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Q&A with Bonnie Trachtenberg author of Wedlocked!

Thursday, September 8, 2011
I can not express how delighted I am to be able to do a Q&A with Bonnie Trachtenberg. Her novel Wedlocked is FANTASTIC. Amazon reviewers have already given it 5 Stars! 
~ Boekie's Book Reviews

About the author:

Bonnie Trachtenberg graduated from New York University with a major in Film and Television Production. She promptly found a job on a B movie you never heard of. Four days later she retired from her film career after working the craft service truck and throwing her back out while attempting to lift a man-sized coffee urn.

Realizing she was meant to be a writer, Bonnie worked 4,749 crappy jobs (give or take) on two coasts before being published in a national magazine. Her writing career then took her from the health and fitness field to the entertainment industry to journalism and public relations before she landed her dream job as Senior Staff Writer/Copy Chief at Book-of-the-Month Club. There, she wrote hundreds of book reviews and hobnobbed with the literati. At this time, she also began work on her first novel.

Five years later, Bonnie was laid off along with 500 of her colleagues after a corporate takeover. She did not despair, but instead took it as a sign from the heavens that it was time to finally finish her freaking book already. She did. Her debut novel, Wedlocked, was released this June. A second is in the works.

Bonnie lives on Long Island with her husband Mitchell Silbowitz. The two were high school friends who met up again in 2003, renewed their friendship and then fell in love. She has three stepchildren and four irresistibly cute cats. (bio excerpt and author photo from bonnietrachtenberg.com)

Q&A with Bonnie Trachtenberg, author of Wedlocked!
1. What made you decide you wanted to be a writer?
Writing was something that always came naturally to me. Even in grade school I excelled at it. So after my first film production job (craft service on a B movie for a whopping four days) I realized that what I loved about films were the actual stories. I abandoned the production end and began to write screenplays, but soon realized getting one produced into a movie was tantamount to winning Lotto. Therefore, I focused on writing for magazines and newspapers, got a great gig writing scripts for children’s videos and turning screenplays into children’s books, and on and on. Suddenly I was a full time writer and I never looked back. But it wasn’t until I landed my dream job reviewing books for Book-of-the-Month Club that I gained the confidence to write my first novel.
2. How long did it take you to write Wedlocked?
The actual writing of it took about six years, but for five of them I had a full time job and little energy to write during the week. The sixth year I worked on it full time and it really came together.
3. What characteristics do you think you share with Rebecca Ross?(if any)
So many! She is me with a few tweaks, as Wedlocked was based on my life, and more specifically my first brief, disastrous marriage. We are both from Long Island, lived in New York City and Los Angeles, got married in a Long Island castle, and honeymooned in Italy. We are both perfectionists, although she’s worse than I am. We both despise cigarette smoke! We both experienced similar dynamics in our romantic relationships, and had amazing, successful grandmothers who inspired us. Unfortunately we also both married stupidly at the age of thirty-six!
4. Which section(s) of the book turned out to be the hardest for you to write?
I think the hardest part to write was the wedding scenes, mainly because I tended to want to stick to things exactly the way they happened, but that doesn’t always make for the best story. Deciphering what should remain and what needed to be changed was a challenge. It’s hard to let go when you are so close to the story.
5. What advice would you give to the women in the world who have had their hearts broken by someone like Evan Shays?
My advice is to do what you need to do to get over the immediate pain, whether it be crying under the covers, watching old movies, eating a few donuts, or commiserating with good friends. Then make a list of all the negative things about that relationship and review them regularly. Realize that the right man would never have treated you that way, so breaking up was a blessing in disguise. Now you’ll be ready when Mr. Right does come along.
6. What do your close friends/family think of your book Wedlocked?
I’m thrilled to say they love it. They’ve told me they’ve laughed out loud, speculated on who my characters were based, and some even read it twice because they so enjoyed it. That’s the best compliment!
7. Can you share a little bit about your current work with us?
In a few months I’m going to be publishing a book I wrote called The Fine Art of Delusional Thinking: Happiness Means Never Having to Have a Reality Check. It’s a humorous gift book that parodies the current craze of creative visualization books ala The Secret. I’m also in the final stages of my second novel, as yet unnamed. It’s another romantic comedy about a longtime single woman and advice columnist who opens up a most unusual dating service.
8. Do you have any advice you'd like to give to aspiring writers/actors?
If you truly believe in your talents, keep writing or acting and don’t let criticism destroy your dreams. Everyone has their own opinion and it doesn’t matter if someone doesn’t “get” you. Others will.
9. Who are some of your favorite writers?
I love Susan Isaacs, Jennifer Weiner, Elizabeth Berg, David Sedaris, Carrie Fisher and many others. Of course I also love Jane Austen!
10. Lastly, is there a chance you will ever come back to Los Angeles? Maybe for a book signing? :)
Anything’s possible. My sister still lives there and so do a few good friends. It’s on my very long list of things to do.


Ladies and gentlemen if you haven't picked up your copy of Wedlocked do yourself a favor and pick up your copy today! Enjoy :)
Wedlocked by Bonnie Trachtenberg 

If you have any additional questions for the author please visit her site:
http://www.bonnietrachtenberg.com
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