Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why we want to "marry" Bonnie Trachtenberg's debut novel and how you can win it!

**Giveaway is now closed**

We are thrilled to have Bonnie Trachtenberg here, as Melissa A loved her debut novel, "Wedlocked" (see the review if you don't believe us). It is even an Award-Winning Finalist in the USA “BEST BOOKS OF 2011″ (Women’s Lit/Chick Lit category) hosted by USA Book News!! And best of all, Bonnie has TWO e-books (worldwide) and one paperback (US) to give away to some lucky readers!

Bonnie graduated from New York University with a major in Film and Television Production. Shortly after graduation, she found a job working on a B movie (not one you've ever heard of) and then retired a few days later after injuring her back while trying to lift a man-sized coffee urn. Soon, she realized she was meant to be a writer and after working over 4,700 lousy jobs (give or take), she was published in a national magazine. She started writing about health and fitness and then transitioned to entertainment, followed by journalism and public relations. Finally, she landed her dream job at Book-of-the-Month Club as a Senior Staff Writer/Copy Chief. While writing hundreds of book reviews, she also started working on her novel, "Wedlocked" which was published this June. She now has a second novel in the works. Bonnie lives on Long Island with her husband, a high school friend with whom she reunited in 2003. She has three stepchildren, four cats, and a dog who wishes he was a cat.

You can find her on Facebook at both her author and book pages, as well as Twitter and her website. She has a blog too!

MP: What is your usual writing routine?
BT: It’s probably not as rigid as it should be, as I too often let life get in the way. I’ve also been marketing my book Wedlocked for an ungodly amount of hours each day, so that’s been cutting into my creative time too. However, I’m now forcing myself to set a few hours aside early in the day, before I get too weary, as writing time. The rest of the day is pretty much a free-for-all!

MP: What do you do when you’re not writing?
BT: Not much time to do anything besides marketing lately, but when I absolutely have to get away, I meditate, take walks, read, hang with my husband, cats and dog, and unfortunately do chores.

MP: Which authors have inspired you?
BT: There are a few authors in my genre or related genres that really inspired me to write my own book. Some of their names are Susan Isaacs, Jennifer Weiner, Marian Keyes, Carrie Fisher, Helen Fielding, Lisa Lutz, Emily Giffin, and Janet Evanovich. I am also inspired by the humor of David Sedaris, Dave Barry, and Carl Hiaasen, and probably many more I just can’t think of right now!

MA: What is one piece of advice you could share with future chick lit writers?
BT: I think it’s important to maintain a certain amount of depth and poignancy in the midst of the humor. I, for one, don’t really enjoy novels that keep things too light, fluffy and sometimes silly. Many of the compliments I receive about Wedlocked have to do with how the characters evoked so many emotions. I think that’s crucial in a really good book.

MP: How are you similar to or different from Rebecca Ross?
BT: Hah! Let’s just say my husband and close friends call me "Becca" all the time. Let’s face it, this story is based on events from my life so Rebecca is really me with a few tweaks. Aside from being an actress instead of a writer (though I performed in shows early on in life), she takes some of my quirks, like perfectionism and control freak-ism over the top. I like to think I have a little more self control than she does, but I admire her audacity!

MA: If "Wedlocked" were made into a movie, who would you cast in the lead roles? BT: I’d love to see Reese Witherspoon as Rebecca; Shirley McClaine as Madeleine (her mother); David Conrad (The Ghost Whisperer) as Michael, and someone recently suggested Charlie Sheen as Craig! That one had me laughing.

MP: What are you most thankful for this year?
BT: Like every year, I’m most thankful for the health and happiness of my wonderfully close and loving family, friends and pets. But this year I have something else to be thankful for—the success of "Wedlocked!"

MA: Which TV shows give off a chick lit feel for you?
BT: I don’t watch much television these days, but the first show that comes to mind is "Sex and the City."

MA: What is your favorite month, and why?
My favorite month is May. It’s my birthday, my wedding anniversary (second husband!) and usually has good weather. It also trumpets the coming of summertime.

MA: Since Rebecca was so into theater, what is your favorite musical?
That’s a tough one. I’ll give you the top five: West Side Story, Guys and Dolls, Godspell, Evita, and Bye, Bye Birdie.

We are thankful to Bonnie for sharing her thoughts with us and her book with our readers.

How to win "Wedlocked":
Please comment below with your e-mail address.
(Please note: Entries without an e-mail address will NOT be counted. You can use AT and DOT to avoid spam. Or provide a link to your facebook page or blog if you can receive messages there.)
Please also let us know which country you are located in.

Bonus entries (can be listed all in one post):
1. Please tell us:What is your favorite musical?

2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).
3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.
4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)
5. Add a friend to our Facebook group. (Tell us who you added.) Be sure to remind them to edit their settings.

Worldwide for e-book, but paperback is US only. Giveaway ends November 15th at midnight EST.


Marthalynn said...

Great interview! I liked her advice on writing.

My favorite musical is a toss-up between Fame and Wicked.

I follow you on GFC and am located in the US.

marthalynn16 (at) gmail (dot) com

Marian Pearson Stevens said...

Enjoyed the interview, Bonnie! Congrats on your release. Your book sounds dee-lish. What a fun cover!

I'm a CL follower and am headed over to share the link on FB.

Love Evita! I can't tell you how much I've listened to the soundtrack --original and updated. Need to pull that out again . . .

Thanks for stopping by!
marianst at aol dot com

Stephanie said...

My favorite musical is West Side Story.

I'm a gfc follower and in the US.

Rachel Krost said...

I love Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog. Love Neil Patrick Harris!

I follow CLC on FB.
Will post this contest on my FB wall.
Live in US.

mep said...

I always like reading about the lives and routines of writers. Tough to choose a favorite musical, but I think I'd go with Godspell. Just love singing along with those songs. But maybe South Pacific. Or Avenue Q. Or Les Mis. Okay, cannot choose.

mep AT nottobrag DOT net

holdenj said...

What a great interview! Interesting ideas for the movie cast, I would love to win and read this!

I am a GFC follower.


Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

I've always enjoyed Cabaret

I am a GFC follower


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Kristen said...

Would love to win!

Favorite musicals are Wicked and Mamma Mia!

I am also a FB follower and am in the US.



StereoQueenBee said...

1. Please tell us:What is your favorite musical?

Grey Gardens (unconventional, but so am I)

2. Follow this blog and post a comment saying you are a follower (if you already follow, that's fine too).

Am a follower.

3. Post this contest on Facebook or Twitter or in your blog, and leave a comment saying where you've posted it.

Facebook - Sabrina-Kate Eryou
Twitter - stereoqueenbee

4. Join Chick Lit Central on Facebook. Edit settings if you don't want to receive a lot of messages at your e-mail account. Please read our posting guidelines, as well. (If you're already a member, let us know that too.)

Am a member.

In Canada.

queenofcrunk at gmail dot com

Katrin said...

Sounds like y very fun book! Great interview!! :)

My favourite musical would be Mary Poppins. Saw it in London a vew years ago, absolutly fab!

I´m a follower here, but "only" via bookmark on Mozilla ;).
But I also just joined on FB CLC.

I am in Austria.
kewinkler at gmail dot com said...

I really want to read this book and can't believe I haven't gotten it together to get a copy! Sorry Bonnie. I'm excited that Wicked is coming back to LA and that I'll finally get to see it. My Favorite musical at the moment really is "Room to Grow" a musical I wrote with Laura Hall.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE two musicals ... FUNNY GIRL and EVITA. I recently literally ran into Patty Lupone in Minneapolis where she was starring in her one-person show. Her hotel room was next door to mine. I caught my breath and just said "I'm in awe." She's such a diva ... what a voice! I was such a fool! Had it been Babs, I would have fainted! writeoncindy (at) yahoo (dot) com

Ananda said...

My favorite musical would be "Hair". I've seen so many musicals since the first time I saw "Hair" yet it will always stay No1 for me:)
I would love to read "Wedlocked", I know it's an AMAZING book.

I am already a follower.
My e-mail address is

Tweeted just about the giveaway!/BookstoRemember/status/135434711899185152

meile0706 said...

Fantastic interview! Now I am very interested in this book and would love to win and read it.

My favorite musicals are Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l'Amour, a French musical and West Side Story. What can I say? I am a sucker for tragic love stories.

I am an e-mail suscriber/follower.

I live in Hungary, Europe.


Jeryl M. said...

I'd like to read this book.

Jeryl M. said...

My favorite musical movie is The Sound of Music. As for my favorite Broadway musical, there are too many great choices to narrow it down to just one.

I am a subscriber.

I am a Facebook fan.

Nancye said...

1. This sounds like a great book!

2. My favorite musical is "Annie"

3. GFC Follower

4. I Tweeted

5. I like/follow you on Facebook

6. I posted this giveaway on FB
FB ID: Nancye Epperson Davis!/nancyecdavis/posts/201324313279539

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net