As the saying goes, sex sells.Books about sex can sell very well, if they are well written. And in the early 2000s a powerful new voice in erotica emerged, and dominated bestseller lists.
She wrote under the pseudonym Zane. Her short erotic stories attracted a loyal following on the Internet, inspiring her to self-publish The Sex Chronicles Before long, she had a book deal with Simon and Schuster.
I met Zane in 2004, when she had just published her novel Nervous. And this soft spoken theologian’s daughter had a lot to say about writing, and publishing.
So here now, from 2004, Zane.
Zane – real name: Kristina Roberts – is about 57 now, She published Strebor Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, publishing as many as 60 books a year.
The Red Scare that engulfed the U.S. in the years immediately after World War II ruined many careers, and any affiliation with the Communist Party was enough to get you blacklisted.
So it was that popular novelist Howard fast found himself suddenly a pariah because of his membership in the Communist Party USA.
A contentious appearance before the house Un=American Activities Committee in 1950 resulted in a three month prison sentence for contempt of Congress. But it was while serving his sentence that Howard Fast began working on the novel that would turn out to be his most famous work: Spartacus.
By the end of the decade, Fast’s blacklist was over, And he departed from the Communist Party, disenchanted with its leadership.
In 1990 Fast published a memoir called Being Red. And that’s when I have a chance to meet him.
In the early 1970s many women had two books on their shelves: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan and The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer.
That was the then-31-year-old’s first book and virtually overnight turned her into an international celebrity A leader of the feminist movement
Her ideas about femininity, Male-female relationships, and marriage You find those things For millions of readers
In the years that followed Greer was a prolific writer of essays and books Many of those essays were collected in a 1987 volume which she entitled The Madwoman’s Underclothes. And that’s when I had a chance to spend a few minutes with this iconic figure.
So here now, from 1987, Germaine Greer
Today, January 29, is Germaine Greer’s 85th birthday. She divides her time between England and Australia .
When I was a kid, all my friends and I were into The Twilight Zone, the Rod Serling TV series.
But in the later 2000s, another “twilight” captured the world’s imagination: the “Twilight” series of novels by Stephenie Meyer.
Four, in all, chronicling the stories of teenager Bella, vampire Edward. and werewolf Jacob.
The third book in the series, “Eclipse,” was published in 2007. And that’s when I met the author — who, as you’ll hear, was still getting accustomed to the fact she had become more popular, book-sales-wise, than J.K. Rowling.
Here now, from 2007, Stephenie Meyer.
Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” books have been turned into popular movies. And her books continue to sell tens of millions of copies worldwide.
Over the last three decades, millions of people around the world have enjoyed a series of novels about a fictional amateur bounty hunter from New Jersey named Stephanie Plum.
Stephanie is the creation of writer Janet Evanovich. In the 1980s, she was a stay-at-home mom, but when her kids were nearing the age at which they would be leaving for college, she decided to try something new — like, writing.
She started out as a romance writer, and achieved considerable success in that genre.
But after several years, she realized that what she liked best about writing was the action sequences in her books, and their humor.
So in 1994, Evanovich wrote her first mystery, a book called One For the Money . It introduced Stephanie Plum and her offbeat circle of friends and family.
It was an almost instant hit, and gave rise to a series that continues to this day. There are now 30 books in the Stephanie Plum series.
And this is where it all began. So here now, from 1994, my interview with the newly published Janet Evanovich.
Janet Evanovich celebrated her 80th birthady in April. Her most recent Stephanie Plum book, the 30th in the series, was published this year.