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Thursday, October 11, 2012

I Left My Brains in San Francisco -- Author Interview

Welcome to Karina Fabian, author of the zombie exterminator series. I am happy to help promote, I Left My Brains in San Francisco, on her virtual book tour this month. 

1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

 I’m an author who prefers to talk about her books and writing than about herself.

2. Your zombie exterminator series sounds exciting. Please describe what "I Left My Brains in San Francisco" is all about.

 It’s the 2040s, where the government subsidized everything including protests, the cars run on manure, and zombies are the latest household pest. Neeta Lyffe is an exterminator with a license to re-kill the undead.  She’s taken out dozens of the shambling undead and even hosted Zombie Death Extreme, where she trained up apprentice exterminators on a reality TV show that makes Survivor look like dodge ball.  This week, however, she and her business partner/boyfriend, Ted are on the way to San Francisco to an exterminators’ convention.  She’s hoping to relax, meet up with old friends, and pursue her relationship with Ted.  When the undead rise up from watery graves to invade the Bay Area, she’ll have to drop the fun and pick up the chain saw!

3. What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 The romance.  Neeta, while being a kick-butt exterminator and normally a very confident woman, nonetheless was insecure about her relationship with Ted.  However, when I wrote it the first time, I made her too insecure and kind of whiny.  Fortunately, I have terrific critiquers, several of whom are guys and let me know it was too chick-lit.  It took a couple of rewrites, but she’s back to being kick-butt while still not sure where she and Ted stand.

4. What books have had the greatest influence on you?

 The Bible, first and foremost. Do It: Let’s Get Off Our Buts still motivates me, though I’ve not read it since college.  Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy still provides a quirky wisdom and random snickers. A Wrinkle in Time got me started writing fantasy.

5. Briefly share with us what you do to market your book.

 This book tour, obviously. I have over 30 stops; you can find the full schedule at http://fabianspace.blogspot.com.  I am giving away 3 copies via Goodreads.  I send out press releases, and am doing a signing Oct 27 at the Provo Zombie Run.

I also have a singing contest going for my book trailer, which I hope will get folks interested.  Check that out at http://fabianspace.blogspot.com/p/are-you-next-zombie-idol.html.

6. How do you spend your time when you are not writing?

Cooking, cleaning, loving my dogs and cat, playing with the kids, watching movies on Netflix, reading, and chatting with my husband on Skype.  I also take haidong gumbdo, which is Korean sword martial arts, but I don’t practice nearly enough.

7. What are you working on next and what's in store for Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator, in the future?

Actually, I can answer both at once.  My next story is “Shambling in a Winter Wonderland,” in which Neeta and Ted will take on zombies on the ski slopes!  It’s a fundraiser story for Operation Homefront, so what I do is post an episode and ask for donations.  Once I earn $10 in donations, I post the next episode.  All the money goes to Operation Homefront, which provides financial and other assistance to families of military members and wounded warriors.  It’ll start in November at http://skizombies.karinafabian.com

8. Where can people go to find out more information about you or to check out your books?

 The easiest way is http://fabianspace.com.  I have my books listed by genre, or you can look at my master list under the About.  I also have some useful stuff for authors, like were to ask for reviews and how to do a virtual book tour like this.

9. If you had to suddenly evacuate your home/country, what one book would you make sure to grab before you leave?

 Scrapbook—just about anything else, I can get on Amazon once I settle back in.  Which scrapbook would be the hard question.

10. Would you like to add anything that I may have missed?

Just thanks for having me on your blog!


  1. Some great information here, Karina. The book sounds real interesting. Lots of luck!