• An Interview with a Werewolf

    Happy Wednesday, everyone. It’s the middle of the week and I hope to brighten things up with my blog tour post! There’s also a giveaway for those who leave a comment!

    For this stop in my tour, I took the time to interview my heroine, Natalya Stravinsky. I wanted readers to get to know her better before her big moment in time!

    Shawntelle: Thanks for letting me interview you, Nat. I can call you that, right?

    Natalya: Sure. But don’t forget that my lunch break is an hour long. On the dot. If you could sort of wrap this up in five minutes or less that would be fabulous. To be honest, I only penciled you in for three to five actually.

    Shawntelle: No problem. Let’s get to the first question then. A lot has happened to you over the years. We won’t go into details to spoil it for those who haven’t read Coveted, but I’d like to know why you like to collect ornaments?

    Natalya: Oh that question is easy. First of all, anyone can buy and own one. They’re not exclusive to just the rich. Second, who hasn’t looked at an ornament and not been reminded of good times? Of that holiday dinner where they ate until they were stuffed and couldn’t button their pants? Or maybe they got the best gift ever from their parents. That’s what I get when I collect my ornaments—it’s kind of like having happiness stored in a little box.

    Shawntelle:  Interesting answer. Now tell me a little about your childhood. I’m curious to know what your life was like.

    Natalya: I grew up like any other kid in Jersey. Well, I take that back—there were a few things I did that most humans didn’t do. I distinctly recall the first time my dad took my brother and I out for our first hunt. We were pre-teens at the time and my dad made this grand, drawn-out speech about how we should get out more to experience the forest. How he used to do it back in the old country when he was just a pup. Personally, I didn’t need to mark my territory in my neighborhood to feel like a werewolf.  I got that fuzzy feeling all by myself. But all in all, the experience was good for me. Not the forest, mind you, but I loved running with my family. We were our own pack, our own unit on the hunt. That sense of belonging is a feeling I can’t put into words that a human could understand.

    Shawntelle: I can try. It sounds pretty awesome! So I heard you work at an antique shop called The Bend of the River Flea market. How did you come to work there? Have you always worked there?

    Natalya: I’ve had other jobs. (a pause) The job at The Bends kind of fell into my lap. Literally. A few years ago I was cleaning out my grandma’s closet and I found a few things she wanted to sell. I’d asked her if she wanted to keep them—since they looked rather old—but she just shrugged her shoulders and said maybe someone else would have the room to keep it. I’ll be honest with you, out of the five items she cleared out of her closet, I kinda kept four of them. You know, just in case she changed her mind. The fifth one, I took to The Bends. I’d driven past the place a few times, but I’d never gone in. South Toms River isn’t exactly a metropolis, but my family never had a reason to get an antique or two.

    So anyway, I walked in and about had a fit.

    Shawntelle: Why?

    Natalya: The place was a disaster. There were plenty of customers and everything, but the lack of organization was scary. I had to wait for twenty minutes at the customer service desk before someone showed up. During my joyous wait, I noticed some of the aisles weren’t clear for the customers to get through. A few of the customers were elderly. You also could start up a dust bunny farm on most of the counters. It was atrocious. So after waiting fifteen minutes, I couldn’t help myself. I just kinda, sorta started arranging things on the customer service desk. I lined everything up where it belonged. Hell, I even directed a customer to the restroom in the back. The goblin who runs the place, Bill, finally showed up to find me arranging the costume jewelry.

    Shawntelle: Did he offer you a job right then and there?

    Natalya: Not really. He cussed me out since he thought I was stealing everything.

    Shawntelle: Oh…

    Natalya: But I let him have it. I told him how messed up the place was. I even stopped for a moment to help yet another customer who needed someone who gave a damn. Cause apparently the clerk who worked the customer service desk didn’t. (a smile) That sneaky goblin tried to get me to leave, but one of the customers I’d help earlier marched right up to him and told him he’d be a fool to fire such a valuable employee. Of course that person didn’t know I wasn’t working there, but since Bill can’t turn down a good opportunity when he finds one, he gave me the evil eye and then relented that he’d never fire such an outstanding member of his staff. (rolls eyes) So that’s how I got my job there.

    Are we close to wrapping up yet?

    Shawntelle: Just one more question. I know you like to stay on schedule.

    Natalya: One minute.

    Shawntelle: What’s the one thing you’d give up all your ornaments for?

    Natalya: Wow, you know how to hit a gal below the belt and then kick her while she’s down.

    Shawntelle: (grins devilishly)

    Natalya: I don’t want to go into details since some things are personal, but I’d give them up if I could get a guarantee that I’d find the important things I’ve lost and I’d always be able to keep them forever.

    Shawntelle: Beautiful! I hope you find what you’re looking for.

    Natalya: Thanks for having me.

    For the kind souls who stopped by today I have a copy of Coveted up for grabs! Just leave a comment below to enter. And yes, the giveaway is international. 😉

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21 Comments to "An Interview with a Werewolf"

  • Natalia J says:

    April 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm -

    Love it, I can’t wait for the book to come out. I love the whole interview It made me laugh. :3 It made me want to read even more now.


  • Amy Rocha says:

    April 18, 2012 at 5:07 pm -

    Great interview! Natalya sounds very likeable and I totally agree with her opinion on ornaments. I collect them myself! Looking forward to reading the book.


  • Michelle says:

    April 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm -

    Can’t wait to read Natalya’s story and more about her “collecting” tendencies and organizational skills.


  • JessS says:

    April 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm -

    Awesome interview! But some of those answers are so vague that I really have to read the book now. I’ve gotta love Natalya just for being a bit of a neat freak, a store like that would probably annoy me too. Thanks!


  • Na says:

    April 19, 2012 at 1:25 am -

    Hi Natalya, it’s nice to meet you. I take it a lot has happened to you but you seem to be handling yourself well. I find your hobby of collecting ornaments an interesting one and I like that you describe it as storing happiness in a box. That means you carry a lot of joy around :)


  • Amanda Bonilla says:

    April 19, 2012 at 7:18 am -

    Great interview!!! Makes me want to read COVETED all over again. 😉


  • Lori Y. says:

    April 19, 2012 at 7:50 am -

    Hi Natalya, it is so nice to meet a Jersey girl. I lived the first 6 1/2 years of my life and 8 years after college in New Jersey. Now I am back to living in the midwest.

    Best of luck to both you and Shawntelle.


  • Rebe says:

    April 20, 2012 at 9:17 am -

    This cracked me up, mainly because I’ve been in flea markets/antique shops that make me want to start dusting and organizing the merchandise. Maybe I need some serious help…



  • CYP @ A Bookalicious Story says:

    April 20, 2012 at 10:15 am -

    Hey, Natalya seems like a really cool heroine! Would love to read more about her! Great interview, and thanks for the amazing giveaway! :)


  • Sandy
    Sandy says:

    April 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm -

    Love this interview and am SO excited for COVETED! Don’t enter me in the giveaway – I’m gonna buy it Tuesday!


  • Lillie H says:

    April 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm -

    Love the interview and love Natalya’s voice! COVETED sounds like a winner!


  • Barbara Elness says:

    April 23, 2012 at 9:48 pm -

    Great interview and I know I’m going to love Coveted.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com


  • Alexandra says:

    April 24, 2012 at 10:09 am -

    Lovely interview! :) Looking forward to reading Coveted!


  • Deana Potter says:

    April 24, 2012 at 10:09 am -

    Awesome interview!!!!

    Thanks for the contest!!!!



  • StacieD says:

    April 24, 2012 at 10:10 am -

    I love character interviews. You get a really good sense of their personality. I totally agree about the power of a Christmas ornament. They really do bring back a flood of memories.

    Coveted sounds like a story I will love. Congratulations on the new release, Shawntelle!

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com


  • Sarah says:

    April 24, 2012 at 10:14 am -

    This book looks really good! Thanks for the contest!


  • infinitieh says:

    April 24, 2012 at 10:34 am -

    Congrats on your new release! Can’t wait to read this! I even asked at my local B&N over the weekend but they didn’t have it out yet (they often have books out before the official release date).


  • Maghon Thomas says:

    April 24, 2012 at 10:50 am -

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Congrats and wonderful post today!!


  • juliette says:

    April 24, 2012 at 11:29 am -

    I can’t wait to read it!!


  • Sara M says:

    April 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm -

    I love when characters have little quirks like this, because it’s these little details that make them real to me. I can’t wait to read. :)


  • Ren says:

    April 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm -

    Love the interview. Natalya seems like heroine I will adored. Can’t wait to read Coveted


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