Welcome to Three Questions with Van Heerling. This is where you get to meet authors, actors, painters and anyone else that is bent toward the arts, but on a more personal level.
Today we welcome Bonnie Trachtenberg, author of Wedlocked and Neurotically Yours.
VH: If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be and why?
BT: I would stop the cruelty of human beings toward each other and toward our precious animals. Nothing upsets me more than hearing about man’s inhumanity. To know there are those needlessly suffering at the hands of malicious or callous people is emotionally devastating to me and sucks the joy out of my life. This is why I give charitably to organizations who seek to protect the most innocent and vulnerable souls on our planet.
VH: If you knew the exact date of your death down to the minute, what would you change about your life starting tomorrow?
BT: Well first, I’d have one heck of an anxiety attack. Then, I’d probably spend a lot less time at my computer, and a lot more time walking around hugging everyone in my life like an amorous lunatic. I’d also be more focused on daily good-deed-doing and a lot less on sweating the small stuff.
VH: For what are you grateful?
BT: I’m grateful for so much these days. I was born into the most wonderful, loving family. My husband is a gem of a man and we have made a beautiful and cozy home together. I have adorable cats and a very sweet dog. They put a smile on my face every day. I’m grateful for my friends, some of whom have sustained me through the difficult years of my life. I’m grateful for my God-given ability to write and for the success the universe has lavished on me. I’m also very grateful to my loved ones who look out for me from heaven.
VH: Thank you Bonnie. And like I said the other day... I want to be like you.
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!
“Wedlocked is a funny, warm, and engaging story about life, love, marriage and family. This page-turner is the perfect summer read!” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of Social Lives.
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Smart, attractive, and ambitious, thirty-seven-year-old Dara Harrison is, nonetheless, still single--and on sabbatical from dating. Ironically Los Angeles' most renowned relationship advice columnist, Dara has become a Southland sensation with her "tell-it-like-it-is" approach to the mating game.
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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Bonnie Trachtenberg is the author of the recently released romantic comedy, Neurotically Yours: A Novel and the award-winning, bestselling book Wedlocked: A Novel. She writes a monthly relationship and advice column for LoveaHappyEnding.com. Bonnie was senior writer and copy chief at Book-of-the-Month Club and has written seven children’s book adaptations. She has also written for three newspapers and penned countless magazine articles. She lives in New York with her husband, four cats and a dog.
"For me, writing is a joyful torture or sorts." ~vh~
“In this life, seek your own answers, and quote yourself for a change.” ~vh~
The muse has tapped my shoulder and my ear is turned toward her lips. I am waiting for her whisper. ~vh~
"The funny thing about life: more often than not it’s laughing at you rather than you laughing at it." ~vh~
"At some point there is a moment when you should give up. I’m here to tell you that today is not that day." ~vh~
“If you are afraid of the truth, never ask a young child a question.” ~vh~
“The frailty of life is most evident at its last breath.” vh
“Prove not to the world but to yourself that you are above your current circumstance.” ~vh~
"Don't be wishful when it comes to your dreams. Take aggressive action in your pursuit of them. Start now with a single step, no matter how insignificant it may feel." ~vh~
"Nothing is more powerful than an unwavering, unapologetic decision to BE." ~vh~
"Strive to be the light in an ever-darkening world. SHINE!" ~vh~
"Think big and then think small. That’s where the details live." ~vh~