When it comes tobestselling erotica, Zane has been a trailblazer. Zane a Washington, D.C.–based author had sold more than 5 millioncopies of her books worldwide before anyone had heard of Fifty Shades of Grey.While E.L. James, the author of the latter book, dropped an atom bomb this yearon the competition (30 million copies sold worldwide in four months), Zane wasindisputably there first. She is known as the queen of urban erotica, famousfor its no-holds-barred, raw sexuality, juicier even than morerestrained-by-comparison books such as FiftyShades.
Zane, which is apseudonym (it means “God’s precious gift”), first made her name writing sexystories on her AOL website, untilthe company shut it down because of its X-rated content. As her far-flung fans(sometimes known as “Zaniacs”) spread the word, her reputation grew so largethat three major publishers pursued her with book contracts. Concerned aboutdemands to tamp down her writing, she initially self-published her work,selling more than 100,000 copies of her first novel, Addicted, in 2001. Butfinally she cast her lot with Simon & Schuster, and the rest is mainstreampublishing history. She has had 14 NewYork Times bestsellers, inaddition to writing and producing a hit Cinemax series, Zane’s Sex Chronicles, andmaintaining a hugely popular website, planetzane.com, which featuresconversations for the “grown and sexy.”
Zane’s steamy firstnovel, Addicted, whichstars Zoe Reynard, a successful married businesswoman who is juggling threelovers, has just been republished. And her beyond-X-rated anthology of otherwriters, Z-Rated:Chocolate Flava, will be published in August.