Interview with Zara Zavaroni

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, it was in primary school, maybe my 4th or 5th year so I would have been 8 or 9. It was a tale of smugglers off the south coast of England and I'd named all the characters after my friends. Rather disturbingly, everyone would be killed off by the end!
What is your writing process?
I like to make copious notes first and foremost. I use Evernote across various platforms so that I can map a story out before writing. I don't trust myself to freestyle my stories as I usually end up flying off on tangents and having to rein myself in!

Once I am happy with my notes, I get to writing. On the odd occasion, if I find the sexy stuff isn't 'coming' naturally to me, I write everything but the sex scene(s). Then, when I am feeling in the mood, I can 'insert' the hot stuff!
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to favour crime novels, particularly the work of Mark Billingham and Ian Rankin. I also enjoy the Song of Ice & Fire series by George R R Martin and the novels of Stephen King.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I avoided e-readers for many years, preferring instead the feel of an actual book in my hands. In 2012 I made the leap and bought myself a Kindle Paperwhite. I love it.
Describe your desk
My desk is my lap! I write on my laptop, but if I did have a desk space set aside for writing, it would be much like my desk at work - sparse and tidy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't think my writing is good enough to be published professionally, and I certainly don't think it is worth the price of a hardback/paperback. By self-publishing e-books I can set a more appropriate (lower) price.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing a story come alive and the satisfaction that comes with achieving something.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I first published this interview, my answer was this: "I don't believe I have any fans yet! If I did obtain a loyal following I would certainly appreciate their enjoyment of my stories."

Three months down the line and I can see from my sales on Smashwords and elsewhere that there are readers who really do love my work and purchase everything I have to offer. To these good people, I say thank you. I appreciate the validation the money you spend on my work gives me. I hope to keep you amused and aroused for many years to come!
Who are your favorite authors?
The crime writers Mark Billingham & Ian Rankin. I also love George R R Martin and Stephen King. I have a love/hate relationship with Dean Koontz, he has written some of my favourite and all-time most hated novels
What are you working on next?
I always have several novels and short stories on the go. I could never predict which one I would finish next! Sometimes I get the hankering to write some monster erotica, get a good few thousand words written done, then the next day find I can't go back to it. So I turn to another story. When I get stuck on that, I maybe go back to the first. Or start yet another!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
If I find a bargain and the synopsis grabs me I will certainly give an ebook a try if it is by an author I am unfamiliar with.
How do you approach cover design?
I have two smashing friends, Quentin Scott and Ashley Jay Allen, who design all my covers. They take turns and can be quite competitive, they want 'their' stories to be the ones that sell the most copies!

Just take a look at my covers, they are superb. I highly recommend emailing them if you are an author looking for a cover designer with a wicked imagination. Their email addresses are: ashley.jay.allen@gmail.com & quentinscottphotography@gmail.com.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have found Twitter to be very useful as a marketing tool as it has allowed me to reach a much wider audience than I might otherwise have. My blog (http://zzavaroni.blogspot.co.uk/) is well-read too and I'm sure readers have found my work through my posts.

I was recently interviewed by a fellow author, Celia Dunroy, for her website. You can find this here: http://celiadunroy.com/2014/06/16/meet-a-monster-erotica-author-interview-with-zara-zavaroni/
Published 2014-06-24.
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Books by This Author

Mother's Secret Sissy Son
Series: Mother's Secret, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 9,460. Language: English. Published: August 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Shocked to discover her 18 year old son's secret life as a cross-dresser, a single mother agrees to be his personal stylist, helping him shave, apply make-up and find an outfit that suits his body type. Later, while engaged in a game of dress-up, the mother produces a camera to take photos for future reference. As one thing leads to another, the pair will experience a day neither will ever forget!
A Sissy in the Family
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,630. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Fed up of her son's treatment of the girls he brings home with him, Bonnie teams up with her best friend Suzy (mother of Casey's ex) and together they hatch a plan to show her son EXACTLY what it feels like to be in the shoes of one of the women he has treated like a piece of meat. Only, it isn't just the shoes that Casey finds himself wearing!
Pegging The Peeper
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,140. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
A peeping tom makes a fatal mistake. He unwittingly allows himself to be caught by the two beautiful nurses he had been spying on. Desperately trying to talk his way out of a phone call to the police, the voyeur begs the women to let him go. But they have other ideas. The tables are turned and the peeping tom is about to find himself on the end of a rather unusual punishment! PEGGING THE PEEPER.
Intergalactic Stud Farm
Series: Memoirs of a Tabloid Journalist, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,610. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
An unassuming man from the north of England, one night he finds himself beamed aboard the craft of a mysterious species from outer space. The reason for his abduction? He has been hand-picked to breed with a female inhabitant of Bastet, a planet populated by hybrid humanoid-feline creatures. Will Harold engage in an interplanetary act of carnal desire, or refuse and risk the aliens' wrath?
All You Can Eat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,830. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Menage/Multiple Partners
Forced to install hidden cameras after a spate of thefts, a restauranteur discovers her employees hunger not only for the fine Italian cooking, but each other! With a lesbian threesome, a delivery of a different kind and a bare-naked human buffet, you're sure to find something on this menu that you'll love! An erotic fantasy for adults aged 18 and over.
Mother's Secret Porno Past
Series: Mother's Secret, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
The past has come back to haunt Felicity. When she was pregnant 19 years ago, her husband was killed in a traffic accident. With no income, and no-one to turn to for support, she was desperate. She turned to pornography. Now a copy of her sole movie has resurfaced, and her son's friend Paolo intends to blackmail her into giving him his own, private, pornographic experience.
Taken By Her Trainer (BBW Seduced By A Lesbian)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,650. Language: British English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Karen is delighted to hear her husband will return from a tour of duty in the Middle East in 3 months. That is, until she takes in the full extent of her weight gain since his departure. Determined to shed the lbs, she hits the gym and strikes up a friendship with Sammy, her Personal Trainer. Sammy leads Karen on a journey of weight loss and, in the sauna, an unexpected lesbian sexual encounter.
Deflowered
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,360. Language: British English. Published: April 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
A sexually charged young lady recounts her unexpected night of passion with a unique and exotic partner. An erotic, psychedelic, intense fantasy story for adults aged 18 and over.
Naughty Home Movies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: British English. Published: March 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica
Neil and Amanda's lives are about to be turned upside down. One night, home alone, they realise the video camera they loaned to their good friend Gemma contained a very incriminating home movie... An erotic fantasy story for adults aged 18 and over.
Loving The Monster
Series: Lust & Loch Ness, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,660. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Miranda, a talented LA artist, travels to Loch Ness with her husband, Charles. Charles is a major player in a new operation to finally prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster. The expedition is fraught with setbacks. As Miranda & Charles drift apart and their marriage crumbles, the artist discovers she has been selected for a very unique, and erotic, commission.