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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Author Interview & SIGNED Book Giveaway w/ Gini Koch!

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Hey Guys! I’m in Upstate New York right now, but I had to be here online to share a great Interview and Giveaway with one of my favorite new authors this year!

I have an immense pleasure to present to you, Gini Koch! Giveaway deets are at the end of the post =)

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When did you first start writing?

Over a dozen years ago now. I’d always had story ideas, but because I’d been told you had to outline to write, I’d try to outline and then get nowhere. Finally, the voices in my head were so loud, I wrote them down to shut them up. I looked up 8 hours later -- I had the first 200 pages of a novel written and realized this was what I was really meant to be doing. The rest, as they say, is history.

Have you always enjoyed Sci-fi and Fantasy?

Yes, but my first genre love was mystery, then horror, biography/autobiography, then science fiction & fantasy. But throughout it all, what’s been my constant is humor.

Were there any Books, Movies or Writers that have inspired you?

Everything I’ve ever seen and everything I’ve ever read. LOL. I know, that’s not what you mean in this case. I get more of my inspiration from music than anything else. But I think it’s impossible not to be influenced by what you’ve seen, heard, read and experienced. It all goes in there, mixes around, and comes out as “your” creations. Which is, when you think about it, very cool.

Touched by an Alien, 300 DPI What is your favorite subject in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Realm?

Hmmm…I don’t know if I’d call it a subject, but what I think I like best about SF/F is that you can look at the human condition in different ways via SF/F than you can via any other genre. Before other genre lovers protest, what I mean is that, for example, it’s only in SF/F where you can have a visitor from another world come and react to our human foibles and issues and general humanness.

The other thing I really love about writing SF/F is that I can pretty much do what I want. It’s my world, my rules. My rules have to make some kind of sense, but as long as they do, if I want every alien from Alpha Centauri to be drop-dead gorgeous, why, so it shall be.

I love Kitty and Martini's chemistry, were they always meant to be in your head?

There’s two ways to take that question. The first is: were they meant to be IN my head, and the answer is, of course, they’re mine. I’m the god, I created them, they were indeed supposed to be in my head, because that’s where they came from -- my mind.

However, I think you may mean: were they always meant to be TOGETHER as a couple. The answer is: I didn’t know how it was going to go when I started writing. I’m a linear writer -- I start with the title, then the first line, then I go on until it’s the end. “Touched by an Alien”, in particular, was extremely organic for me -- I felt like I was merely transcribing what the characters were telling me, including their names and what they looked like, did for a living, etc. So, midway through, my crit partner asked me who Kitty was going to end up with. I had to turn away from the computer screen and actually ASK myself. The answer was Martini. But I didn’t know until that moment. And even then, I wasn’t 100% sure it’d work out. But it did.

How did you come up with the world in the Kitty Katt series?

It was originally from a dream I’d had -- a very dark, noir-ish dream. I’d originally intended to write a dark, short, horror story. Kitty took over early, and then Martini breezed onto the page, and that was that. In terms of everything else, though, like I said before, the characters told me what was going on and what their world was about.

Favorites:

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy themed Movie?

I have several (I have a tough time with favorites, ‘cause I rarely have just one favorite of anything, other than husband and child):

Dogma, Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, Star Wars: A New Hope, Mystery Men, Big Trouble in Little China, Mortal Kombat and Serenity.

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy themed TV Show?

Firefly

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy themed Book?

Good Omens, by Terry Pritchett & Neil Gaiman

The Discworld Series, by Terry Pratchett

Favorite Author?

Terry Pratchett, Robert Silverberg, A. Conan Doyle, P.J. O’Rourke, Robert Benchley, O. Henry, Dave Barry

Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author?

Terry Pratchett

Favorite one of your Books?

Whichever one I’m writing right now. I admit it -- I love all my books. If I didn’t love them, they wouldn’t be with my agent or my editor.

Who is your favorite of your own characters? Why?

Oooh, this is a TOUGH one! As with my books, I love all my characters, even my villains. And each one is important to me in some way. If forced to pick, I’d have to say the characters who originally were so loud and demanding they forced me to start writing, and then Kitty, because “Touched by an Alien” is what got me both a great agent and a great publisher. But I love them all, and miss every one of them when I’m working on a different character/s’ book.

Which was the hardest to write? Why?

I don’t do hard to write. In my experience, if it’s hard, then there’s something wrong with it. I write under several pen names, and I can say that historicals require the most research in order to be even remotely accurate for a sense of time and place. But everything, even fantasy novels set on a world I’ve made up, requires some kind of research. Gun to my head? The hardest to write was the first one -- not because writing it was hard, but because it took me so long TO write.

What would you be if not a writer? Why?

What I was before I was a writer -- a marketer. I spent the majority of my life in marketing, and it’s what I do and did for a living. It’s not what I am, though. I AM a writer. I worked in marketing. So, really, I’ve always been and always will be a writer.

If you could meet any Sci-Fi/Fantasy Character out there, Who would you like to meet?

Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly/Serenity. And then I’d jump his bones.

Quickies:

Coffee or Tea? Both

Up or Down? Up

Virtual or Real? Realgood-omens1

Right or Left? Straight ahead

Day or Night? Night

Here or There? Here

Sooner or Later? Later

Light or Dark? Dark

Fast or Slow? Fast

ACs or Superbeings? ACs

Angels or Demons? Humans

Reading or Writing? Writing

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

All of it. There isn’t one part of it I like less than the rest, and that includes editing.

What is your least favorite part?

The waiting. Publishing is a SLOW business. You can go nuts with how slow it is. My response to this has been, is, and always will be the same thing: while I’m waiting, I write another book.

The Kitty Katt Series in your own words?

It’s the best series ever written and a deal at twice the price! (Hey, you really can’t 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.

How many books do you have planned for the series?

Lots. As of right now, I have the next several books mapped out in my mind, at least as much as I can map. But I love these characters and spending time with them, and I can easily carry the series on, and not by doing the same thing over and over again.

I like that the characters are changing -- Kitty, Martini, all the others, are different in each book. Still the same characters, but they’re going through different events and all of that changes them. I see each book as a progression of these characters from where they started to where they’re going, just like regular life for all of us. I don’t think being married and having children means you stop living or stop being an interesting person.

Basically, as long as the characters have stories to tell, I’ll be telling them. And Kitty assures me she’s never going to get dull, staid or boring because she will, and I quote, “always rock it”.

alien tango 2Do you have any other series in the works?

Yes, I do, several. As I said before, I write under different pen names. My agent’s shopping them, and I don’t like to talk about anything that hasn’t sold. (’Cause I’m superstitious that way, that’s why. LOL)

HOWEVER, I have two short stories written under my Anita Ensal pen name coming out in two DAW anthologies. “Wanted” will be in “Love and Rockets”, which will release on Dec. 7, 2010 (yes, the same day as “Alien Tango”…can we say busy, boys and girls? LOL); and “Being Neighborly” will be in “Boondocks Fantasy”, which will release on Jan. 4, 2011. Then “Alien in the Family” will release on April 5, 2011. So I’m going to be busy. But it’s a great busy, so I’m pretty thrilled.

What is coming up next for you?

Finishing edits on Book 4 of the Alien series, “Alien Proliferation”, then rolling into Book 5, “Alien Diplomacy”.

What are you working on right now?

I’m replying to this in August, though it’ll go up on your blog in September. So right NOW I just finished my galley edits on “Wanted”, and am in the middle of my galley edits for “Alien Tango”, and in the midst of editorial edits on “Alien in the Family”. When this publishes, I expect to be working on edits for “Alien Proliferation” and galleys for “Being Neighborly”, with galley edits coming for “Alien in the Family”.

Do you have any advice or tip to those like me that want to become a published Author someday?

Lots and lots and lots. Much of it’s out there on guest blogs I’ve done, and I lecture on it all the time. But, in brief, I have this to say: Writers write. If you want to write, just do it. And never give up. The definition of a published author is someone who never quit.

Anything you would like to say to your fans out there?

What I say every time, ‘cause it’s true: You…complete…me. Hearing from fans is the most exciting, emotionally fulfilling part of this journey. And I LOVE my fans -- my fans are the most fun, funny, awesome folks out there. (Admittedly, I could be a TAD biased, but whatever, they’re MY fans, so they ROCK.)

Oh, and do your girl a solid and preorder “Alien Tango” and “Alien in the Family”! And, if you’re looking for some awesome Science Fiction Romance short stories, preorder “Love and Rockets”. And if you’re looking for some awesome short fantasy stories, preorder “Boondocks Fantasy”. (Yes, it’s very true: these days, preorders MATTER.)

Thank you so much for being here!

Thank you so much for having me! It’s been great fun!

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Find Gini Koch Online:

Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads | Facebook

Buy Gini’s Books:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble| Books On Board

 

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Win a SIGNED Copy of “Touched by an Alien” by Gini Koch!

Touched by an Alien, 300 DPI

First Book in The Katherine "Kitty" Katt Series!

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53 Responses so far.

  1. Originally, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this one, but everyone keeps saying such good things! I'm officially curious. ;)

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    11 entries! Thank you for hosting the giveaway and good luck to everyone!

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  2. I would love to win an autographed copy of Touched by an Alien, Gini is so funny! The book looks awesome! I really enjoyed reading your interview because I can relate a lot to the writing process, very inspiring! I love reading about passionate writers!
    Thanks for giveaway!

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  3. Danielle says:

    OMIGDO! She mentioned 'Dogma' - that does it, we are kindred spirits! (not to be all creepy fan-girl or anything!)

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    Lol, I must say that I like your way to fantasy and scifi, quite the way :)

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  5. Kulsuma says:

    Count me in.

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  7. Sarah says:

    I was on the fence about reading this one for awhile, but you have me offically convinced. You have to trust an author who loves Buffy :D

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  8. Tore says:

    I am a follower. Good interview. I loved watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer also. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

  9. Glory says:

    I heard fantastic comments about that book!
    count me too! *handsup*

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  10. Jessica says:

    Sounds like a great read! I too am writing about aliens, so I think I would enjoy this book.

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  11. finally someone who also likes Mystery Men!! I knew there was a reason I liked you besides your brilliant book!

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  12. Sarah says:

    Great interview Larissa, I've been wanting to start this series for a while so I'd love to win a signed copy of the first book :o) How cool that one of Gini's favorite authors is Terry Pratchett - I love the Discworld series!

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  13. Melissa says:

    Blogger you are ticking me off... second post (in case the first shows up somehow)
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  14. Lu says:

    Thanks so much for a great interview! I love hearing what Authors think about the writing process and how they find it :D

    Will be adding your books on my TBR list!

    Thanks so much for a brilliant giveaway!!

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  15. sounds like a rockin's series.
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  16. Gini Koch says:

    @TJ - thanks for the Twitter follow, good luck in the contest!

    @Lucky'sLuna - thanks for the Twitter follow and glad you like that I bring the funny. Passionate? Yes. Process...erm...not so much...LOL

    @Danielle - I LOVE Dogma (I'm a huge Kevin Smith fan). It's possibly my #1 fave movie of all time (well, after Lady & the Tramp, the Aristocats, and 101 Dalmatians...and no, I'm not kidding).

    @Blodeuedd - yeah, I took the long road to SF/F, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

    @Kulsuma - good luck in the contest!

    @Sarah the first - oh, come to the Alien side of life...come to us...*plays alluring music*

    @Tore - I own all 7 seasons of Buffy (and all 5 of Angel and *sniff* all 1 of Firefly) and watch them regularly. 'Cause they help my "process"! Really!

    @Glory - As said to Sarah, with the same alluring music playing, come to us and walk on the Alien side of life...

    @Jessica - Thanks for the Twitter follow! And, well, if you're writing about aliens, my series is a total must read! I swear it upon a stack of Ancients' manuals (little in-joke for those who've already read Touched by an Alien)

    @Sully - my fave pig, I LOVE Mystery Men! It's a family fave, and we watch it repeatedly. And quote it even more often.

    @Sarah the second - Thanks for the Twitter follow! And I love, love, LOVE the Discworld. Though "Good Omens" is my fave book, probably of all time. Got to meet Sir Pterry at the NA Discworld con last year. For, you know, a nano second, but still, we breathed the same air! (Yes, I AM a Pratchett geek, why do you ask?)

    @Melissa - 2nd time's the charm. Thanks for the Twitter follow!

    @Lu - Thanks for the Twitter follow and for the TBR! (Not so sure I have an actual "process" but I'm happy to pretend...)

    @vvb32 - oh, the series definitely rocks. Each book has its own soundtrack. Truly. ('Cause Kitty and I both like to have the tunes blasting 24/7.)

  17. .Ambur. says:

    Well the title's certainly make these books sound amazing, and with such a fun author, they must be great! :D
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  18. Victoria says:

    I have not read any of the series but boy does it look fun. I love the title: Touched By An Alien. I so agree that they are your characters and if you want every single one of them to be drop dead yummy, so be it. Me, the reader, likes them that way too ;).

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  19. I can't wait for Alien Tango and more, more, more! It is so sweet that we complete you, Gini! Back atcha!
    Great interview and blog!!!!

  20. May says:

    OOhh sci fi romance? Now that's something I think I'd like!
    I'm a sci fi lover and I see so LITTLE sci fi novels nowadays...
    Where are the new Isaac Asimovs?
    Anyways, love your interviews Lari!

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  21. This book is one of my favorites of 2010. I loved hearing more about how Kitty & Martini were created. That was a really great interview you two!


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  22. Misha1989 says:

    The book sounds great! Thanks for the contest!
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  23. buddyt says:

    I see that Gini and I agree on a lot of things especially Terry Pratchett
    and the importance of humour in books.

    I think I might enjoy the book.

    Please enter me.

    Thanks

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  24. Gini Koch says:

    @Ambur - thanks! Good luck in the contest!

    @Victoria - um, trust me...if you're looking for drop-dead hotties, "Touched by an Alien" is the book for you!

    @Amber - aww, thanks, girl! *smootchies*

    @May - thanks for the Twitter follow! Science Fiction Romance has been around for a while, but there's a bigger push from the author/blogger side to make readers notice right now, which is really cool. And, I'm doing my best to be the next Isaac! ;-D

    @Buckeye Girl - thanks, C! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the "Touched by an Alien" love!

    @Misha - thanks for the Twitter follow! Good luck in the contest!

    @Carol/buddy - humor rules, as does Sir Pterry! Good luck in the contest!

  25. Twimom227 says:

    OMG - Gigi, I think we may be sisters! I won't comment on all the similar things I love but... Good Omens?! LOVE IT! Dogma - Favorite movie! *sigh*

    thanks for the giveaway!


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  26. JenM says:

    SF doesn't usually tempt me at all, but this sounds so funny and it reminds me of MIB, one of my favorite movies, so I'd love to read it.

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  27. Esther says:

    I love anything with aliens, especially if it's written by a Joss Whedon fan.

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  28. Gini Koch says:

    @Twimom - clearly separated at birth! LOL Good Omens & Dogma are so awesome, as are their creators! And thanks for the Twitter follow!

    @Jen - my editor calls "Touched by an Alien" Men in Black crossed with True Lies. ;-D

    @Esther - total Joss fan here! Love his dialog the best, I think, then his characters. (I even love the original Buffy movie, the one w/Kristy Swanson.)

  29. xlacrimax says:

    + 1 I am so jealous for people who can actually add their dreams to words - I usually dream whole series, like a movie or something but when it comes to telling someone about it I end up with just few words.
    + 5 I follow you via GFC.
    + 2 I requested to add you as a friend on GoodReads.

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  30. I really want to read this book it sounds great!
    Thank you for the oppotunity to win it.

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  31. Karen says:

    Oh my god! The author loves so much sci fi stuff that I do too <3 Great book!

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  32. Wow, that's pretty awesome!!
    I loved this interview and omg Buffy.. This whole sci-fi and Tarantino stuff put a smile on my face!!
    I haven't read any of the books, I'm ashamed to say, but I definitely will!

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  33. Becky says:

    Hi, I love all the characters in Touched by an Alien. Kitty is an awesome main character and Martini had me laughing a lot. Alas the copy I read was from the library so I would love to own my own copy especially a signed one. :)

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  34. Julie says:

    This series sounds good. I'd like to read it.

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  35. hi gina! this sounds like a riot - can't wait to read this! i love great sci-fi romance! :)

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  36. wanda f says:

    Hi cant wait to read this series I love sci fi romance and your books sound great .
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  37. Gini Koch says:

    @xlacrimax - I get the gist of the dream down, and then it morphs into the full story as I write. It makes sleeping practically a job requirement. ;-D

    @Mysteriousrose - thanks for the Twitter follow! Good luck in the contest!

    @Karen - great minds think alike and all that jazz. ;-D

    @yllektra - thanks for the Twitter follow! Kick butt chicks rule, what can I say?

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  38. I think this looks like something I might want to try. Great review!

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  39. ok, Galaxy Quest and Men In Black are big hits in our house with the kiddos and though I've seen them a million times, they never get old :) Oh man, Bigger Trouble in Little china....your bringing back some childhood memories LOL, love that movie and now I'm thinking why I don't own it. Something I must fix. Thanks for the interview, I have yet to read any of your books, but I am definately intrigued, they sound amazing. I love S/f and fantasy because the world building amazes me and I love feeling like I'm in a totally different dimention. Can't wait to read your books :)

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  41. Wanda says:

    I love the cover of the book you're giving away. It suggests a lot of action and I enjoy books like that.
    Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.
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  42. jkrowyn says:

    A friend told me I had to read this one, so here I am. Thanks for the chance to win it. Artesia at comcast dot net

  43. jkrowyn says:

    forgot to tally my points. Total is a lonely 2. Artesia at comcast dot net

  44. hendy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, the book looks great.
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  45. Gini Koch says:

    @justpeachy - good luck in the contest!

    @jolene - thanks for the Twitter follow! And yeah, we love the SF/F related comedies here. No worries - Touched by an Alien is my first book, so you're not really too far behind!

    @Wanda - thanks for the Twitter follow! And, yeah, there's a lot of action in the book. And humor. And romance. It has it all! ;-D

    @jkrowyn - ooh, I love your friend! Good luck in the contest!

    @hendy - good luck in the contest!

  46. I have heard this is a great book and would love to read it!

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  47. Sharli says:

    Sound like an awesome book! And I love the cover art :)

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  48. vickyvak says:

    I'd love to read this book!!!

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  49. Gini Koch says:

    @throughthehaze - thanks for the Twitter follow! Good luck in the contest!

    @Sharli - thanks for the Twitter follow, and isn't the art great? Dan Dos Santos is an artistic genius (in my humble and totally biased opinion ;-D)

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  50. Ashley says:

    +1 Comment - I have heard some great comments about this book. I hope I am not too late for the contest :D
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  51. Gini Koch says:

    @Ashley - thanks for the Twitter follow, hope you weren't too late & good luck in the contest!

  52. Kristina says:

    I love sci-fi books yet I don't remember reading any books with aliens (except some from my childhood). This one goes to my to-read list! :)

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  53. Camille says:

    Hi Gini all the way form Australia! I'm sad I missed this, just recently finished Touched by an Alien and was raving about in on twitter a couple of nights ago lol

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