5 Minutes with Lux Zakari


Lux Zakari is an erotica writer in the United States. She moonlights as an editor for a fiction publisher, and her stories, poetry and reviews have appeared in Best Women’s Erotica 2009, Best Bondage Erotica 2011 and Girl Crazy, as well as on the Web sites Clean Sheets, Oysters and Chocolate, The Erotic Woman and For the Girls.

“Love on the Side of the NJ Turnpike,” her short erotic e-story, was released Nov. 2009 via Paper Bag Press.

Zakari’s first erotic novel, Coercion, is now available via Lyrical Press, Inc.

 Q. What project are you currently working on?

A. I’m currently in the midst of finding a home for two new novels and working on another that started out as a friends-becoming-more scenario meets Eyes Wide Shut, but it’s taking on a life of its own.

Q. What is your favorite snack?

A. I have so many; I’m always getting into a snack and eating hardly anything but that for weeks. Now, I’m into the rosemary-and-olive-oil Triscuits coupled with sharp white cheddar cheese and a sliced avocado. Not a single ingredient in that can be altered in any way!

Q. If you could be one of your characters, who would you be and why?

A. I wouldn’t necessarily be her, but I really enjoyed writing the character Breeze in Coercion. I had a reader write me telling me how evil she found Breeze, but I see her as unpredictable, fiery and, yes, cruel, but for a reason. Her relationship with Michael intrigued me; no matter how unhealthy it was, they clearly cared about each other; it was a union of equals.


Q. What is the one era you would love to go visit and why?

A. As my erotic novel Coercion may suggest, I would’ve loved to have been in my late teens – early twenties in the 1970s. There is something about that period that I entirely romanticize. Plus, I tend to gravitate to boys who look like they’re straight out of the seventies, so going back to then, I’d be in no shortage of those!

Q. Do you believe in love at first sight?

A. I definitely believe in instant chemistry. In fact, I’m reluctant to pursue a relationship without it. It would be irresponsible to call it love, but I’ve certainly been fascinated right off the bat, left needing to learn everything I can about the person.

Q. What is your perfect pizza?

A. I’m prejudiced against square pizza! Aside from that, there’s no such thing as bad pizza.

Q. Out of all your books, do you have a favorite one?

A. I’ve written a novel called Intertwined, which I’m intensely proud of; when I was revising it, I couldn’t believe I was the one responsible for its existence. I had to push my limits as a writer to create it, really delve into new territory. Hopefully it’ll be picked up by an agent or publisher soon; I can’t wait to share it with others.

Q. How much does reader response mean to you over your books?

A. It means quite a bit to me. To put your work out in the world—something you created it and care about deeply—and have people respond positively to it is incredibly gratifying.

Q. If you could make a movie of any one of your books, which one would you choose and who would you cast at the h/h?

A. I think about this all the time! I recently cast Henry Cavill as Michael Vartanian in the movie version of Coercion, which is currently playing only in my head.

Q. What is the nicest thing a reviewer has ever said about one of your books?

A. Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews gave my short story, “Love on the Side of the NJ Turnpike,” a five-cherry score and the reviewer said the story moved her to tears. And I’m always thrilled by Coercion’s reviews on Goodreads.

Q. Boxers or briefs?

A. Boxers, boxers, boxers. A giant hell no to briefs; I’ve yet to see any dude look fine in those!

Lux Zakari

Coercion — an erotic novel now available via Lyrical Press, Inc.

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