Motheroftheworld.net was invited by Impact Magazine for an inspiring conversation with New York Times Best Selling Author, producer, script writer, publisher, and CEO Zane. The cocktail of the evening was complementary Tiny’s Tequila. The tequila had a unique, fruity, smooth taste. I never really indulge in tequila flavored drinks but this complementary cocktail fit the event perfectly, and all the guests enjoyed toasting to the authors after each conversation. The music for the evening was provided by DJ Naturel. The atmosphere had a very good vibe, a room filled with wonderful, sophisticated, with lovely readers and writers of books. I felt honored and humbled, attending the event with fellow Bloggers Like Me girl, NappyNaturalgirl.com. You could still feel the excitement from the African American Book Club Awards. Tunisha Brown the editor of Impact Magazine served as our host and moderator as we discussed Zane’s work and her impact across various industries.
Zane is the New York Times bestselling author of Afterburn, The Heat Seekers, Dear G-Spot, Gettin’ Buck Wild, The Hot Box, Total Eclipse of the Heart, Nervous, Skyscraper, Love is Never Painless, Shame on It All, and The Sisters of APF; the ebook short stories I’ll be Home for Christmas and Everything Fades Away; and editor for the Flava anthology series, including Z-Rated and Busy Bodies. Her TV series, Zane’s Sex Chronicles, and The Jump Off are featured on Cinemax, and her bestselling novel Addicted is a major motion picture with Lionsgate Films. She is the publisher of Strebor Books, an imprint of Atria Books/Simon & Schuster, and lives in the Washington, DC, area with her family.
The Conversation with Zane, Executive Producer, Author, Inspiring upcoming Authors
How did you get started in writing?
My parents are both retired educators. Everyone believed that I would grow up and become a writer. In second grade I read the book “The Yearling,” in two days. I remember in third grade I began to learn speed reading.
I became an avid reader, reading books such as “Sounder,” The Autobiography of Miss. Jane Pittman, Judy Blume and Stephen King novels. I moved to rural North Carolina and became bored, so I continued writing short stories. “Addicted,” started as a short story, and I did not have any intent on publishing Addicted. However, I published “Addicted,” in May 2000.
What made you start your self publishing company?
Publishers wanted me to change my writing style. I write outside of the box. I wanted to shatter myths around women and their sexuality. I knew that other writers had issues with publishers. Currently, I have over 100 writers in my publishing company.
When did HBO show interest in your work?
When HBO contacted me for a television series, that is when I knew that I am “Walking in my gift,” everything has fallen in my lap. I went to lunch with the decision maker, and we discussed making each show from my short stores. I am the first African American woman to have a show loosely based on my real life. I am the executive producer, screen writer, and director. I work 14 hour days seven days a week. I had to audition over 900 people for the first season of “The Sex Chronicles.
How did Lionsgate approach you about making a movie?
Lionsgate actually emailed me about making a movie from the novel “Addicted,” My next movie is “After Burn,” and I am thinking about turning “Skyscraper,” into a series. “The Jump Off,” how much men regard relationships and feel about sex will be a series in the future.
What is the difference between being an author and a writer?
Writers do everything alone, authors have to become a personality.
How do you inspire new authors?
The most successful authors are the ones that hustle the most, for example Allison Hobbs. You have to make sure that people know about their work. The authors that are most successful help to uplift other authors. I recently wrote a book “Zane’s Infinite words a comprehensive guide to writing and publishing, in this book I describe to new authors how to approach character development, create story lines, and a wealth of other information for aspiring authors.