I have the exceptional honor of hosting and interview of one my newest favorite authors Gini Koch! She graciously agreed to stop by and answer some of my questions and then some of yours if you want to leave them in the comments. First I am going to tell you a bit about Gini!
Gini is the author of ‘Touched by an Alien’ and the soon to be released ‘Alien Tango’. Gini lives in the American Southwest, works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people, while she listens to a lot of rock 'n' roll, particularly Aerosmith, at all times.
Guess it is time to jump right into the interview! Stay tuned after for a great giveaway!
(BBB) Tell us a bit about your books?
(GK) They’re the best books ever written and a deal at twice the price! (Hey, you can NOT blame a girl for trying…)
The Alien series follows Katherine “Kitty” Katt, the world’s best accidental badass, as she discovers first that the Roswell rumors are true -- with a twist -- and then not only learns that there are both good and bad aliens and lots of life on other planets, but gets involved in the fight to protect this planet. As the series goes on, there’s more than just parasitic aliens to deal with, as well as more secrets and conspiracies to discover and disrupt.
(BBB) Why did you choose to start writing about aliens?
(BBB) The powers your aliens have are very interesting and new, how did you come up with those gifts?
(GK) I’m going to answer 2 & 3 together, because for me they’re related.
I didn’t choose to write about aliens. I had a dream that was basically the opening sequence of the book -- but the dream was dark and scary and almost noir-ish. When I started writing the story -- that was supposed to be a dark, short, horror story -- I didn’t know if the POV character was a man or a woman. By page 3, of course, Kitty had made it clear she was a girl and taking the story HER way. Then Martini breezed onto the page, charmed Kitty AND me, and the rest is history.
In terms of half the characters being aliens and them having powers, these facts, like the rest of the story, were told to me by the characters. “Touched by an Alien” was a very organic book for me to write, I truly channeled every character, to the point where they told me their names, and what they could and couldn’t do, and so on. So, I didn’t come up with the A-C’s talents -- they told me what they were and how they used them. I didn’t decide which agents were aliens and which were humans, they told me. Kitty’s mother told me what she really did for a living. And so on.
Basically, it’s a party in my mind, but I enjoy the ride.
(BBB) What is your favorite food?
(GK) Wow, do we have the time and your blog have the space? LOL
I gave this thought, and decided to go for what cuisine I can always eat, any time, anywhere -- sushi. (Now look. Chocolate’s sulking and I’ll have to go eat some to make it feel better.)
(BBB) Favorite author or books, of all time?
(GK) This list has changed over the years, so I’m only going with those who I’m still consistently in love with in terms of their writing: Terry Pratchett, Robert Benchley, P.J. O’Rourke, Robert Silverberg, Dave Barry, A. Conan Doyle, O. Henry
Books : “Good Omens” by Terry Pritchett & Neil Gaiman, “Small Gods” by Terry Pratchett, (the complete Discworld series by Pratchett, really, but I was trying to show my restraint…yeah, I know, who am I trying to kid?), “The Complete Works of O. Henry”, “The Complete Sherlock Holmes” by A. Conan Doyle, “Holidays in Hell” by P.J. O’Rourke.
BTW, one of my family asked me this question and was shocked when I didn’t say anything of mine. My response: I can write my OWN books on the desert island…but I can’t write THESE.
(BBB) You write science fiction, is it your favorite genre to read?
(GK) Actually, no. I mean, I enjoy science fiction, but favorite to me means the thing you’ll read no matter what, no matter when. My reading tastes aren’t quite as wide as my musical tastes, but I pretty much like something in just about every genre. I really went through phases where I read anything and everything in a specific genre, wide and deep, that I could get my paws on -- mysteries, then horror, then biographies and autobiographies, then science fiction, then fantasy -- but if I look at what, over the course of my life, I’ve always read in addition to those, it’d be humor. I love finding books by humorists from the late 1800’s and early to mid-1900’s, as well as reading present day humorists.
If you look at my list for question 5, most of those authors are humorists or “write funny” at least half of the time (Robert Silverberg and A. Conan Doyle being the exceptions, but Robert Silverberg can write ANYthing well, so maybe not an exception, in that sense, and The Father of the Mystery is in a class all by his awesome self).
(BBB) What can we expect in the future, more sci-fi, something different?
(GK) Well, I’m currently contracted for 3 more books in the Alien series (and there was much
rejoicing) -- “Alien Tango”, releasing Dec. 7th, 2010; “Alien in the Family”, releasing Apr. 5th, 2011; and “Alien Proliferation”, releasing Winter 2011 -- so what you can expect in the immediate future is more action, more aliens, and more Kitty.
(BBB) When did you decide to start writing books?
(GK) When I was 15. Then I had an English teacher -- a teacher I knew to be a total beeyotch and idiot, mind you -- tell me that the ONLY way to be a writer was to outline…and I believed her. I attempted to write off and on for a good couple of decades, but would do an outline, fail miserably, and figure I didn’t have the stuff. Turns out I have the stuff, I just don’t have it when it comes to outlining.
I’m a linear writer. I start with the title, then go to the first line, then write until the end. I don’t know who’s who, who’s good, who’s bad, who did what to whom, until I write it and the story takes shape.
So, when I really decided to start writing novels and short stories was when a set of characters were so loud in my mind that I literally HAD to write them down to shut them the hell up. I’m very thankful they were noisy and demanding, because, in that sense, they saved my life. I can see what my life would be like without writing in it, and I’m a lot happier (and saner…yeah, I know, damning with faint praise) because I write.
Oh, and no, those characters weren’t Kitty and Martini and the rest of the Alien gang.
(BBB) Do you have any pets?
(GK) Oh yeah. The Canine Death Squad (consisting of Li’l Leader, The Spotted Fiend, and Big Baby), and the Killer Kitties (consisting of Mr. Fluffikins, aka He Who Rules All, and Dementia Kitty). My pets totally know how to ‘bring it’, too.
For those who might have known me before late last year, the original Leader of the Pack, the Big Fella, went to the great Dog Park in the Sky last Thanksgiving. I still miss him -- no dog could ‘bring it’ like he could, and we shall not see his like again in the casa…’cause the hubs insists that 3 dogs is my limit.
(BBB) Anything you would like to say to all your crazy obsessed fans out there?
I think I have the best, most wonderful, fun and funny fans out there, though I could be a teensy weensy bit biased. So, get on with your own bad selves and keep on rockin’ it!
Oh, and do your girl a solid and please pre-order “Alien Tango” from B&N, Borders, Amazon.com, or your local bookstore.
And, I love you all and I swear to you, the Free Stuff page IS there for YOU to get your swag on. Really. I didn’t create it just so I could paw it every night going, “My precious, my precious, no one else shall have you!” So, no, you’re not being greedy when you ask for a signed bookplate or a magnet and so on. They are there for youuuuuuuuuuu.
(I mention this because I have fans who, bless their fuzzy li’l hearts, actually say to me that they feel greedy asking for the freebies. Get your greed ON, peeps, and get your swag! There’s nothin’ better than free!)
Apparently I had a LOT to say to my fans. I know, I know…running the yap is never a challenge. So, one last thing: “Alien Tango” -- it’s all about the gators, baby!
(BBB) Thank you so much for stopping by, it has been an honor interviewing you!
Everyone please stop by Gini Koch’s website and please check out the link above for ordering ‘Touched By An Alien’ and “Alien Tango’.
You can also read my review for ‘Touched By An Alien’ HERE!