Zane is Kristina Laferne Roberts, an African American author of erotic fiction. She is the daughter of a former elementary school teacher and a world-renowned theologian who authored nearly two dozen books. Zane was born and lives in Washington D.C. She has three children, and describes her life as "very boring" ("Zane"). All the same, she makes her books so interesting for her readers that between the years 2000 and 2004, eight of her sexually charged novels had been published; nearly three million copies had been sold; and even though the average book is said to have a shelf life of only a year or less, Zane's erotic books continued to sell (Christian).
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Zane has her own publishing company as well, which includes authors in genres completely different from her own. As a matter of fact, her publishing company represents authors of religious literature too (Tate). It may very well be that Zane wants to continue her relationship with religion because of her theologian parent, despite the fact that her own novels reveal nothing whatsoever about the values of religion. In fact, Zane's small publishing empire, Strebor Books International, was born with the following words of the author: "[He] stuck his dick in my pussy from behind. He fucked the living daylights out of me, and there was no point in saying it wasn't what I really wanted. The streams of cum and pussy juice trickling down my inner thighs onto the floor told the true story" (Ditkoff).
The author seems to be rebelling against the values of religion that were perhaps taught in her home. It may be that her theologian parent was very strict, and because of the strictness endured by Zane in her childhood, she refuses to identify with the religious identity of her parent still.
The covers of Zane's books, such as Love is Never Painless, Caramel Flava, Afterburn and Chocolate Flava, are as erotic as they can be (AALBC). Most definitely, her theologian parent would not approve of her books. Even so, Zane never mentions her books in connection with her religious parent. It can simply be inferred from her life and works that she is strictly an individualist who would not conform to the values taught in her home no matter what. When Zane was asked by Sonsyrea Tate in her interview how the author felt about kids reading her books, she remarked, "…you can't really regulate your kids because you can't really watch everything they do."
Zane happens to be a typically boring mother in her own opinion. She also began writing erotica in her boredom as a single mother. According to the author: "I was just sitting there bored one night, and I decided to write this story about this couple that goes to this resort for this romantic rendezvous, and it was very graphic, and from that point, it just started. I wrote Addicted in 19 days" (Tate). Many people believe that sex could become an addiction. In the case of Zane, it is writing about sex that became an addiction. One website briefly reviews Zane's book, Caramel Flava thus: "Zane always selects stories that turn her on, and she guarantees they will turn you on, also" (AALBC). Most certainly, Zane loves to write about sex. But she also covers topics such as domestic, sexual, and child abuse, as well as unplanned pregnancies. One recurring theme in her novel is that children who are sexually abused often turn out to be promiscuous as adults. Such is the case of Zoe in Addiction (Ditkoff).
The author also happens to be a self-proclaimed feminist who wants to empower and liberate women through her writings (Ditkoff). Zane describes abused girls, such as the young girl in Breaking the Cycle, who turn into highly sexually beings with maturity (AALBC). Sex becomes a way for the females to liberate themselves. It is in the bedroom that Zane's heroines find their true voice. It is here that they learn how to be themselves, that is, thoroughly individualistic. Furthermore, Zane's heroines do not have to feel uncomfortable about using raw and graphic language for sex. The author explains it thus: "I mean, how many women actually use the word 'manhood' in the bedroom? (Ditkoff)"
With three kids, and the knowledge that "you can't really regulate your kids," Zane intends to begin writing books for children as well. In point of fact, this is what she had always imagined herself doing - writing books for children. Somehow her focus was shifted on to women and their sexual desires, however. Zane also refers to her love for writing erotica as a madness: 'I wrote one story called First Night and sent it to a few friends,' she recalls. 'Then the madness began, and before I knew it, I had written 50 stories, had tens of thousands of people subscribing to my Internet newsletter, and had penned Addicted…. (Holloway)"
Zane continues to be addicted to her work. Always in the Zone state perhaps, she continues to write erotica that pleases her fans very much. Whether she begins to write for children in the future or not, the fact would remain: Kristina Laferne Roberts is the Number One author of erotic novels today (Holloway).
- AALBC (1997). "Zane." Retrieved from http://aalbc.com/ . (15 March 2007).
- Christian, Margena A. "Meet Zane The Queen Of Erotic Novels." Jet (2004, October 4).
- Ditkoff, Anna. "Hustler." City Paper Online (2004, September 15). (15 March 2007).
- Holloway, Lynette R. "Zane: Up Close and Personal with the No. 1 Author of Erotic Novels." Ebony (2005, March).
- "Zane." Wikipedia (2007). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zane_erotica_author . (15 March 2007).
- Tate, Sonsyrea. "Erotica Author Zane On Publishing Books." The Washington Informer. (15 March 2007).