Friday, November 9, 2012

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Karina Fabian

Welcome to another Friday of Authors with The Blog Ring of Power interviewing Karina Fabian 
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 1 @ T.W.  – Thursday, Nov. 8
  • Part 2 with Me. :D
  • Part 3 @ Sandra – Monday, Nov. 12
  • Part 4 @ Dean – Tuesday, Nov. 13
  • Part 5 @ Terri- Wednesday, Nov. 14

Let's get to talking about The Writing Life

BRoP: What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine? Do you use pen and paper or computer? Work at home or at the library/Starbucks, etc.
Karina: This year, I’m doing something different.  I’d had writing as a high priority for a few years now, but this year, my husband is in Baghdad, our oldest is a freshman in college in our town, our daughter a senior, and two in junior high—plus, we have a new puppy.  I so my only routine is to do a little each day, and spend the rest of my time with my family.

BRoP: How do you balance writing with other aspects of your life?
Karina: That’s what I’m trying to figure out this year.  I’m an obsessive personality, so I tend to immerse myself in things, which can be a little chaotic.  I schedule and have routines, but if something grabs me, like a story or a project, I tend to put things aside.  This year, I can’t afford that, so it’s taking a lot more discipline.

BRoP: When do you write? How much time per day do you spend on your writing?
Karina:  Whenever I can, so it varies, but usually for an hour or two while the kids are in school, at least.

BRoP: What has been the most surprising reaction to something you’ve written?
Karina: I edited an anthology of Christian Science fiction, Leaps of Faith.  The stories were written by people of many denominations and about people of many denominations—but I had one reviewer who said that the anthology gave the impression that there are only Catholics in space. 

BRoP:  Other than your family, what has been your greatest source of support?
Karina: I have many online friends, and three wonderful groups in particular—the Catholic Writers Guild, BroadUniverse, and the Writers Chat Room.  They are not just friends but also critiquers, idea people, and publishing leads. 

BRoP:  How do you deal with rejection and/or negative reviews?
Karina: I don’t take them personally.  Rejections and business, and I can’t expect everyone to like my work.  If there’s something I can learn from them, I do, but otherwise, I move on.

Find Karina at:
I Left My Brains in San Francisco
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:
Amazon: (paper) (Kindle)

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