Bonner Danilov, a native Washingtonian, is the second member of the Priya Club. She is an investigative journalist by trade. She also writes best-selling true crime novels, and blogs for Indie Book Week.
Bonner’s father, Alexei, is a native of Russia, while her mother, Wren, was raised not far from where they live now. Bonner’s older brother, Sean, has been living in London since shortly after his university days.
Bonner’s best friend within the Priya Club is Ava Arden.
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At a hair over five feet tall, Bonner Danilov is constantly struggling to find comfort in a world designed for people an average of eight inches taller than she is.
She loves to wear colorful, funky patterns. If she were being honest about why she is so fond of them, Bonner would have to point out that it is hard to miss her when is dressed that way.
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Locke and Bonner had still been in diapers the first time they ambled across a grassy lawn, holding hands. There are pictures, taken by their laughing moms, to prove it. Tucked away in her attic, Bonner has boxes filled with all the artwork and cards, corsages and strange gadgets, that Locke has given to her during their school years. She has saved them for their children, the ones she and Locke would make together, to sift through and laugh over and enjoy.
Loving this man, carving out a life with him, would never be simple or predictable. He is a man who finds no joy in the ordinary path. Time and again she has tried, and failed, to change him. Will she take him as he is, or let him go forever?
This is her moment to choose.
Helaina Karras owns “The Darlings,” a fleet of restaurants she designed that incorporates the particular lifestyles and favorite foods of the Priya Club members. Each woman eats and drinks for free at her namesake establishment.
BonBon’s Candy Emporium is an ice cream and candy bar (and dream of children everywhere) inspired by Bonner Danilov’s love of all things sweet. Being in the restaurant is like walking through the center of a rainbow, with one bright color fading into another. All candy is made on the premises, and they restaurant has an online that ships their high-end products all over the country.
Lunch is also served at BonBon’s and it is an entirely kid-friendly menu. Nothing fussy, nothing too adult. There are options for every dietary requirement, making sure every kid feels included at mealtime. The entire space is handicap accessible. There is a childcare room, with one wall entirely made of glass, where parents can drop the littlest ones while attending the party with their older children.
BonBon’s allows only organic ingredients to be used anywhere on property. All candy is made with 100% cane sugar or 100% watermelon sugar. No fillers, chemicals, or artificial colors are ever used. This commitment by the restaurant honors Bonner’s years-long quest to find what she calls “proper candy.” She has blogged about it numerous times, the difficulty of finding candy made with actual cane sugar or watermelon sugar.
In addition to the main dining room, there are three birthday party rooms, each of a different size and theme. One room is filled with candy-inspired toys that kids use as props while making music videos for their favorite songs. Another room is done up in cotton candy pink. The last room has a under-the-sea feel to it, with an expert blend of blues and greens. Lately, the rooms have been booking for bridal parties and baby showers, too.
Locke Arden wears only one costume on Halloween: that of Batman. As a child, he would run around the house, singing the Batman theme song. While wearing a cape, of course.
Bonner loves Locke’s Batman obsession. This is partly because it is all she’s ever seen him do, costume-wise. The other reason she loves it when get he all “Batman” on her is that some secret part of him opens up. When he is deep in his imagination and he looks at her, his eyes reflect a deeper truth – one that is both powerful and alluring.
Since she first began her awakening to womanhood, she been unable to resist Locke Arden as Batman. It is their song, that Batman theme. If they ever do get married, it will be played for their first dance. Bonner won’t even argue about, so relieved she’ll be to finally wear the ring of her soul mate.
And when Locke is traveling – something he does far too much of – Bonner will tote her iPOD around, with their song on repeat. It soothes her. Reminds her to be patient. To stay the course. To keep the faith.
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Elsa Hosk Imagined As Bonner Danilov
Elsa Hosk imagined as character Bonner Danilov in the Priya Club novels.
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Above are links to find out more information on the living human I picture in my mind when writing scenes for character Bonner Danilov in the Priya Club novels. Her name is Elsa Hosk.
When writing a novel, it is often helpful to have the face and body of an actual person in mind when imagining a character’s emotions, and interactions, and life.
Writer’s Digest says: “One effective way to create lively characters on the page is to create a character board first, enabling you to envision who your character really is.”
Many writers use character boards when planning out the “people” in a novel. I did not include this resource when preparing to write my first novel. Frankly, in the beginning, I had no plan. I was winging it, all the way. If, over the years, you’ve read my blog at Indie Book Week, then you know how many mistakes I’ve made on this, my writing journey.
It wasn’t long into writing AVA that I realized the book was going to be part of a series. I began to document character details, plot ideas for future novels, and more, in an Excel spreadsheet. While helpful in a way, it wasn’t the most user friendly resource because I couldn’t see all the snippets of information at one time.
Fortunately, all that learning I had to do to complete my first 100,000-word novel has resulted in a cleaner, clearer work flow for all subsequent work. My characters are better. My stories are better. And I am enjoying this process of creation with less angst and more imagination.
When the words for my second novel began to take shape in my mind — and that was well before the first sentence landed on a blank page — I knew I wanted to incorporate a character planning resource that would let me flesh out the particulars of a “person” in an organized and cohesive fashion. And it needed to be something more writer-friendly than my Excel spreadsheets.
Enter the character board. Most authors (and their loved ones) will tell you that the characters who inhabit their minds, and books, are real. Fine, they don’t exist in the flesh, we get it, but they are most definitely alive. With this in mind, I decided to have some fun with my character boards by creating online profiles for the characters in my Priya Club novels.
Here, on ThePriyaClub.com, meet the Priyas, their loves, their families. Get to know where they work, and where they play. Learn about their personalities, quirks, and hearts. As the series progresses, as the characters continue to evolve, a continuous stream of new details and information will be added to these pages. We hope you’ll share this journey with us, the Priya Club characters and me, and that you’ll visit with us here, on ThePriyaClub.com, often.