Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Necropolis Blog Tour: Interview with Gini Koch + Giveaway

Today I'm happy to welcome back to the blog the fantabulous Gini Koch who is here today to celebrate the release of her latest novel (while surfing the globe with her Necropolis Blog Tour), her debut urban fantasy novel: The Night Beat! Gini was kind enough to sit down with me and answer my Top 5 questions, so here we go and read on for an exckusive excerpt and later giveaway of The Night Beat!

Stella: Hey Gini, welcome back to Ex Libris! Another new release for you but this time it's your debut in a different genre, you ventured out and conquered urban fantasy! Can you tell us why you broadened your already wide and varied genre palette in which you write? What was appealing about writing an urban fantasy novel, or was it rather the idea for The Night Beat took root in your head and the genre was just second consideration?

Gini Koch: Well, I widened the options, just as you guessed, because of the story idea. I really do write first and worry about what genre a story falls into later. I’m trying to remember where this idea came from -- since half of my ideas come from dreams that would be the easy answer, but I honestly don’t recall now.

What was appealing to me, though, was that I could take existing myths and make them my own. I also feel that many of the undead and mythical creatures don’t get enough screen time -- I like vampires and werewolves as much as the next girl, but the other undeads deserve their fair share of attention. Plus, I wanted to bring in other elements, such as “cameos” or “guest star” appearances by familiar people. I was having fun, basically, and enjoyed the result enough to share it with everyone else.

Stella: According to you what makes an urban fantasy story exciting/perfect? What/how do you like your urban fantasy stories, the ones you read?

Gini Koch: I’m not picky in terms of what kinds of paranormal or urban fantasy is presented. I like vampires, but I like all the other undeads, too. (Hence why they’re all in The Night Beat.) I want what I think most readers want: an exciting world I can believe is real that I’d like to be in or at least visit while I’m reading, populated with engaging characters I want to know better.

Stella: Any favourite urban fantasy series/authors that influenced you or that are simply on your must read list?

Gini Koch: The author who’s most influenced me is probably Terry Pratchett -- I love everything about his Discworld series, including how he incorporates the undead races. However, I’m probably more influenced by movies and TV shows than other writers in this genre. Totally dating myself, I loved “Kolchak: The Night Stalker”, and it’s probably the start of my interest in the paranormal and urban fantasy. And, like so many others, I love “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. “Big Trouble in Little China” is, to me, urban fantasy, and is one of my family’s all-time fave movies, plus it’s hella funny.

I also consider that a lot of comics are actually urban fantasy. To me, Batman, Nightwing, the X-Men, Spiderman, Daredevil…they’ve all got urban fantasy going on in addition to superhero fiction. (Yes, it’s true -- my main influence for everything is probably comics.)

However, as for authors to read, that’s easy. In addition to Pratchett, I adore the wonderful Patricia Briggs, who can do no wrong when she writes, and I also love Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series. I also enjoy books from Erin Quinn, Erin Kellison, and Caris Roane.

Stella: Is The Night Beat a standalone novel, or knowing you and the amount of ideas you get, the first in a series? If so, can you tell us a bit more about what we can expect of the series and how many books you planned?

Gini Koch: Oh, you know me…I think in series. LOL Right now I have at least 7 books planned for the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and it could be more. There are a lot of goodies in the Bag of Badness (you have to read The Night Beat to know what I’m talking about here ;-D) and each of them needs to be dealt with. And who knows what other evils Victoria and her pack will find along the way?

Stella: And last but not least: if you could have a literary crossover with another urban fantasy universe whose universe would you like your characters to visit, or which characters would you like to welcome to the
world of The Night Beat?

Gini Koch: Being the total comics-geek girl that I am, I’d love to do a crossover into pretty much any of the comic series I see as urban fantasy. Batman could use Victoria’s help. (Though she’d totally go for Wolverine.)

Gini Koch writes the Alexander Outland series for Night Shade Books. She also writes under a variety of other pen names (including 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 at www.ginikoch.com.


The nice thing about being a modern-day undead in general and werewolf in particular was that the whole clothes issue had been solved by brighter minds generations earlier. So while I went more wolfy, my clothes didn’t rip and shred so that I wouldn’t be naked when I went back to human form. The Spandex-poly blend was a shape-shifting undead’s best friend and it was spelled to let our fur through, so when we were in wolf form we didn’t look like we were wearing stupid dog coats.

I shoved my so far useless special gun back into its rear holster, did my best to guess where this thing’s vulnerable spot was, and gave it the old werewolf leap. I landed on what you could generously call its head and started clawing and biting.

“Go, Vicki, go!” Maurice was all over the cheering.

“This thing tastes worse than whatever’s in the trashcans. And a little aerial support wouldn’t be considered an insult.”

Amanda flew up and landed on what I was going to insist, until told otherwise, was the thing’s back. Vamps can do the whole extend the claws thing, too, and when they’re really pissed, frightened or fighting something a lot stronger, they go all Nosferatu. It wasn’t Amanda’s best look, but then again, I wasn’t going to win Best in Show, either.

However, six inch claws that looked like sling blades were impressive weapons. She slashed, I clawed, we both bit. We weren’t doing anything other than ensuring we’d need the biggest bottles of Listerine in the universe later.

The Night Beat by Gini Koch

Book #1 in the Necropolis Enforcement Files series
The majority of Prosaic City’s residents don’t know that their town exists on top of another place -- Necropolis, City of the Undead. For the most part, the two planes of existence manage to remain separate. And when they don’t, Necropolis Enforcement has beings in place to ensure the general human population remains blithely clueless.

Victoria Wolfe is more than just a policewoman. She’s an undercover werewolf assigned by Necropolis Enforcement to work Prosaic City Police’s Night Beat. Victoria’s comfortable working the shift where all the weird comes out to play, especially since her partner is also her perfect man. Or would be, if Victoria could ever work up the nerve to tell him she isn’t like other girls.

It’s hard enough being a werewolf in disguise, but when a creature from the Depths of Hell shows up in an alley preferred by junkies, bums, and hookers, it’s going to take more than just Victoria’s special gun and werewolf skills to subdue the ancient Sumerian demon. Especially when the demon is merely the start of what appears to be a major takeover attempt by the Prince of Darkness.

Soon all of Necropolis Enforcement’s Undead Brigade is involved in the fight to stop the Prince’s Major Minions from taking over Prosaic City and the rest of the human plane. But it’s Victoria who has to face the Adversary and figure out what intricate plan Lucifer has up his wings before everyone she cares about is destroyed.

In other words, it’s just another day on the Night Beat.


Gini has generously offered an ebook copy of The Night Beat to a lucky commenter!

All you need to do is leave a comment and answer any of the following questions: Which are your favourite urban fantasy authors/series? What do you like the most about UF? According to you what makes an urban fantasy story exciting/perfect? What/how do you like your urban fantasy stories?

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends on 21 September 2012!

Good luck!

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