Thursday, January 15, 2015

Guest Post by Karen Wojcik Berner For A Groovy Kind of Love Book Tour!

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Writers like to make people think each character they create is the work of their superb imaginations and nothing more.

I say “rubbish.”

I believe the characters we dream up all have little nuggets of their creators in them, something that connects us both and makes it possible for them to leap off the page.

I was an English major.

I know these things.

Let’s take my latest novel, “A Groovy Kind of Love.” In it, an uptight, anglophilic computer programmer falls for a much younger, free-spirited daughter of Hippies. Which character is most like me?

Well, Thaddeus Mumblegarden IV shares my belief that books are magical vehicles of transportation to other worlds, yet clearly I’m no computer programmer. I actually tried it in college when a misguided counselor suggested I diversify my schedule by taking something more “practical.”
Big mistake. Dropped it halfway through the semester and escaped back into the familiar arms of Shakespeare and Austen.

Thaddeus is also an anglophile, like me. England is definitely my happy place. My family can attest to that, particularly during “Downton Abbey” season or any of the fine British series on PBS, however there’s where the similarities end. I don’t ever want to write a character that’s all me. I’m just not that fascinating. Come to think of it, I’d probably be so boring I’d edit myself out of the scene.

But Thaddeus, Spring, and the rest of the book club members? Now those are some interesting people!

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Uptight British lit lover meets a free spirit at a book club and his world is turned upside down! After placating to his father’s demands that he play Little League baseball and major in computer programming in college rather than his beloved English literature, Thaddeus assumed that several years into his career, he would finally get some peace and quiet. Then he met Spring Pearson, the younger, free-spirited daughter of Hippie parents, at a book club meeting. Instantly smitten, Thaddeus finally worked up the courage to ask Spring out. But will an old college pinkie-swear promise Spring made fifteen years ago get in the way of this bibliophilic romance? ”A Groovy Kind of Love” is the third and final installment of Karen Wojcik Berner’s Bibliophiles series. Written as stand-alone novels, each book focuses on one or two members of a fictional suburban classics book club, revealing their personal stories while the group explores tales spun by the masters.

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Author Bio: Karen Wojcik Berner writes contemporary women’s fiction, including the Amazon best-selling series, the Bibliophiles. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, and Fresh Fiction. She currently serves on the Author Council of and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association. When not writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her youngest’s football or lacrosse games, discussing the Celts with the oldest, or snuggling into a favorite reading chair with a good book and some tea.
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