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Friday, April 22, 2011

Infinite God, Infinite Space Book Tour with Karina Fabian

Karina Fabian

YGR:  What do you do for fun?
KF:  I write!  Hey, that's my job, too.  How lucky can I get?
YGR: How has your environment/ upbringing colored your writing?
KF:  I grew up watching and loving pun-related cartoons like Oggie Doggie, and enjoying Star Trek at dinner time.  My dad, a Colorado State trooper, used to pick apart CHiPs for us, and taught us respect for the law and for people.  He also had a silly sense of humor.  Our house was always open to our friends, and while we didn't always attend church, I felt close to God.  However, I was a shy and unpopular child and not always good at defending herself.
Well, my quirky, conservative, optimistic worldview certainly shows through everything I write.  I like when people think things through, so I endeavor to do the same with my stories and characters--I refuse to make them do something stupid or out of character in order to further a plot.  My faith, naturally, flows in the anthologies I edited--Infinite Space, Infinite God I and II and Leaps of Faith.  And my somewhat odd sense of humor and joy for twisting cliché's and making puns comes through in my humorous fiction--Magic, Mensa and Mayhem and Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator.
Occasionally, one of my characters experiences something I experienced as a child.  It doesn't happen often, though.  My characters have their own lives.
YGR: Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?
KF:  Well, the book I'm touring this week is Infinite Space, Infinite God II, an anthology of science fiction stories with Catholic characters and themes.  We worked with some very talented writers (of many faiths, I might add), and the book has gotten great reviews.  It covers the gamut of sci-fi--from hard science to space opera, space travel to cyberpunk, human colonization to alien abduction. 
I've just finished Mind Over Psyche, the second in the Miscria trilogy (the first, Mind Over Mind, comes out in September).  Deryl Stephens' psychic abilities have driven him insane.  Intern Joshua Lawson helps him control them and regain his sanity, but can he help him adjust to his role as savior of two alien worlds?
I've started my next comedic horror, Neeta Lyffe: I Left My Brains in San Francisco.  Zombie Exterminators Neeta Lyffe and Ted Hacker head north for a conference and end up fighting environmentalist zombies attacking a refinery and gambleholic undead at a new casino.  Some vacation!  It's the second in the Neeta Lyffe series.
YGR:  How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?
Rob Fabian
KF:  Usually, the titles find themselves.  Infinite Space, Infinite God was actually a working title, but the publisher loved it; I usually call it ISIG, because I constantly misspell "infinite"!  I was all set to have a contest for the second Neeta Lyffe book, when "I Left My Brains in San Francisco" came to me.  I had the hardest time finding titles for the Miscria Trilogy.  I don't even remember the bum ones I had at first, but I had finally settled on Asylum Psychic, Alien Psychic and Savior Psychic, but the publisher didn't like them.  She held the contract hostage!  (Not really--she just said I had to come up with new names before she could send it.)  So I went to my friends in The Writers Chat Room for ideas.  They helped me come up with several ideas, and the ones my publisher and I like best were Mind Over Mind, Mind Over Matter, and Mind Over Soul.  As I started Mind Over Matter, however the title didn't fit.  So I changed it to Mind Over Psyche and hope to use Mind Over Matter for the last one.

YGR:  Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work?
KF:  Mostly in Neeta Lyffe, which is only 30 years in our future.  I love twisting trends and playing extreme politics for satire.  I also used an amalgam of stories about virtual relationships in "Otherworld" in Infinite Space, Infinite God II.
YGR:  How much of your work is real? How much is fantasy?
KF:  All my work is real.  Having an NYT best seller?  That's fantasy (at least right now.)  Oh--and as long as we're dreaming big, how about a Hugo for ISIG II?
YGR:  Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
KF:  Getting started and getting published--although the challenge in getting published is now more of "breaking into the big leagues."
YGR:  What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
KF:  BICHOK:  Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard.  Also, learn the business!
YGR:  Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
KF:  No.  If I am not writing when I want, it's because I'm intimidated by what I want to write.  The only cure is to chant "sh*&&y first draft" until I'm revved enough to just start writing.  Usually, it turns out better than I expected.
YGR:  How did you deal with rejection letters?
KF:  Record them and move on.  I don’t take rejection personally.
YGR:  What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
KF:  Brain.  Computer.  Everything else is accessible with those.
KF:  YGR:  Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?
KF:  If I can't read it aloud to my kids (oldest is 17), I won't write it.  I don't write erotica of any kind.  In fact, I have one story that wants to be low-level erotica, and I have put it away until it calms down.
YGR:  Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?
KF: All the time.  I love to project, combine and twist reality, legend and myths.
YGR:  Which is your favorite of the books you have written?
KF:  The one I'm working on now.
YGR:  What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?
KF:  I love this question, because I always cold-call experts and ask bizarre questions.  The most normal was calling the fire department in a west Florida town to find out what they do when they get a false alarm in a hotel. (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem--pixies set off the alarm as a joke).  I've talked to poison control and snake bite experts to get a good idea what would happen to Sister Ann in "Antivenim" (Infinite Space, Infinite God II).  The best so far was calling the Los Angeles city government to find out how exterminators are certified--then asking, "now if we were talking about zombie extermination…"
I hope folks get as big a kick out of being called as I do calling them.
YGR:  Where can we find you on the net?  Where can we find out more about your books?
http://www.fabianspace.com is my go-to website for all my books
http://www.fabianspace.blogspot.com is my blog. Mondays, anything goes.  Thursdays, I talk about writing and my latest WIP

Kindle versions of Infinite Space, Infinite God  and Infinite Space, Infinite God II are on sale during the tour.

ISIG:  99 cents April 9-13; 2.99 April 14-23.
ISIG II:  2.99 now through April 23.

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