Monday, May 6, 2013
Karina Fabian - Greater Treasures - Author Interview and Giveaway
1. How did you come up with the title?
I don’t remember exactly, but the story does involve a treasure hunt of sorts, and dragons love treasure. Of course, Vern makes a huge sacrifice for a greater treasure.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Sometimes, the right decision is the hardest to make.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
The conspiracy theories are actual real-world theories, and the Lance of Longinus is also real. That’s the spear that the Roman soldier used to pierce Christ’s side. Of course, there are white supremacist groups and gangs, so that’s based on reality, too. However, the story and the characters are fantasy.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I’m happy with how it turned out. Since I’m self-publishing it this time, if I change my mind, I can easily change the story, but as of now, I’m content.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
This story wrote with surprising ease. I’ve written many stories and novels with Vern, so I know his voice well, and the basic plot was inspired by The Maltese Falcon. The hardest part was actually the formatting for Kindle and Createspace! I have always had great admiration for my publishers, and this adventure has only made that admiration increase!
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
It’s a cliché, but I’ve been writing stories since fourth grade, and telling them before that. I was a voracious reader as a child and well into my adulthood. As I’ve gotten older, my busy life and my eyes have made it harder for me to read at the pace I used to, but I still love the written word. I love telling stories, and the characters in my head love telling stories!
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have too many “favorites” to list, but what I love about them all are that they create complex characters who are fully their own people. I don’t want to insert myself into their story, if you know what I mean; I want to be them in the story. I also like complex plots and lots of humor.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
As you’ve probably gathered, I’ve published Greater Treasures: a DragonEye Novella. I’ve had two novels and multiple stories in the DragonEye world traditionally published, but this is my first self-published book. I chose to do it myself because of the size of the story and to try it out. The great thing about Vern is that he tells many different stories, in size, approach, and style. Unlike the novels, which are uproariously funny, his smaller stories tend to be more grim. I love that he’s so versatile.
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About the Book
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?
Given the day I was having, it came as no surprise that when I got home, I found the dogs sprawled in a drugged sleep and the sounds of things being overturned from within the warehouse. I decided not to bother with subtlety, but I did resist the urge to burst in with flames going full-blast. I had questions first.
Naturally, I walked straight in to find an automatic weapon—yep, a bona fide black-market AK-47—and I thought only Faerie lived their clichés—and six other weapons of various types pointed at me. I didn't stop, just closed the door with my tail while I strolled in slow and placid-like. My visitors had shaved heads, faces painted white with clown paint, and black t-shirts with swastikas in white circles.
"If you're the housekeeping service, you're fired."
"You stay right there, or we gonna fire you!" said one guy from the sidelines as he held his nunchucks at the ready.
What'd he think he would do—whack me on the nose? I turned to the one holding the assault rifle. "Scraping the bottom of the barrel with that one, weren't you?"
"He's right. You just stay still while we search the place."
"The place" was a ten-thousand square foot warehouse with offices on the upper floor. Boxes I still hadn't opened line the walls and made a maze in the second warehouse room. I settled myself on the floor and rested my head on my crossed arms. "Go ahead. I get half of anything you find."
They stared at me, unbelieving. I smiled back. Mr. Cooperation, that's me. Finally, Big Gun snarled for the others to get to work. As he turned his back on me, Nunchucks muttered, "I got your half. Don't think I don't." Guess he learned such witty repartee in Hitler Youth Summer Camp.
I watched and listened and waited. With eight teenage skinheads trashing my place, it was only a matter of time.
"I wouldn't go in there if I were you," I suggested as Nunchucks made a grab for the doorknob to Grace's workshop.
"You gonna stop me?" He turned the knob.
"Nope," I said as I closed my ears and my eyes. Even so, I saw the otherworldly light and heard the harmonious roar of Divine Vengeance followed by Mundane screams.
"The Heavenly Host on the other hand…"
I waited until the screams died down to whimpers before opening my eyes and rising.
Four of the skinheads were unconscious. Three may as well have been; they were curled up in the fetal position, whimpering. Nunchucks was actually crying for his mommy. Big Guns had collapsed to the floor as well, the gun thrown away from him. He was sitting and rocking and making high-pitched keening through the roof of his mouth. I'd tell Grace to tone down her wards some, except that the effect is directly proportional to the evilness of the intent. Suddenly, I was feeling a little shaky about my earlier entrance.
Knights out of the armor now. I went around, collecting weapons in the office trash can and poking through pockets. I found the usual stuff—driver's licenses, credit cards, petty cash… One kid had a condom; wishful thinking on his part, I knew. Another had a report card. MLK High. Wonder if he was the one beating up Faerie kids? Honor roll grades, too. Of all the years I've battled evil, there were still some things I didn't understand.
As I was returning Big Guns' (aka Rick Matherston's) wallet back into his jacket pocket, he blinked and focused on me.
"What was that?"
"Angels, kid." Actually a kind of magical shadow of the real thing, but close enough.
"But I thought angels were—" "There's a reason why their first words are usually 'Fear not!' whenever they meet a human."
His eyes returned to their unfocused stare. I almost felt sorry for him. Then I noticed the letters FARISLAR tattooed on his knuckles. Faerie slayer.
Prices/Formats: $0.99 ebook, $4.99 paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: May 1, 2013
Buy Links: Kindle, CreateSpace
About the Author
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.
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