Zane (not her real name) is the best-selling author of a plethora of African-American-oriented erotica, including Dear G Spot, Afterburn, Gettin' Buck Wild, The Heat Seekers, Addicted and The Sex Chronicles, to name a few. This iconoclastic phenom has also edited and/or contributed to such other titles as Love is Never Painless, Caramel Flava, Chocolate Flava, Best Black Women's Erotica, Brown Sugar 2, Twilight Moods, Dark Dreams, and Becoming Myself. Besides writing, Zane is the publisher of Strebor Books International for which she is responsible for acquiring dozens of titles per year and currently has nearly 50 authors signed to her imprint.
She serves as the moderator of PlanetZane.net, where thousands of her fans who call themselves "Zaniacs" converge on a daily basis to discuss her work, as well as love and relationships. Zane has more than 35,000 MySpace friends and nearly 400,000 friends at BlackPlanet.com. Here, she talks about "Zane's Sex Chronicles" the daring Cinemax television series loosely based on her own real life sexploits, which premiered on Cinemax in October of 2008 and whose first season was recently released on DVD.
Kam Williams: Hi, Zane, I don’t know whether you remember me, but we met last year in Manhattan at the boat party thrown by Troy Johnson on the Hudson River during the Book Expo America Convention.
Zane: Yes, Absolutely!
KW: How have you been?
Z: I’m fine, how are you?
KW: Everything’s great! Thanks for the interview. You are one of the most ambitious people around. Where does that drive come from?
Z: I have always had it. I guess I got it naturally, from my parents. [Chuckles]
KW: You have so many projects in the pipeline besides your erotica, like a line of cosmetics. How’s that coming?
Z: I actually have it all laid out. I have the logos done and am getting ready to place the first order. So, that’s pretty much done.
KW: What about your plans to launch a line of sexual devices?
Z: With anything I do, I feel that if I’m going to be a bear, I want to be a Grizzly. [Laughs] So, while I definitely could launch that today, I want to make sure it’s branded as my line of toys, and that takes a little bit longer. I don’t want to just jump out and start selling adult toys. There’s no challenge in that, honestly.
KW: I read that you’re also planning to produce several movies.