Carrie asks her about her “memoire.” Karen says it has been very therapeudic. She says it has been hard because going back in time has brought up a lot of feelings, both good and bad. But overall, the experience has been good and she is excited about her book coming out. Karen’s message in the book is that no matter what you go through in life, and she admits she has made mistakes, as long as you push forward and has a strong family unit, you can get through it. “No matter what knocks you down in life, just get up and keep pushing forward.”
On to Drita, who freaked out when she found out Karen was writing a book. Karen believes that Drita is exaggerating the “role” that Lee is going to have in her book. In the whole scheme of things--her father’s lifestyle and the world she grew up in--Lee plays a very small role, even though they were together for 7 years. So, he is mentioned in the book, but Drita’s over-the-top reaction is making Karen want to dedicate a whole chapter to him. As far as their relationship, Karen says she hasn’t spoken with Drita since the finale was taped.
What made Karen leave Arizona and her family? She says she came back to write the book and of course do the show. Staten Island is her home, she still feels at home here and this is where she wants to be right now. She doesn’t know if she will go back to Arizona. At the moment Karina is here with her and she wants to see how things go. They have been going everywhere: the Jersey shore, Seaside Heights, Great Adventure, so she has been “doing the mommy thing.”
Karen thinks she never had a hard core NY accent, but when she gets angry it comes out.
She did watch an episode of Mob Wives with Renee not too long ago. They watched together because they were being interviewed at the time. She says she and Renee are friends and they respect each other.
How about Karen’s past when she was House mother at a strip club? Where is there more drama, at the strip club or on Mob Wives? Karen answers without taking a breath, “Renee’s house.” The strip club was easy. She worked there as a makeup artist and when she closed her day spa she went to work there and made friends and contacts.
Great interview Karen, but slow down just a little bit because we want to catch every word!Picture and video credit: VH1 Big Morning Buzz Live!