Zane (author)

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BornKristina Laferne Roberts
1966/1967 (age 52–53)
Washington, D.C., US
EducationHoward University
GenreErotic fiction

Zane (born 1966/1967)[1] is the pseudonym of Kristina Laferne Roberts, author of erotic fiction novels.[2] She is best known for her novel Addicted.[3]


In 1997, Zane began writing erotic stories to pass the time after her children went to bed.[4] She was living in North Carolina and working as a sales representative. The stories developed a following on the Internet and she self-published The Sex Chronicles before landing a deal with Simon & Schuster.[5]

Her work was the basis for the Cinemax program Zane's Sex Chronicles.[6] Her latest project, Zane's The Jump Off, premiered March 29, 2013, on Cinemax.[7]

Zane is the publisher of Strebor Books/Atria Books/Simon and Schuster where she publishes 36–60 books a year by other authors.[8]

The first feature film based on one of her works, Addicted, was released by Lionsgate on October 10, 2014.

In 2014, she was cited by Comptroller of Maryland Peter Franchot as one of Maryland's top tax cheats, owing the state $340,833.58.[1]

On June 11, 2014, Zane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Maryland, claiming total liabilities of more than $3.4 million.[9]


Zane's publications include:[10]

  • The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth
  • Addicted
  • Shame On It All
  • Gettin’ Buck Wild: Sex Chronicles II
  • The Heat Seekers
  • Nervous
  • The Sisters of APF
  • Skyscraper
  • Afterburn
  • Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk about Sex and Love
  • Zane’s Sex Chronicles
  • Head Bangers: An APF Sexcapade
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart
  • Love Is Never Painless
  • Flava Series: Honey Flava, Caramel Flava, Chocolate Flava
  • Purple Panties
  • Missionary No More
  • The Hot Box


  1. ^ a b Kunkle, Fredrick (January 27, 2014). "Prince George's author of steamy fiction tops list of Maryland's tax cheats, comptroller says". Washington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Sachs, Andrea. ""Queen of Erotica" Zane On How Fifty Shades Affects the Sexy-Book Scene". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  3. ^ O'Sullivan, Michael (October 10, 2014). "'Addicted' movie review: Zane's bestselling book bares all on the big screen". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Erotic author Zane is famous but anonymous". The Seattle Times. June 11, 2007. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "Writer makes name with sex." CNN. Retrieved on June 12, 2007. Archived June 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Weinbach, Jon (May 10, 2010). "Soft-core porn still hot stuff on cable TV". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  7. ^ "Zane Jumps Off Into Television [INTERVIEW]". EBONY. Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Black Authors Celebrated At Anguilla's 4th Annual Literary Festival". Retrieved February 24, 2016.
  9. ^ Brown, Doreen (October 4, 2014). "Author Zane filed for bankruptcy as her new movie, 'Addicted,' was in production". Washington Post. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "Zane Book List." CHUH Library – Home. Web. September 13, 2010.

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