AUTHOR: Karina Fabian
BOOK TITLE: Mind Over Psyche
GENRE: fantasy/science fiction
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· Paperback: 318 pages
· Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (September 13, 2013)
· Language: English
· ISBN-10: 1897492685
· ISBN-13: 978-1897492680
Please tell us about yourself.
Winner of the 2010 INDIE for best Fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem), Karina Fabian has plenty of voices in her head without being psychic. Fortunately, they fuel her many stories, like the Mind Over trilogy. Mrs. Fabian teaches writing and book marketing seminars, but mostly is concerned with supporting her husband, Rob Fabian as he makes the exciting leap from military officer to civilian executive, getting her kids through high school and college, and surviving daily circuit torture…er, circuit training. Read about her adventures at http://fabianspace.com.
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time? It really depends on my life. I strive for full time, but if kids, house, husband, etc. need me, then it takes a back seat. Sadly, it sometimes takes a back seat to Facebook as well, but that’s a bad habit. Bad Karina! Step away from the LOLCat! I’ve organized many different ways, from strict schedules to word count goals to “just do something.” The first book in the Mind Over trilogy (Mind Over Mind, also from DragonMoon), was written while homeschooling and raising two toddlers. My only goal then was a sentence a night. The kids are older now, but my husband is retiring and we’re moving, so the goal is pretty much “write something!”
I do have a matrix for prioritizing: 1. Am I being paid? 2. Am I on deadline (contract or expectation)? 3. Is there potential for being paid? 4. Does the idea grab me?
What inspired you to write your first book? I was miffed at my college science fiction professor. I’d written an essay comparing the society of some short story (whose title is long lost in my memory) with fifth century Athens. Unfortunately, he seemed to think that meant I needed the main character to be Socrates. He gave me a B. We had the option to write fiction instead, so rather than be misunderstood again, I wrote a story about a psychic who escapes to another world and saves the princess. He loved the story, gave me an A, and suggested I make it a novel. I spent the next year doing that. The Miscria was…well, it was a first novel, and didn’t sell to publishers. I put it away, went into the Air Force, lived life, had kids… When I wanted a project I felt was doable while homeschooling and raising toddlers, I pulled it out and reread it.
I cringed. The character was too cool to live. Seriously, who suddenly comes into telepathic abilities and stays well-adjusted? The more I thought about it, the more problems Deryl had, until I had to put him in an asylum for his own good! That became the first book, Mind Over Mind. The story was now too big (and too awesome) for a single novel.
What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing? Playing Munchkin or D&D with Rob and the kids, cleaning house, watching some TV, or enduring circuit torture—I mean, going to circuit training. I joined a gym in January because I was tired of being the general shape and consistency of Jello pudding in a human bag. It’s also great for blog fodder, although not nearly as torturous as the first month. You can catch my adventures with the treadmill and Ryion, Trainer of the Pudding Bags, each Wednesday at http://fabianspace.blogspot.com.
What are your thoughts about promotion? Have to do it; wish I knew what really worked and what was a waste of time.
What are your current projects? I’m writing Mind Over All, the final book in the trilogy. It’s been a blast, because the characters are taking this in a whole different direction than I intended. Alugiac, my villain, is redeemed. Sachiko and Joshua are having some serious relationship issues. Deryl gets the bends. This book has been coming in fits and starts. I get inspired for 5000 words and run into a logjam. Sometimes, I have to go back and rework a scene; other times, I just let it mull for a day or two, then wham! Inspiration again.
What do you plan for the future? I’ll start another novel, maybe Gapman: From the Case Files of DragonEye, PI, although I have several in mind: Another trilogy, Damsels and Knights, which is a spinoff of the DragonEye books and involves Police Chief Santry; Rosary Club, women’s fic about a bunch of biddies at a Catholic parish who use praying the rosary as an opportunity to gossip; Climax, about a widower coming to terms with promiscuous wife and learning to love again; and another untitled about a scientist who has to go back in time in other dimensions—and in and out of people’s minds—in order to stop all the dimensions from bleeding into each other. I’ve also been asked to write a novel in the Chronicles of the Ruahim series, which will be a challenge, as I’ve not written in someone else’s universe since I did Star Trek fanfic. (Except for a couple of short pieces for Avenir Eclectia.) So, you know, not much in the mental hopper.
Tell us about the current book you’re promoting.
Mind Over Psyche: Deryl isn’t crazy; he’s psychic. Desperate to escape the insane asylum, Deryl teleports to Kanaan, a world of telepaths who regard him as an oracle. But freedom comes at a price. The Kanaan expect their oracle to teach them to use their powers to wage war. Meanwhile, he’s falling in love, but to be with her means to share his psyche, which could drive her insane. Most dangerous of all, he hasn’t escaped the Call of the Master, enemy of the Kanaan, whose telepathic manipulations were why Deryl was committed in the first place. Now, the Master will forge Deryl’s powers into a weapon to kill all he loves or destroy his mind trying.
What comes first: the plot or characters? Depends on the story, but usually characters. I may have an idea of the trouble they get into, but most often, they find it for me.
How did you decide how your characters should look? I try to be minimal on looks, giving just enough clues to tell them apart and letting the reader fill in the rest. I’m not a big visual thinker, so I concentrate more on how they feel and act.
Did your book require a lot of research? If so, what kind? The first book in the trilogy introduced Joshua, a psychiatric intern who was skilled in neuro linguistic programming. I adapted a lot of case studies I found and also used what I learned to define how he reacted and studied people. Mind Over Psyche is more in the realm of my imagination, as is Mind Over All, although I’ve had to do some medical research because Deryl gets himself into trouble I wasn’t expecting.
Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not? I’m not into gratuitous anything, so all my stuff is low- (or medium-) key for the most part. I can write violence, but I don’t write sex scenes. Sex is a private expression of love between two people, real or imagined, and I keep it that way. These books do, however, have some innuendo and some frank consequences about sex. Both Joshua and Sachiko had bad relationships that led to abortions, and both will heal throughout the trilogy. Deryl is mentally manipulated by another psychic, and sex (or at least sexual feelings) will play a part in that. These books are best for readers 16 and up.
How long does it take to write a book, and what is your process? I can’t answer this. It depends on the book. Some go as quick as three months; one took as long as three years. I speed up or slow down depending on the state of my life. (Since this isn’t a money-generating career, my writing priorities go up and down.) As for process, it varies. For some cases, I adapt a story plot from elsewhere to the characters I already have. (Greater Treasures is basically The Maltese Falcon in the DragonEye universe.) Other times, I have a general idea and some characters and I just sit down, write, and let them go. Still other times, especially when a book isn’t driving me, I’ll come up with scenes or ideas. I’ll write and record these in Storylines, a very nice program for keeping and organizing notes.
What are your current books out right now, and what are the books coming up for release? I have six novels, three anthologies that I edited, and multiple more I have a story in. Rather than explain them all, go to http://fabianspace.com, pick a genre and check them out. Mind Over Psyche, release date of September 15, is the latest, and at this time, the only one I know of coming out.
What advice would you give a new writer starting out? Write. Learn about writing. Practice. Get critique. Accept rejection, learn from it if you can, and move on.
What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun? Entertain me. Clean fun, characters I care about, romance optional, magic and aliens a plus.
What, if anything, bugs you when you read a novel? Characters being built up one way, then acting totally differently. Characters being or saying something stupid or obvious because it helps bring home a point for the author. Long descriptions. Novels more concerned about Message and Theme than story and character.
Describe your writing space. I have a large rolltop desk I love. It’s a mess—bills on one table under an empty dinner plate, notebook on the pullout shelf, address book on the cat cushion by the screen (yes, the cat has a special spot on my desk, and there’s a cushion under the table for the dog), post it notes on the screen reminding me of things I forget to do anyway, and miscellaneous dreck on the other side of the screen, including tape, phone, keys, notebook and fizzy water. I’m in the basement, which I don’t like because it’s always too cold and dark for my taste. When we move, I want a study upstairs in a bright room with windows.
What has been your favorite part of being an author? What has been your least favorite? Favorite part: writing stories, because I get to live the lives of my characters and discover new things and have adventures I’d never want to have in reality. Least favorite: checking up on sales and Amazon ranks.
What was your most embarrassing moment as an author? I don’t embarrass easily, but my least favorite thing is when someone says, “Oh, you write science fiction? Have you read…” and rattles off their favorite authors as if my reading them were a qualification of some kind. Since I’m an eclectic reader of multiple genres and have a terrible memory for names, I don’t enjoy conversations that are primarily name dropping.
How can we find you? Website, Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.?
Joshua returned to consciousness fully expecting to be in a hospital bed, his slashed throat swathed in bandages, his singing career over before it had started. His hands moved to his throat, found it bare and intact and breathed a prayer of thanks before opening his eyes.
He found himself on his back in a small, tree-lined meadow, but he didn’t recognize the trees.
He sat up slowly, more disoriented than dizzy. Had he had amnesia? “Sachiko?” he called. “Mom? Dad? Anyone?”
He saw Deryl lying on his side, unconscious. Not far from him, near a break in the treeline, stood—
…or something like a unicorn. Its rhinoceros-like horn and thick neck and shoulders made it a far scarier version than any Joshua had read about in fantasy novels. It stared straight at them.
Joshua licked dry lips. “Easy fella,” he soothed, and reached over to shake his friend. “Deryl, time to wake up.”
Part of Joshua’s mind gibbered that Deryl was really psychic, that he’d teleported them to an alien planet. Another part argued that he was dreaming or had gone insane himself. He told them both to shut up, but he couldn’t stop his breathing from accelerating or his hands from trembling as he shook his friend.
Deryl’s eyelids fluttered, then closed.
He’s drugged. Malachai’s zombiefied him again, and we’re stuck on another world!
He shook his friend harder. “Come on, man! Don’t do this to me. Wake up!”
Joshua heard hoof beats and turned in time to see several unicorns with red-clad riders approach from the trail. He vaguely noted they looked human, before his eyes focused on the swords they drew.
He did the only thing he could think of. He raised his arms, palms open, and said, “We come in peace!”
The warrior he faced, a scowling man with a narrow head, wide-set eyes, and a pocked and scarred face, didn’t understand him or didn’t care. He arched his sword toward Joshua.
Joshua covered his head with his arms and ducked.
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