Bonnie Trachtenberg: In Search of a Happy Ending
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 book, Wedlocked: A Novel, was released June 16, 2011.
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, four cats and a dog that wishes he was a cat.
My current novel-in-progress is going to be a bit different from my other confections, although romance and some humor are still key ingredients. This story centers on a very ambitious party planner whose near-death experience–and brief visit to heaven–completely upend her life. Watch this space for more details as the plot thickens…
Catching Up With Bonnie
Now, a little about me…
I love romantic comedies and women’s fiction novels: reading them, writing them, and watching them on the screen! I’ve written two multi-award-winning bestsellers, Wedlocked and Neurotically Yours. I also offer very good relationship advice at Love a Happy Ending Lifestyle so check out my column here!:
Personally, I’m a homebody and an animal lover who has four cats and a dog to keep me company when hubs is at work. As mentioned above, my newest novel is in the works, and I recently released my third book. This one is a humor/gift book called The Fine Art of Delusional Thinking. I love the cover and below is a little about it:
Have you always wished you had a glamorous career? A spouse who worships you? An awesome set of wheels? A fantabulous social life? With The Fine Art of Delusional Thinking, all these goals can be within your grasp. You’ll never again fret about your weight, your monthly bills, your love life, or your bank account. This witty and concise how-to book from best-selling author Bonnie Trachtenberg teaches you everything you’ll need to know to turn your humdrum existence into a lifestyle others will envy. So delude your way to a happy life—with help from an expert.
And in case you hadn’t heard…
Neurotically Yours has won the 2013 GOLD Readers’ Favorite Award for Chick Lit!!! So excited and I’ll be planning a trip to Miami for the awards ceremony this November!
AND MORE BOOK NEWS:
Neurotically Yours is a DOUBLE WINNER in the 2013 Indie Excellence Awards for Romance and Chick Lit!!!
Neurotically Yours is a DOUBLE finalist in the Readers Favorite Book Awards! Winners will be announced in September. Fingers and toes crossed!
I’m happy to announce that my second novel, Neurotically Yours was just named an Award-Winning Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards! Time to celebrate!
My books are the perfect vacation or beach read, but are great anytime you want to relax and have a laugh!
Wedlocked is the WINNER of the 2012 Gold Readers Favorite Award, the Beach Book Festival Award and the Indie Excellence Award!!
“Wedlocked speaks to so many people…Trachtenberg’s appealing wit and ability to create characters that jump off the page and into our hearts has a lot to do with it…I highly recommend this book.”—The Long Island Tribune
“I laughed out loud at this story. Got a tad teary here and there and I also loved every page I read. Ms. Trachtenberg is a hoot! If you’re looking for a gift novel, here it is—give it to yourself first!!”—Cheryl’s Book Nook
“Wedlocked is a wonderful, amusing escape…you will find yourself laughing throughout the book…Don’t miss the read….it is splendid!!! You will love it….I certainly did.” Five Stars—Silver’s Reviews
“Trachtenberg’s story is not only moving, but inspiring…a beautiful story about friends, family, dreams and most importantly second chances in love and life…I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wedlocked…I highly recommend this novel.” Five Stars—Boekie’s Book Reviews
“Bonnie Trachtenberg is T-A-L-E-N-T-E-D! WOW! LOVED this one! This is a story that will have you smiling, frowning and everything in between!..DEFINITELY highly recommend with 5 Books and two thumbs up! I can’t wait to see what Ms. Trachtenberg has in store next for her new found fans!”—ReviewsbyMolly.com
“Wedlocked is a transformational novel, filled with family, friends, love, heartache, and redemption, just like real life—only much, much funnier! Enjoy!”—PopcornReads.com
“This book has everything – drama, humor, sadness and even some adventure tossed in. Wedlocked is a fast-paced book that makes you giggle and cry at the same time…I didn’t want this book to end.”—Five Stars (Kitties)—Socrates Book Reviews
“I can’t quite put my finger on what makes Wedlocked so special. Is it the strong characters…or is it the universal story of trying to live up to other’s expectations while staying true to your own dreams? Whatever it is, Wedlocked is a fun, emotional and intensely satisfying read that I would highly recommend.”—Hands and Home
“Wedlocked is Iris Rainer Dart meets Jennifer Weiner with a few zany plot twists added in. It was such a compelling story with well-developed characters and plot and fun Jewish humor…I really enjoyed Wedlocked and can’t stop thinking about it. I’ve been recommending it to all my friends and want to recommend it here, as well! I think Ms. Trachtenberg has a real winner on her hands and I wish her tons of success with it.”—Melissa Amster, Chick Lit Central
Neurotically Yours made the TOP 10 list of Amazon Movers and Shakers! It is also an Award-Winning Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Chick Lit!
PRAISE FOR Neurotically Yours
“Hilarious, moving, and completely entertaining, this is a novel you can devour in one bite…With Neurotically Yours, Ms. Trachtenberg has hit another home run!”—The Long Island Tribune
“I loved this book! It only took me a day to read because it is fast-paced, funny, and I had to see how it ended…There is humor, love, sadness, quirky characters, and a happy ending that will make chick lit lovers highly enjoy this book. One for your shelves!”—Chick Lit Plus
“One of the things I love about Bonnie Trachtenberg’s characters is that she lets us see why they are the way they are. They also have a lot of depth to them, and most of them are really good people at heart. That combination means I find that I get attached to them very quickly… I completely enjoyed this book…Thanks to Bonnie for another wonderfully fun romp of a novel.”—Popcorn Reads
“Once I picked up Neurotically Yours, I had a difficult time tearing myself away. As soon as I had time to myself, I camped out on the couch until the very last page was turned. I loved the colorful cast of characters that acted as Dara’s support system…The dialogue was fresh, funny and flowed so nicely from one page to the next… There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this novel.”—Melissa Amster, Chick Lit Central
“I do love a nice romantic comedy and Neurotically Yours is that and so much more. I was a fan of Bonnie’s after reading Wedlocked, so I’m pleased to say I love her even more after reading this one. Neurotically Yours has humor, romance, snark, and intrigue. It’s about finding and believing in love…I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to those who want a light and fun read. It’s got a little bit of everything and Bonnie’s writing is superb as always so you won’t be disappointed in this one at all.”—Vi3tbabe Reviews
“Neurotically Yours is not my first read from Bonnie Trachtenberg, nor will it be my last! Trachtenberg doesn’t disappoint, her characters are full of life, quirky and extremely likeable… I really enjoyed this story because of Trachtenberg’s ability to pull her reader in… Neurotically Yours is the perfect blend of humor, romance and a little bit of drama to make thinks interesting. I look forward to reading Trachtenberg’s next novel.”—Boekie’s Book Reviews
“This is the second of Bonnie Trachtenberg’s books that I have read. She is a wonderful author with great storylines. If you need a lift, pick up this book, and you will laugh along with the characters and share in their fun and success…I thoroughly enjoyed it…”—Silvers Reviews
“Good characterization is supported by the author’s simple style of storytelling that makes the story what it is. Romance plus drama plus humour—overall it’s a great read that I practically ate up in a matter of hours.”— b00k r3vi3ws by DDS