Here She Is! Karina Fabian!
Do I have goodies for you, today! As promised here’s our interview with the fab Karina Fabian, author of Live and Let Fly, her newest book coming out April 20, 2012. So let’s dive in!
1. Tell us about yourself–the part you tell everyone.
Official Bio Alert! Karina Fabian breathes fire, battles zombies with chainsaws and window cleaner, travels to the edge of the solar system to recover alien artifacts, and had been driven insane by psychic abilities. It’s what makes being an author such fun. She won the 2010 INDIE Award for best fantasy for Magic, Mensa and Mayhem (her first DragonEye, PI novel) and the Global E-Book Award for best horror for Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator. She’s an active member of Broad Universe and the Catholic Writers’ Guild, and teaches writing and marketing online. When not writing, she enjoys her family and swings a sword around in haidong gumbdo. Learn more at http://fabianspace.com
2. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved writing and telling stories, but I got serious in 1996, when I was a stay-home mom with toddlers. It was a way to escape, have some adult conversation, make a little money and have fun. I started mostly with non-fiction, and moved to fiction around 2003, when Rob made Major and we felt financially secure.
3. Is being a writer anything like you imagined it would be?
Yes and no. It’s as much fun as I’d hoped, but the mechanics are different. Thanks to the Internet and the explosion of smaller presses and the need for authors to market their works via social networks, etc., I’m doing so much more than the writing I’d expected. However, I’ve also made a lot of terrific friends online, joined some great groups, started an online conference…all things I never imagined.
4. What books or stories have most influenced you as a person?
Everybody asks me this, and I never have a good answer.. I think the books I’ve read have complemented my own inclinations as a person rather than influenced them. In fact, the book that influenced me the most was “Childbirth Using the Bradley Method.” I read that before having my second child and it totally changed how I perceived labor—and as a result, my subsequent labors (I have four kids), were far less painful than the first one. Of course, this has absolutely nothing to do with me as a writer, but there ya go.
5. Do you have any writing quirks or rituals?
Sometimes, I have a hard time getting started, usually if I’m intimidated by the scene I’m going to write. I chant to myself, “Sh*&&y fist draft” until I’m revved up to write.
6. If you could become one of your characters, which would it be?
Couldn’t I take turned and be each for a little while? Vern would be the most fun. Who wouldn’t want to be a dragon for a while? Especially one who is confident of his own superiority?
Of course, the wonderful thing is, as a writer, I do become my characters, for a short while, whenever I writer their stories. And I can do it without all their physical pains following me when I’m done.
7. What was your writing process for your first book? Is it any different from how you write now?
I wrote my first book in college. I did it by hand in a notebook, starting with an extensive outline including snippets of dialogue, etc. I ended up rewriting it again a decade later, and it came out last year as Mind Over Mind. (LINK)
Now, I write on the computer, having imagined the beginning and ending and a few scenes in between, by sitting down and letting the characters lead me. If I get stuck, I ply with plot points on post-it notes stuck on the wall until I know where I’m going.
8. What are you planning for future projects?
My next book is the third DragonEye, PI, novel, Gapman. It’s a superhero spoof. Vern gets the annoying duty of training up a guy unfortunate enough to have gotten superpowers as they take on a maniacal author hoping to stir up anti-Faerie prejudice to sell more of his books. (Or something like that. He’s not told me his full motivation yet.) After that, I think I’ll write Damsels and Knights, which is a spinoff of the DragonEye series starring the chief of police, Capt. Michael Santry. I’m already doing the research on it—in fact, when the roads are good, the local Dodge dealer said I can test drive the Charger, which is Santry’s car. Squeee!
9. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Like I always say—Write. Revise. Submit. Repeat. Rejection is not personal; it’s business. Learn what you can and move on.
10. Cats or dogs?
Both, though I’m more of a cat person. We have a wonderful cat, Elbereth, who is soft and matronly and used to sit on the back of my chair while I wrote. I had to get a better chair and she doesn’t like the back, so I made her a pillow for my desk, and she sits there. The kids and my husband wanted a dog. We had a couple, with limited success, until we got Layla of the Perpetual Wag. She is a perfect dog for me—friendly and mellow and easy to care for. She was supposed to be their dog, of course, but we all know how that turns out!
Find Karina at:
Website: http://fabianspace.com, http://dragoneyepi.net
And now–here’s what all the hubbub’s about:
For a dragon detective with a magic-slinging nun as a partner, saving the worlds gets routine. So, when the US government hires Vern and Sister Grace to recover stolen secrets for creating a new Interdimensional Gap–secrets the US would like to keep to itself, thank you—Vern sees a chance to play Dragon-Oh-Seven.
No human spy, however, ever went up against a Norse goddess determined to exploit those secrets to rescue her husband. Sigyn will move heaven and earth to get Loki—and use the best and worst of our world against anyone who tries to stop her.
It’s super-spy spoofing at its best with exotic locations (Idaho–exotic?), maniacal middle-managers, secret agent men, teen rock stars in trouble, man-eating animatronics, evil overlords and more!
Pre-order your copy NOW at http://dragoneyepi.blogspot.com/p/live-and-let-fly.html or http://karinafabian.com/index.php?name=ContactPro
Thanks for stopping by, Karina–and all the best to you!