In my seventh micro interview, I was lucky enough to snag the talented and super awesome Gini Koch, author of the Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books. If you haven't checked out her ALIEN series, definitely do that. It's a wild, fun, exhilarating and epic sci-fi series!
So without any more delay, let's get this ball rolling.
Q1. How many books did it take until you felt like you came into your own
as a writer?
GINI: Oh, gosh, there’s two answers, really. I wrote at least a dozen novels and such (that are unlikely to see the light of day unless or until I revise them dramatically) until things finally clicked and I became good enough to land a good agent and sell.
In terms of published books, I’m proud of every single thing that’s been published, be it a novel, novella, novelette, or short story. However, I’m most proud of Book 10 in my series, Universal Alien, because of how hard it was to write and, modestly spoken, how easy I made it look to have written.
Q2. Can you share with us a few lines or a catchy phrase from a WIP or a
GINI: Sure. This is my main character, Kitty Katt-Martini, during a major meeting of State, addressing the White House Head Usher.
“Learn this now — I may have been forced to be the American Centaurion Ambassador, but don’t for one moment think that I enjoyed the job. I get far better results by living by the cat motto of asking for exactly what I want. And that includes being the FLOTUS. By the way, FLOTUS really makes me feel like I’m costarring in a Finding Nemo spin-off as the chipper strip of seaweed that helps the gang save the day.”
Q3. What's a writing tip you'd give an aspiring writer that you had to
learn on your own the hard way that nobody had told you about early on but
you wish they would have?
GINI: Oh, there are so many. But the one that I really and truly wish someone had shared with me was this: If any published author helps you – whether via encouragement, good advice, good information via conventions or their website or in person, basically support in any way – you need to buy at least one of their books. That’s how you show those authors that YOU are supporting THEM – you put in a small investment into their livelihood, which can reap untold benefits for you.
**THANK YOU GINI!***
Be sure to check out her bio below for all the up to date infor. Also, you can find her website at: www.ginikoch.com
Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series, as well as many other novels, novellas, and short stories. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series and she’s made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. She has stories featured in a variety of excellent anthologies, available now and upcoming, writing as Gini Koch, Anita Ensal, and J.C. Koch.
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/GiniKochAuthor/
Official Fan Site: http://thealiencollectivevirtualhq.blogspot.com/
Want in on Gini’s free newsletter? Send her an email with “Hook Me Up!” in the subject line and you’ll be in with the in-crowd!
If you'd like to read any of my previous interviews, you can find them by following the links after the jump. Happy reading!
Micro Interview #1
Micro Interview #2
Micro Interview #3
Micro Interview #4
Curtis M. Lawson
Micro Interview #5
Micro Interview #6
By day I am an educator and a cultural ambassador. By night I entertain notions of being a literary master. In reality I am just a family man and ordinary guy who works hard and loves writing just about as much as I love my family. Just about.