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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

PAF: Interview with Gini Koch + giveaway!

Paranormal April Fools

Today's guest is new to the blog: the wonderful Gini Koch. I really enjoy her books and I'm quite excited to see what she has in store for us in ALIEN DIPLOMACY, the fifth book in her Alien series, which is being released today. (Happy book birthday!)

Keep reading to learn all about Gini's Alien series and enter to win a copy of ALIEN DEMOCRACY!


Hi, Gini, and welcome to Tynga’s Reviews! We’re so happy you’re able to participate in Paranormal April Fools’.

Thanks! It’s great to be here!

To start, can you tell us a little bit about your Alien series, for those of us who are new to your world?

The Alien series follows Katherine “Kitty” Katt, the world’s best accidental badass, as she discovers first 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. She then learns that the world isn’t like what she though it was, but that’s okay, because Kitty’s nothing if not adaptable.

Kitty first get involved protecting herself and her world from evil parasitic superbeings from outer space. As the series goes on, she discovers more plots and conspiracies -- both internal and extremely external -- to foil and disrupt. From alien invaders to insane politicians and everything in between, Kitty’s always ready with a quirky worldview, sly sense of humor, a well-stocked iPod, her mom’s extra Glock, and all the extra-hold hairspray a girl could need.

f you only had 10 words to tease ALIEN DIPLOMACY, what would you say?

See Kitty in Washington. See Kitty and Washington not mix.

ALIEN DIPLOMACY is the fifth book in the series. Did anything about it surprise you while you were writing?

I’m continually surprised, because I’m an extreme linear writer. I start with the title, and the first line, and go from there. There were plenty of things that surprised me with Alien Diplomacy, not the least of which being who the real Big Bad of the book is.

Who would you cast as your main characters if the series was adapted for TV or the big screen?

This is a hard question, for a variety of reasons, the biggest being I like readers to see the characters in their minds, to decide for themselves just who they think Martini or Kitty or Christopher look like. However, I can’t pretend I don’t think about it, either. ;-D

My business answer is: whoever could open the movie/TV show well, have the right on-screen chemistry, and ensure the movie had legs or the show went at least 5-7 seasons.

The answer you WANT, however, is, as of right now (versus who I said, say, a few months ago or who I‘ll say a few months from now):

Martini - Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor)

Kitty - Emma Stone

Christopher - Chris Pine

Reader - Matt Bomer (who stars in White Collar and is, frankly, THE perfect embodiment of Reader)

Gower - D.B. Woodside

Tim - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Claudia - Jessica Alba

Lorraine - Scarlett Johannson

Chuckie - Joel McHale

These answers are always subject to change, other than Matt Bomer as Reader, because he is literally perfect.

Will we see more of Kitty and Jeff in the future? Can you give us any exclusive tidbits about what’s to come in the series?

Yes. I’m working on Book 6, Alien vs. Alien, right now, which is out December 2012, and Books 7 & 8, Alien in the House and Alien Collective, are coming in 2013. As for exclusive tidbits, well, I live spoiler free. But not teaser free.

Things will keep on changing for everyone’s favorite inter-species couple. And they won’t always change in a good way. The question of Paraguay and what’s really going on there gets answered, but the answer doesn’t necessarily mean good things for the world in general and our team of heroes in particular.

Oh, and there’s a new Alpha Four animal in town that’s going to give the Poofs some competition for Kitty’s affections. (Though nothing can compete with the Poofs in terms of adorableness.)

And now I have a couple April Fools’-related questions:

Is there a trick you fall for every time?

The hubs tends to be able to fake me out with “news” that isn’t real. It’s gotten so I don’t believe anything he tells me at first blush. Meaning he’s telling the truth, of course. And then the moment I figure he’s stopped and believe the NEXT story…

How would Kitty and Jeff react to being pranked?

By laughing. And then getting even. In a big way. Hey, it’s how they roll.

Thanks for participating in our Paranormal April Fools’ event, Gini! It’s been lovely and I can’t wait to see what Kitty and Jeff get up to next. =)


Want to know more about ALIEN DIPLOMACY? Here you go!

Kevin Hearne Tricked Being newlyweds and new parents is challenging enough. But Jeff and Kitty Martini are also giving up their roles as super-being exterminators and Commanders in Centaurion Division while mastering the political landscape as the new heads of Centaurion's Diplomatic Corps. Enter a shadowy assassination plot and a new set of anti-alien conspirators, and nothing will ever be the same...


Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository




And here's the rest of the series:

Gini Koch Touched by an AlienGini Koch Alien TangoGini Koch Alien in the FamilyGini Koch Alien Proliferation



We have two (2) copies of ALIEN DIPLOMACY for our readers, thanks to the generosity of Penguin!

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Gini Koch

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 and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. She also writes under a variety of pen names (including G.J. Koch, Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch), listens to rock 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.

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Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

38 People left their mark' :

  1. My favorite tv show about aliens was 3rd Rock from the Sun. I LOVED Mork & Mindy when I was a kid, but now it seems very, very dated. Kinda like me, lol...

  2. My favorite when I was a kid was My Favorite Martian.

  3. I'm going with The X-Files. I loved that show.

  4. Okay my comment just up and disappeared on me while typing. Ugh Alf and Alien Nation come to mine is what I wanted to say and I love your blog I'd love for you to join in on a book tour for a fantasy book some publisher friends of mine are having I think you'd be a great fit. Let me know if interested and I can send you some details. frellathon(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. My favorite tv show about aliens is also 3rd Rock from the Sun.

  6. 3rd Rock from the Sun is my favorite, but Futurama comes in a close second.

  7. Hi, Great interview!! I have mad crazy love for this series, so this is actually my favorite series of books about aliens!! Love Gini's style of writing. Hoping Chuckie will get his HEA!! Have a great day!! Can't wait to read this book. And also that the series continues.
    Mariann at Belle's Book Bag

  8. Falling Skies on TNT-- it's only been on one season but I love it. I had to check, but it didn't get cancelled and is suppose to come back this summer!

    Thanks for the character matches Gini-- I hadn't pictured Chris Hemsworth as Martini but I'll take cause damn, he's hot.

  9. My favorite book (or rather books) about aliens is definitely Gini Koch's Alien series, I've absolutely adored all four of the books out so far and I can't wait to read Alien Diplomacy.
    Television shows - I enjoyed all the Star Trek series, Farscape, and Babylon 5 - love me some aliens.

  10. Yes I got caught this week. I follow an online comic whose author/artist has dropped off the map, leaving us hanging for almost 2 years. Yesterday another artist posted an update of that comic and said that the artist had been missing and according to the police presumed dead. She went through a whole song and dance that sounded extremely plausible, and then at the very bottom there was a short link, which when clicked said GOTCHA!... so yeah, I got caught. LOL

  11. It could be so bad, but I used to love Roswell a lot. Farscape is good stuff too.

  12. I love Gena Showalter's Alien Huntress series. The heroes are hot and the women sure know how to kick butt :-)

  13. Definitely loved the X-files.

  14. There are soooo many! How about Men In Black or E.T.! Love the Alien series! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  15. Thanks for the great interview Gini, I am so looking forward to the next books. And two next year as well, yeah!

  16. The V, loved it the first time, can't believe they canceled it!

  17. Nice review! Awesome Interview, I loved the aliens show. I'll have to add this.

  18. Roswell was my favorite tv show about aliens. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. X-Files and Farscape. I was also a fan of Roswell and the first V when I was younger.

  20. I love Falling Skies. I can't wait until the season starts up again. I also liked the original V

  21. I've loved so many alien books/movies/tv shows! How could you try to make me choose?
    I will admit that I'm a new big fan of THIS series in particular... I picked up the first book at the library just over a week ago. Enjoyed it so much I had to break the budget and buy the next two! Just waiting for payday for Proliferation... and crossing my fingers I win Diplomacy. :)
    Some other titles that come to mind: ET; Star Trek; Star Wars; The X Files; Mork & Mindy; Alien; Enemy Mine; Men in Black; ...and so many more! I think I like aliens! :)

  22. The X Files is by far my favorite for TV/Series. I also loved Men in Black for a movie aliens. :)

    DeAnna Schultz

  23. I love, love, love gini's books!!

  24. I believe it was called Alien Nation and my other favorites was V and Men in black totally campy by totally fun.

  25. I would have to say Men in Black and Independence Day. Apparently Will Smith must be on the brain. Lol! I haven't read this series but they sound like a really great read!! Thanks for the chance.

  26. I loved the original Alien movie, even though I don't usually like horror. Sigourney Weaver was so kick-ass in it.

  27. I haven't really read much in the way of alien literature. For TV/Movies my favorites are definitely X-Files, Men in Black, and Independence Day.

  28. I'm a nerd... if it's sci fi I will watch it. I've loved Star Wars, Star Trek, Farscape, oh and so many more...

  29. I loved Roswell, though it got kind of tired during the second season.

  30. Star Trek in all its versions

  31. i always liked the x-files and roswell. i can't think of any alien things i've seen recently.

  32. X files and futurama are also loved Roswell too . I also love MIB and and star trek. OMG Love Matt Bomer as reader ...nods head in agreement and love the chris Pine as christopher :)

  33. For me it's Doctor Who, X-files,Rosewell and Firefly. I am so far reading the first book of the Kitty series and I love it. Great interview loved it.

  34. Although I like almost all alien series (hey it's a fun topic) I think my favorite is 3rd Rock From The Sun, followed by My Favorite Martian, which I watched in college on reruns rather than studying.

  35. Lovely interview nice conversation!You really rock.Good about the way you have given the interview!