Interview with Karen Wojcik Berner

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I had always written little stories here and there. Actually, I began self-publishing when I was eight. "The Car," with its illustrated cardboard cover, was the gut-wrenching tale of a family who had to sell Betsy, the family automobile. It sold one copy — to my parents.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans mean everything, truly. The other night, I ran into someone who had read my second book at a friend's house. She had asked my friend what I write and when she told her, exclaimed, "Oh my God! I read that! Loved it! Give me a hug!" It was the best.

One of my favorite things is doing book club appearances. It's so interesting listening to everyone's take on certain characters or plot lines. I've had some fascinating discussions with and some really great desserts, too!

Drop me an email at karen@karenberner.com if you're interested in having me stop by your book club meeting. I live in the Chicago suburbs, but if you're not local, I can always join via Skype or FaceTime.
Who are your favorite authors?
Being an English major, I love my classics, particularly Shakespeare, Woolf, Poe, and, of course, the master herself, Jane Austen. Some of the more modern authors I really enjoy include Maeve Binchy, Anne Tyler, Neil Gaiman, and Joyce Carol Oates.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Lately, I've been spending countless hours driving my youngest from lacrosse practice to lacrosse practice. He's on two club teams and also plays football, so along with the driving, I'm at tournaments on the weekends. In the fall, things will calm down a bit, and I'll breathe a sigh of relief when he plays one sport at a time. My other son is in college and home for the summer, so I'm spending some great time with him in between both of our schedules.
Published 2015-03-02.
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Books by This Author

A Groovy Kind of Love (The Bibliophiles: Book Three)
Series: The Bibliophiles. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,130. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Uptight British lit lover meets a free spirit at a book club and his world is turned upside down! Thaddeus Mumblegarden IV was content with his Brit coms and books until he met free-spirited Spring Pearson at a book club meeting. But will an old college pinkie-swear promise Spring made fifteen years ago get in the way of this bibliophilic romance?
Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two)
Series: The Bibliophiles, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,740. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Coming of age
You can't run away from yourself. The only thing Catherine Elbert knew for sure was there had to be more to life than being stuck on her family’s farm in Wisconsin. While watching a PBS travel show, Catherine becomes entranced by Portland, Maine. The ocean. The lobsters. The rugged coast. She would finally be free. Or so she thought.
A Bibliophile Christmas
Series: The Bibliophiles, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,410. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Holiday Digital Short. Sarah Anderson and Annie Jacobs have not had the best of years. And now, here come the holidays. Sarah's husband is stuck in Boston after a nor'easter dumps a foot of snow on Christmas Eve. And Annie is picking up the pieces of her life after a painful divorce. But, maybe with a little help from their friends, the holidays won't be a total wash after all.
A Whisper to a Scream (The Bibliophiles: Book One)
Series: The Bibliophiles, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,890. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
When Annie, recently diagnosed with unexplained infertility, and Sarah, a stay-at-home mom, meet through a Classics Book Club, each thinks the other one's life is so much better than her own. But is the grass truly greener on the other side of the fence?