(Interviewed by Elizabeth Cassidy, National Blogger and Columnist http://www.myviewsfromtheedge.com/
Karen Bergreen, is a former attorney who quit her day job to become a stand-up comic (I wonder how many lawyer jokes she has written) and if that wasn’t enough of a career change, she is now the author of two novels. Her newly released, Perfect is Overrated, is a hysterical account about what doesn’t kill you – can cure you. Her protagonist, Kate Alger, suffers from post partum depression and gives up on life, love and her career in the district attorney’s office. She only comes back to life when the bodies of the super rich mommies from her daughter’s preschool start showing up in dead, but dressed to the nines. I promise you this is a funny, funny book. Haven’t you wanted to off a real housewife or two? Your nose is growing.
KB: I was numb working in a law firm and I felt alive doing comedy, which is ironic because it is very hard to feel alive when you are earning seven cents a day.
KB: No one ever says they want to have my babies. Maybe it is because they are afraid I will hand them over. As for the bad nights: Indifference is the worst. I would rather someone screamed that I was terrible than that they ignored me. I love the adventure of comedy. Comedians are gamblers, I think. You just never know how it will go. I often go on stage with no set plan as to the material I will do. I might think I am going to talk about my kids but will get into a deep discussion with a fortune-teller in the front row—I am not particularly mean, and I love that improvised banter.
Let’s move away from performing in smoke-free venues and enter the world of Karen Bergreen, the published author. I felt I needed to start with the stand up part because people have such respect (whether it is obvious or hidden) for people who get up there and perform without a net. Even the ones who tell you to have your tubes tied.
KB:Everybody and everything comes from my imagination. Of course the characters have qualities that are similar to people I know but their language and actions are different. All of the eating habits in book are lifted from friends and acquaintances. Women – including me - are so odd with food that I can’t ignore it in this kind of book.
KB:They is Oprah. Because she is in charge of everything. I think that’s right. Write what you know. Obviously, the plot of the mommies dropping like flies in a New York City preschool isn’t exactly what I know. But I know the world of the crazy New York private school people. And I know what it’s like to be depressed after having a baby. I had a melanoma scare too. And my husband knows his way around a sandwich — and he is an incredible investigator. So yes. They are right.
KB:I didn’t want the readers to care about the victims. And the victims here were very fortunate people who treat others badly. On the page, they deserve to die. In reality, they deserve to get scammed by their dry cleaners.
KB: Ultimately, I’m a funny person and my take on many horrible things is often infused with humor and irony. Because that is how a cope. So, I don’t know that it is totally unrealistic.
KB: I knew the ending. But I wanted the twists and turns. Everything I learned about plot, I learned from the Law &Order franchise. By the way I was on that show—I was a witness to a witness to a witness – I am sure you remember me. I was the beautiful one.
KB: If your book isn’t getting picked up and everyone in the industry is giving you the exact same specific advice—please take it. Don’t be married to your words. I wish my book had 500 pages of bondage scenes.
KB: It’s hard to write everyday, but I try to force myself even if it is just awful. Easier to fix awful than fix nothing. I play little games with myself like withholding Oxygen until at least two chapters are written and wearing an adult diaper at my computer.
KB: I am working on a YA which has no killings. But there are plenty of entitled people who get what is coming to them.
KB By all means.
You will have a great read when you pick up Karen’s two funny novels that are available on Amazon:
Perfect is Overrated
You can also order at Barnes and Noble
Visit Karen at: www.karenbergreen.com.
You can follow Karen Bergreen around on Twitter at: @karenbergreen
And check her out on Facebook at: Karen Bergreen © 2012 My Views from the Edge ™ Please visit elizabeth cassidy’s site: My Views From The Edge