Charlotte’s love of writing began with her love of stories, the stories that her mother read to her as a child: Ray Bradbury, Hans Christian Anderson and Roald Dahl. “I wasn’t sure if it was because they were read to me that I liked them, or I just liked them. Nature, nurture. I’m not sure.” From there, Charlotte discovered the works of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett and Christopher Moore.
It was the influence of these writers that Charlotte wrote her first serious story, “Emily Bandefut”. She describes the story of “a very strange girl who has a dog that she prefers to spend time with over her friends or family. She prefers to read books in a window, rather than running around with silly kids. It’s very Tim Burton-esque.” Reflection on her childhood self, Zang admits, “If I had been allowed to my devices, I would have been Emily Bandefut.”
However, Charlotte’s real watershed moment, where she knew she wanted to become a writer, was at the inaugural C2-E2, Chicago’s version of a Comic-Con, when they hosted “An Evening with Neil Gaiman.” She says, “He was kind and humble. He gave writing a human quality.”
It was shortly after making her way through every Gaiman book available, that Charlotte began writing her first novel, “Satan’s In Your Kitchen” while she was finishing her Masters degree at Columbia College. From there, she completed and self-published her second and most personal novel, “Consuming Beauty”, which later was adapted by Gantry Productions into a short film.
On the precipice of releasing her third novel, “Blooding”, Charlotte is driven by a desire to pass on to others what she received from her inspirations: “I hope to give to people what writers before have given to me, an escape. And sometimes a much needed one. In your darkest times throughout life, where something bad happens to you, or you lose someone you love or you have to move as a child- it’s difficult. I want to write something that brings a bit of happiness to someone, that gives them an escape to help them move forward.”
Charlotte was born in Annapolis, MD and now lives in Southern California with two loyal hounds, some impartial cats and her very own vampire husband. She is a fan of science fiction and fantasy, loves all things kawaii, and collects journals she’ll never write in. When she’s not writing she enjoys gardening, cooking and watching a movie.