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Interview: Bonnie Trachtenberg, Author of Wedlocked

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Bonnie Trachtenberg has an extensive resume, including being the Senior Writer and Copy Chief at Book-of-the-Month Club.  Add to that countless magazine articles, children’s book adaptations and three newspapers she has written for, it was only natural that she write a book of her own.  

Wedlocked is her first novel. 

Are you reading any interesting books at the moment?

Yes, I’m reading Fire and Rain by David Browne and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

How do you deal with rejection letters?

I push them aside and move on. There are so many positive things to focus on, and it’s a waste of time to feel down about them. You can’t take it personally.

Are there any new authors that have sparked your interest and why?

I’ve heard Alice LaPlante is especially talented and that her debut novel Turn of Mind is wonderful. I’d like to read it.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out?

All the different modes of social marketing are great tools for writers. There are a million new ways to get the word out about your book or other project. You can reach so many more people now, but you have to be dedicated and put in the hours at your computer.

What contributes to making a writer successful?

Persistence, talent, networking, innovation, and right place-right time.

Do you have any advice for writers?

If you believe in your talents, never give up. There are so many more opportunities for writers than there have ever been. Explore the internet in your area of interest, network, and take advantage of new opportunities.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?

I’d just like to thank everyone who’s bought and read Wedlocked for giving a new author a chance. I’d also like to thank them for all the accolades I’ve been receiving.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

Curl up with a book and a couple of cats. Veg-out with an old movie. Take a walk at dusk. Meditate.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?

The dream of having so many people I don’t even know get a peek inside my personal world and enjoy themselves there.

Do you have any upcoming appearances that you would like to share with us?

Yes. I’ll be appearing and signing books at the Bryant Library in Roslyn, NY on Sept. 14th at 7:30 pm, and at the Book Revue in Huntington, NY on Oct. 13 at 7:00 pm.

If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?

Keep reading and opening your mind to new writers and new subjects. It’s important to always grow and learn no matter how old you are.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?

I’ll never stop writing!

(Please visit her blogs at:
http://www.BonnieTrachtenberg.com
http://www.Wedlockedthenovel.com
and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/WritebrainedNY.)

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