start implementing my ideas because that is not the first time something like that has occurred. Secondly, I was receiving a lot of emails from females who had decided to give up on love forever due to being bitter about men. I decided to create the ultimate bitter woman, Jemistry, and make her fall in love to prove that when two people set their minds to something, are completely transparent and looks at things with maturity, they can make it work out“. The Other Side Of The Pillow Book was released on the 5th of August,2014 about a testy love affair that emerges between a woman who’s had enough and a man who’s had it all, and remains to be a Must Read out of the author Zane series of novels.
Zane Fans Unite!!!!
Sammie Preston IV