Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Sirenz Back in Fashion

Welcome to Authors Charlotte Bennardo & Nataile Zaman

When not playing with pointed objects, Natalie Zaman is usually writing. She lives in central New Jersey with her family and several fine looking chickens.

Lover of sparkly things, Char doesn’t have as many shoes as she’d like, but wouldn’t have time to wear them anyway with her three boys, husband, cat with issues, demented squirrels and insistent characters all demanding her time. She is represented by Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Literary Agency and is hoping to get all her characters into print just so they’ll be quiet.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
Nat–Jesus. I have questions.
Char–I already plan on meeting God, so I’d have to say Amelia Earhart- what the hell happened?

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Nat–Venti soy latte and a warmed morning bun from Starbucks *nom!*
Char–Chai latte venti and almond horn pastry.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Nat–If you read Sirenz and Sirenz Back In Fashion, all your dreams will come true *crosses fingers!*
Char–You want to, need to, laugh.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Nat–DO NOT QUIT. There will be days when you want to. I wanted to, just the other day. But you can’t. You must keep writing and trying.
Char–Be persistent and consistent.

If you were a bird, which one would you be?
Nat–A raven, he’s all about changes–and secrets!
Char–A crow- they’re smart, agile, and highly adaptable.

What do you do in your free time? 
Nat–*Tears roll down face* Hahahaha!
Char–Work in my meditation garden when I need to sort out problems (mine or my characters’), swim in my pool, write, read. Hide from the laundry and dustbunnies.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
Nat–already done: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Char–Are You Sure You Want To Do That?

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Nat–Autumn, when the leaves are crispy 🙂
Char– Summer! Forever!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Nat–Nutella, straight out of the jar with a spoon.
Char–Spend a whole day reading a fab book.

Favorite places to travel?
Nat–Before I die, I want to visit all 50 states, and every corner of the UK.
Char–St Thomas (want to retire there), but would like to travel more.

Favorite smell?
Nat–Figs. If you get a chance, catch of whiff of Diptyque’s Philosykos perfume, so delicious…
Char–The sea air; I grew up near the Long Island Sound and whenever I smell the salty air, it brings back so many memories.

Favorite sport?
Nat–Synchronized swimming. I don’t do it of course, but it’s great fun  to watch!
Char–High school- track/twirling (don’t groan!), college- Rifle Team, now- swimming in my pool.

Black or White?
Char–Hmmm. If evening, black. If Greek god… white.

Regular or Diet?
Nat–Always regular, and if I can get it with real sugar, all the better.
Char–Gave up Diet, but don’t like too much sugar, so regular low sugar?

Gum or Breath Mints?
Nat–Breath Mints, specifically, Altoids Ginger
Char–Breath mints because I have a bad jaw joint.

Cats or Dog?

Cause or Effect?
Nat–Cause >:)
Char–Effect…I live with it all the time.

Do you prefer a bunch of small gifts or one big expensive one?
Nat–I like to give presents 🙂
Char–The best diamonds only come in big, expensive ones.

Sirenz: Back in Fashion

In Sirenz, boarding school roomies Meg and Shar learned the hazards of making a deal with Hades, Lord of the Underworld. The wearing of a Tiffany’s diamond ring in Sirenz Back In Fashion reactivates their contract, they find themselves back in his employ as sirens. And things are a little different this time; Shar is whisked off to the Underworld to play hostess as the dark god attempts to win her affections, while Meg is stuck topside, obligated to send spoiled rich girl Paulina Swanson to the Underworld. Hot gods, mere mortals and the Underworld have their secrets. Will Meg and Shar ever ditch Hades, and keep their wardrobes and souls intact?

Giveaway Details:

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Ends 9/2/12

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