Welcome to UTC! Who is Gini Koch? Please tell us five interesting things about yourself that readers wouldn’t know!
Gosh, five that are new AND interesting? Gads. I’m kind of an open book and I’m running out of meaningful secrets, but I’ll give it a try.
1. I’m the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe
2. I once convinced someone that I dumped Val Kilmer for the hubs
3. I once convinced someone that the ghosts in Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion ride AND the seagull in Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride were real
4. I actually have the solution for world peace, but I’m holding onto it until I can get my own reality series
5. Sooner or later, you’ll realize some of my lies are true
You’ve recently released book six in the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series! Congrats! What kind of trouble can readers expect Kitty and the gang will get into?
Thank you! Hard to believe it’s only been three years since Touched by an Alien hit the scene. As for what’s coming, oh, the usual conspiracies and shadowy figures trying to cause havoc and destroy the world in general and our favorite aliens in specific. I consider Alien vs. Alien to be the War of the Worlds installment, so expect a lot of mayhem, a rockin’ soundtrack, and Kitty improvising like the fate of the world depends on it — because it does.
Kitty Katt-Martini is one of my new favorite heroines! I love her spunk and her sass. How would you say she has grown over the course of the series?
Kitty’s always been a ready-for-action girl, and the world’s best accidental badass, but she’s grown as both a leader and a person. You do grow up, some anyway, when you get married and have a child, let alone when you’re in charge of an entire military division and then take over a political position. However, Kitty refuses to fit herself into anyone else’s mold, and that’s never going to change.
As I was reading ALIEN VS. ALIEN, I found myself laughing out loud at certain scenes, especially those involving Bellie We all know that “Bellie loves Jeff” but why do you think readers have a profound love for Jeff?
Well, aside from the fact that he’s tall, dark, incredibly handsome, hung like a horse, and a god in bed, you mean? I think it’s because, as an empath, he’s very emotionally available and open. But he’s also a regular person, so to speak, with jealousy, self-doubt, and insecurity, though he hides the last two fairly well. He’ll risk anything to protect or save Kitty and/or their daughter, Jamie, he’s a natural leader, and he cares about others and doing the right thing. And he’s frequently a cocky flirt, which never hurts, either. It’s a men want to be him and women want to sleep with him thing.
What I love about your Katherine “Kitty” Katt series is that in the midst of all the action, there’s still room for a great romance. Do you find it difficult to find the perfect balance within a book?
Yes and no. The characters are fun and flirty and the ones that are paired up are very much in love with each other. In terms of Kitty and Jeff, just because they’re married, have a baby, and have important, demanding jobs, it doesn’t mean they still aren’t hot for each other. However, the act of writing a novel is dependent upon a lot of craft, and that does demand the balance be correct. The romance itself isn’t a hard balance, because I believe romance exists in everyday life, so it’s easy to have in the regular flow of action, adventure, and humor. The sex scenes are a harder part of the balance (pun only sort of intended), because they really do have to flow into the action correctly in order to work and not just “be there”. But again, that’s part of the craft of writing.
Here at UTC, we like to snoop around in author’s libraries. If we broke into your personal library, what title would we find there?
Every single Discworld book by Terry Pratchett, every book by P.J. O’Rourke, the Complete Sherlock Holmes, the Complete O. Henry, lots of Robert Benchley, all of Dave Barry’s humor books, all the October Daye series by Seanan McGuire, anything and everything by Marsheila Rockwell, and a brand spanking new copy of SEAL Team 666 by Weston Ochse. And many, many (thousands) more, but that’s a good sampling.
Let’s face it, Kitty is pretty badass. If there was a showdown, which other heroine would you like to see Kitty pitted against? And would she win?
Kitty doesn’t like to fight other good guys, because she feels that’s a waste of effort when there are plenty of fuglies out there who need taking care of. However, Kitty’s got A-C attributes now, she’s become an excellent, fast shot with her Glock, she knows Kung Fu, and she carries her loaded purse. I don’t see any of the others standing a chance. Besides, if it even looked like Kitty was losing, the Poofs would simply go large and toothy and eat the offender. So, Kitty wins, every time.
What do you have planned next in the series?
Lots of action, new conspiracies to discover and thwart, more romance, some tragedy, lots of laughs, and Elvis. Alien in the House comes out May 7, 2013. I actually have an announcement about what’s coming after, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to announce it when this goes live, so readers will need to pay attention to their Hook Me Up! Newsletters and the Blah, Blah, Blah Blog to find out what I’m talking about.
Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini and the rest of the American Centaurion Diplomatic Corps are still recovering from their introduction to Washington D.C. politics, parties, and conspiracies. So when compromising pictures arrive, no one’s too surprised. They’re also the least of anyone’s worries.
Evil androids running amok, birds of all kinds and from all places creating havoc, a Senator trapped in an ever-tightening web of intrigue, and escalating international tensions all seem tough but manageable. But the disappearance of Jeff Martini and Charles Reynolds during the International One World Festival signals more than the usual nastiness — and it looks like even ACE can’t help them.
Then new trouble arrives in old packages and even with the best hackers in the world, beings from near and far, the full might of Earth’s military, and the Wonder Twins on their side, Centaurion Division’s outmanned and outgunned.
Now Kitty’s racing against the clock to find not only Jeff and Chuckie, but to keep the peace between Middle Eastern countries, all while searching for the bases of super-soldier operations — to stop them or die trying.
Gini Koch lives in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series. She also writes under a variety of other pen names (including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch), listens to all kinds of music 24/7, and is a proud comics geek-girl willing to discuss at any time why Wolverine is the best superhero ever (even if Deadpool does get all the best lines). She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She can be reached through her website at www.ginikoch.com.
A lucky maiden will get….winner’s choice of one of the first 4 books in the Alien series (Touched by an Alien, Alien Tango, Alien in the Family, or Alien Proliferation), signed and personalized, open internationally.
How AWESOME is that?