Interview with Karen Tribby

What do you read for pleasure?
I have an awesome admiration for memoirs. I love to read about real life events and real people who have endured and overcome. It is how I best connect with other people no matter where they are. I find strength in stories in which the person it is written about has overcome, it provides hope and inspiration, two things I believe we as human beings can never get enough of.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. After "Where The Wild Things Are", I grew into "Are You There God? It's me Margaret", by Judy Blume. I still remember the shock value of the words written in that book because for the times it was a bit risky. Unfortunately, I could understand it and the words written allowed me an ability to relate to it, as if Judy Blume and I shared secrets together. I suppose in a sense it allowed me a way of releasing the secrets that I was forced to keep at such a young age. Thank You Judy!
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poem in the fifth grade. Then, at age 15, poetry is what helped me win a place in the Miss Teen Arizona Pageant.
Describe your desk
My desk is an organized mess. I have Obsessive - Compulsive Disorder, so everything must have it's place, but to my eyes it is still messy because I have so many loose papers and notes, it drives me nuts. Even worse, the desk top is made of glass and each and every smudge or beverage spot is an annoyance. I keep a bottle of glass cleaner and a roll of paper towels nearby.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing. My attempts to reach out and touch someone. Facebook just wasn't enough. Sorry Facebook.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is found upon completion of a story and what the story portrays. I write about real life and my hope with each story told is that one person out there in the world will read it and be touched. My prayer is for that special person to find a sense of healing, growth or just simply know that there is someone out here who understands them and loves them. Even as I am writing, I always visualize that one person. I try to imagine what they look like and what they might be going through at that moment. My stories are written for you with great love and the gift of hope in mind. I am not here to simply entertain. I am here to touch base with the reader and help them through a tough journey.
How do you approach cover design?
I search for pictures that describe what my book is trying to say or talk about in a meaningful way. It is a form of art for me to find that special visual that will describe to the reader what I am saying or feeling. It is also a lot of fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are my extended family and friends. I like to keep it real with everyone for we all have been given our own unique, individual gift. We are each equal and important and best of all, we are interconnected. Who you are affects who I am and vise versa. I find so much beauty in that belief and it really helps me appreciate every individual for who they are. It helps me matter what.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to crochet. Since I have a new grandbaby coming in September, I love making little baby things. I have also been blessed to have my three year old grandson, Jason and my two year old granddaughter, Aubrey staying with us for the past several months and I enjoy watching them play and just simply holding them on my lap. I also have a little chihuahua dog named Peanut, who is like a child and I enjoy him everyday as well.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story OVERDOSE was based partly on a true story of a woman that I had shared a cell with in the Perryville State Prison for women. My cellie had many tearful outbursts and one day she told me her story. She had said that her fiance had overdosed and while he was on life support that his mother had approved the removal of his life support despite that she had felt him squeeze her hand on two occasions. My cellie said that this had caused her great guilt and that she had turned to alcohol as a result. She found herself in prison after numerous DUI's. Her heartache touched my heart and allowed me a view of how very easy it is to go from a "normal" lifestyle to a life of addiction and eventually incarceration. It is very sad.
What are you working on next?
The story I will be starting in May of 2014, is entitled, The Screams of a Sociopath. It too is based on a partial truth. It is based on my half sister who to this day remains undiagnosed and dangerous. She has attempted to cause great harm to my life without any just cause and...well, you will see when you read the story.
Published 2014-04-06.
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Books by This Author

Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 19,190. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
OVERDOSE is a book based partially on a true account. It is the story of a woman named Monica whose fiance attends a bachelor party where drugs are being used and slips into the world of addiction, lies and betrayal.Eventually, he overdoses and is placed on life support. The tragedy continues as Monica begins drinking and eventually finds herself inside a prison cell.
Poetry From A Prisoner's Pencil
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Biography
Poetry from a Prisoner's Pencil is a complementation of the nine and one half years I spent in prison. Let my poetry take you into a world of sorrow, shame, regret and madness. For those incarcerated, these poems are for you and you are completely allowed to use them if so desired to share your own feelings. For the families of the incarcerated, this shows how much we hurt and how sorry we are.
Satan's Puppet
Price: $12.95 USD. Words: 74,260. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
A part of me will forever be seven years old. That voiceless, innocent child that just wanted to be loved. I am stronger now, but not much. It seems that not killing me really didn't do me much good. Yet, today I hope to discover the words to purge my soul of the emotional poison embedded deep down inside of me. Could that be possible? I will let you know at the end of my story.