Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Guest Post: I Left My Brains in San Francisco

It's my pleasure to host Karina Fabian, Author and fellow "Broad" from Broad Universe, and Becky Parker, narrator, the women behind the new audiobook release of I Left My Brains in San Francisco. I've asked them to talk about what "the fun part" of this project was for them. -SB

Want a chance at a free copy of the audio book?  click here. You can get the first three chapters for free, and a chance at winning the whole thing. You can get to the audio book itself here.

Zombie problem? Call Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator--but not this weekend.

On vacation at an exterminator’s convention, she's looking to relax, have fun, and enjoy a little romance. Too bad the zombies have a different idea. When they rise from their watery graves to take over the City by the Bay, it looks like it'll be a working vacation after all.

The Fun Part, according to the author, Karina Fabian

Karina Fabian, Author
I have so much fun with writing any Neeta Lyffe book. The humor is particularly cathartic because I can take much of the stupidity I see in everyday life (especially on Facebook) and take it to ridiculous extremes. It saves me from going nuclear on social media and is far more entertaining as well. 

For I Left My Brains in San Francisco, however, I think the best part was the Give Back Memorial Gardens and Fish Preserve. This combination artificial reef and cemetery allowed people (with enough money, of course) to “give back” to the earth by letting their dead bodies be dumped at sea to become fish food. Of course, it’s wasn’t just, “Dearly Beloved, we are gathered here to…” SPLASH! They were put on a beautifully decorated raft, set out to float where the birds got first choice, then scuba divers escort the body to its final resting place, a reef made of sunken artifacts of different religions. (Not that the religions of the world were too keen on it. The Catholic section has a broken Popemobile. But the Sacred Materialists have a yacht.)

Give Back is central to the story, so I got to incorporate a lot of its history and motive – and ulterior motive – into the story. Scuba divers give us a look at it from below sea level, and of course there are soggy zombies!

You may find the Give Back Memorial Gardens and Fish Preserve funny or sick or just a little weird. Any reaction is fine by me. It’s one of the many aspects that makes the whole book a fun ride of social satire, zombie slapstick, and high and low humor, with a more serious story line tying it all. It’s a great book to listen to, thanks to the narration and sound stylings of Becky Parker.

Karina Fabian is an award-winning fantasy, science fiction author writes comedic horror that will make you die laughing and come back for more. Check out her latest at

The Fun Part, according to the narrator, Becky Parker

Becky Parker, narrator
I have a LOT of fun narrating and producing the Neeta Lyffe books because they are so well written, so hilarious, and so conducive to including sound effects. Neeta Lyffe, Zombie Exterminator was the first book I’ve ever narrated that caused me to have to do re-takes on the recording because I couldn’t stop laughing – it was so funny! When I mix in a sound effect to one of these books, it’s like joining in the game, like playing with a friend. I love collaborating with Karina in this way.

Creating the soundscapte for ILMBISF was the most challenging and fun I've done to date. The highlight for me was the creation of a song that is part of a plot point - that really took a lot of time, energy, creativity and work to build - but such fun!

Becky Parker Geist owns Pro Audio Voices, serving clients internationally with exceptional voiceover for audiobooks, advertising & animation. She loves creating audiobooks with sound effects! Married with 3 adult daughters, Becky lives in San Francisco and New York, working Off Broadway regularly.

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting us today! I have exciting news.

    It’s here! After a nearly 2-week delay, I Left My Brains in San Francisco is up on Audible. Check it out at

    1. Happy to have you! And so happy to hear that your up on Audible now. Congrats.