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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. Visit her online at


Interview with Zane

Posted by Simon & Schuster on November 20, 2009



SS: What is your birthdate?

Z: 9/18

SS: What was/is your favorite job?

Z: Publishing

SS: What is your favorite television show?

Z: I Love Lucy

SS: What were your previous occupations?

Z: Sales

SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

Z: Prince

SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?

Z: Howard University

SS: What is your favorite movie?

Z: Scarface


SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?

Z: Being able to do what I am passionate about for a living, and witnessing my children grow up.

SS: What’s your greatest fear?

Z: Failure

SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?

Z: "Oh goodness" and "Shame on it all."

SS: What do you regret most?

Z: Wasting too much time in life.

SS: What is your greatest achievement?

Z: Having my children.

SS: What’s your greatest flaw?

Z: Believing that all people have goodness in them.

SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?

Z: People who try to insult my intelligence.

SS: Which living person do you most admire?

Z: Both of my parents

SS: What’s your best quality?

Z: My passion for life.

SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

Z: I would not trade my life for anyone or anything else.

SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?

Z: My smile

SS: What’s your fantasy profession?

Z: Professional Chef

SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

Z: Honesty, Humility, and Kindness

SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

Z: A private golf villa at the Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico

SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

Z: Painting

SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

Z: Publishing

SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

Z: Pineapple


SS: Who are your favorite authors?

Z: David Valentine Bernard

Allison Hobbs

Stephen King

Jeffrey Deaver

James Patterson

SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

Z: The Last Dream Before Dawn by D. V. Bernard

Intimate Relations with Strangers by David Valentine Bernard

The Climax by Allison Hobbs

There's Always a Reason by William Fredrick Cooper

Daddy Was a Number Runner by Louis Meriwether

SS: Is there a book you love to reread?

Z: The Value in the Valley by Iyanla Vanzant

SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

Z: Determination and passion ultimately determine a great writer; not success or money.

SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

Z: Thanks for making me feel normal.


SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

Z: Every day of my life is a gift.

SS: What is your motto or maxim?

Z: Live life to the fullest while you still have a life to live.

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