Benita Schontag lives with her husband Peter in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from U. C. Berkeley in 1975; studied writing, which included the course "Method Writing by Mail" at the University of Massachusetts; and started writing short stories after her retirement as a legal secretary. "Schontag's Short Stories, Volume One" is her first book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write about different characteristics in people, their weaknesses, strengths and desires. In my three stories these traits are brought to light in the main characters.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to write endings that surprise, shock or amuse people.
The three short stories explore how our plans or schemes can be disrupted by unforeseen events but can be resolved through love, action and patience. The last one also brings the reader into the metaphysical world of an out-of-body experience.
TANGO AT TWILIGHT is a light and breezy romantic story which will delight readers.
THE STRADIVARIUS is a romantic story which will keep readers in suspense.
THE MAGIC PLANT is an adventure into the jungles of Borneo, following three men in search of a hair-restoring plant and a lost tribe of Penans.