Hello Book Monsters and Literal Addicts! Book Monster Reviews and LITERAL ADDICTION are very pleased to welcome author Gini Koch to our sites today.
Gini is the creator of the amazing ALIEN/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, which currently consists of four books, Book #1 - "Touched by an Alien", Book #2 - "Alien Tango", Book #3 - "Alien in the Family" and Book #4 - "Alien Proliferation" which was just released yesterday on 12/6/11. The 5th book in the series "Alien Dipolomacy" is scheduled for release on April 3, 2012. The 6th, 7th, and 8th books, “Alien vs. Alien”, “Alien in the House”, and “Alien Collective” will release in December 2012, April 2013, and December 2013 respectively.
In case you have not checked out Gini's Aliens yet, here's a synopsis of each book to keep you up to date….
Now that you’re totally hooked on the series and we have you adding this awesome series to your TBR list, let's get to the interview so we can find out more about the amazing woman behind the books….
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Hi Gini! Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by and celebrate the release of "Alien Proliferation" with us today! We’re so happy to have you with us!
Gini: Thanks so much for having me, it’s great to be here!
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: We always like to start out by getting to know our guest authors a little bit better.
Q3) Do you have any interesting writing quirks, or things that you must have with you to begin the writing process?
Q4) What are 3 things that never fail to make you smile and 3 things that never fail to piss you off?
1. People pirating books. The pirate sites and the people who frequent them. We make little enough money as it is, but to pointedly steal authors’ works (and any other artists’ works) and act like it’s your right to steal? That pisses me off to no end. Never tell me you’ve pirated my books because I won’t be nice and I will be likely to club you to death like a baby seal if given even half a chance.
2. People hating on Pit Bulls when they’ve never owned or even known one, without realizing that it’s people who make each Pit Bull what it is, whether that’s lover or fighter (and all Pitties would rather be lovers, FYI).
3. People not asking first and then mispronouncing my last name. It’s Koch like the former mayor of New York or fine scotch whiskey, NOT like a proud rooster in the morning, okay? Okay people introducing me? Especially if you’re doing so via a microphone? OKAY??? (Yeah, it’s “fun” to hear the mispronunciation being blared out on a loudspeaker…truly…)
Movies: Hello, Dolly, Undercover Blues, Mystery Men, Big Trouble in Little China, Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, Demon Knight, Mortal Kombat, pretty much any musical ever made, definitely every Disney movie ever made but especially Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians, The Aristocats, and The Incredibles, Dogma and the rest of the Kevin Smith oeuvre but particularly Dogma (and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), the ORIGINAL Star Wars trilogy, and Serenity.
I’m sure, nay, positive that I’m missing some beloved shows and movies, but there’s only so much time and so much space, so we’ll leave it at that.
Q8) If you could spend the day with any one of the ALIEN COLLECTIVE, who would it be, and what would you want to do?
Gini: Well, that’s a two-part answer. I call my fans the Alien Collective, so if you’re asking me which one of my fans I’d want to spend the day with, I’d have to say you can’t make me choose. LOL I want to hang with ALL of my fans, and pretty much can’t pick just one of my beloveds.
If you forced me to choose, it’d be my critique partner, Lisa, and what we’d do all day is what we do every day -- yap about our lives and plot out our next books, only we’d do it in person.
If you mean which of my characters I’d want to spend the day with well…I spend every day with them, really. My characters are, for the most part, a noisy and demanding bunch. Out of all of them, Martini is the quietest, and Kitty and Chuckie are the loudest.
However, assuming that it was possible outside of my mind, I’d go for either Charles “Chuckie” Reynolds or the Pontifex, Richard White. Because they’re both rich and successful and really interesting. And not taken by my leading lady.
Okay this was more of a four part answer. So sue me. LOL
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Now we'd like to ask you more about your books and series:
The books are science fiction with a lot of romance, action and humor. A lot of humor. Kitty’s a fun, funny girl with a quirky worldview, and she deals with politics, conspiracy theories, and big, bad fuglies of all types and planets of origin in her own style. It’s not always a pretty or smooth style, but it tends to do the job…eventually.
Q10) Katherine "Kitty" Katt is one bad ass chick. Did anyone in particular inspire her character?
Gini: Nope. Kitty is Kitty, basically. She’s her own person.
Q11) What was the inspiration behind the ALIEN series?
Gini: I had a dream. Not the brave, world-changing Martin Luther King, Jr. kind of dream, but rather a nightmare kind of dream. It was dark and cool and noir-ish, and when I woke up, I decided I’d write a dark, noir-ish short horror story.
I started writing, and the voice wasn’t dark, nor noir-ish, nor horror. By page 3, I knew this wasn’t going to be short, by page 5 I knew it wasn’t going to be horror, and when Martini breezed onto the page, the characters took over, I let them tell me what was going on, and the rest is history.
Q12) How many books do you have planned for the ALIEN series? Can you tell us what's in store for the gang?
Gini: Well, right now, I’m contracted through Book 8, Alien Collective. I have through Book 12 mapped out (as much as I map) and I can “see” through Book 16 at this time. Pretty much, my editor’s said that as long as readers keep buying the books, DAW will keep publishing the books.
Q13) Do you have any other projects in the works that you can share with us?
Gini: Yes indeed! First off, I have “The Royal Scam” out, which is the first installment of my serialized short fiction series, The Martian Chronicles, from Musa Publishing.
I also write under a variety of pen names, and I have releases out and coming out from Musa for the following:
Jemma Chase has “The Disciple” and “Hotter Than Hell” both out now, and “Strange Protection” in the December issue of Penumbra eMagazine. These stories deal with the paranormal, including vampires and werewolves (and the Devil, oh my!).
A.E. Stanton has “When Josie Comes Home”, the first installment of the novella series The New West, out now, with “Deacon’s Ark”, the second installment, coming out a couple of days from now, on December 9th. This series is set in a post-apocalyptic world where electricity’s destroyed “civilization” and the population is back to living like it’s the Old West, with some technological advancements and some very scary monsters.
J.C. Koch writes horror (and is still a little upset that that cool, noir-ish horror story became “Touched by an Alien”) and has the short story “Field Trip” in the November issue of Penumbra eMagazine (which, being an emagazine, is still available for purchase).
Anita Ensal has “Contingency Plan” releasing on December 23rd. It’s the first installment in the short fiction urban/rural fantasy series, The Neighborhood. The second installment, “Being Neighborly”, will release early in 2012. As will “Wanted”, the first installment of the serialized short fiction science fiction romance series The Asteroid Belt.
Q14) What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview, but have never been asked? How would you answer?
Gini: Well, gosh, the one I’d been waiting FOREVER for the gals at I Smell Sheep finally did ask (Q: Boxers or briefs? A: Thong or commado). So, lemme ponder…
Q. How often are you mistaken for Marilyn Monroe or Jessica Rabbit?
A. Far more often than you’d imagine. And it never gets old.
Q15) Is there anything specific you would like to say to your readers while we have you here today?
Gini: You complete me. Yes, all the Free Stuff up at the website is really all yours for the asking. No, Christopher is never getting his own spinoff. And please do your girl a solid and buy “Alien Proliferation” and pre-order “Alien Diplomacy” -- believe me, pre-orders matter. And remember that I love you all.
Book Monster Reviews/LITERAL ADDICTION: Thank you again Gini for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. We would love to have you back again in April 2012 to help you promote the release of "Alien Diplomacy" if you're available.
Gini: Absolutely! Have your people call my people and we’ll get it set up!
If you would like to find out more about Gini and keep up with her latest news, you can check out her Website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.
CONTEST: Gini is graciously giving away a signed & personalized limited edition 2012 calendar
to one winner from Book Monster and one winner from LITERAL ADDICTION (over on their site).
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