With over 20 years in the industry as an erotic fiction novelist, more than three dozen books published, and millions of copies sold, it’s hard to believe that Kristina Roberts, better knowns under her creative alias Zane, had never read erotic fiction prior to becoming an author. She is best known for her New York Times best-selling novel, ‘Addicted‘, which was released in 1998.
‘Addicted’ tells the story of a successful African-American businesswoman named Zoe Reynard. For Zoe, finding the pleasure she wants and the way she wants it is not worth the risk of losing everything she has — marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, and three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction — to sex. In 2014, ‘Addicted’ landed a spot on the big screen through the global content platform, Lionsgate. The film, based on the Zane best-seller, starred Sharon Leal (‘Why Did I Get Married’, ‘Dream Girls’), Boris Kodjoe, Tyson Beckford, and Tasha Smith just to name a few.
I’m sure you’re thinking, without any prior knowledge of the erotic literature genre, but obtaining so much success from it, where does Zane pull this inspiration from? The answer is simple. Like most creators, Zane’s inspiration is drawn from her personal experiences and vivid imagination.
“People don’t talk about sex the way that I write about sex,” Zane told Blavity.
In an interview with Blavity, Zane provided insight on her new novel, which is currently untitled, but said that the story may focus on a man who is unable to commit to his long-term girlfriend. This is a situation in which I’m sure we can all relate to — whether we know somebody who has gone through it or maybe it’s relative to our own situation. To me, relatable characters make for the best reads.
“A lot of times a man will be with a woman for a long time, and then turn around and meet his soulmate and make a commitment really, really quickly,” Zane said. “It’s a very timely situation. I see it all the time — women who go through all this stuff for a man, make all these changes. Next thing you know, they break up and in six months he’s engaged to someone else.”
While it’s no secret that the characters in Zane’s novels display sexual liberation, that’s not always the case when it comes to real life. According to Blavity, it is believed that women aren’t always as forthcoming in regards to their sexual desires, due to the fear of negative feedback from their partners. Zane agrees that it’s time for black women to take back control in the bedroom instead of letting men take charge and give demands, because it should not be up to a man to define a woman’s sexuality. Zane thinks more women need to speak up about what they want, especially when it comes to areas like foreplay. She advised that women not be so complacent.
“I know a lot of women who are afraid to be freaky around their man because they’re afraid their man is going to misjudge them and wonder who else they’ve done that with,” Zane said.
If you’re wondering what Zane has been up to recently, earlier this year she released a podcast series based on the book anthology titled ‘Purple Panties’ via the on-demand internet radio service Stitcher (podcast contains explicit content listeners’ discretion is advised). The podcast follows five professional Black female characters as they navigate through their spicy sex lives, relationships and professional careers in the hot city of Atlanta. Zane has also been editing and working as a ghostwriter on a number of other projects for various authors. She even does some consultation work and interior design.