Interview & Giveaway with the Wonderfully Talented Gini Koch

Hi Gini, I am SUPER EXCITED to have you back on the blog to talk about your newest release Alien Diplomacy book 5 in your Alien series. 

Gini: Awesome to be back! Thanks so much for having me!

BnK:  Gini, for the folks that don’t know you can you please share a little about yourself with my followers.
Gini: I write the Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books. I live in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, Arizona) with my husband, 3 dogs (the Canine Death Squad) and 3 cats (the Killer Kitties), and one very spoiled daughter. Who admits to being spoiled, but wants me to tell you that she’s not as spoiled as the pets. And she’s probably right.
book 1

BnK:  Can you tell us about your Alien Series. 

Gini: It’s the best series ever written and a deal at twice the price! (Hey, you can not blame a girl for trying.)
The Alien series follows the exploits of Katherine “Kitty” Katt, who first discovers that the Roswell rumors are true, but with a twist — the aliens are here to help us and, as a side benefit, they’re all gorgeous. Kitty first gets involved helping save the world from parasitic superbeings. As the series progresses, Kitty gets deeper into Centaurion Division, and discovers that there’s a lot more evil out there to fight, and a wide variety of conspiracies to prevent and disrupt, with dangers both internal and extremely external to guard against.
BnK:  How did you come up with the idea for this series?
Gini: I had a dream. I get at least 50% of my ideas from my dreams. This dream was dark, noir-ish, and scary. So I thought I’d write a dark, short, noir-ish horror story. Instead, Kitty’s voice and personality inserted itself, so by page 3 I realized it would be neither dark, nor short, nor horror. Martini breezed onto the page, charmed Kitty and me, and the rest is, as they say, history.
BnK:  Do you see a little of yourself in Kitty? 
Gini: Oh, of course. However, I see a little bit of myself in every character I write. Including the villains. Perhaps especially the villains. (Be afraid. Be very afraid.) I am the God, they are my creations, they all have me in them somewhere.
book 5
BnK: I know we have talked about this before, but for those who don’t know. Can you tell us how many books you have planned in this series
Gini: Well, right now I’m contracted through Book 8, so Alien vs. Alien will release December 4, 2012, Alien in the House will release April 2013, and Alien Collective will release December 2013. I’m mapped out, as much as I map, through Book 12. And right now I can “see” through Book 16. So, basically, DAW says that as long as people are buying the books, they’ll be glad to publish the books.
BnK: I know you live totally spoiler free, but can you give us a little something about Alien Diplomacy?   Please.. just a little tease.  How about a quote or your favorite line.
Gini: Sure. I live spoiler free, but not teaser free. ;-D
In Alien Diplomacy, everyone’s dealing with a lot of change, and most of them aren’t dealing with it all that well, Kitty in particular. We see the return of some of my personal favorite supporting characters from an earlier book, and they affect things in a big, big way. And, for those who’ve been wondering when, if ever, they’d get an answer about what’s going on in Paraguay, that answer begins in earnest in this book.
BnK: Do you think Jeff & Chuckie will ever get along?
Gini: Define “getting along”. LOL Seriously, though, yeah, they will. Just not saying when.
BnK:  Speaking of Chuckie, I know he says only Kitty can call him that.  But I have proof that he said I can call him Chuckie — >> See
Gini: Well, he’s okay with readers and fans calling him Chuckie. Just no one in the books, other than Kitty (and Kimmy) can call him that.
BnK: Oh back to my question.  Will, uummm Chuckie ever get over Kitty?  Maybe find a new love interest?  
Gini: *cough*
BnK: *looks at Gini* What would that be spoilers??
Gini: Yes, we call that a spoiler where I come from. But yes, Chuckie will have a normal life progression just like everyone else.
BnK:  How is the rest of the Team dealing with all the changes they have been thrown over the last year?
Gini: Well, that’s pretty much Alien Diplomacy’s main theme — how do you handle being moved into jobs you don’t want, weren’t thinking you were ready to move to, that turn out to be completely different than expected, or a combination thereof? Every character in the book is experiencing major change in some way, so they’re all dealing, and not everyone’s dealing with it well. But then, that’s the fun, isn’t it? If everyone handled all things perfectly, why would we want to read about it?
BnK: You know how much I love Christopher.  How is he doing?   Any chance we will ever get a story for just him? Maybe just a short… *drops to knees* PPPPLLLEEEAAASSEEEE!!!
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Gini: I know I should never say never, but it’s really unlikely. I get this question a lot, in regards to Christopher, Reader, Chuckie, a variety of other characters, and I don’t always answer it fully. But because it’s you…

#1 – This series is told in first person, from Kitty’s point of view. If I’d wanted to write other POVs, um, I’d have written this in 3rdperson. LOL
#2 – Y’all have NO idea how hard it is to write a short story, do you? I’m a natural novelist. I do indeed write short stories, novelettes, and novellas (I refer you to what I have up at Musa — see answer to a question below — as well as other shorts published in a variety of anthologies). But they are HARD to do. HARD. So, when y’all ask for “just a little story”, what you’re asking me to do is to stop writing the next novel in the series, and to AGONIZE over something that, let’s be honest, is a throwaway.
I love all my fans dearly, but, seriously, ask yourselves this: What do you really want more? A short story about a couple supporting characters, or the next novel in the series? Because you can’t have both right now. (Oh, and my publisher votes for “next book in series”, and DAW has the deciding vote. ;-D)
#3 – This relates to #1. If I’d wanted to write things from Christopher’s POV, I’d have already done it. One of the things I enjoy about writing first person POV is that the reader can ONLY know what the POV character knows, sees, and experiences. Some readers may catch on to what’s going on FASTER than the POV character (which is, after all, part of the fun), but we don’t KNOW what’s going on in other characters’ minds. I enjoy that. I don’t really want to have to tell it all from another character’s POV. And, when I try, well, we usually end up with an entirely different book for an entirely new series, which is nice and all, but not what you’re asking for.
Can this answer change? Sure. Will it change any time soon. Magic 8-Ball says “unlikely”.
BTW, I do have a couple of characters I’m more than willing to do something with “outside” of the series. But not saying who and not doing anything with it right now. Because deadlines say I don’t have time to play.
book 3

BnK:  Can you tell us what you have coming up next for Kitty and the Crew?

Gini: Well, in Alien vs. Alien, we have the return of some characters no one ever wanted to see again, as well as the culmination of the Paraguay situation, along with a whole lot of scary stuff going on. But I’d have to say Alien vs. Alien is all about the birds.
Bnk:  Gini, I know you write under a multitude of pen names.  Can you share with us a little about what your other pseudonyms?  What they are, what they write.  What is coming up next for them? 
Gini: Sure! My pen names include (but are not limited to) Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch — all of which have releases up at Musa Publishing ( As G.J. Koch I have a new series coming from Night Shade Books, Alexander Outland: Space Pirate, which releases June 5, 2012 (
Alexander Outland: Space Pirate is science fiction set in the far future, with a lot of humor, action and romance. I think if you like Kitty & Company, you’re gonna love the Outland and his crew.
book 4

Pop Quiz:

Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi:Neither. I don’t drink Diet drinks, ever. I can taste fake sugar in anything and everything and I HATE the taste of fake sugar. It’s REAL Coca-Cola all the way, baby.
Rolling Stones or Aerosmith:Really? You have to ASK? Aerosmith, always and forever.
Pizza or Burgers: Both, with extra cheese
Bath or Shower: Shower at home, bath at nice hotels
Sun or Snow: I live in Phoenix, Arizona. SUN, baby. Sun.
Boxers or Briefs: Thong or commando
Christopher or Jeff: Both, and Chuckie, Reader, Gower and Buchanan, too (oh, look…a teaser…)
Ebook or Paper: Whatever the reader wants (for me, personally, it’s paper)
Romance Movie or Action Movie: Action
Batman or Superman: Wolverine
Bnk:  Gini, thank you as always for being FABOUOLUS!!  I love having you on the blog and love your Alien series.  I can’t wait to see where you take Kitty and the crew next.  
Gini: Taking them to infinity and beyond, and to a really good designer. (Oh, look…another teaser…)
Bnk:  Gini, would you like to do a giveaway?   
Gini: Sure, I’d love to give away any book from my backlist (Touched by an Alien, Alien Tango, Alien in the Family, or Alien Proliferation), signed and personalized. And yes, open internationally.
BnK:  Okay to be entered for a chance to win one of Gini’s back list book.  Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below.  

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, listens to rock music 24/7 (particularly, but not limited to, Aerosmith), 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 also speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. 

Her interests include seeing how often she can ask, “So, have I told you about this plot twist yet?” of her husband before he goes insane, going to rock concerts with her daughter, and training her pets to ‘bring it’. Gini started writing to have an excuse to stay up late playing on the computer while listening to music and mooning over pictures of Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. 

Now she’s expanded her thinking — she moons over a wide variety of hunks in order to keep the visual creative juices flowing. So to speak. 


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79 Responses to Interview & Giveaway with the Wonderfully Talented Gini Koch

  1. miki April 5, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Thanks you so much for this constest. I've discovered you thanks to Stella from ex libris because for a challenge i have to discover sci fi romance and she loves your book so i got the first one and it will be read this month . I can't tell you yet which charachter is my favorite but thanks you a lot for opening your giveaway to international. i would be very happy to get one signed book

    all the best

  2. Natasha April 5, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Ok Kelly never stops raving about this series and I soooo want to read it right away! I hear they are great! Thank you so much for the interview and giveaway, they're always so fun!

  3. Julie S April 5, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read any of Gini Koch's series yet so I would choose the first one. I love a good sci fi :)

  4. Natasha April 5, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Oops, I got too excited and hit enter to quick! I freakin LOVE sci fi so know that I'd love Gini's books!

  5. Samantha R. April 5, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I love Gini's books, and I've gotta say Reader is by far my favorite character.

  6. Sharon April 5, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    I never thought about the shower/bath thing…I feel the same way, shower at home bath at a nice hotel! I haven't read this series yet. It is high on my list though cause my blog partner things Gini is all that AND a bag of chips! Her covers are some of the best out there! thanks :)

  7. Stella (Ex Libris) April 5, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Yay, so happy I am successful in spreading the Gini-Kitty-Alien-AC-etc. love as you can see! 😀

    Terrific interview, had a blast, and thank you Kelly for being brave and asking some of the questions we all die to know the answers to 😉

    Will be back later when I have more time to comment, until then: everyone Gini koch's Alien/Kitty Katt series is an extraordinarily-fantastical-amazing sci-fi romance series that you should check out even if you aren't a sci-fi fan, it is so worth it!! *dashing back to work*

  8. Barb P April 5, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    Hi Gini! I loved the interview! It is always interesting to hear little tidbits about the authors. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

  9. Marlene @ Reading Reality April 5, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    I'm a sci fi fan since forever. But…I haven't read Ginny's books. They've been on my wishlist forever, so if I win the giveaway it would be terrific chance to get them off the wishlist (and into the tower o'TBR)

    Thanks for the fab giveaway!

  10. Maria D. April 5, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I do read some Sci-Fi romance books but I have not had the opportunity to read
    any of Gini's books yet but I would love to. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Aurian April 5, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    I love Gini's books, and have them all, but of course I would trade one in happily for a signed copy. My favourite character besides Kitty herself: Reader. Or Chucky. Lol

  12. Filia Oktarina April 5, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I haven't read any of Gini Koch's series yet, so i don't know about character in this series. This series sounds amazing, i can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing and chance to win. I hope to win this:)

  13. Victoria April 5, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    I have the first two books and Christopher is my favorite character. Thank you so much for the really good interview and giveaway.


  14. Natalia J April 5, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    Hi Gini!! I began reading your first book of the series a couple of days ago and I am hook, I can't wait to read the other books in the series . I loved the interview and the teaser that you give. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Kristina Parmenter April 5, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    Hi Hi! I have yet to read one of Gini's books—-They are on my list it's just I live in a small town and never get to the big book store to get a copy :( I will tho :)

  16. Anne April 5, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    I don't think of myself as a sci-fi fan, but since I watched every Star Trek series (but just a few episodes of Enterprise), all of Farscape, Babylon 5, etc. I must be.

    I've read the first 4 books in Gini's series and am looking to read more about life with baby Jamie. I'm also a member of her Hook Me Up! gang.

  17. Maria pronounced Mariah April 5, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    I like sci-fi books but I haven't read this series yet. I have such heard great things about them…I really need to read them soon!

  18. Tore April 5, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I love sci-fi but I havent read any of this series yet but I would like to. It sounds very good.

  19. Na April 5, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I do enjoy Sci-Fi books but I haven't read one in a while. Gini's books sounds great and I hear about them a lot. I need to read them and see what I'm missing out on.

  20. Sharonda SexxyBlogger April 5, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    no, haven't read any of Gina's books yet, but would love too

  21. Sharonda SexxyBlogger April 5, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    forgot my email address

  22. NoraA April 5, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Hi Gini,
    I've read every book to date and enjoyed them immensely. Unfortunately I had to get them from the library to read them, since my book budget got slashed this year. I'd love to win any of the four books and give it a place of show on my shelves.


    BNK…FYI I tried your twitter link and only got an empty page.

  23. ilona April 5, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Even though I am a big Scifi fan I still haven't read these books. One day I will have the funds and then it's going to be a gorging of Aliens 😀

  24. Anonymous April 5, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    I love all of these books ,I was sold the moment I saw the covers -Bayyinah Shaheed

  25. Jen B. April 5, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    I was first introduced to the series on a blog. I went to my local bookstore and they didn't have the first title in the series so I picked up a different one and then realized I probably needed to start from the start. So, I started following Gini's email posts and entering her contests. Then the unthinkable happened and Borders closed! I know, I am still in therapy over that one. So, the rest of the series sits languishing on my ever loving wish list! This contest would be great for me so I could start to fill out my collection and begin to get caught up on the series. Thanks! jepebATverizonDOTnet

  26. Emily Tardy April 5, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I am new to this genre and Gini's books, but they sound good =)

  27. Betty April 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    I don't read too much sci-fi, but I love Gini's Alien series a lot. I love me some Reader, and boy, do I want my own poof!

  28. KentLS April 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    This is one of the best, the series is like a freight train and my mind wants all of them and do all I can to help Gini. But then I am an AC someplace in there taking notes but i put up a VIP box to watch the fun which begins with fun of a person you want Kitty to do something to from the start.

  29. KentLS April 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    As far as i am concerned my cats are just another form of Poof

  30. Froggy April 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    I actually haven't read this series, this is a new author to me.


  31. Proserpine April 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    No I never read a book from this series!!! I would love to so if I win I'll pick up the first one!!! I like Sci-fi story, I recently read Hotter on the Edge by Jessa Slade and it was great! Thanks for this chance 😛


  32. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Kitty, Jeff, Christopher and Crew are to die for!!!!!

  33. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Great choice… Always good to start at the beginning

  34. Stella (Ex Libris) April 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Lol I am not a sci fi fan, Touched by an Alien was the first I read in the genre (the kickass and swoonworthy cover is the one to be blamed for ;-), but as soon as I started I was hooked! Gini won me over with her uniquely entertaining charcters, the humour, the action and all the smexiness :-)

    Favourite character? Hm a tie between Christopher and Martini, that's a sandwich I would like to be in 😉 lol

    Thank you for the great interview Ladies and for the fantabulous giveaway! 😀

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  35. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Thanks Stella for the pimp…. Welcome to my crazy little world Miki

  36. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    You need to get on it Tasha!!!!!

  37. Selwyn April 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Fantastic interview (gotta love one as entertaining as the books the author writes!)

    One of the thing I love about Gini's Touched by an Alien is my favourite character changes with whatever page I'm on.

    Thanks for the giveaway (and making it international!)

    selwyns fullstop sanity funky-looking "a" yahoo anotherdot com

  38. Under the Covers April 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    I must confess, I haven't read a Gini book yet! I have seen her work around and have read such great reviews for her books, so I'm hoping I get to chance to read them soon. Thanks for the giveaway. And lovely post, ladies.

    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

  39. Denise Z April 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I do admit that I have a tendency to stalk Gini, there it has been said. The upside is she sent the info that brought me to your awesome blog, I have signed up to follow and am looking forward to the ride. I think my favorite character has to be Kitty – she is just all that is coolness – nuff said! Thank you so much for the great interview and fun today.

  40. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm #

    Good Luck

  41. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Reader is the Bomb!!!!

  42. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    You SO have to read

  43. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I love you!!!
    I try hard to have Gini give me the dirt, but she is so "I live spoiler free".

    But she did give some great teasers.

  44. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    Glad you enjoyed Barb

  45. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    They are SO good… You have to read them… move them right on up to the top of your pile.

  46. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    They are very good. I didn't like Sci-fi until I read Gini's books

  47. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    I know the feeling.

  48. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    *fingers crossed*

  49. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    *sigh* Christopher… LOVE HIM!!!!

  50. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    You will love Kitty and crew!!!

  51. Kaetrin April 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm #

    I keep meaning to try this series, I've heard such good things about it. Sadly I haven't managed to yet. One way or another I'm going to have to rectify that :)

    Also, hell yes, real coke all the way. None of this diet rubbish. You know they call it coke zero because zero is how much it tastes like coke don't you?

  52. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    you could always order them… :)

  53. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm #


  54. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    you need to get on it girl!!!

  55. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    They are VERY good!!!

  56. Jennifer L. Bielman April 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I love sci-fi but I have not read any of these books. I would love to though.

  57. Kelly April 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    you are missing LOTS!!!! Seriously… You need to go get Touched by an Alien….

  58. ML April 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I am a Sci Fi fan and Gina's books are on my wishlist but I haven't had a chance to read any yet. Fingers crossed!!

  59. *yadkny* April 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    I've been wanting to read this series since I have seen so many positive reviews for them. Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. Lexi April 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I am a huge sci fi fan, love it. Have loved it ever since I was little, I blame my parents who were trekkies.
    I haven't read any of Gina's books yet, but they were recently recommended to me based on a review I wrote. So I have put them in my TBR list and am looking forward to checking this series out =)

    And Gina I am with you, unleaded Coke. No substitutions, no weird fake sugar or diet attempts, its soooo good.

  61. msmjb65 April 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    I don;t read that much sci-fi and I haven't read any of Gina's books yet, but I've been seeing them around the book blogs lately and have entered at least one other giveaway. Whether I win or lose, I am for sure putting these books on my To buy list!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

  62. bn100 April 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    Very nice interview. I haven't read any of Gina's books yet.

  63. marybelle April 6, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    I should read more Sci-Fi, because when I do I do enjoy it.

  64. janhvi April 6, 2012 at 3:56 am #

    I am a sci-fi fan and my favorite character from The Alien Series is Martini and Christopher and Chuckie and James Reader and Kitty and..well you get the idea;)

  65. Leev April 6, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    i love sci-fi book, but i have not read this series yet.. thanks for a chance to read this book..
    thanks for making it international

  66. ducknme April 6, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    I have read everything of Gini's I could get my hands on including short Stories published under other names and while Kitty Katt and her gang are my FAVES, I really liked "Hotter than Hell".

  67. ducknme April 6, 2012 at 11:28 am #

    Gini's. And you should. She's awesome!

  68. ducknme April 6, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Gini. She's fantastic. But don't trust me, go read one.

  69. ducknme April 6, 2012 at 11:34 am #

    Gini. And regular Coke IS the best!

  70. ducknme April 6, 2012 at 11:39 am #

    Gini. She is AWESOME!

  71. ducknme April 6, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Gini. You must read her books. Really, you MUST.

  72. ducknme April 6, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Oh, I forgot. ducknme at msn dot com. That's me!

  73. wyld-dandelyon April 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Oh, here's the form, way down here! I'd love to win a book.

  74. roro April 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Very nice interview. I haven't read any of Gina's books yet.
    awesome covers

  75. JessS April 10, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    Great post and interview! I've only read the first book and it was really good, though I ended up really liking Christopher and was sort of rooting for him so haven't been totally excited about reading the rest of the books. But I will! Because I've heard they're amazing. And yes I'm a bit of a Sci-Fi fan. Thanks!

  76. Eli Yanti April 10, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    never read sci-fi before, hope have a chance to win and read your book =D

  77. Kim C April 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Wow, a new to me author!!! I love these giveaways, because even if I don't "win", I still win by finding an author that I never would have known about.

    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!

  78. andieleah April 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I've never really read any sci fi books but these look good!!!

  79. alainala April 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    i have to confess, i havent read them before!! would love the chance to start with book 1!
    and the only scifi ive read is alan dean fosters pip and flinx series

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

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