Interview with Zanna Reese

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about Max, a mouse that traveled the world on a rocket scooter, who fought the evil cat crimelords. I tried to do it as a comic, but visuals weren't my thing.
What is your writing process?
I just get it there. I just start writing to tell the story first. Then I go back and take as long as necessary to edit.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of erotica, smut, and classical literature.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
When I'm at home, I love to read on my iPad because the screen and the actual page flipping animation. When I'm on the go, I use my phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Lots of Twitter and blog posts. I usually post blurbs from what I'm currently working on to entice readers before they're published.
Describe your desk
It's junky....Really junky. But it's a controlled chaos.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Mississippi, and I realized as I got older the religious aspect of life there impacted my writing more. I usually have some religious or spiritual undertones in my work, whether it's approaching some form of taboo or with a character that embodies some form of rebellion to religious and/or societal norms.
When did you first start writing?
I have always been writing since I could remember. Ever since I could write a coherent sentence, I've been writing!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I realized that my style and the subjects and how I approached them was not accepted to the degree I wanted it to be in "mainstream" published.This is doubly sure on my direct, yet philosophical approach to sexuality. Many publishers won't carry my content because it is "taboo" or too graphic for their normal audience. I was encouraged by one of my professors to just build my own brand since I was having issues getting publishing deals through normal means. It's harder, especially taking marketing and promoting upon one's self, but it's rewarding.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me the best self-publishing platform. I've tried several over the past few years, but Smashwords is the one I'm sticking with. It's far more user friendly and flexible in so many ways, from marketing platforms to allowing readers to set their own prices for smaller works in preparation for larger projects.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
By far, it's sharing the story. I love the process of writing and perfecting each manuscript, but the biggest smile comes from sharing with your audience.
Published 2016-12-28.
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Books by This Author

The Bimbo Mask: A Tale of Gender Swapping and Bimbofication
You set the price! Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
(5.00)
Kalem’s life takes a sudden turn when he uncovers a peculiar mask while shopping for a costume party. He is transformed—quite literally—into a cock hungry, sex craved bimbo named Autumn, who’s only desire is the appease the magic residing in the mask. It drives them to their limits and beyond in a night neither of them is to forget.
Zanna Goes Gonzo: A Collection of Short Gonzo Erotica
Price: Free! Words: 3,720. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
The following is a short collection of short, gonzo style erotica. The pieces focus primarily on sex, but do have a bit of plot and context sprinkled in.
D is for Dickgirl
Price: Free! Words: 7,120. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
This trilogy tells the tales of three steamy rendezvous with lovely dickgirls: a lonely teacher who's night is heated up by a sexy stranger, a first time spit roasting session, and we return to Repression and Release, where our main character runs into an old acquaintance.
A Taste of the Zannaverse: The Episode 1s!!! (Revised and Reposted)
Price: Free! Words: 10,490. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » Erotica Anthologies
(3.00)
A Taste of the Zannaverse: The Episode 1s!!! Is a special bundle featuring the first entries into several short story series. Follow the journeys of a CEO on the verge of corporate warfare, a lover on the verge of a new "transition" in life, and the picture perfect family with taboo keys to their deep bonds.
Done in the Dark and Other Erotic Tales
You set the price! Words: 10,900. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
In this bundle, we explore dark and hidden affairs and rendezvous, from a blackmailed crossdresser, a hubby out to get some payback, a rockstar with a secret kink, and a friend willing to bale her favorite power couple out of a bind in exchange for a show
Ass: A Body Worship Tale
You set the price! Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
Ryan wrestles with the decision to end pursuit of his dream woman until his luck changes in a dramatic way: with a free ticket to be around her through her daughter!