I had the pleasure of meeting this week’s Blog Ring of Power guest, KARINA FABIAN, via Broad Universe.
Winner of the 2010 INDIE for best Fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem) and a Global eBook Award for Best Horror (Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator), Karina’s writing takes quirky twists that keep her–and her fans–amused. Nuns working in space, a down-and-out Faerie dragon working off a geas from St. George, zombie exterminators—there’s always a surprise in Fabian’s worlds. She teaches writing and book-marketing seminars online.
Don’t dare miss the rest of Karina’s interview (she has a chainsaw!):
- Part 2 @ Em – Friday, Nov. 9
- Part 3 @ Sandra – Monday, Nov. 12
- Part 4 @ Dean – Tuesday, Nov. 13
- Part 5 @ Terri– Wednesday, Nov. 14
PART 1: ABOUT YOU
BRoP: How long have you been writing?
Karina: Long enough to be good at it; not long enough to be bored with it.
BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?
Karina: That’s a trick question because this year, I made the decision not to treat this as a profession any longer. I am not making anything close to a living wage, but I have devoted 40-plus hours to it for a few years now, so it’s time to step back and regain some perspective about what I need to be doing with my life. Writing will always be a part of that, and perhaps later, it will be a profession in the true sense of the word, but right now, my “profession” is wife and mother.
BRoP: What books have most influenced your life?
Karina: The Bible (to guide my life), a Wrinkle in Time (to fire my imagination), Xanth novels (to groom my love for puns), the 1996 Writers Market (which started me on writing as more than just for me.)
BRoP: What genre do you write?
Karina: Whatever genre best fits the story, although I usually stick to science fiction, fantasy and horror, often comedic in tone, but sometimes very serious and even creepy. I don’t want to limit myself, and if I have a “brand,” I’d say “looking at the usual in unusual ways.”
BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
This may raise some eyebrows, but I don’t think hard on theme. I write the story. The theme just comes out in the process, so it changes with each new story. I will say that I prefer stories where good conquers evil, friendships grow stronger, and love reigns. Typical happy ending stuff. Genre, like theme, will vary by the story, though I mostly stick with science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and very often liberally dosed with comedy.
BRoP: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Karina: I ask myself this a lot, and I still don’t have a good answer.
Find Karina at:
I LEFT MY BRAINS IN SAN FRANCISCO: Zombie problem? Call Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator–but not this weekend.
On vacation at an exterminator’s convention, she’s looking to relax, have fun, and enjoy a little romance. Too bad the zombies have a different idea. When they rise from their watery graves to take over the City by the Bay, it looks like it’ll be a working vacation after all.
Enjoy the thrill of re-kill with Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator.
Find I Left My Brains in San Francisco at:
Damnation Books: http://www.damnationbooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781615727643
More about it at http://zombiedeathextreme.com