Fiona Zedde's got a knack for making folks horny. Last February, Zedde, a former employee of Charis Books in Little Five Points, made Creative Loafing readers drool when she was featured on our annual Lust List of sexy service industry workers. And in August, the Jamaican-born, Atlanta-based author got the literary world all hot-and-bothered with the release of her debut lesbian erotica novel, Bliss (Kensington Books).
What is your process for writing erotica?
Usually what happens for me is I envision a scene, or a scene comes to me and then I kind of build a larger story around that. Like if I hear something on the radio and I'm like, "That sounds interesting and freaky," then I'll try to build something from that point. I'm trying to be more disciplined in doing outlines and character sketches. It's been somewhat helpful, but, truthfully, I rarely do outlines.
So, how do you know when a story you're writing is particularly hot?
When I feel it! When I'm getting all tingly, I know it's good! Sometimes I use my friends as a test audience. But, really, if I'm writing it and I think, "This is really good stuff," then I know it's great.
Did appearing on our Lust List change your life?
Um ... no. It brought some publicity to the bookstore I used to work at, Charis Books, which is great. My book is selling there, too, and the book in turn supports Charis. So it's a nice little link.
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