Karen Wojcik Berner writes contemporary women’s fiction with a sprinkling of the classics.
Her Bibliophiles series includes "A Whisper to a Scream," which was a 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist, "Until My Soul Gets It Right," which was a 2013 Big Al's Books & Pals Readers' Choice Nominee, and "A Groovy Kind of Love," which was a 2015 Chicago Writers' Association Book of the Year Nominee and a 2015 Big Al's Books & Pals Readers' Choice Nominee. Her short story, "A Bibliophile Christmas," continues Sarah and Annie's story from "A Whisper to a Scream."
An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, such as The Chicago Tribune, Naperville magazine, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, and Fresh Fiction. She is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association.
Her blog, Bibliophilic Blather, features Editing for Grammarphobes every Wednesday with helpful grammar tips to improve everyone's daily writing, whether for articles, blog posts, books, or even emails. After all, everybody's gotta write, right?
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 email@example.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.
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?
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.
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.
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?