About Bonnie Trachtenberg
Bonnie Trachtenberg worked as Senior Writer and Copy Chief at Book-of-the-Month Club and has written seven children’s book adaptations. She’s also written for three newspapers, and has penned countless magazine articles.Wedlocked is her first novel. She lives on Long Island with her husband, stepchildren, and cats.
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On what should be the happiest day of her life, Rebecca Ross is panic stricken. Rebecca has just wed Craig Jacobs, but she realizes she put more thought into choosing her florist than she did in choosing the man she’s just pledged to love for the rest of her life.
Before Craig, Rebecca, a talented Long Island girl, dreamed of following in her grandmother’s footsteps with an acting career. Unfortunately, she was cut down to size by years of disappointment, and by her first love-a Hollywood director. She returned to Long Island a lost and broken woman, and ended up in the last place she ever wanted: her old bedroom at her parents’ house.
But Rebecca’s mother, an overzealous convert to Judaism, has a long held dream too: marry off her three daughters to Jewish men. So no one is more thrilled than her when Rebecca meets and marries bon vivant Craig Jacobs, the man who has won over the whole family. Too bad they’re all about to discover that underneath his charismatic shell, this Prince Charming is anything but!
This unputdownable romantic comedy will amuse and enthrall you from angst-ridden start to glorious finish.
The Interview Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was always good at the writing assignments my elementary school teachers gave us to do, and I always enjoyed them. I had a vivid imagination and liked sharing it on paper. Writing came naturally to me and so I always excelled at it.
When and why did you begin writing?
I was a Film and Television Production major at NYU but after college I pursued writing jobs and began writing screenplays because I realized I was more suited to writing than production.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since college but was first published in a national magazine (Ms. Fitness) more than twenty years ago.
When did you first know you could be a writer?
When I saw my first article in print it made me realize that writing (and getting paid for it) was not a pipe dream anymore. After that I slowly gained the confidence I needed to turn writing into a full time career.
What inspires you to write and why?
The interesting and sometimes exasperating people I meet, and the emotionally charged life situations I find myself in, both inspire me to write. So does injustice in the world.
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first brief, disastrous marriage inspired me to write Wedlocked and it sets the basis for the book.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
Hearing family and friends giggle while reading the pages of Wedlocked inspired me to keep writing, because I knew eventually strangers would do the same.
Who or what influenced your writing over the years?
Funny movies I watched like When Harry Met Sally and Arthur, TV shows like The Colbert Report and Sex and the City and the books of Jennifer Weiner, Laura Zigman and Susan Isaacs all contributed.
What made you want to be a writer?
I realized how empowering it is to express myself on the page in a way that could reach lots of people, and entertain them, too.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
The most challenging thing is to not procrastinate or let life get in the way of writing.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
Yes, it taught me that hard work, creativity and discipline pay off in spades.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
I already have.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
Yes, my style incorporates my sense of humor and engaging storytelling ability.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
Dialogue–probably from so many years writing screenplays.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Of course. Sometimes I take a long walk or drive to take the pressure off and it seems to lift. Other times it just takes stepping away from my work for a couple of days and doing other, more fun, things.