Zak Jane Keir is an erotic author and has been writing about the fetish scene – and participating in it – for roughly twenty years. Formerly the club reporter for Forum and Swingmag, she was most recently published in Goodbye Moderation: Lust: Volume 1 (Seven Deadly Sins).

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF, YOUR NAME, WHAT YOU DO, YOUR AGE, WHERE YOU LIVE 

I'm Zak Keir, 52. I write erotica, offer editing services and book distribution - and have a dull day job that I'd rather not discuss. I live in South London.

TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?

Pretty good. I'm still fit and active (though a few more aches and pains than 20 years ago) and life just keeps getting more interesting.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?

A child. More debt. More and better friends. One of my tattoos. Short hair. A mobile phone.

WHAT ABOUT SEX?

I don't know that it's changed that much. I've been pretty much single since the age of 28 when I realised that I don't do monogamy and don't want to live with a partner. I have hookups and flings, and time alone, same as always.

AND RELATIONSHIPS?

I have a good co-parenting relationship with my child's father, which is probably helped by the fact that we were both nearly 40 when we became parents, and were old friends. Other than that, mainly FWBs and hookups.

HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?

Moderately. My constraints are parenthood and poverty.

WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?

Much of my work. Not giving up. Raising a good kid. Still being willing to try something new if it looks interesting - and to refuse if it's obviously not going to work out for me.

WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?

There's always something potentially interesting around the next corner.

WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

Probably when near running water.

AND WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?

Lots of stories. I've got another novel on the boil at the moment.

WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?

Better to regret the things you have done than the things you have not done.

AND DYING?

 Would prefer to avoid it for the moment, too much to do.

ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?

All the time.

WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?

Making a porn film with one of the FWBs.