Gini has been on a celebratory rampage ever since and she agreed to stop by and spend some time with us and she was a doll because she brought all her Martini and Christopher clones to entertain us! ;-D
So please give it all up for Gini Koch and let's blow those trumpets for Alien in the Family! :-)
EL: What human custom, tradition, or notion do the ACs find the most weird?
GK: Prejudice based on skin color or sexual orientation. It makes absolutely no sense to any of them.
EL: What kind of stuffed animal was Toby? (my sister’s cute stuffed bunny was called Toby :-p) And Murphy?
GK: Toby was a soft, fluffy, little stuffed dog of indiscriminate breed. Murphy was a soft, fluffy, little ginger-striped cat.
EL: The Poofs were fantastic, there isn’t one reader who has read Alien in the Family and hasn’t fallen for them, so could you please let us know if there is any way we could get ourselves one (besides marrying an AC royalty or current owner of Poofs)?
GK: It's classified. (Heh) Actually, I have a LOT of Poofs. The newest Poof is named Mous-Mous.
EL: Your Martini (and other AC hunks) clone business is thriving, any future plans on expanding into merchandising Martini dolls, or anything else? ;-)
GK: Merchandising is always a possibility, but, as with the Poofs, right now, I have to focus on the writing parts.
It’s different for every writer. What works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. I don’t like to talk about process a lot because, for me, the more I examine it, the less like fun it is and the more like work it becomes. And I hate work.
EL: What was the most amazing or crazy thing a fan has done and left you amazed/shocked that “wow, people are really crazy about the Kitty Katt series”?
GK: Um, crazy? Nothing so far. I don’t think I have crazy fans, at least, no crazier than I am. LOL I think all my fans rock, so it’s hard to identify one out of the entire awesome Alien Collective and say ‘that’s the best one’ because I think every one of my fans are fantastic. I can say that I cherish every fan letter/email I receive and I love everyone who comes to see me at cons or book signings.
EL: Touched by an Alien was the very first science fiction book I have read. What would you say to those who don’t think your Alien series is for them since they don’t read sci-fi books (not because they don’t like the genre, but because they don’t know it)?
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.
You can reach Gini at her website, blog and Twitter.
Oh and until you get yourself a Martini / Christopher / Chuckie / Reader / Poof clone check out the fantastic Alien merchandise here.
Answer this question: Gini wants to know: "If you scored a Poof of your own, what would you name it and why?"
Please also leave a way for me to contact you should you win (e-mail address, Twitter handle, etc.)