Welcome Celia! It’s great to host you again! Thank you for agreeing to answer a few qustions. Tell us about your current release.
A Comedy Of Erinn is the second book of The Venice Beach Romance trilogy. Errin Wolf is a has-been playwright who is living in Santa Monica, CA, when an offer as a History Channel TV camera-operator falls into her lap. This is her chance to reinvent herself! Her life goes from 0 to 60 when not one but two new men also come into focus.
Tell us about your next release.
The first of the trilogy, The Merchant of Venice Beach came out August 1st and I’m writing the last one, Much Ado About Mother right now. All the books revolve around a family of women – Suzanna in Merchant, her sister, Erinn, in Comedy and both women and their mother in Ado. I consider the books “romantic comedies” rather than “romance novels” – heavy on the comedy, light on the romance. Each book stands alone, so you can read them in any order. At first, I thought I’d just write the stories of Suzanna and Erinn, but I as I was writing, I really liked their mother, Virginia, and felt she should get a chance to spread her wings a little bit, so I added a third book!
Has someone helped or mentored you in your writing career?
I’ve been very fortunate in the mentoring department. To begin with, both my parents were professional writers, so the craft of storytelling is pretty much in my DNA. While sitting down at the computer is a solidary endeavor – it’s just you and the keyboard – I’ve been shocked how much my parents taught me about writing just by being with them every day while I was growing up.
The NY Times best seller and romance writer, Jodi Thomas has been a great mentor to me. We met at a writer’s conference where I read my first chapter of A Comedy Of Erinn to a group. It was the first time I read anything I had written out loud. Afterwards, Jodi, who was on the faculty at the conference, came up to me and gave me her business card. She said she thought I had real talent and I should stay in touch because I was about to embark on a difficult journey. She said she’d always be ready to cheer me on! There were days I wrote just so I wouldn’t let her down.
Does your significant other read your stuff?
My husband is banned from reading my stuff. I found that I couldn’t let myself write freely if I knew my husband was going to be reading the “hot parts’ at the end of the day. I read him funny stuff as I go along, but he actually has very little idea what my books are about. There are many women writers I know who don’t let their mothers read their books for the same reason, but my mom is my best editor!
What do you think makes a good story?
I love little plot twists…just tiny additions to the story that seem insignificant but turn out to be meaningful at the end. J.K. Rowling and Armistead Maupin are two authors who are geniuses at this. I have outlined their book, using a yellow highlighter to mark these little tidbits.
How do you react to a bad review of your book?
A month ago, I wouldn’t have been able to answer this question, since my first book only came out on August 1st. I grew up in house with professional writers, so I was well aware of the fact that not everyone is going to love everything I write. The first review I got was a 5-star, so my defenses were down when my second review came out and it was a 1 star. After my heart plummeted to my stomach, I realized by the reviewer’s standards, my book only was a 1-star. She was expecting a steamy, dreamy romance novel and my books are light and funny. The romance is secondary to the female lead’s character development. This was not the book for her. Of course, you want everyone to love what you wrote, but realistically, that isn’t going to happen. You just need to put on your big girl panties, move on and hope your book finds its audience.
Describe what it’s like to be an author in three words.
Really. Hard. Work.
Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?
All my characters are what I call “blender people” – a little bit of this person, a little bit of that person. Sometimes, I’ll even toss a character from a movie or book into the mix. Pop into a bender and whirl! But one thing I never do – I never base a lead character on myself. I feel I can’t let a character “break the rules” if she’s based on me. In my first book, The Merchant of Venice Beach, I threw my personality into the blender that creating the gay pastry chef, Fernando. But in book two, A Comedy of Erinn, I became part of the personality of Suzanna, who was the lead character in book one. Suzanna had grown up by Comedy, and she seemed to react more like I would to new situation. My friends think that Erinn is based on me, but that’s just my annoying external traits coming out, like correcting everyone’s grammar and thinking everybody finds obscure historical facts fascinating.
Title: A Comedy of Erinn
Author: Celia Bonaduce
Published: Coming September 19th, 2013
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Word Count: approx. 75,500
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Women’s Fiction
~ Synopsis ~
Erinn Wolf needs to reinvent herself. A once celebrated playwright turned photographer, she’s almost broke, a little lonely, and tired of her sister’s constant worry. When a job on a reality TV show falls into her lap, she’s thrilled to be making a paycheck–and when a hot Italian actor named Massimo rents her guesthouse, she’s certain her life is getting a romantic subplot. But with the director, brash, gorgeous young Jude, dogging her every step, she can’t help but look at herself through his lens–and wonder if she’s been reading the wrong script all along…
Currently a Field Producer on HGTV’s House Hunters, Celia Bonaduce’s TV credits cover a lot of ground – everything from field-producing ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to writing for many of Nickelodeon’s animated series, including Hey, Arnold and Chalkzone.
An avid reader, entering the world of books has always been a lifelong ambition. The Merchant of Venice Beach, A Venice Beach Romance, was published August 1st, 2013 by eKensington.