Erotica writer doesn’t mind being compared to E.L. James
Q: It’s been more than a decade since your first book, 2001’s Addicted, was first published. Are you surprised that fans are so excited about the movie?
A: It am surprised by it, but it’s wonderful. It just means that it’s an evergreen story. It’s really timeless. Women 100 years ago were dealing with these sorts of issues,
What is the first rule of interviewing Zane, who became a bestselling author by spilling all the naughty details of her characters’ sex lives?
Don’t ask about her details. Specifically Zane’s recent money woes, which include owing $337,151.85 in back taxes to the state of Maryland and filing for bankruptcy in June.
“You know the rundown, right?” asks the publicist working the red carpet Monday night at the local premiere of Zane’s first bookturned-movie.
“The book and the movie. Nothing about her finances in general or anything like that reported in the Washington Post.” and they’ll be dealing with them 100 years from now.
Q: A hundred years ago women were sex addicts?
A: It’s about not feeling like they can communicate and be honest with their mates in a marriage. Feeling like women are the weaker sex to a degree. Not really feeling comfortable in their sexuality or their husbands not understanding that women are just as sexual by nature as men, if not more.
Q: So-called “mommy erotica” is having a moment. Author E.L. James’ insanely popular Fifty Shades of Grey will be in theatres the day before Valentine’s Day. Do you mind the comparisons?
A: I honestly I don’t mind it. I haven’t read the book so I really can’t make any comparisons myself. But I think there’s enough room for everybody, and I’m really glad to see female sexuality being embraced on all levels. Q: What’s next for you? A: My first play launches Oct. 21 in Dallas … And the week after Valentine’s Day, we’re going to 40 cities …. It’s based on my latest book about a young woman who lives here in the D.C. area, and who’s very bitter. Then she meets a young man at the Carolina Kitchen, who is a vascular surgeon.
Q: And? And? Bed-hopping ensues?
A: It’s all about how two mature people who have been through a lot can establish a working relationship — if they’re willing not to run away or take an easy way out.
Best-selling author Zane’s first book Addicted is now out as a movie.