Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Author Interview - Bonnie Trachtenberg
What’s your book about?
Neurotically Yours is the humorous story of Dara Harrison, an attractive, single, thirty-seven-year-old advice columnist in Los Angeles, who decides to open up a revolutionary dating service geared for the romantically challenged. It becomes a huge success, but when a publicity stunt backfires, it forces her to join the ranks of her lonely heart clientele, setting her simplified, under-control life on its ear.
What’s your next project?
I’ve been mulling over a story about a woman who has a near death experience that completely disrupts her life.
Describe your writing in a sentence.
I write romantic comedies that entertain readers while making them feel and think.
Do you choose character names or do the characters whisper them in your ears?
It’s different every time. Many of the characters in Neurotically Yours named themselves, but I’ve had experiences where I run through the gamut of names to find the one that feels just right.
Plotter or panster?
I’m a plotter. I need to have at least a skeleton of my story to refer to or I feel too overwhelmed. However, once my story takes on a life of its own, I never know for sure where each scene is going to end up, and this makes writing a fun process for me.
Do you like background noise or do you prefer a quiet space when you write?
When I’m procrastinating and cannot seem to get myself to sit down to write, I find that leaving the television on helps me ease into writing. I can begin by pretending I’m watching television while I “fix up” my recent work, and, inevitably, I soon get into the flow of writing. When that happens, I either mute or turn off the TV altogether. Then, I like quiet!
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently reading Moonlight on the Nantahala by Micheal Rivers and enjoying it very much.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview and how would you answer
I’ve always wanted to be asked if I have other talents besides writing. I do. I used to act (unprofessionally) on stage and I can sing, too! But I don’t take requests. ;-)
People think I'm weird because...
I believe in spirits and the afterlife. But I just tell them “One day, up there, you’ll see I’m right, and I’ll try not to say ‘I told ya so!’”
Parlaying her success into a new business, Dara launches a revolutionary dating service geared for the perennially single and romantically challenged. Its no-holds barred theme soon makes the company a roaring success, even catapulting Dara onto the national talk show scene—until, of course, it all backfires.
With her company under threat and a publicity stunt gone haywire, Dara is forced to join the ranks of her lonely heart clientele, and suddenly realizes that saving the business she cherishes, means facing her lifelong fears—and maybe even falling in love again.
Witty, poignant, and immensely engaging, this romantic comedy from the bestselling author of Wedlocked: A Novel features sparkling dialogue, colorful characters, and a story that pulls you in and never lets you go.
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Congratulations on your release Bonnie and may it be a big success!