At last, Deryl has it all. He’s mastered his psychic abilities and escaped both the asylum on Earth where he was being studied and the influence of the alien Master who would use his powers as a weapon. He found acceptance among the psychic people of Kanaan and will soon be a father. However, the danger isn’t over.
The Master’s people plan to invade his new homeworld, but even worse, the planets are set to crash into each other. Deryl will have to accept his role as savior of both worlds and push his mind’s powers to the limit in order to save the people he loves most.
Deryl braced his feet, splayed his hands palms downward, and sucked the energy from Barin. When Deryl had first been learning to control his abilities, particularly to deal with the legion of impressions coming at him from others around him, Joshua had taught him to shield himself from the mental/emotional aspects. Over the past year, he’d taught himself to filter those aspects out. It was energy, all energy, pure and neutral, like food once processed through the digestive tract. Now, he applied the same skills to Barin, stripping away the pain of the turmoil, taking the energy into himself, storing it, letting it build. The tremors under his feet stilled. The waves crashing against the rocks calmed. The wind that drove the poisonous air against his makeshift mask quieted.
In response, Deryl’s breathing accelerated, his blood raced, his stomach churned. Adrenalin coursed through him, making him shake. He ignored it, pulling further on Barin, reaching into the ground, through the air, and to the ley lines that arched weakly overhead. A detached part of his mind worked physics problems of angles and forces. Barin needed shields, and he was just the man to do it.
The key to his sanity lay in creating shields—barriers against unwanted thoughts and emotions, clumsily erected until Joshua and his neuro linguistic programming style of psychology had taken him at his word that he was truly psychic and helped him create stronger, more clever shields. He’d further honed his skills on Kanaan, training under Salgoud in anticipation of a Barin attack: manipulating energy to protect himself, then Tasmae, gradually expanding— He could do this. It was just a matter of size and energy.
Two minutes to atmosphere. Deryl’s muscles strained as he lifted his hands over his head, palms still fat but now toward the sky. His hasty calculations complete enough, he released the power to meet the Miscria Storm.
I wanted an A in my science fiction class and had a long running story in my head about what would happen to Charles Wallace (Wrinkle in Time) when he grew up. I didn’t want to do fan fic, so I changed up the characters and wrote a story about a psychic who accidentally teleports to another world, falls in love and defeats the bad guy while trying to figure how to get himself and his best friend back home. The professor gave me an A and suggested I make it a novel. I did, but it never sold, so I put it away for 10 years, went into the military and had kids. When I wanted to start writing again, I pulled it out first to revise.
My more mature self realized it was tripe. The main character was a Mary Sue with no problems. The planet was interesting as was the heroine, so I needed to fix the hero – and by that, I mean tear him down. By the time I got done giving poor Deryl issues connected to his abilities, I had to put him in an asylum! Hence, Mind Over Mind, the first book in the trilogy.
Writing about crazy, tortured psychics is fun. Deryl’s problems spilled over to the heroine and even to the villain. Thanks to the fact that telepathy does not follow linear time, those problems in turn affect Deryl’s younger self. There’s a whole lotta crazy going on! The friend, Joshua, who was originally a strawman buddy, became a psychiatric intern with a strong storyline himself – so much so I had to write a novella to finish it. With Joshua’s help, Deryl helps the heroine and even the villain, and they save the worlds.
Mind Over All ends the Mind Over trilogy. I had originally intended a stand-alone book until I started driving Deryl insane and he needed more time to get himself and everyone else together before they could save the worlds. I have an idea for their kids, but it’s not fleshed out enough for a book. Besides I have other things I need to work on.
What projects will you be working on next?
I’m polishing up Shambling in a Winter Wonderland, a novel in the Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator series. Neeta and her fiancé go on vacation to Utah, but end up having to take out zombies who have returned from the dead to hit the slopes. It’s filled with slapstick, romance, political satire, and zombies on skis.
I’m also working on a DragonEye novel. I’m intending to relaunch the entire series myself in a couple of years, so I’m starting fresh with the origin story.
It sounds like you write full time.
I have written full time in the past, along with taking care of the family, but it doesn’t really pay the bills. Right about the time my husband retired, I got contacted out of the blue by a recruiter offering me a full-time writing job. (Moral here – keep that LinkedIn profile up to date and complete!). Now, I’m a content writer for Top Ten Reviews. I evaluate business products, everything from PDF software to online reputation management services and insurance, and write reviews to help people make the best buying decisions. It’s interesting work because I’m always learning something new, but the best part is the people I’m working with. They are creative, quirky and fun. There’s always a conversation about geeky movies or books, and lots of jokes. We have a Wednesday night D&D group and board games during lunch. In some ways, it’s like the perfect high school - everyone likes everyone, we work well together, and we can still be big adolescents at times.
Here’s a case in point. This is Robert Paulson, a medical skeleton we reviewed for a site and that the company let us keep. He’s posed on the Coke machine, sat at computers, draped himself fetchingly on desks waiting the return of someone on vacation, and now is enjoying some “me” time in private.
Tell us one surprising or interesting fact about yourself.
I like getting older. Every year holds new adventures and I enjoy having learned from my past. I’m also more comfortable with myself, even in my saggy, pudding-bag shape. I wouldn’t mind having a younger body – the one from 2001-2002 would be ideal, thank you – but I’d like to keep the hair I have now. For some reason, it behaves better, and I like the silver coming in.
I used to have a skeleton in my exam room. I put different T shirts with health messaging on him, plus a pair of flip flops. Great ice breaker.
Tell us about your other books and your writing.
I’ve written just about everything from devotionals to flash fiction to articles on generators to really bad poetry. My favorite things to write are science fiction and fantasy, although I was asked to write zombie fic a few years back, and people loved it (as do I), so now I have an ongoing series.
In fact, I have several series. Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator is about a young woman whose extermination business has an unusual sideline – zombies. She sprays for roaches and takes on the shambling undead in a world where zombies are pests and politics has gone nuts. DragonEye, PI is a series of stories and novels about a dragon who has come to our world to work as a private investigator, solving crimes and saving our world against magical mishaps. The Mind Over trilogy is about a psychic who must fight his way back to sanity, master his powers, and save two worlds from colliding.
In addition, I have a couple of stand-alone novels. One is being shopped around, but Discovery comes out in 2016. It’s part of my Rescue Sisters storyline – nuns living and working in space.
So tell me, do you still do book trailer classes? This is fantastic!
By day, Karina is a mild-mannered reviewer of business software and services for TopTenReviews.com. 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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