Arizona. Super Secret Government Facility. 2 Sheep and 1 AC Agent meet.
Katie: Welcome back Gini, how have things been since we last spoke earlier this year?
Gini: Insane. In. Sane. Completely and utterly insane. But in a good way! Just try not to be thrown by the way my eyes twitch.
You get used to the rhythm after a while.
Sharon: Psst…Katie, I think I see the beat to “We Will Rock You”.
Katie: Knowing Gini it's an Aerosmith song haha.
Gini: It’s actually to the beat of AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”. But that’s not important now.
Sharon: Hey Gini, I am the newest, but oldest
Gini: Gosh, it’s been a while, honestly, deadlines being what they are. I think the last one we went to was Flogging Molly on St. Patrick’s Day. AWESOME band, btw, I heartily recommend them.
Katie: For those that live in a cave and don't know a thing about your books can you give them a little idea?
Gini: They’re the best books in the world and a deal at twice the price! (Hey, you still cannot blame a girl for trying.)
The series follows Katherine “Kitty” Katt, the world’s best accidental badass, as she first
discovers that the Roswell rumors are true and that there are not only aliens living on Earth, but they’re here to help, have what humans consider superpowers, and are all drop dead gorgeous. As the series progresses, so does Kitty’s involvement with the Alpha Centaurions, Earth governments, and interstellar governments.
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.
Katie: SO much humor, I laugh so hard sometimes I almost pee my pants! TMI?
Gini: Maybe for others, but it makes ME happy to know.
Sharon: I think I am going to let this one go ;)
Katie: In your latest book Kitty is expecting, and from what I know of Kitty I bet the "birthing scenes" are going to be entertaining! Am I Right? Any hints?
Gini: Well, if there’s an author out there who says that any part of their book is boring, they should be shot, or edited better. I think every part of the book is exciting, but I can absolutely guarantee some unexpected things to happen during the birth, some of which is a set up for something I’ll be expanding in a future book in the series.
And that’s all the hints you’re going to get. You know I live spoiler free.
Katie: Damn!!!! I knew it and I can't WAIT!!!! Hurry release date, hurry!!!
Gini: Time flies when you’re waiting, right? Right?
Katie: With so many characters in your book are you going to do any spin off stories at some point?
Gini: LOL, you know, my editor and I were talking about that a couple of weeks ago. At this juncture, we’re not looking into in any kind of serious way, but I do know which ones I’d be interested in spinning off.
However, before his fan girls and boys start clamoring for it, Christopher will not now, nor ever, get his own spinoff. Sorry, it’s just never going to happen, and I rarely say never, but I can promise you, in this case, never is never. Christopher is part of what I consider the core of this series, and he’s not leaving to run his own show.
Katie: Maybe Chuckie?
Gini: Maybe; the idea has merit and possibilities. Ask me again, though, after you’ve read both Alien Proliferation and Alien Diplomacy.
Sharon: I have been asking authors what they like and dislike in a review blog. Got any advice for us and other bloggers?
Gini: I really find it upsetting when a book reviewer gives away spoilers for the current book. I
get why, when you’re reviewing, say, Book 4, that you’re going to mention things that happened in prior books. But to share key plot points for the current release, things that I’ve done my best to keep under wraps so they can be a surprise for every reader, and many times to do it WITHOUT saying “Spoiler Alert“…that really bothers me on all kinds of levels. I realize everyone has their own style, and some people do like the Full Monty, so to speak, but as an author who’s making a point to have some surprises for readers in store, it’s not something I enjoy running across.
Sharon: I agree!
Gini: I knew I liked you.
Otherwise, and this is a really simple thing that comes from my (many long) days in advertising and marketing, but -- make your blog legible for everyone. I don’t care how freaking pretty or cool it may be, and many out there are really pretty and cool, but if only Superman can read your tiny white type on a light background or your neon type on black background, then no one’s going to read those reviews. I don’t want to send someone to your site and cause a migraine or a seizure.
Sharon: I know exactly what you mean! Cursive scripts are probably the worst to read and I have run across a few…
Gini: Tiny type is painful. White type on black background is great if you’re using a giant font
size, but for regular reading, it’s painful. Pretty much, books are black ink on white paper because that’s easiest for our eyes to read. And we only get older, not younger, so take pity and make the font big enough to be read without eye strain.
Katie: What most people may not know about you is that you're a pretty hard core comic gal. When did this start for you?
Gini: From when I was a little girl. I started, as most girls do, with the Disney digest mags (that may not even exist any more, LOL) and Archie Comics. But I quickly branched into Marvel, DC and many horror comics. I’m a really fast reader, so I could go through an entire rack of comics while my grandmother was buying groceries. I started buying them, or asking for them to be bought for me, when I realized I wanted to reread them and really enjoy not only the story but the artwork that went along with them. I’ve been collecting ever since.
Sharon: Which comic art work is your favorite?
Gini: Oh, I think I’m gonna play a major favorite and say anything that Daniel Dos Santos does. :-D (And yes, I know, they’re covers, but hey, Dan’s MY cover artist, ergo, everything Dan does is golden as far as I’m concerned. Biased? Totally. LOL) Honestly, I like a lot of different styles. I could probably name those I dislike easier than like, because there are fewer of them. But I’m not gonna.
Sharon: got to admit, your covers ROCK!
Katie: Earlier this year you attended Comic Con in San Diego how was that experience and what would be some of your personal highlights?
Gini: Well, Comic-Con holds a special place in my heart. I’d never been before last year (because I couldn’t get tix or time) and it was my first con as a published author. My first panel as a published author was at that Comic-Con, which was really thrilling. So, this was my second Comic-Con, and it was still great. Had another great panel and an even better signing than the year before, and the hubs and I were able to enjoy more of the con this time around, because we were no longer Comic-Con virgins.
I had so many personal highlights it’s hard to choose, but here are a few of them: getting to be front row center in Hall H (thanks to the awesome Shelley - *smootchies*!) for almost a full day, including the Kevin Smith panel, which was beyond great; getting to sit between Vernor Vinge and Timothy Zahn for my panel, and between Greg Bear and Michael Cassutt for our signing; having a fan whose luggage had been lost on the way buy, in addition to a new wardrobe, another full set of my books so he could get them signed; and seeing old friends and making new ones.
Katie: WOW! Jealous doesn't even begin to cover how I feel right now.
Gini: It was really great. I love going to Comic-Con (as a professional, baby!)
Sharon: What is under you bed?
Gini: Drawers and cats. We have a Captain’s Bed, but the headboard area has no drawers and makes a lovely hiding cave for the Killer Kitties.
Katie: Where can folks find you in the coming months?
Gini: Everywhere. LOL. I just got back from World Fantasy Con in San Diego, CA, and am heading to TusCon in Tuscon, AZ tomorrow, then have the Free Fall Writer‘s Workshop in Scottsdale, AZ. Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in San Diego in December, and I’m all over the place next year, starting in March (including NOLA for the Jambalaya Conference!). My Datebook page at my website (http://www.ginikoch.com/datebook.htm) has my mostly up-to-date information, and I keep my Hook Me Up! subscribers in the loop at all times.
Sharon: *head spinning* my goodness you are busy! When things get too crazy how do you regroup, besides banging your head against a wall
Gini: You mean there’s something I could do besides bang my head against a wall? Who knew? Actually, I find alcohol, chocolate, Coca-Cola, and Castle (starring Nathan Fillion) to be excellent stress reducers.
Sharon: Well, there’s your problem! You need Pepsi ;)
Katie: WO! Hey now! We don't talk about "Pepsi" in the same room as Gini! Shame on you Sharon! lol
Katie: Any word on WonderCon 2012?
Gini: I actually got an invitation from them, and I just sent in my paperwork. This doesn’t make it a done deal because there are a variety of factors that have to happen for me to go, but it’s definitely on the table.
We move along now to our world famous Rapid Fire Round! Gini will get two options to choose from but she'll end up picking her own responses! Ready? Set. GO!
Katie: Rogue or Kitty Pride
Katie: Damn again! You never play by the rules but I can't be mad at you for this one. hehe
Gini: Rules are, point of fact, made to be broken. And I’m a rule breaker of the highest order.
Katie: Buffy or Angel
Sharon: Hubba hubba ;)
Gini: I like where your head’s at, Sharon.
Sharon: Paper or plastic
Gini: Visa and $100 bills
Katie: Hot kiss or Hot touch
Gini: Hot Sex
Katie: This is why I LOVE Gini, it's like we were separated at birth.
Gini: LOL, I know how to choose wisely.
Katie: Toga or Chiton
Katie: I don't know why we bother hahaha we should just let you pick anything! Lmao
Gini: Oh, but I couldn’t come up with the right answer without the question, now, could I?
Sharon: Krispy Kream or Dunkin Doughnut
Gini: Krispy Kreme, all the way
Sharon: Hot and Now!!!
Gini: You know it…just like sex. (And see? I can and will occasionally follow the rules. Occasionally.)
Katie: Viking or Highlander
Gini: Alien or Superhero
Katie: *throws interview papers in the air*
Gini: Oh, like you didn’t see that answer coming?
Katie: Walk this way or Love in an Elevator
Gini: Both, and all the rest of Aerosmith’s oeuvre too, while we’re at it
Katie: Ok, at least you stayed with the question!
Gini: I stayed with the other questions, too. I just picked what I would pick, versus the choices shown on the menu. I prefer to get special orders whenever possible.
Sharon: Evil eye or stink eye
Katie: Alien possession or Alien invasion
Gini: Alien Tango
Sharon: Snort! You’re good ;)
Katie: She's incorrigible! I love you Gini *smiles*
Gini: Thanks, Sharon! And, Katie, I do have a reputation to maintain, now, don’t I? LOL
Katie: Slide or Swing
Katie: Thanks again for stopping by Gini, we know you're super busy right now. Anything you'd like to add before we wrap?
Sharon: Thanks Gini, Katie gushes over your books all the time. I can’t wait to give them a try
Gini: I’ll try not to be hurt that you haven’t started them yet, Sharon. *sniff* But, anyway, DON’T be like Sharon. DO be like Katie. LOL And please do your girl a solid and preorder Alien Proliferation and Alien Diplomacy now. Yes, preorders really do matter, especially these days.
Katie: YES! You heard the lady get out your credit cards and preorder today people!
Gini: Please AND thank you!
Gini has been kind enough to give away a signed copy of Alien Tango, open internationally. In addition we are adding a one of a kind T-Shirt done by our very
own Richard Lee! (See picture ->) You can also purchase the same shirt at our Sheep Store HERE. Make sure to list BOTH things in the comments below to be entered to win plus double entires for followers.
1. Your Email Address
2. If you were Kitty what would you name your baby?
Contest ends November 13th at midnight.