Chit Chat: Jade Zwane

2012-05-25 09:47

How did your interest in writing and erotica start?
I was a late bloomer and a bit of a tomboy growing up. I had my first kiss at 21.
When I finally started to notice the differences between males and females, and later become sexually active. I found all things about sex quite fascinating and exciting. I kept a journal about some of my experiences and most of my fantasies. I read one of the stories to my friends at a dinner party and everyone wanted a copy. I joked about selling it to them and one of them suggested I turn them into a book.

Erotica is a bit of a racy and risky genre. Did you have any misgivings?

I have a ‘cup half-full’ mind-set. Besides the difficulty in finding a local publisher to believe that there was a market for the content of my book, I also had to avoid overanalysing the possible negative outcomes or consequences of my work. The only slightly nagging concern was people assuming that I’m like the character in the book, therefore attracting undesired attention.
I am as guilty of being a sex fiend as crime writers are of committing the murders they write about.

Surely there are upsides to being part of this genre?
Erotica is very new locally and has great potential for growth. I believe people are a lot more explorative these days. It’s an exciting time to be a part of it.

Have your parents, family and friends read your book and what’s been their reaction to it?
I have the most liberal and supportive parents. My dad has a copy, but I doubt he got around to reading it, which is fine.
But when a relative of mine exclaimed about what I wrote, my dad just said to me: ‘It’s your vision and your book. Just do it well, and don’t let what other people say or think sidetrack you.’ Their reaction was true to their nature, and made me only more grateful to have them. My friends went along with my idea, encouraging me to see it through.

How long did it take you to write the book and what inspired all those sexy stories?

It took me about a year and three months, on and off, working on the book. The stories are mostly fantasy, while others are from experiences of friends and cousins, altered to suit Crystal, the main character in the book.

Any follow-ups in the works?
Not yet. Someday I hope to write another one. I haven’t thought it through just yet. I’m still concentrating on promoting this one.

Does the way people react to you change once they know you wrote Adickted?

I make it very clear from the onset that the stories in the book are fictional and that the character of Crystal is not moulded from me or how I go about my life. Other than people being a little more friendly and finding me “safe and comfortable” to discuss sex with, I’ve yet to experience any untoward advances.

Do you see yourself as a sex expert?
People are quick to crown me as an expert on the subject, which I am not. I’m just a very curious mind who puts pen to paper.

As a new member of the genre, how have people received your book and do you believe there’s a scope for erotica readership growth in South Africa?
The book has been received surprisingly well, actually. There’s been plenty of interest shown in it, which has been delightful, especially from the non-erotica readers and people who just don’t like reading at all. I think people are a lot more open-minded with plenty more giving into their curiosity. This will only add to the growth of the genre and the sex or adult market as a whole. But we have a very long way to go.

»Adickted is available for R120 at Lola Montez stores in Gauteng and Angie’s Attic in Cape Town. For more information, email

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