This is my stop during the blog tour for A League of Her Own by Karen Rock. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 1 till 14 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
He was attractive, talented…and way off limits.
Heather Gadway may have been a world-class college pitcher and a top university coach, but she’s a rank amateur when it comes to managing the Falcons, her father’s struggling minor league team. And when it comes to managing her aggravating attraction to Garrett Wolf, their talented new pitcher. It’s going to be difficult enough to make it as the first female manager in the league and prove to her overly critical father she’s worthy. No distractions. No missteps. And certainly no romances with players. Everything stands between them—including their troubled pasts—even as Heather’s world falls apart and Garrett’s the one who’s there to catch her…
You can find A League of Her Own on Goodreads.
Hi Everyone, My name is Tamara Philip, the author of The Trouble with Playing Cupid, and I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing the incomparable, Karen Rock! The author of the fantastic, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN. Karen gave me some insight at what makes her tick while charming my socks off with her down to earth answers. Check out the interview for yourself! it’s guaranteed to make you smile!
In less than 30 words, tell us about your book, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN?
Ahhh! Pressure. (Wait- those words don’t count do they? lol) A LEAGUE OF HER OWN is about Heather Gadway, a collegiate softball coach who takes over her family’s minor league baseball team. She fights to prove her overly critical father wrong by succeeding with the team while battling her feelings for troubled ace pitcher Garrett Wolf.
why did you write it? or better yet where did the plot idea come from?
Since my husband is a baseball addict (watches, plays, coaches and referees) I spend a lot of time around the sport. I thought it’d be fun to give a woman the challenge of managing the boisterous, competitive men I see on the field. The fact that Heather has trust issues because she’s been raised by a prescription-drug addicted mother was based on a person I care deeply about… and the perfect person to help her confront her past and learn to have faith again is recovering alcoholic pitcher, Garrett Wolf.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
Faint.. but miraculously I’d still manage to book a trip to stay in one of those huts in Fiji!
When did you realize that you wanted to be a writer professionally ?
I always wanted this career since my high school years, but didn’t have the courage to face the rejection. My sister-in-law, and now writing YA partner, Joanne Rock, kept encouraging me to give it a try. She’d been writing for Harlequin Historicals and Blaze for years. Finally, I worked up the courage to show her one of my stories and her encouragement and advice led me to take a chance and start submitting professionally.
If money was not an issue, what one thing would you love to do?
Buy a yacht with a full crew and sail around the world. What a great place to write… and travel!
Do you have a specific writing style? (ie which best selling author do you write most like?)
I’m a contemporary author who’s specializing in romance, although I hope to expand into Women’s Fiction and main stream literary works. I would say the authors I strive to be like are Nicholas Sparks, Elizabeth Strout, Annie Proulx, and Anne Tyler. They are geniuses at delving deep into relationships and people. Like them, I write character-driven novels with edge, high stakes, and emotional intensity.
If you could only pick two people, living or dead, famous or not, to read your book, who would they be and why?
Oprah Winfrey (She is such a passionate reader!) and John Green because his Young Adult novels are brilliant and his attitude is so positive and down-to-earth. His Vlogs always make me laugh.
Do you think Life experiences, research or just your imagination makes you a better a writer?
Tough one! I would say life experience, although when I was younger I would have said imagination since I hadn’t lived long enough to fully understand all sides to the issues I tackle in my novels. Research is always important and was especially so for this book. I had to nail down all of the rules and practices of baseball, including the slang, plays, positions and types of game-changing errors to make the book authentic.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Since one of my favorite books is The Hobbit, I would name my autobiography after Bilbo Baggins’ book: There and Back Again. I’ve always loved that title because life is a journey, but no matter how far we travel, we always come home.
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today, Tamara! Wishing you and all of your wonderful followers Happy Holidays 🙂
About the Author:
Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary romance author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time writer. Currently she writes for Harlequin Heartwarming and her first novel for the line, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and a finalist in the Published Maggie Awards. The first novel in her co-authored YA series, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards.
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of A League of Her Own. These are the prizes you can win:
– a 100$ Amazon gift card (INT)
– a set of signed paperback of Wish Me Tomorrow, His Hometown Girl, Someone Like You and A League of Her Own (US only)
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