Cool cover, huh? And Fiona is one sexy woman. I first met her at one of Rachel Kramer Bussel's In the Flesh readings and have run into her from time to time since. I look forward to seeing her again this May at the Saints & Sinners writers conference in New Orleans! But now, without further ado, lets get to the good part...
Diane, thanks for welcoming me on your blog to talk about my new book, Dangerous Pleasures. I feel sexier already just being here in the digital flesh. Let’s jump right in. What questions do you have for me?
- Since you came out with your first book, Bliss, in 2005 you’ve been writing one book every year. I noticed you slowed down with this latest book. Why did it take you two years to come out with Dangerous Pleasures?
Well, around the time I was supposed to be finishing up the book in 2008 and getting the book ready for a 2009 release, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was physically and creatively wiped out by the experience and it took me a while to bounce back. But here I am!
- Are you satisfied with how the novel turned out?
Yes, very satisfied. Already the reviews coming in have been positive with a particularly good one from Publishers Weekly that came out in December. I’m looking forward to hearing what my readers have to say.
- Do you often hear from your readers? What kinds of things do they say?
I do. For me it’s one of the most rewarding parts of being a writer. I’ve had readers contact me to voice their objections to my use of certain words—one woman hated my use of “cunt” and we had a lively and respectful discussion about that. Some readers tell me what they like, of course, and also what they’d like to see more of. As far as I’m concerned, paying attention to what my readers have to say only makes me a better writer.
- Do you write under a pseudonym as a writer of erotic romance? Why? Or why not?
Yes, I do. When I published my first book, I wasn’t thinking about a pseudonym as a way to hide who I was but rather as the way I chose to present myself to the world. Since I practically tripped into the genre—I thought I was just writing romance—I’m known as “Fiona Zedde” when I write erotic literature and by my real name when I write my young adult and other less sexually charged books.
- And the last question, but by no means the least important: Sex or Food?
Can’t I have both at the same time?