I apologize for the lateness of this post. Short story: I had posted it or thought I posted it on Sept. 24, 2013. I had it all drafted and saved even hit the publish button. Checked my second screen and saw my mistakes weren’t there or there; corrected and then hit publish again. I checked on the 25th and no post. Waited until today figuring it was a blip from wordpress and I apparently must have erased the post. So please excuse without further ado here is her two interviews and I hope that you enjoy.
Interview Questions for Mind Over Psyche by Karina Fabian
1. In Mind Over Mind, you had a romance between Joshua and Sachiko. Will we see more of that in Mind Over Psyche?
No. It’s Deryl’s turn to fall in love, and it will be a very different experience from Joshua’s. For one, Tasmae is an alien. Kanaan mate for life and when they meet their soul mate, it’s usually a compulsion. They know, on a biological and telepathic level, that this is their soul mate, and they figure out the rest later. Of course, Deryl being human makes things a little confusing for both him and Tasmae. There’s more danger involved, as one or the other could drive each other insane in the literal sense. Kanaan bonding is more than joining hearts or bodies. They link minds. Readers of Mind Over Mind know that’s traumatic enough for Deryl even with limited human contact. What’s worse, however, is that Tasmae is under the psychic influence of her ancestor’s memories—her ancestor who had gone mad. Add to that the fact that some of the Kanaan close to Tasmae see Deryl as a threat, not an oracle, and you can understand why Joshua is really worries about Deryl and Tasmae ever having the chance to be alone together.
2. Joshua practices a form of psychiatry called neuro linguistic programming. He used it extensively in Mind Over Mind. Will he use it in Mind Over Psyche?
Some, but it really doesn’t work with aliens. He will, however, save a child’s life with it, and will use some techniques to help Deryl and Tasmae out of danger. This book, he also gets to exercise his musical talents.
3. What is your favorite scene?
Tasmae is deeply under the influence of her ancestor’s memories and the pain and confusion have made her violent. They’re causing Deryl pain a well, and he begs Joshua to help her. He’s a psychiatric prodigy, right? Never mind that he’s 19, an intern, has no drugs or orderlies as backup and oh, yeah, is dealing with aliens. I loved imagining what Joshua, Deryl, and especially Tasmae were thinking and doing. Crazy can be a lot of fun…when it’s not real.
4. What’s the challenge about writing about a psychic people?
They don’t communicate just in words, but also images, emotions, and simple knowing. For example, why have a name for a person when you can pass on the knowledge of who that person is? Ditto for places. However, to reach a reader, I have to use words. No one wants to read “the captain of the Kanaan guard” ten times a page, so some characters needed names, and I needed a reason for them to have one. In the end, humans and the Barin (who also have verbal language) name certain things. This will be fun in Mind Over All, because Joshua will joking name a young boy who clings to him, “Axel,” and it sticks, to Sachiko’s ire.
Also, with no written language, there needs to be a way to preserve history. This is vital in Mind Over Psyche, as memories are stored in psychic plants. You experience things as the person experienced them—no sanitizing, no skimming, no skipping the yucky parts (unless the plant allows it.)
5. Tell us about the everyn. They’re more than just small dragons, right?
Oh, yes. The everyn are part of the sentient animals species called Bondfriends. They have a symbiotic psychic relationship with certain Kanaan (also called Bondfriends). Without this psychic bonding, an everyn reverts to a fully animal state, while a Kanaan will ignore their physical state until they die before they reach puberty. Bondfriends life separate from “regular” Kanaan, who don’t’ really understand their psychic relationship. Also, because they are an animal/person mind, so to speak, they are a bit wilder than the Kanaan.
1. What is your definition of success?
Fulfilling your worth as a human being. For me, that means raising my children to be responsible adults, supporting my husband in his career, keeping a good home, and writing books that give people a few hours of escapist fun and/or help them in some way.
2. If you could have one power what would it be, and what would you do with it?
One of two: The ability to focus more fully, because I’m way too easily distracted; or the ability to separate myself into different parts, do several things at once, then reintegrate. I’d love to be able to clean house and walk the dog while writing my novels!
3. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your career?
I wanted to be a lot of things–astronaut, nun, scientist, writer. As a writer, I get to imagine myself as all of them and more!
4. This is a year of changes for you. What’s happening?
In the past 12 months, Aug 2012-Aug 2013, we lost our beloved dog to cancer, then adopted two others. My husband was deployed to Iraq and came home just in time for our daughter’s high school graduation. Our oldest didn’t do so well his first year of college and is enlisting in the Air Force. Our thirdborn went to Spain to volunteer at an English immersion camp, and Rob and I took the opportunity to fulfill a dream with an Eastern Mediterranean cruise. Our youngest turned 13, so we have four teens in the house.
Rob retired Aug 22, and (as of the time of this writing) is searching for a job in the civilian world, preferably in manned space operations. In September, we moved our daughter and her dog to college. At the time of this writing, I’m not sure if my son will have gone to basic training yet or decided to go back to college, but either way, we’ll be down to two boys in the house. So everything has changed from career to home to family, even pets. As for my writing, I have taken on some nonfiction writing jobs and am exploring some new avenues for my fiction. My hope is to have a more stable writing career, though I anticipate that might be a 2014 goal.
5. What do you do when you’re not writing/editing or thinking about writing/editing?
I play Munchkin or D&D with Rob and the kids, clean house, watch TV, or endure circuit torture—I mean, go 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, Wednesdays at http://fabianspace.blogspot.com.
6. What’s the best purchase you almost didn’t make?
I have an Eyeore pillow I bought in Disneyworld. I debated a long time about it because they’re expensive, and what does a grown woman need with a stuffed toy? I finally bought it because Rob was deploying to Iraq. I wanted something to cuddle (and perhaps cry on) while he was gone. I love that pillow. I slept with my arms around it every night Rob was gone and still do now that he’s home because it helps my back. It’s awesome for airplane flights, more versatile than a nect pillow. My daughter swiped it from me when she had a stomach ache and hugged it from Florida to Salt Lake. I took it to Europe with me. He folds with a Velcro fastener, so he’s easy to carry and despite a year of hard wear, he’s still soft.
7. What’s the best decision you ever made?
Marrying Rob Fabian. He’s perfect for me, personality wise, the right combination of easy going and authoritative. He’s got an incredible mind, able to understand details and fit them into a larger picture. As such, he’s invaluable to me as a writer, because I can always come to him for help with a detail or plot issue in a story. He spoils me and makes me enjoy life—like the cruise in Europe we just took. I would never have done this. (I just spend the year he was gone paying off the credit card bill.) However, the memories and joy we shared is well worth the hassle of paying off the cards again. He’s a good looking man with a strong gentle voice, which is always a bonus. Finally, he’s given me four wonderful kids. I can’t imagine life without him, but I think it could not be so contented.
8. What’s the most important word to you?
It’s not the popular choice, but it’s “no.” Too often, we think of this only in terms of denying ourselves or others of what we want, but it can also free us for what we want. For example, I have lost about 25 pounds this year, in part because I said “no” to soda and desserts. I am stronger because I said “no” to skipping workouts, even when it meant losing writing time or spending the day more sore than ever. I paid off our credit card bill (temporarily) by saying “no” to whim purchases and idle shopping—and fast food, which helped my figure as well. I write more when I say “no” to distractions like Facebook.
“No,” then, allows me to say “yes” to better things: a nicer figure and clothes that fit, a European dream cruise, a novel.
9. Are you a list maker?
Yes! I make lists all the time. Then I lose them, make new ones, find the old ones, and combine them into new lists. Right now, I have a general To-Do list, a list of blogs I need to write, a list of things to fix to put our home for sale, a list of writing tasks and goals, a list of things my kids need, a list for marketing my books, a daily list…and, of course, this list of lists!
10. You went to Europe—that’s a lot of time in a cramped plane. Do you enjoy flying?
I love planes. I love the power of airplanes. The smell of jet fuel fills me with excitement and anticipation of new adventures. I love the roar of the engines—in fact, it’s one thing I’ve loved about living on or near Air Force bases. I also love flying. I get to sit for hours with nothing I have to do and others taking care of me, yet I’m still doing something—traveling to a new destination. I get a lot of writing and reading done. Sometimes, I talk to fellow passengers and meet interesting people that way.
I do apologize for the lateness. If you are interested in purchasing the novels please check back and I will have posted the isbn numbers for you along with a link I believe to buy.
Thank you Karina Fabian for this opportunity and please accept my apologies for the lateness of the post. I waited to see if it would post again but no. It apparently got completely erased somehow. Check back for a book review on this the second novel and enjoy your Octoberween 2013.