Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sit-Down Saturday with Karen Rock and A LEAGUE OF HER OWN


So, Karen, where did you get the idea for A LEAGUE OF HER OWN?

I’ve always loved sports and pitched softball. Now that I’m older, my husband and I go to live MLB games every season and I watch him play league ball, too. I thought it’d be fun to mash up the two and have a softball pitcher vs a baseball pitcher and the story of a woman who takes over her father’s minor league baseball team and falls for their troubled pitcher was born.

 
In looking at the cover, if you could add a caption or captions, what would they say?

                                                     Win or lose, we always have each other.

How long did it take you to write?

This book took me approximately two months to write and then add on another two to three weeks for revisions and edits.

What is your favorite scene?

My favorite scene is where my heroine and hero have a pitch-off contest. Whoever gets the most strikes in 20 pitches wins. If Garrett, my hero, wins, Heather, my heroine, will release him from his contract. He wants off the team now that she’s taken over it as he doesn’t believe she has what it takes to manage baseball players and help them have the winning season he needs to get him Major League attention. If she wins, he will stay on the Falcons and give her 100% effort and support. It’s a fierce battle and funny too because adding in the heckling teammate/spectators made for lots of fun lines/insults… as only fellow athletes can hurl. Of course Garrett Wolf gets the brunt of it as their cocky pitcher.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is actually Heather’s dad. He’s had to raise his daughter alone after his prescription-drug addicted wife nearly killed Heather in a car accident then abandoned them. He doesn’t know a lot about ‘girly’ stuff, thinks the best way to parent is to point out what his daughter could be doing better, and is misunderstood because, despite his constant criticism, he adores his girl. He’s a gruff sportsman and I just love him.

If you could pick actors to play the hero and heroine, who would they be?

I’d have Chris Hemsworth play Garrett because he’s athletic and blonde and gorgeous! As for Heather, I’d need an athletic brunette, so maybe that’d be Mila Kunis… not sure.

Tell us one thing you learned during research.

The way a manager picks batting order is the first hitter needs to be your fastest runner to make sure you get someone on base. Your second hitter is someone who can hit in all kinds of directions so you get a base hit and advance the runner who’s hopefully made it to first. Your third and fourth batters are your homerun hitters who will hopefully bring in lots of runs with a moon shot (slang, I learned, for a homerun J)

What music would match the mood of this novel?
Anything you’d hear in a ball park… We Will Rock You, maybe?

This is your fourth book with Heartwarming.  Exactly what does that mean to you?

It means a lot. I absolutely adore this clean, contemporary line. I’ve had wonderful chances to explore layered characters and real issues that affect us all. It makes me feel great to touch people’s hearts. This review from Harlie at Harlie’s Book Reviews meant the world to me. “A LEAGUE OF HER OWN is not my first book from Ms. Rock nor will it be my last. I love her writing, voice and how she makes me feel after I finish. She makes me feel better about myself and also realize that I’m not alone with some fictional characters. We all have issues, it’s just how we deal with them that’s different” That says it all about this wonderful line!

What do you plan to work on next?

I’m currently editing my April 2015 Heartwarming- RAISING THE STAKES- about an Adirondack Forest Ranger and a diner owner who is determined to raise an orphaned bear cub.

What are you reading for pleasure right now?

I’m reading Philippa Gregory’s THE KING’S CURSE (The Cousin’s War Book 6) I read everything, but I’m on a historical kick right now.

Thanks so much for stopping by the Heartwarming Blog. If you’d like to check out A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, the links are:

Amazon (Kindle): http://amzn.to/1tqr4Ee

Barnes and Nobles (Nook): http://bit.ly/1sEFKPM

eHarlequin (Print Book):  http://bit.ly/1rmpYgb


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23252231-a-league-of-her-own?from_search=true

                                                 Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the release of your fourth book for Heartwarming, Karen. Based on the very positive reviews it is getting already, it promises to be another book that your readers will love!

    Best wishes!

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  2. Love baseball. Will love the book I know.

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  3. I love baseball too. I played second base for years on a C league. Of all your books, this is the one I most looked forward to.

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  4. My sister used to play softball, so I'll get A League of Her Own for her...and then read it myself! Great interview.

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  5. Good going, Karen. Congratulations! I grew up with a dad who screamed at the Red Sox on the television screen every baseball season that I can remember. Never heard that a Moonshot is a homerun. Love it. And love the batting order info. Sounds like a great book with lots of fun elements. Another must-read from The Rock!

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  6. I'm glad to know that, too. My boys played baseball for at least 40 summers (and I only have two!) but I never knew that! The book sounds great.

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  7. I loved the book, Karen! I can't wait for your next release! Congrats!

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  8. Karen, I finished Tara's book which I loved and am starting yours. Really love it so far. It will probably keep me up all night you know.

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  9. Congrats, Karen! It sounds awesome, as does your April book. So cool to discover you pitched softball!

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  10. How cool to learn that you were a pitcher! Guess that knowledge still comes in handy when pitching ideas for more of your beautiful Heartwarming stories, huh! Can't wait for that April book! Hope your Christmas was wonderful and that 2015 will be your best year, ever!

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