How I Got Where I Am by Gini Koch +Giveaway

Filed in 1000 follower celebration , Gini Koch , Giveaways , Guest Post , The Geeky Lover Posted on October 11, 2011 @ 6:00 am 34 comments

We are very happy to welcome the wonderful author Gini Koch here at the Book Lovers United Event today. She is the creator of the fabulous and hilarious Katherine Kitty Kat series and just recently released the first novel The Royal Scam in her new science fiction series The Martian Alliance. Today she will tell us how she became an author and she also got a wonderful giveaway prepared. So give Gini a warm welcome. 

I got my love of reading from my mother and grandmother. As a little girl, they used to read to me all the time, and I loved it. (I still love to have someone read aloud to me — the hubs does this regularly, usually what we call News of the Weird, which, knowing me, should surprise no one.)

Being read to was great. However, even though I knew how to read before I was in kindergarten, I was a lazy child. I wanted OTHERS to read to me, because it was more fun that way and a whole lot less work. At least so I thought.

My mother’s solution was to start reading “Charlotte’s Web” to me. The arrangement was that she’d read every other chapter aloud and I’d read the others silently. The sneaky woman got me hooked and when it was time for her to read Chapter 5, she was “too busy”. She was “too busy” until I got so frustrated I ended up reading the book myself, and realized that I could read it faster this way and I could also read more this way.

After all the children’s books, I went for classics and humor, and anything else on our bookshelves that looked even remotely interesting. Those taken care of, I went into a big mystery phase, and not just Nancy Drew. I read every mystery I could get my paws on. Once I’d confirmed that there were no new mysteries in the library I hadn’t read twice, I moved, at the librarian’s desperate suggestion, to horror. (Let’s not ask why said librarian thought horror was right for my 11-year-old self, shall we?)
I devoured horror. As I had with mysteries, I read everything in horror. Hey, I’m a thorough girl. I stopped with horror because it dawned on me that I believed it, all of it, and my sleep had become sketchy at best.

From there I delved into biographies and autobiographies. I read everyone, from Annie Sullivan to Bing Crosby and all points in between. The beauty of this was that many biographies I read were of comedians, so I got the funny AND the poop and scoop, a double, so to speak. Then, sated on the lifestyles of the rich, famous, noble, and influential, I looked for something else.

My grandmother was a more voracious reader than I was — she read anything and everything (and the librarian was TERRIFIED of her requests) — and she never met a book she whose cover she wouldn’t crack.
She was also a huge (HUGE) science fiction fan, but I hadn’t gotten into it yet. I gave it a try, and liked it enough to stick around. Noted that most of my boyfriends read science fiction and fantasy, so I tended to read their books. Met the hubs, was laid up for a few weeks, and read his entire impressive science fiction and fantasy collection, and never looked back.
Well, let’s be honest. I look back all the time. I still read everything I used to, and more besides. I love reading, anything and everything. Yes, I’m a “back of the cereal box” reader.

In addition to ensuring that I spent the 80’s on the winning Trivial Pursuit team with one of my BFFs, what else did a love of reading do for me? It made me an author.

By the time the characters who demanded release were loud enough, I’d read enough to know what I liked and why. I was able to take my love of mystery, humor, horror, science fiction and fantasy and turn that into my own stories. Creating my own worlds became easier, because I’d visited so many others already. Everything you need to learn about writing is in the books on the shelves that have gone before you. (Well, that and a lot of patience. But that’s a different topic altogether.)
A love of reading not only gave me untold hours of joy, excitement, terror, and exploration, it made me the writer I am today. So, thanks Mom, for the trickery, and , and Gramma for teaching me that if it’s a book, it’s worth reading.

Places to find Gini:
twitter, facebook, website, blog, Alien Collective HQ

About the book:

Things aren’t what they seem to be when Princess Olivia of Andromeda jumps aboard a spaceship to escape a loveless marriage.

Join the crew of the Hummingbird as they take on the rich, famous and sleazy of the galaxy. They’re also on a long-term secret mission, so it’s a good thing they’re the best con artists, spacers, and roughnecks in the Milky Way, because they need all their skills to pull off this particular Royal Scam.


Gini generously offered a digital copy of The Royal Scam and an Alien Collective tote bag to one lucky commenter!

You’re also getting an extra entry for the main giveaway if you entered our Big 1000 Followers Giveaway here.

All you have to do is leave a comment telling us how you started to love books. 
(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please leave us a way to contact you.
(Email or twitter name – no way to contact you – no entry).

This giveaway is open worldwide!

Giveaway ends on 22 October and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good luck!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Jason October 11, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Oh, first comment, cool!

    I loved reading so early I don't even remember why any more. I kept with as a child it because I needed something to jump start my imagination.

    thanks! jason (at) jasonkivela (dot) com

  • Birgit October 11, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I don't know how it happened, it just did very early on. I remember at first I had slight troubles learnign to read and then *bang* from one day to the next no book was save from me.

    +1 Entered the Big 1000 too

    GFC follower
    danaan at gmx dot at

  • KirstenF October 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I remember my dad would always read to me before bed… I eventually started reading the books back to him!


  • Mary October 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

    The first romance book I read my mom gave to me from her stash. I always thought romance books were for little old ladies waiting in the doctors office..LOL hey, I was just 20 years old what did I know. But I picked up Once in Paris by Diana Palmer and just loved it. There was an actual storyline *Yeah I was an idiot and thought all there was were sex scenes* that I could follow and I loved the book. I bought more from her and then branched out from there and history was

  • Sullivan McPig October 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    My grandmother and mother are guilty of my reading addiction as well. From the moment I could understand what a book was they took me to the library every Wednesday and soon I was just as addicted to reading as the two of them.

  • Rebs @ Book-Rants October 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I started stealing my Dad's James Bond books and my mom's historical romances when I was an early teen. I think that's why I like urban fantasy so much, because it's usually got a mix romanace and action

  • LSUReader October 11, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    My parents were a big influence for me learning to love books. Being read to, being brought to the library, getting books for gifts, and especially watching them both read for pleasure, all were factors in me becoming the Book Lover that I am!

    Thanks for your column, Gini.

  • Denise Z October 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I first starting loving to read when I was in the second grade. I came home from school crying all the way because the teacher gave me a poor grade on my report card for reading. My mother told me not to worry, but I set out to prove them wrong and started with the Box Car Kids and have not stopped to this day 🙂 Thank you for the fun today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.


  • Jen B. October 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I started out honestly enough, a teacher recommended Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie and I was hooked!!! Thanks for the giveaway.
    +1 1,000 member giveaway

  • Barbara E. October 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I started to love books when I was in the third grade and realized there were all these great stories out there to enjoy. Years later, whenever I ran into my teacher, she'd ask me if I still loved to read and the answer was always yes!
    I love the Katherine Kitty Kat series, and I can't wait to check out anything else Gini writes – I love her sense of humor.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  • draconismoi October 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I started reading regularly once my mom said NO TV UNTIL 6:30.

    I already loved to read at that point….but all of sudden there was NOTHING ELSE TO DO. So I read every book in the house in the course of a week (including Cujo. But don't tell. I wasn't supposed to read Stephen King until middle school) and started hoarding my allowance for books instead of candy the week after.

    cas at sigmadog dot com

  • Lisa954 October 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    I started reading early and loved it. I've had asthma since I was 5, so reading became a way for me to have adventures when I wasn't feeling well. I still read voraciously. Thanks for the opp for a giveaway!

  • Lisa954 October 11, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Sorry if this is a duplicate post, but my computer went nuts on me.

    I started reading early and loved it. I've had asthma since I was 5, so reading became a way for me to have adventures when I wasn't feeling well. I still read voraciously. Thanks for the opp for a giveaway!

    lisa dot k dot mann at gmail dot com

  • JC Jones October 11, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    My Mother read to me every night. The story I loved best was the Story of Ping. From there I learned to read and read every day. I still do read every day.

  • marybelle October 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I grew up in a family that devours books, so it was just natural that I read from an early age.


  • Brenda Hyde October 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I've loved reading for as long as I remember. Oddly I don't think my parents read to me. I LOVED reading to my kids– my daughter is the youngest and she's 11. She likes to read to me now:) I remember loving mysteries first like Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown…and I read biographies too. My daughter brought home a new book based on Anne Sullivan's diary. She read it out loud to me, and it was so cool because I loved her biography when I was her age. I basically read all the same things you did– weird! I think for me I just loved traveling to different places in my head. I was kind of the odd, emotional one in the family–the one no one understood O_O –so it was great to pick up a book and be in my own little world!

    wayfaringwriter at gmail dot come

  • Blodeuedd October 12, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I do not really know…I just always loved to read. Mum did tell me that she had read a lot to me when i was little, but I wanted that so, I guess I was a born reader from start


  • Tore October 12, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I am not sure when I really started loving books. I think it might have been in my teens but ever since I am a book lover. Please enter me in contest.

  • EnjerusLight October 12, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Well to be honest I hated reading when I was little because I have dyslexia and everything was hard. But my Mom had been read a book on it (this was back before it was well known) and I over heard her talking to my Dad. She said that in some cases it could get better if the person worked at it. I went back to my room and thought about that; About how nice it would be if the teachers would stop talking about me in low whispers, be it in pity or frustration. Or how the kids would stop giggling or groaning when I was asked to come to the black board, read out loud, or explain an answer. I vowed to at least read. It was something I could fix on my own. So began reading and looking up words I didn't know. Before long I realized I had been picking up books that looked interesting. I wasn't stumbling over my words. I was getting better, I WANTED to read. So even years later I would rather read than do anything else! It's fun & impowering for me. (Sorry for any spelling errors, its one of the 3 things I just can't master)

  • JenM October 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Honestly, I can't remember I time when I wasn't reading. I learned the alphabet when I was 3 or so because I clearly remember being able to write my name when I was four. I also don't really remember reading children's books (other than Dr. Seuss), because I was already reading at a middle grade level by the time I was in second grade. My mom was a huge reader, so I guess that's where I get it from.
    jen at delux dot com

  • Aurian October 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I've loved reading ever since I learned how. Went to the library almost daily. My love for romance started with historical romances by Jude Deveraux, Catherine Coulter, Elizabeth Lowell, Bertrice Small, who were translated into Dutch. Still have them in my attick, but am now reading and collecting them in English.

    1000 followers giveaway
    auriansbooks at gmail dot com

    thanks for the give away

  • Mel October 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I have to confess I had a similar experience to Gini…my mum was a huge reader and used to take me with her to the library every sat. I can remember sitting on her lap as we went through boxes of pictures trying to decide which ones to take home with us. As I grew I moved onto older books like Enid Bylton and then Judy Blume before discovering Sweet Valley and finally finding my favourites with Point Horror and Christopher Pike. I think it might be in the female gene and my Gran's a big reader too as are all my female cousins! 🙂

    Mel S

  • Yto October 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    i remember the day i started to love reading. that was when the school made us visit the library and i got a library card. it was love at first sight for me 😉 so many shelfs with books and our library looked really good – though or because it was so small. and i loved the kids section. it was decorated cutely.

    witchvela at web dot de

  • kd October 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I started reading for enjoyment as early as second grade (even won a short story contest lol) but it wasn't until my father found the book, Integral Trees by Larry Niven on a dirt road on his way to work, (he gave it to me in 5th grade) that I truly started collecting books & devoured books! 😉

    kansgroove (at) hotmail (dot) com
    @kankan929 twitter

  • Diana October 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    The truth is I don't really remember how I started to love books but ever since I can remember my self I always had a book in my hand.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  • alainala October 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    ive always loved books! i have ADD and have found that the only time i can really concentrate is while reading.. used to hide archie comics in my desk at school (still read em too!!) and in grade 3 i remember having a reading hour.. i used to hide under the teachers desk to read!

    (ii entered the 1000 follower contest!)

    alainala AT hotmail DOT ca

  • Bookwyrm369 October 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    LOL! Thanks for sharing about your childhood reading – those sneaky Moms 😉 I grew up reading Nancy Drews as well and have tried every genre at least once but SF/Fantasy and mysteries are my first loves.

    smaccall AT

  • Maria (pronounced Mariah) October 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I used to read when I was younger but then had kids and well life happended. Then when my oldest daughter started reading Twilight a few years ago I thought I should see what she was reading…it was vampires after all. I started reading it and fell in love and have been addicted to books again since. It also helps that my kids are a bit older and more independent again!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  • JessS October 15, 2011 at 3:51 am

    My love of reading sort of started with Harry Potter, which was one of the first books I read, and was definitely helped along by my mother, who would take me to the library every few weeks and occasionally buy me books (usually I either had to use my own money or get them as birthday present). So I pretty much grew up loving to read and still do.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • IdentitySeeker October 15, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Thanks for the great giveaway:)

    Would you believe it- I've never read Charlotte's Web!

    I've heard so much about it but had no idea it existed when I was younger.

    I started reading thorugh Roald Dahl's books. I loved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and soon wnet to the library to get more of his titles. Before I knew it, I'd read all of his titles my library had to offer. Then I graduated to Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys (with greater preference for the former) and I never looked back.


  • Camille October 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    GINII!!!!! *glomps*

    I have yet to pick up Royal Scam so glad for the opportunity to win 😀

    You got your reading from your maternal side, I got mine from my grandad- my dad's dad (though my dad himself isn't a reader). Mum however was the one to teach me to read. Reading was from grandpa and my healthy curiosity for books (we had quite a few, grandad was an English teacher- maths as well but that's a whole other nightmare LOL)

    It was a la Princess Bride, he would tell my sister and a story or two before bed depending on whether we were still awake or not lol then I kind of just started picking up books on local folk-tales and Brothers Grimm, later on Hans Christian Andersen so I guess you can say it all started in fairytales for me and the rest as the cliche goes, is history ^_^


    midnite dot fantasy at gmail dot com

  • erin October 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Oh man. I don't know how early I started reading, just knew that on pretty much most of my report cards, the only negative comment I would get would be "reads during class". I was even given special permission to go to the library b/c I was such an avid reader. To this day, that's the first thing that people comment about me. That and the huuuuuge library that I've collected (not hoarded!) over the years.

    I really love Gini's series and she's on my autobuy list.

    Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway!


  • mbreakfield October 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I've loved to read, ever since I was very young, especially since I lived in the country and could only pick up 3 tv stations.

  • whitewolfreads October 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I enjoy the escape to different and interesting worlds and books is just one medium I can do just that. And not to mention that if I didn't enjoy escaping to other worlds I would have never discovered the absolute delight of Kitty and Martini!

    whitewolfreads AT gmail DOT com

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