Fiction Vixen is pleased to welcome author Gini Koch Koch today.
FVBR: Hi Gini, welcome to Fiction Vixen and thank you for taking the time to stop by and chat with us today.
Gini: Thanks so much for having me, it’s really great to be here!
FVBR: Tell us something about you and your books in general you’d like those that are not familiar your work to know.
Gini: I’m a fun, reasonably easy-going girl with a smart mouth and a limited sense of propriety. I was raised to believe everyone was my friend so I pretty much have never met a stranger, just a friend whose name and face I didn’t know. I have friends in all walks of life, and some walks that had to be created to accommodate the friends. I love social media, especially Twitter, though I’m very fond of Facebook, too, because they both let me talk to my friends at all hours of the day and night.
I have a lot (a LOT) of voices in my head, who are also my friends. In order to make them happy, I wrote their stories down and became a published author, which makes everyone happy, me especially.
Because I’m not exaggerating about the number of voices in my head, I write in a variety of genres and under a variety of pen names. My Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt (writing as Gini Koch) series is science fiction with a lot of romance, action, and humor. Alexander Outland: Space Pirate (writing as G.J. Koch) is science fiction with a lot of humor, action, and romance. Yes, I flipped where humor and romance were in the order on purpose. ;-D Both series are focused on the reader having a fun ride along with the characters.
FVBR: Ok, now tell your established fans little something you think they’d like to know about you and your books.
Gini: My established fans probably know this, because I’m not a reclusive writer, or person, in any way, shape, or form, but to all my fans, I say this:
I love you. If you buy my bookie wookies I love you. If you read and enjoy them I love you even more. If you buy multiple copies of said bookie wookies, I adore you. If you convince others to read my books, I adore you. If you do all these things I worship at your altars. (My fans are my crack. Is that wrong?)
As for what my established fans want to know about the books, as near as I can tell, the main thing they all want to know is, “When is the next book being released?” So, in that light, Alien vs. Alien releases December 4, 2012, with Alien in the House and Alien Collective releasing in April and December 2013, respectively.
The next book coming, however, is Alexander Outland: Space Pirate. And that puppy is releasing June 5, 2012. That’s RIGHT! FOUR DAYS from today! It’s too happy to be true! But true it is.
FVBR: Catherine read and reviewed your new novel, Alexander Outland: Space Pirate and loved it. Can you tell our readers a little about it?
Gini: Absolutely! In Alexander Outland: Space Pirate, trouble’s brewing out in space, and Alexander Outland — the least likely hero in the galaxy — and his eccentric crew have to save the day, despite the fact they’d prefer to take the money and run.
Alexander Napoleon Outland is the best pilot, and ladies’ man, in the galaxy. But Nap, as his friends call him, is more than that — he’s a schemer with a heart of gold he desperately wants to hide, a soft spot for other people’s cargo and his exotic weapon’s chief, and the unerring ability to find the biggest misfit on any planet or space station and somehow join that person onto his crew.
Nap’s not your classic hero, but that tends to make him the right guy for the job…whatever the job happens to be. He’s a little bit Han Solo, a little bit Malcolm Reynolds, a little bit Jack Sparrow, and a whole lot of fun to fly with.
There are aliens, explosions, telepaths, donkeys, space pirates of all kinds, and a galaxy-wide conspiracy. And the most horrifying “underwater” trip any crew’s had to face in a long, long while. But mostly, there are laughs.
FVBR: Nap is quite the character. Did you base him off anyone in particular or is he all you?
Gini: Well, as said above, he does have some aspects of pirate captains, space and otherwise, I happen to love. But Nap’s his own man, and, frankly, the character who’s affected Nap the most is his Aunt Clara, even though he wouldn’t want to admit it.
FVBR: He’s a strong character, but he can be a bit hard to take if you’re not used to him. Did you worry about people not liking Nap?
Gini: Honestly? No. Not at all. I don’t worry about things like that. I write what I like, what makes me laugh or what I enjoy. Period. To quote Gertrude Stein, “I write for myself and strangers. The strangers, dear Readers, are an afterthought.” I like strong characters, and characters with flaws are far more interesting to write and read about. And if I’m not interested in writing the character, why should you be interested in reading about that character?
I care very much about my books, and about my fans, and of course I want everyone in the world to buy and love my books. However, I’m a grown up and a realist and I know for damn sure not everyone in the world is ever going to love ANYbody’s books. No one gets 100% approval rating, it just doesn’t happen. Do I WANT everyone to love my books and my characters? Sure. Do I expect it? Absolutely not. Fiction is art, all art is subjective, and everyone’s entitled to their own opinions, even those who don’t like my characters or my bookie wookie.
I happen to love Nap, and I hope the readers love him, too.
FVBR: You have a twitter account. If Nap had a twitter account, would you follow him? Would he follow you back?
Gini: I don’t just have a Twitter account. I lurve Twitter! Twitter is da bomb. If Nap had access to Twitter of course he’d be on it. I’d follow him because he’s cool and funny. And, I’m a girl, so heck yeah, he’d follow me back. Nap would have perfected how to flirt in 144 characters or less within fifteen minutes of opening his Twitter account.
And you didn’t ask, but I think his Twitter handle would be: Captain Sexy
FVBR: What is your favorite scene in the book?
Gini: That’s always hard for me to pick, because if I don’t like a scene, it’s fixed or cut so you, the readers, never see it. But I have to say that it’s probably the scene that’s already dividing readers — the “underwater” scene. I really had fun writing that, so it’s the winner.
FVBR: For romance readers who have never read Sci-Fi, tell us why you think they might like Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
Gini: Well, first off, I write soft science fiction. I fall far more on the Star Wars and Star Trek side of the house than the Stephen Hawking side of the house. And that’s true for both this series and my Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series as well. My books are what I call non-threatening science fiction. My books are adventure romps with a lot of humor and romance that also happen to be in science fiction settings and with science fiction trappings, but the bottom line is that they’re fun. You don’t need a degree in rocket science to follow anything that happens in my books.
As for why a romance reader would enjoy this, there’s a strong romantic subplot going on in the book. I think many of us like to see what girl will actually get and semi-tame the bad boy. And Nap’s definitely a bad boy, though he’s a good man, even though he doesn’t want anyone to know it.
FVBR: It seems like the opportunity for adventure is endless with this crew. How many books are you planning to write about Outland?
Gini: Frankly, I’ll write as many as people want to buy. I “see” in series and I’d like to get at least a trilogy out of this one, but I could easily see more. (Probably at least six. Or more. LOL Yeah, I can see a lot of adventures for this gang.) It’s a big ol’ galaxy and Nap’s just the guy to take you on a tour of all of it.
FVBR: What three things inspire your creativity?
Gini: Rock music of all kinds, my dreams, and pictures of good looking leading men.
I’m a simple creature, me.
FVBR: Thank you so much for chatting with us today.
Gini: Thank YOU so much for having me!
G.J. Koch writes science fiction. Not the hard stuff, though. Because that requires actual scientific knowledge or at least actual scientific research. Knowledge may be power and research may be cool, but they take time away from writing jokes, action, and romance, and being witty in the face of death is what it’s really all about. Check out G.J.’s rollicking Alexander Outland: Space Pirate series from Night Shade Books and reach G.J. at Space…the Funny Frontier (http://www.ginikoch.com/GJKbookstore.htm).
Gini Koch would like to giveaway a copy of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate. (Print copy for US, ebook for international winners)
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