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Wednesday Writer Spotlight – Karina Fabian on tour with Greater Treasures


OMG! Karina is back again. Welcome back, and what is that I’m hearing…Vern is back with you this time. Well Vern welcome back, too. Oh, let’s see, we have a blurb so why don’t we take a look and see what Vern is up to this time around. Won’t you join me?

Winner of the 2010 INDIE for best Fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem), Karina Fabian has imagination that 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. 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

Blurb: Being a private detective in the border town of the Faerie and Mundane worlds isn’t easy, even for a dragon like Vern. Still, finding the wayward brother of a teary damsel in distress shouldn’t have gotten so dangerous. When his partner, Sister Grace, gets poisoned by a dart meant for him, Vern offers to find an artifact in exchange for a cure. However, this is no ordinary trinket—with a little magic power, it could control all of mankind. Can Vern find the artifact, and will he sacrifice the fate of two worlds for the life of his best friend?

GO: Karina, how do you get yourself in the mood to write?

KF: I sit in whatever chair and tell myself to do it.  If that doesn’t work, I either dink around on Facebook awhile or get a shower while I think on the next scene.  Sometimes, I switch to a different writing instrument, like pen and paper.  Some stories want to be on paper first.

GO: How much do you know about a book when you begin writing it?

KF: Depends on the book.  Sometimes, the characters lead me scene by scene; other times, I know the entire thing, minus some details.  For Greater Treasures, I had the characters, location, and basic plot worked out.  As I started writing the rest made itself known, or gave me enough hints that I could go and research, which of course added to the ideas. 

GO: Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, how have you dealt with it?

KF: Give myself permission to write junk until I get past it.  I might also take a shower to think out the scene.  I don’t really believe in writers’ block. 

GO: Do you enjoy promoting your books?

KF: Yes and no.  I enjoy book tours and I enjoy talking about my books.  I’m less enthusiastic about posting to ask folks to buy my book.  I like signings and having booths at conventions, but I’m always disappointed when I don’t make a lot of sales.  I’m an introvert who doesn’t like to toot her own horn, which makes it difficult.

GO: If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about the publishing industry, what would it be? 

KF: Quality control.  There’s a lot of badly written stuff on the market now—badly written, badly formatted, in dire need of editing…  It’s not good for readers, and it makes it harder for writers who are doing the work to get noticed.  With millions of books on Kindle, it’s easy for a good one to get lost in the shuffle. 

GO: Are there any books you find yourself going back to and reading again and again? 

KF: Not lately.  I have too many friends who are excellent writers, and as I’ve gotten older, my eyes tire easily.  Having said that, Madeleine L’Engles’s Wrinkle in Time trilogy will always be with me, as will Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, Pratchett’s Discworld universe, Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar stories, and the Myth, Inc books. 

GO: What types of nonfiction do you plan to publish? 

KF: I published a short devotional with my father, Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life.  Right now, however, I don’t have any plans for more non-fiction books.  I write articles now and again, and writing workshops. 

GO: In today’s market, how well known must a writer be to succeed? 

KF: I think that goes without saying.  However, popularity does not mean success, and many folks have succeeded in making themselves well known though hard work once they had a book out. 

GO: How do you make ordinary characters extraordinary? 

KF: I give them a few quirks, but mostly, they do it themselves as they come alive on the page.  It’s an organic process, a creation patterned after God’s creation of our extraordinary world.  It’s surprising and humbling and not fully of my conscious control. 

Take Vern, for example.  I knew I wanted a unique dragon, and decided to make a noir-style detective dragon with a cynical side and a good sense of humor.  I knew he needed  reason to be cynical, so I put it on the Faerie version of St. George, a holy mage of their Catholic Church.  That was pretty much the extent of my plans when I started writing.  He came alive on the page.  His cynical superior side was tempered by a compassion he didn’t always like himself.  He started calling people silly pun-based names; I didn’t plan that; it grew from his personality.  I had such fun with him, I had to put him in other stories, and over the years, he’s shown the ability to do slapstick or heavy noir. He is an extraordinary character, but all I did was give him a rough structure and opportunities. 

GO: What does your family think of your writing? 

KF: I’m blessed by a family that not only supports my writing but loves it as well.  Rob and the kids are always ready to listen to my latest ideas, give me suggestions, and hear my stories.  The kids have copies of all my books, and the oldest especially comes back to them time and again.

About Greater Treasures: Most people associate the DragonEye stories with high humor ranging from puns to slapstick, and in fact, the first stories and the novels have certainly been crazy fun. But the life of a cynical dragon PI isn’t all laughs, and Vern has had a few chilling stories to tell me. Some of these, I’ve sold to anthologies, but some are too long for that. Thus, I’ve decided to start publishing them on my own.

One thing I like to do for DragonEye stories is watch old noir films. Greater Treasures came to me while watching the Maltese Falcon. If you’ve never seen it, I recommend it. (Then, reread the story to see if you catch the in jokes.) I needed something with more “oomph” than a bird statue, and since Vern has some history with the Lance of Longinus, it made a good fit. I enjoyed looking up all the conspiracy theories about the use of the Lance by Hitler, which is where the neo-Nazi angle came in. To say more would be spoilers, so please, enjoy the story.

Wait, don’t leave yet. Vern gripes about the junk in his warehouse in Greater Treasures, but he and Grace have started going through boxes, and they’ve agreed to send something to one of my readers.  Leave a comment or question for Karina, Vern, or Sister Grace.

Link to purchase the Print Copy (via Createspace) https://www.createspace.com/4244586

To visit Karina and Vern on the other stops of the book tour stop by http://dragoneyepi.blogspot.com/2013/04/greater-treasures-book-tour.html

Other places you can meet up with them are:

Live and Let Fly  Magic, Mensa and Mayhem

Find Karina at:

her Website  


on Facebook

on Twitter 

on Google + 

Well, hope you had a good time today. See ya next week.


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