Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Interview - Karina Fabian (AKA Chainsaw)

(Q) Hi, Chainsaw. Thank you for joining us today. Before we begin, please tell our readers where they can find you. is where you can find about about me and all the different kinds of books I write, plus authors can get some great stuff like a primer on developing your own book tour, and a list of review websites.

(Q) Now, why don't you tell everyone a bit about your books including buy links?

I have many books out, so how about I talk about the two that just published?

Infinite Space, Infinite God II is an anthology of 12 science fiction stories. We've had a lot of folks say the stories are a lot like the science fiction of the classic area, and the unique feature of each is that they involve Catholic characters or situations. (It's not just for Catholics, though.) for more information and purchase links.

Watch the book trailer here.

Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator is a novel about a zombie exterminator training up apprentices in a reality TV show that crosses Survivor with The Apprentice with Night of the Living Dead. I don't have links for the print yet, but you'll find them here:

Watch the Neeta Lyffe book trailer here.

(Q) Where did the concept for the book (or books) come about?

Most of my book concepts come from creating a unique character, usually with a twist on some cliché, or a mix of clichés. Vern: a noir-style detective who happens to be a dragon; Sister Rita, a nun for an order that does search and rescue operations in outer space; Neeta Lyffe, a zombie exterminator hosting a reality TV show. From there, I build their world and the world builds them.

(Q) How long did it take you to finish, from concept to final product?

It varies by book. I wrote Why God Matters: How to Recognize Him in Daily Life with my father in about two weeks. On the flip side, I have a novel I've been working at for several years. It depends on whether I have a deadline (or someone expecting the book) and what's going on in my life personally. I still have kids at home, and they need to come first.

(Q) Are there any authors that have influenced your own writing?

Madeleine L'Engle, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, to name a few. They helped me look at the world in a different way than the mainstream.

(Q) Do you have any favorite place where you feel your Muse is more apt to come and play while you write? Or perhaps you listen to music? If so, what do you listen to?

Doesn't matter. I write in the car, at my desk, in bed, at the kitchen table… When I'm doing really creative stuff, the most important thing is that I have privacy. Editing, research, non-fiction--those I can do just about anywhere.

(Q) As a writer, what is your greatest fear?

Sometimes, I feel intimidated by the task I've put before me, but I don't really fear anything as a writer. Writing is work sometimes, but it should be fun, not frightening.

(Q) What normally occupies your desk while writing? Pencils? Coffee mugs? Breakfast crumbs?

I have a lovely rolltop desk with way too much junk. Papers from projects I'm working on, my calendar, pencils, pens, electronics, lip balm and cuticle cutters… I have a big desk. I also have some prayer cards and a card from my sister taped to the back of the desk, some photos and stuffed animals and Rob's and my wands on the top. Usually a cup of something rests on the coaster one of the kids made me.

(Q) Do you have any new projects that you are working on? If so, what are they?

I'm on hiatus for awhile while I concentrate on family matters. The only thing I'm working on are some school planners for my regular client. They're about halfway done for regular content, and I'm waiting on their approval of the sample essays before I complete them. It's a fun project and pays nicely, too.

(Q) What tip would you offer to a new writer who is just beginning their submission journey?

Expect rejection. Don't let it bug you. Keep submitting. (But please, please, please--polish that manuscript. Have it critiqued. Don't waste an editor's time on something you tossed together.)

(Q) If you'd like to add anything, please do so.

Just thank you for hosting me.

(Q) How about an excerpt to tantalize the readers?

I'm going to ask your readers to go to They'll not only be able to read a teaser from Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, but meet the characters, read about the episodes from Zombie Death Extreme (the reality TV show Neeta hosts), and have a lot of fun in my world.

Click here to buy a book and feed a starving writer. 


  1. Everytime I read the title "Neeta Lyffe" and chuckle. Brilliant stuff, Karina.

  2. Thanks, Marva. Thanks for hosting me, too. We're having fun on Facebook right now playing with Princess Bride with Zombies ideas. Right now, we're revising Inigo Montoya's quote.

  3. Sending this link to my girlfriend. She'll get a kick out of the ISIG stories. Enjoyed the interview. Best wishes..