Monday, August 3, 2015

Guest Post: Saying Goodbye: Mind Over All and Ending a Trilogy, Karina Fabian

You all remember Karina Fabian. 

I've reviewed her books before. 

I've interviewed her before. 

But now, she's posting one something that's very near to me right now.

Saying goodbye.

Saying Goodbye: Mind Over All and Ending a Trilogy

I first met Deryl in 1986. He was a college sophomore: smart, self-assured with just a hint of snark. He was studying psychic powers because he himself had them, and when his professor decided to kidnap him for study (of a more biological nature), he and his roommate fled to another world and had great adventures.

At least that’s what I thought at the time. The Miscria never sold, so I put it and my dreams of being an author aside and went on with my life.

Ten years later, as a mother and former military officer, I brushed off the manuscript and gagged. Really, a guy who suddenly manifests telepathy during puberty grows up well adjusted? That kid needed some real issues before the story would sell. By the time I got done messing with his mind, he was living in a mental institution instead of a dorm and his roommate turned into a psychiatric intern hired to befriend him because Deryl was sullen, snarky, and without hope. The Miscria became a trilogy because it took an entire novel just to convince Deryl he wasn’t crazy.

Mind Over Mind, the first in the trilogy, came out from DragonMoon in 2011, with MindOver Psyche following in 2013. And now, Mind Over All finishes out the trilogy. Over the three books, Deryl conquers his abilities and his personal demons with the help of his friend, Joshua. Then the duo teleport (by accident) to another planet, where Deryl confronts his real-life “demons”: The Master who manipulated him in hopes of making him a weapon and the Miscria who had thought he was an oracle to guide her in protecting her world. With Joshua as his back-up, he defeats the Master and wins over the Miscria (Tasmae). They marry, and he takes Joshua back to Earth and his own fiancĂ©, Sachiko. In Mind OverAll, Deryl returns to Earth to fetch Joshua and Sachiko and takes them to Kanaan where they work together to stop another planet from crashing into Kanaan. Finally, in the companion novella, Hearts Over Mind, Joshua and Sachiko finally get their wedding day.

It has been a wild ride of love and adventure, exploring psychic communication, neuro linguistic programming, and orbital mechanics. For over a decade, I’ve lived with and in some ways as these characters. Deryl fought his way back to sanity to discover he didn’t want to live a “normal life.” Tasmae discovers not all prophesies are inevitable. Joshua, a small-town boy from Colorado, had adventures like he’d only read in SFF novels, and gets to be a rock star. Sachiko heals at least from the trauma of her abortion. Even the Master turns out to be something other than the manipulative monster Deryl had loathed and feared. A centuries-long war has ended, and at last two worlds can rebuild and grow in peace.

I’ve had my own wild ride as an author. Working on these novels has introduced me to so many wonderful people and ideas. My astronomy professor in college helped me work out the dynamics of crashing planets. Friends from all over the Internet jumped in with psychiatric and medical advice. I’ve had the privilege of working with several wonderful editors at DragonMoon, each of which not only made the book better but made me a better writer. And Mind Over Mind’s cover is still my all-time fave. I’ve written and had published nearly a dozen books and hundreds of stories.

The journey with the Mind Over trilogy is over. (Although I may write about their kids. We’ll see.) My own writing journey continues on, with dragon detectives, nuns in space, and zombie exterminators. Who knows what else? It’s been very satisfying, however, to have finished the project I began as a college Freshman.

By day, Karina is a mild-mannered reviewer of business software and services for After hours, she’s a psychic intent on saving the world; a snarky dragon who thinks he saves the world all-too regularly, a zombie exterminator who just wants her world clear of undead vermin, and nuns whose callings have taken them off our world. Needless to say, her imagination is vast, her stories legion, and her brain crowded. When she’s not converting her wild tales to stories, she’s enjoying time with her husband, Rob, their four kids, and their two dogs.

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  1. Karina, I loved reading the story of your series. I liked Mind over Mind pretty well, though the mental institution thing kind of bothered me as that's a long-term fear of mine.

    It must be hard to end things. That's why I try never to finish anything. ;)

  2. Nissa, Yeah, the institution was hard, but the good news is, he escaped in Mind Over Psyche, and the real fun begins on another planet. It was something of a relief to end the story, though. Room for new things!


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