Not even the most truncated of maternity leaves could dim her glow.
“We run a company and, unfortunately, if I’m not there, that company can’t run and there’s a lot of people that count on us,” she said of taking just a week-and-a-half off to recuperate . Because just six days after Zadie’s arrival, she and Slays released their second book, The Game Master: Mansion Mystery.
“I’m so proud of the book,” she gushed. “But it’s inauthentic to me to have a child and then be like, ‘Here’s my new book!’ It just felt wrong. So we’re late to the promotion. ” Not that it’s dimmed fans’ excitement, the New York Times bestselling authors drawing a sold-out crowd for a recent Barnes & Noble appearance that saw Zadie make a cameo.
Still, like so many other working parents, Zamolo has had to find a balance between her jam-packed career and spending time with Zadie. “I wake up a little earlier so that I can be there,” she explained. “And I set aside times of the day that are just our time with her. I don’t go on my phone, I don’t check emails. I block off those times and just wing it the rest of the time.”