Natale Stenzel is joining us today to chat about her new release, Wedding Dress for Sale. Please give her a warm welcome.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Natale Stenzel] Spotlight-shy wife, mother, reader & writer with a twisted sense of humor who loves hounds, chocolate, trivia, wine, weirdness & shopping
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Wedding Dress for Sale?
[Natale Stenzel] It’s a story about a woman caught between the wistful desire for a real-life fairytale and her need for security and stability. Sydney runs away from everything she thought she knew in order to find herself. In doing so, she also finds the fairytale she always wanted in the stable guy she thought she’d dumped. He swoops in, courts her, and woos her into love with him more charmingly than any fairytale prince could hope to do.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Natale Stenzel] For me, stories arrive in my imagination like scenes from a movie. I hear the dialogue and the details gradually add color and texture to the sound. The first scene that came to me — vividly — was the opening scene, where Sydney’s walking into a bridal boutique, miles and miles away from home, to sell a wedding dress she never wore. In walks the groom.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Sydney?
[Natale Stenzel] Intelligent, driven, conflicted
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Jack won’t leave the house without.
[Natale Stenzel] Pre-Smizer Mill: his Blackberry
Post-Smizer Mill: the gray, anti-stalking T-shirt (so he can talk to Sydney)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jack’s bedroom?
[Natale Stenzel] Any woman but Sydney, dirty underwear on the floor, the Blackberry
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Natale Stenzel] I would have to say all the English teachers I had as a teenager. Together, they turned me on to writing in a big way. Never underestimate the power of a teacher.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Natale Stenzel] Diet Coke and two hounds (I guess a laptop comes in handy, too.)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Natale Stenzel] Oooh, I started reading very young–it’s a lifelong addiction. Madeleine L’Engle was probably the biggest instigator for me.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Natale Stenzel] Watch Dr. Who or Buffy marathons with my kids, read a good book, shop
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Natale Stenzel] My website: www.NataleStenzel.com
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
You can order Wedding Dress for Sale from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the link below. You can read an excerpt here.
About the book:
Not even the bride could deny a certain punch-line quality to her current situation: hard-nosed divorce attorney dumps her fiancé and her career to take a job selling wedding gowns.
Sydney Garfield has always approached relationships rationally—none of this emotional head-over-heels or opposites-attract business. Marrying Jack Kaiser is the smart thing to do—after all, he’ll be the “perfect” husband. But after a life-changing shake-up at work, Sydney abandons logic—and her fiancé—to chase the fairy tale.
Real-estate mogul Jack can’t believe the woman he’s head-over-heels for is ditching her hard-won success—and him—to work as a small-town shop clerk. That’s her idea of a fairy tale? Hoping she’s merely in need of time, Jack follows Sydney to Smizer Mill, where he invests in the quaint coffee shop next door. Now, he’s got a few new challenges: make a failing coffee shop a success and convince Sydney that theirs is a romance worthy of a true happily ever after.
About the author:
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Natale endured an average childhood with two brothers to annoy and parents to baffle. She planted her nose in a book very early in life and has yet to come up for air. The writing addiction began early as well. Natale was active on her school newspapers and literary magazines, then later she attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning bachelor’s degrees in English literature and magazine journalism.
She moved to Louisiana, did some technical writing and editing, married, reproduced a couple of times – and then had a real epiphany: Wouldn’t it be fun to make up the stories instead of just reporting them?
She sold her first book in July 2002; it was later called FORGET PRINCE CHARMING, published by Harlequin for its Flipside line in November 2003. She published three other romantic comedies for the same line. Her fifth book, PANDORA’S BOX, was the first in a series of funny paranormal romances now distributed by Amazon’s Montlake publishing arm. Books two and three of the series are titled THE DRUID MADE ME DO IT and BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HEART PLACE. Scheduled for release in the fall of 2012 are two romantic comedies she’s contracted to write for Entangled Publishing.
Currently, Natale resides in lovely central Virginia with her husband, two children and a pair of misbehaving hound dogs.