About the Author
Zander Vyne’s short and long fiction has been published everywhere, though she is best known for her erotica and horror stories. Her work has been included in the Best of the Erotica Readers and Writers Association, Red Scream magazine, The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 11 and 12 and many other publications, in print and online.
Zander enjoys passing on her love of good books with other writers, helping them edit their work. You can often find her hanging out on Facebook talking about writing and books.
She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, daughter, and an adopted Basenji mutt. When she’s not writing, editing or reading, she’s probably cooking, knitting or starting yet another remodeling project.
What inspires you to write romance books?
I’m a mom. For years I wrote stories and never showed anyone, and I read books – more books than anyone I know (mostly romance and horror novels). When my daughter was born, I decided that more than anything, I wanted to be someone she could be proud of. So I set out to follow my heart and become the writer I’d always dreamed I could be. Now, eleven years later, she’s still my biggest inspiration.
Tell us about how you write:
My writing process varies. When I write short stories, I often start with only an idea, a line, or a character in mind, and I write whatever flows. After I get it all out, I go back and edit and shape my first draft into a story. When I write novels, I usually start the same way, and then outline once ideas start to flow so I don’t get lost and can craft a good story with no missing parts.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters do usually talk to me. Sometimes, I feel like they are in my head, full of stories to tell and that they won’t be happy until someone tells them. They argue with me when I try to make them do things I want them to do, or tell me when I’ve got things all wrong. They leave me alone when I’ve done them justice. I imagine it’s what being haunted by ghosts must be like!
What advice would you give other writers?
Read as much as you can, in a variety of genres (but ALL kinds of romance, including some of the old classics). When you read something bad, ask yourself why it didn’t work for you. When you read something good, examine why this particular cook or story clicked. Learn. Join writer’s groups. And write, write, write. Do Nanowimo; it will teach you the value of getting words on the page without editing or judgement or waiting until you can do it “right” or perfectly. Just write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My short stories and collections have always been published by traditional publishers. My first novel was also. When the rights to that novel reverted back to me, I decided to try self-publishing this time, and I am loving the experience. With the way the marketplace is now, I see little advantage for a new writer to go to traditional publishers now. There are many schools of thought on the subject. Read as much as you can about the various views and decide what makes sense for you and your work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see a world where publishers court writers, instead of the other way around, where they pay a writer a better share of profits, work harder at marketing (even for newbies) and act as a print distributor, foreign rights broker for more writers who want to keep their ebook rights. If they’re smart, they’ll start looking for new voices instead of trying to copy-cat what’s sold before. I see self–publishing’s playing field leveling out as readers begin to be more discerning.
What genres do you write?
Romance, horror, erotica, paranormal, fantasy, chick-lit
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print