Heroine Interview from Mistaken by Karen Barnett

» Posted on Jul 31, 2013 in Blog | 7 comments

This week I’m hosting Karen Barnett with Mistaken (US and Canada only) and Vickie McDonough with Whispers on the Prairie. If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Aug 4th) evening. 

MistakenCoverFinalInterview with the heroine from Mistaken by Karen Barnett:

1.  Laurie, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

Other than working at the Port Angeles telephone exchange and recently getting my hair bobbed, I’m pretty ordinary. My older brother, on the other hand—he’s the troublemaker. Oh…I’ve said too much. You can forget the last bit, right?

2.  What do you do for fun?

I love to sketch. When I get anxious about something, I sit down and draw. It seems to help me sort through problems when I can lay them out in front of me like that. I just finished a picture of a mysterious man I met at Crescent Beach. It took awhile, but I finally captured how the moonlight reflected off the water that night.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Housework. After a long day at the switchboard, the last thing I want to do is come home and clean house. Thankfully it’s just Dad and me, and he doesn’t mind if the place isn’t spotless.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

Anyone learning the truth about my family.

5.  What do you want out of life?

My single greatest desire is to find one person who is trustworthy. My mom died when I was little, and my dad and brother have let me down a few too many times. I’d like to have someone in my life I can lean on when things get crazy.

6.  What is the most important thing to you?

Loyalty. Honesty. Family.

7.  Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

I don’t read very often, since I prefer to spend my free time drawing. Occasionally, I stop in at the library and look for a romantic story with a happy ending. I already have suspense and tragedy in my life—when I read, I’m looking for escape. 

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would put less stock in what other people think, and learn to see myself—and others—through God’s eyes.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

My brother had a scruffy mutt when we were kids. I don’t know what happened to it after Johnny and I were sent to live with an aunt on Orcas Island for a time. I’ve always wanted a dog of my own. My friend Anne-Marie has a miniature poodle she carries about in a purse, but I’d rather have a big, huggable pooch.

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

I remember reading a book of legends about King Arthur and his knights. Though I’d miss the modern conveniences like the telephone and my dad’s model T, I think it would be marvelous to meet a group of men dedicated to ideals such as faith, valor, charity, and temperance.



  1. I enjoyed the interview, especially the part about Laurie’s friend carrying around her miniature poodle in a purse. I just adopted a miniature poodle puppy 🙂 and he’s already too big for a purse but he’s a great companion.

    I would love to win a copy of “Mistaken”. The cover is quite intriguing.

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    • How fun, Cindy! Is that your poodle in your profile pic? What a cutie. I have a dachshund mix, but she’s far too big to fit in a purse. 🙂

      • Hi Karen,

        The poodle in the picture was my precious little guy for 12 short years. He died on June 29th following surgery. The vet felt his heart just gave out. We brought him home thinking he was going to recuperate and less than an hour later he passed away in his favorite spot next to his ‘daddy’s’ chair in his den. We had to adopt another dog right away as he had been my 85 year old mom’s daily companion for 12 years and we all took the loss really hard. Our new puppy was a truly a blessing and the answer to my numerous emails into the poodle world. We adopted our new little guy on June 29th. I’m not sure how to change the picture on my avatar but then I love this picture so I may just keep it in honor of Peppi.

  2. a wonderful posting…thanks for the chance to read this novel 🙂

  3. Interesting place to visit

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  4. I agree with Laurie, it would be marvelous to meet a group of men-or even just one man-dedicated to the ideals of faith, valor, charity, and temperance!

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