We are really happy to not only welcome Gini Koch here today she’s also accompanied by our lovely Katherine “Kitty” Katt and the wonderful Jeff Martini. Their new novel, Alien Tango will be released tomorrow and they agreed to answer our questions as a celebration for this event. Be sure to stay tuned, there is a surprise at the end of the post. Welcome Gini, Kitty and Jeff.
Gini: Thanks, it’s great to be here.
Martini: You know, you have a deadline.
Gini: Thanks for reminding me. Prepare for some torturous adventures later.
Martini: Just trying to be helpful.
Gini: As if I need the additional pressures?
Kitty: Jeff, leave The Creator alone.
Martini:I hate it when you both gang up on me.
Oh, it always works out for you in the end, so stop whining.
BLI: Could you all three please tell us a bit about yourself?
Kitty: I’m a regular girl who’s taken in just enough pop culture to be dangerous, who also has the awesome ability to think like the psychos and megalomaniacs, but who also has the gumption and genetics to handle them.
Martini:Nicely put. You’ve been working on that.
Kitty: Too true. Your turn.
Martini:I’m the head of the Field for all of Centaurion Division, I’m an empath, and I’m an alien. My people were relocated to Earth from our planet in the Alpha Centauri system. Now we protect our adopted home from the evil aliens trying to destroy it.
Kitty: You’re also drop-dead gorgeous.
Martini: Thanks, I think it sounds beyond conceited for me to say that, or even agree with it.
Kitty: But it’s true.
Martini: I’ll take your word for it.
Gini: Trust me, Jeff, you’re Mr. Studly. As for me, I’m a full-time author with a Mr. Studly of my own in the hubs, a wonderful daughter, and a passel of pets (The Canine Death Squad and The Killer Kitties). I live in Arizona and I like the heat.
Martini: You know, you like it enough that you could be part A-C.
Gini: Anything’s possible. But that kind of flattery might mean less torture coming.
Martini: I can only hope.
BLI:Gini, when you’re writing all the adventures of Kitty and Martini down, are you more a planner or pantser?
Gini: I have to be honest, I hate the term “pantser” because it insinuates that linear writers such as myself don’t plan. We do, we just plan differently from the outliners or scene sewers out there.
I’m an extreme linear writer, in the sense that I literally have to start with the title, then the first line, and go from there. However, the story is in my mind — I just need to let it out. I’m also a firm believer in letting the story go wherever it wants. I can always edit it, and since I edit as I go along, I can let things flow and, if I don’t think they’re working, cut them.
BLI: Who of you three has the most influence about how the story will develop?
Kitty: Well, me, of course.
Martini: I think I had more than a little to do with how things went.
Kitty: Jeff, I narrate the entire thing.
Martini: Yeah, but I influence.
Kitty: You mean you charm. Which is true. But still, it’s me sharing my story. So I have the most influence. Right, The Creator?
Gini: Honestly? It’s none of us. I call my hindbrain Master, and it’s Master who controls the story. However, Master is a firm believer in letting the characters do whatever the heck they want to. My job is to take their dictation and then to cut out all the extraneous junk or inaccurate scenes.
Kitty: I think you should have just said it was me and let it go at that.
Gini: I’m sure you do.
BLI: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?
Gini: Gosh. Um. Well. Huh. Lemme ponder.
Kitty: A REAL Book Lover loves the Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series!
Martini: Did I mention that whole concept of sounding conceited a little earlier?
Martini: So, any embarrassment?
Kitty: Nope. Not sure what you’re trying to get across.
Martini: No, I guess you’re not. I think a real Book Lover is someone who’s passionate about books, and who not only loves them, but tells others about them and shares the goodness, so to speak.
Kitty: I still think, in order to pass whatever test, they need to love MY books.
Martini: There’s a lot more than you in the books.
Kitty: Fine. OUR books. They need to love OUR books. You ready with an actual answer there, yet, The Creator?
Gini: Got it. For me, a real Book Lover buys multiple copies. I know readers who have both ebook and physical copies, some who buy two copies so they can have one signed and put away safely and one to read, some who lend their book and, when they don’t get it back, buy another copy, and so on. I think that sets apart the regular reader from the Book Lover. However, I do have to say that I love all the “regular” readers AND Book Lovers out there. We authors would have no one to write for if not for all of you. And that would make us sad. And lonely. We’d still WRITE, of course, but we’d be sort of sad while doing it.
BLI: What is a typical day in your life like? Tell us about the world you live in?
Kitty: Before I met Jeff and the rest of the A-Cs, my days were pretty standard. If you want to know what they’re like now, um, I point you to the books.
Martini: Yes, before you ask, she’s always this difficult. Our days are typically spent protecting the Earth from a variety of interstellar threats.
Kitty: And interplanetary ones. Don’t forget those.
Martini: How could I? Especially after what goes on in “Alien Tango”. Believe me, I remember.
Kitty: Basically, we kick evil’s butt and give it a wedgie, 24/7!
Gini: I, on the other hand, drag out of bed, giving meds and breakfast to the Canine Death Squad and the Killer Kitties. I get coffee and force myself to eat something. I stagger to the computer, see what’s going on, send out a Hook Me Up! email if there’s any news, do whatever other promo-type things I need to, then it’s afternoon. I write, in some way, shape or form. Then make dinner. If Castle’s on, I watch it. Then it’s back to writing and all the other business side of writing. I usually go to bed between 1am and 3am. And then it starts all over again. Unless I’m going to a con of some kind, and then it’s all go-go-go. I know, the glamorous life, right? Feel free to be jealous.
BLI: Kitty, how would you describe Jeff? What makes him your personal special Alien? Jeff you agree with Kitty about that?
Kitty: I know I mentioned “drop-dead gorgeous” before, right? But, anyway, in addition to that, Jeff’s smart, funny, caring, really in tune with me, and just a little bit dangerous.
Martini:: I’m dangerous?
Kitty: Um, I point you to a variety of things, particularly towards the end of “Alien Tango”.
Martini: There were reasons.
Kitty: All good ones. But a girl likes a guy with a little bit of danger and intrigue, you know. So it’s all good.
Martini: I hope so. Oh, and I’ve learned not to disagree with Kitty. I pretty much never win. But I’m good with that.
Kitty: Oh, and he’s also a god in bed.
Martini: I’m blushing.
Kitty: No. You’re doing that sort of smirk that I think is really sexy.
Martini: Yeah? How sexy?
Kitty: Very sexy. Like, all Mr. Jungle Cat sexy.
Gini: Stop it, you two. Interview time. You can go off and paw each other later.
Gini: You know it.
BLI: Jeff, what drew you to Kitty? And yes we know you want to marry her.
Martini: Simple — her brains and her courage.
Kitty: You’re so sweet.
Martini: Thanks. That you’re a hottie from Hot Town wasn’t a deterrent, of course.
Kitty: Jeff, that joke hasn’t been new since dinosaurs roamed the Earth.
Martini: It was new for me. And I think it’s pretty funny, really.
Kitty: Aliens are weird.
BLI: And we don’t want to leave anyone out. Kitty, Jeff, what do you think about Gini? Is she doing your story justice?
Kitty: Girl, you seriously think we’re going to sit here and diss The Creator? I mean, come ON.
Martini: She’s a benevolent god.
Kitty: True, but she has her limits.
Martini: Well, what were you planning to say? I think she’s great. There was a point where I really didn’t think I was going to get to keep the girl, and The Creator said, “Let it be so, let the good and true man win fair lady.”
Kitty: She never, ever said that, and if she did, she surely didn’t say it that way.
Martini: Sounded that way to me.
Kitty: I chose you. She merely let me choose you.
Martini: You say tomato, I say tomahto.
Kitty: You don’t ever say “tomahto”.
Martini: Figure of speech. Would it be clearer if I said, you say hyper-speed and I say too slow to keep up?
Kitty: Aliens are weird.
BLI: What will Alien Tango be about? What did the Fuglies come up with this time?
For Katherine “Kitty” Katt, Alien Super-Being Exterminator, anti-alien conspiracies, threats from outer space, and a couple of killer alligators are all in a day’s work. But internal alien schemes and some major romantic complications bring new meaning to the term ‘chaos and confusion’.
It’s been five months since Kitty joined Centaurion Division, working with the aliens from Alpha Centauri. She and Jeff Martini have grown closer as a couple and life looks rosy. But when an experimental spacecraft is mysteriously returned to the Kennedy Space Center, Kitty and the rest of Alpha Team are called out to investigate and are immediately embroiled in life or death situations that scream ‘political conspiracy’.
The team must survive repeated murderous attacks, remove a mysterious space entity from a group of astronauts, and avoid an unhinged woman with a serious crush on Kitty’s old high school boyfriend. And that’s all before the masterminds decide Kitty’s extermination is vital — and take matters into their own hands.
Gini: Alien Tango, it’s all about the ‘gators, baby!
Kitty: The Creator won’t let us say anything more.
Martini: Mum’s the word.
Kitty: Mum. Mum. Mum.
Gini: Heh. I love that movie.
Martini: Yeah, The Creator made us all watch “Galaxy Quest”.
Gini: You liked it.
Martini: True enough. I think the placement of their actual solar systems was off. In the movie, I mean.
Kitty: I do not want to know.
BLI: Gini, will we learn more about Christopher in this book, or any later Kitty novel or do you plan to give him his own Series?
Gini: Christopher is an integral part of the series, so you’ll learn more about him, and the other characters, as the series goes on. However, this is Kitty’s series, so, no, no one gets their “own” series. It’s all Kitty and Company, basically.
Kitty: As it should be.
Gini: One offs are always a possibility. But that would be later on.
Kitty: I think one offs are a bad idea.
Gini: I promise you. If I do any, you’ll like them.
Martini: Will I like them?
Gini: Next question, please!
BLI: Will there be more adventures in this series? What is next on your schedule? Any other projects planned we should keep our eyes open for?
Gini: As you know, “Alien Tango” comes out December 7th (also known as “tomorrow”). “Alien in the Family” will release on April 5, 2011. “Alien Proliferation” will release in Winter 2011. And DAW Books just confirmed that they’ve bought Books 5 & 6, so “Alien Diplomacy” and “Alien vs. Alien” will be coming in 2012. I have the next several books in the series mapped out, too. So, basically, as long as DAW wants to publish and all the Book Lovers out there want to read, there will be Alien books.
I also have two short stories written under my Anita Ensal pen name coming out in two DAW anthologies. “Wanted”, which is a science fiction romance short, will be in “Love and Rockets”, which releases Dec. 7th (yes, the same day as “Alien Tango”; yes, I’m gonna be busy). “Being Neighborly”, which is a rural fantasy short, will be in “Boondocks Fantasy”, which releases Jan. 4th, 2011.
BLI: Gini which 4 characteristics should a perfect hero have in your opinion? Kitty do you think Jeff fits that bill?
Gini: I think a perfect hero should be intelligent, funny, brave, and willing to sacrifice himself if he has to, especially to save the day and even more especially to save the heroine. If he’s really, really, really ridiculously good looking, that’s a plus.
Kitty: Oh, Jeff totally fits that bill. I also think god-like in bed should be a hero requirement. He’s all that, too. AND a bag of chips.
Martini: I’m a bag of chips?
Kitty: Figure of speech.
Martini: Humans have strange ways of talking.
Kitty: And aliens are weird. What’s your point?
BLI: Can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read about your adventures?
Kitty: We’re funny, we’re awesome, and the sex scenes steam up the place!
Martini: We’re not like everything else on the shelves, there’s lots of action and humor along with science fiction and romance, and the cover art is both excellent and captures the essence of the stories in one image.
Kitty: And the sex scenes steam up the place!
Martini: You’re such a simple creature.
Kitty: I come by it honestly, though.
Martini: And I appreciate it, believe me.
BLI: Can you summarize your adventure in Alien Tango twitter style (140 characters or less)?
Kitty: Sure — it’s all about the gators, baby!
Martini: You stole that from The Creator.
Kitty: Did not.
Martini: It’s on something like every other blog post of hers. She said it like three answers ago, too.
Kitty: She could have gotten it from me.
Martini: I know when to stop arguing. Okay, my summary — I hate him, and you’ll find out why.
Kitty: Seriously? That’s your entire summarization of all our adventures in “Alien Tango”? Seriously?
Martini: It sums it up for me, trust me.
Kitty: I don’t hate him at all. And I don’t think you should, either.
Martini: Thank you for proving my point.
BLI: Gini while they are not paying attention could you tell us who’s your favorite secondary character? And why?
Gini: Well, I, of course, love all my supporting characters, even the villains. But, actually, I have two who are truly my best supporting beloveds. One is James Reader, and the other you really meet for the first time in “Alien Tango”. See if you can figure out who my other fave supporting character is when you finish the book. (Yeah, I’m not telling. Yet. LOL)
Martini: I hate him. I really hate him.
Kitty: Blah, blah, blah.
Gini: Really, Jeff, stop whining. I love him, so get used to the idea. He’s not going anywhere.
Martini: Oh. Good.
BLI: If you had to choose: are you more a dog or a kitty person?
Gini: I love cats, dogs, horses, and most other things with paws or hooves and fur. I’m not much of a girl for birds, though some are fine, and the less said about my relationship with the slithery side of the house the better. However, if forced to choose only one, cats, all the way.
Kitty: Is there really some sort of anticipation for how I might answer this question? Same answers as The Creator for this one, and, duh, cats, of course.
Martini: Cats. Especially smart, sexy ones.
Kitty: He really is endearing, you have to admit.
BLI: If you combine 5 super powers for your ideal superhero what would they be?
Gini: Super strength, super speed, super fast regeneration/healing, impenetrable skin, and immunity to disease. Oh, wait. That pretty much describes Wolverine. Shocker.
Martini: That actually describes Superman. And I agree that he’s the best. I have a lot of relatability to him, seeing as we’re both alien heroes protecting our adopted world.
Gini: Whatever. Supes is fine but Wolverine is way hotter.
Kitty: I think Wolverine is the best superhero, too. EVER.
Martini: Better than me?
Gini: Me too.
Martini: Seriously? You both would take Wolverine over me?
Gini: Unfair question!
Martini: Unbelievable. You’d both take Wolverine over me. What about Captain America or Iron Man? Should I be worried?
Gini: As portrayed by Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr.? Um, yeah, especially if I can get Hugh Jackman as Wolverine to complete the set.
Kitty: Me too! Me too!
Martini: And everyone wonders why I’m jealous.
Kitty: Oh, I’m just kidding. None of them have your regenerative powers. Well, other than Wolverine.
Martini: I’m going to go kill a superbeing. Preferably one that looks like Wolverine.
Gini: Best of luck. Kitty and I will spend the time you’re gone checking out mostly nekkid pics of Hugh, Chris and Robert while you’re gone.
Martini: Only them?
Gini: Seriously, you have to ask?
Martini: No. Enjoy your visual stroll through Hunk Land. I’ll say goodbye now.
Kitty: Call if you need me. This is an awesome pic of Chris Evans.
Gini: Too true. But then again, aren’t they all?
Martini: You have a deadline.
Gini: Tomorrow is another day and all that.
Martini: You mean it’s release day.
Gini: Yeah, it is. And I’m gonna stare at the pictures and there’s nothing you can say to stop me.
Martini: I have an idea for a scene in “Alien Diplomacy”.
Gini: Except that. Bye all, gotta go create!
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