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Karen Rock

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Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author. Her Harlequin Heartwarming novel, A LEAGUE OF HER OWN, has won the 2015 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award and the 2015 Booksellers Best Award. Her Heartwarming novel, WISH ME TOMORROW, has won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the 2014 Golden Quill Contest. Her co-authored YA novel, CAMP BOYFRIEND, has been a finalist in the Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards. When she's not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, hiking and redesigning her gardens. She lives in the Adirondack ...more

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Karen Rock Hi, Cintia! Being a writer is a big dream and one I'm certain you can obtain. Having the will and desire is more than half the battle and you have…moreHi, Cintia! Being a writer is a big dream and one I'm certain you can obtain. Having the will and desire is more than half the battle and you have both of those feelings. All you need to do is unlock whatever is blocking you. My best advice is to look at what's changed in your life in these past three years. You used to write before that, so what knew things have happened that may be occupying your mind, heart or time. Once you've identified that, you might pinpoint what you need to change to get back on track. Once you are ready to write, I suggest turning off the part of your brain that critiques or edits as you write. Decide for a designated time that you will write without worrying about how it sounds, if there are mistakes and so on... And don't stop until a pre-determined time. The point of this is to get your mind back in the habit of writing regularly. I would do this every day and not worry if anything you're writing is "good" because, a page full of writing is better than a blank page every time! So:
1. Identify any stressors in your life that may be holding you back.
2. Turn off your inner editor and decide to simply be a writer.
3. Don't worry about whether your ideas are good or not- the point is to write- no matter what comes out.
4. Write every day- just like an athlete- your skills will improve the more you practice them.

I hope that helps, Cintia! Good luck and keep me posted :)
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Karen Rock Hi, Alyssa! The hardest thing about being an author is turning off my inner critic that expects me to write everything perfectly or not at all... When…moreHi, Alyssa! The hardest thing about being an author is turning off my inner critic that expects me to write everything perfectly or not at all... When drafting my stories, I need to focus on telling the story rather than making all the details exactly right. I have to trust myself that when I return to the draft to revise, I will be in a better place to find the spots that I can improve. When I first started writing, I didn't know how to shush that inner critic and I could never finish a book because I kept finding problems and rewriting the same chapters, eventually getting nowhere. But by learning to be kinder to myself on a first draft, I can now finish a story and enjoy the process so much more! I hope that helps :)(less)
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"A Cowboy's Pride by Karen Rock is the 4th book in the Rocky Mountain Cowboys series. I love the feud between the Loveland's and the Cade's. This feud is becoming just as famous as the Hatfield's and McCoy's. In this one we have a second chance lov..." Read more of this review »
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Paganalexandria Hi Karen, thanks for the friendvite.


Juliew. Thanks for accepting my friend request,Melissa!Nice to meet you!


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Melissa Ousley Thanks for the book recommendation! Happy holidays!


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Karen Rock Melissa wrote: "Thank you for the book recommendation!"

Hi Melissa :) I'm glad! If you like YA and NA contemporary romance, check out the links for some great giveaways!


Melissa Ousley Thank you for the book recommendation!


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Karen Rock Sandra wrote: "Thank you for friending me! :)"

It's so nice to meet you, Sandra :)


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Karen Rock Ananda wrote: "Hi Karen, thanks for the invite and looking forward to chatting books with you. Oh, and once again, congrats on the pub day of Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend, #1) by J.K. Rock!" Thanks so much, Ananda :) I'm sorry I didn't answer sooner. I didn't see these messages until now!


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Ana Hi Karen, thanks for the invite and looking forward to chatting books with you. Oh, and once again, congrats on the pub day of Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend, #1) by J.K. Rock!


Sandra Thank you for friending me! :)


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Karen Rock Thanks for the gift of your friendship as well, Melissa! Happy Holidays and wishing you a wonderful new year ahead :)


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