Interview! I, PORNSTAR by Zara Cox

Interview! I, PORNSTAR by Zara Cox

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My name is Quinn Blackwood:  By day, I’m a billionaire CEO. Rich. Entitled.

By night, I’m the exclusive porn star only known as Q.

Why? Because I love women. If I believed in an almighty being, I’d thank him for creating them. They’re by far his most perfect creation… especially when I’m fucking one of them.

Oh, did I mention I’m an asshole? Fuck yeah. According to my shrink, I’m one twisted motherfucker. And that’s just the way I like it. Until she walks into my life…

My name is Elyse Gilbert, nicknamed ‘Lucky’ because according to my dad, I’m the unluckiest person alive, and I’ll die the same way I came into the world: naked, screaming, and dirt poor.

Yeah, my life is a twisted, seething mess. But that life changed the day I met HIM.

He made me forget the cameras.

He made me forget I was doing this for the money.

He made me forget my shame.

He made me forget everything. I was consumed by him. Only him.

But now my past has caught up with me.


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Please tell us about your novel.

I, PORN STAR is the first in a brand news “I” series from me. It’s a gritty, sexy but heart-wrenching romantic suspense. My hero Quinn Blackwood is rich and entitled, but has suffered an unimaginable loss that has left him slightly unhinged. His path of revenge and (possible) salvation leads him to Lucky, my troubled heroine, who also has a checkered past (she’s on the run for murder and arson!). I, PORN STAR charts a four-to-five-month period of high-octane angst, lust and karma gone wrong between two very damaged souls.


How did you research your novel, if applicable?

For this particular book I didn’t need to do much character research as both my hero and heroine came to me almost fully formed. My research was more to do with the film industry and especially how close ups are shot for the “porn scenes” in the book. I also researched movie terms for the chapter sub-titles. Research for the geographical settings was also fun, but sadly it was mostly done on the internet. I researched small towns in California to find a place to set my heroine, Lucky’s hometown of Getty Falls. I set it outside Fresco, California. I also researched Kiawah Island in South Carolina for my hero’s mother’s hometown. Everything else is pure, fun imagination.


Where can readers find you online?

Website –

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Instagram – @Zaracoxwriter

When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?

I’m quite adept at writing two or sometimes even three stories at once. So if I get stuck on one story, I switch the next and let my subconscious work on unraveling any plot problems from another story. It’s worked well for me so far and I’ve found it a great way to keep moving forward.

Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?

My real-life hero has got to be my husband, Tony, purely for the simple reason that he’s perfected the art of just leaving me alone to write, and slipping me food and drinks when I’m on deadline so I don’t starve! It takes a fearless man to breach my writing cave when I’m on deadline.

Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?

There are too many to name. Right in this moment, I have to say Eva Trammel and Gideon Cross from Sylvia Day’s phenomenal Crossfire Series.

Are you character or plot driven? Why?

I’m 100% character driven. Without a character whispering in my ear, I have no story. The plot tends to evolve around the character rather than the other way round.

How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?

It’s a great way to connect to readers. It can also be tricky when you’re on a deadline or trying to write and the lure of social media keeps calling you back. It’s a constant balancing act, for sure.

What are the first five titles on your kindle?

March by Audrey Carlan

April by Audrey Carlan

Dirtiest Secret by J Kenner

The Painted Ocean by Gabriel Packard

Zero Day by David Baldacci

Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?

Still writing with hopefully a few more series under my belt. I have plans to keep writing until someone with super powers that I can’t fight stops me, lol.

How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?

Too many books to count—I guess it’s somewhere around the fifteen hundred mark. That is before the e-books on my kindle.

If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?

I’m published both traditionally and independently, and I’m lucky enough to love doing both. I love the freedom that comes with indie publishing, to pick my own series and write what I want. I also love the rigors of series writing for my traditional publisher and the interaction with my editor on how best to hone my craft. I think one helps the other.

What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?

To be seen or heard above the floods of indie books hitting shelves every day, you need to write from the heart. Pick a story that touches readers. When that’s done, make sure you have an ace cover and a phenomenal editor. And also these days you need a solid marketing plan before you go anywhere near a publish button!

What do you find inspiring?

Reading. Besides my family, nothing lifts my spirits or makes me love what I do more than reading a good, heart-tugging, emotionally satisfying book.

Do you have a favorite charity?


Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?

Skydive from the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, then watch all my favorite TV shows with a tub of ice cream and the biggest bowl of popcorn.


Zara Cox has been writing since she was thirteen years old, but it wasn’t until eight years ago that she decided to share her love of writing sexy, gritty stories with anyone besides her close family (the over 18s anyway!). Her best-selling Indigo Lounge Series is Zara’s first step in her erotic romance-writing journey. In 2016 she hopes to bring her readers even more sizzling-hot stories featuring panty-melting alpha heroes and the women who rock their world. She’s also working on an entirely new super-hot series, so watch this space and keep in touch! She loves to hear from her readers.



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