My latest author interview over afternoon tea is with Karina Bartow. Her new book, Wrong Line, Right Connection, was released this week, and you can read my review of it here. Having immensely enjoyed this book, I was excited to be able to put my ten reading and writing questions to her.
So grab a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit or slice of cake, then sit back and relax and read the interview…
Thanks so much for taking the time to join us for afternoon tea today, Karina. To begin with, for those who don’t know you or have yet to discover your writing, please introduce yourself.
I’m Karina Bartow, I’m from the States. For the past thirteen years, I’ve written eight novels, consisting of mysteries and love stories. Four of them have been published. My latest, Wrong Line, Right Connection, just came out this week.
When did you first realise you wanted to become a writer?
When I was nine, my mom and sister took me to a meet-and-greet with a children’s book author at our local library. As I listened to her speak about her writing and her love for it, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
Where do you find your inspiration?
All over the place, but mainly from the people I love. In the case of my latest release, Wrong Line, Right Connection, some very dear friends who were like grandparents to me inspired the story. Though most of it’s fictional, I used little nuggets of truth to sculpt the plot.
Can you tell us about your writing process? What’s the first thing you do when you get a new idea?
I might make a note of it, but typically I just wait and let it simmer for a while. I don’t do much pre-writing, so once I get a chance to start it, I go for it.
In your opinion, what’s the best and worst thing about being a writer?
The best thing is being able to create your own world without all the confines of reality weighing you down. The worst thing is trying to figure out what’s going to land well with a publisher or even a reader.
What projects have you been working on recently? What plans do you have for the future?
While I’ve dipped my toes into love stories a bit, I primarily write mysteries. Earlier this year, my second installment of The Unde(a)feted Detective Series, Brother of Interest, came out, so I’ve been working on the follow-up to that. In the meantime, I’m writing a short story that’s a bridge between the two, which will be featured in a podcast.
Many authors are also avid readers. Who are some of your favourite authors? Can you share with us some of your favourite books?
I love Nicholas Sparks, and his novel, A Walk to Remember, is my all-time favorite. I also have recently enjoyed some of Marie Benedict’s books.
If you were only allowed to own three books, which three would you choose?
The Bible, A Walk to Remember, and The Secret Garden.
We love quotes at Sammi Loves Books. Please share with us one of your favourite quotes from one of your own stories or poems, and explain why you chose it.
In Wrong Line, Right Connection, Roy tells Mabel, “Love comes from way down deep and never dies if it’s really there.” I’d like to take credit for the beautiful line, but in truth, it’s a line I took from an actual love letter between the friends who inspired the novel. It will always be special to me because I loved getting to use his own words in the book, and the sentiment resonated with me and the story in an ideal way.
Another thing we love at Sammi Loves Books is afternoon tea. If you could have afternoon tea with any author or fictional character, who would you choose and why? Just so you know, the table can seat four, so feel free to fill all available seats, but don’t forget to leave one for yourself! 😉 Also, where might you have this afternoon tea and what is being served? You know, so we can all enjoy it…
I’m not much of a girly girl, so I’ll admit my tea party would be unconventional. I’d enjoy having Mark Twain, along with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. We’d probably have it in the woods somewhere, and in honor of Huck, we’d eat wild huckleberry jam on biscuits, huckleberry brownies, and huckleberry tea (or coffee). I’d just have fun seeing what the boys could get into and which one is most fashioned after Twain.
Thank you so much for the interview, Karina. I thoroughly enjoyed your answers. Your description of afternoon tea with Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn sounds like so much fun! And I love how words from the real-world inspiration behind your latest novel found their way into the story. Wishing you every success with Wrong Line, Right Connection and all future projects!
And readers, don’t forget…As I mentioned in the introduction to the interview, you can read my review of Wrong Line, Right Connection right now, by following this link.
Connect with the Author
Karina Bartow grew up and still lives in Northern Ohio. Though born with Cerebral Palsy, she’s never allowed her disability to define her. Rather, she’s used her experiences to breathe life into characters who have physical limitations, but like her, are determined not to let them stand in the way of the life they want. Her works include Husband in Hiding, Brother of Interest, Forgetting My Way Back to You, and Wrong Line, Right Connection. She may only be able to type with one hand, but she writes with her whole heart!
Wrong Line, Right Connection is out now. You can find it on Amazon. Also Karina’s 2018 novel, Forgetting My Way Back to You, which also features Mabel, is available for $.99 on Kindle September 5-10.
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