Words & Music Monday (& Contest Teaser) with Gini Koch
Hello there!! Today we’ve got the musical inspirations for a super popular series, the Alien (“Kitty” Katt) Series by Gini Koch. TOMORROW, Gini will be back, and we’re doing an EXCLUSIVE cover reveal for ALIEN RESEARCH! AND… tomorrow’s post will kick off a three day, music related contest that ties into the Coastal Magic Convention!! (where Gini will be a Featured Author!) Be sure to check back tomorrow for all of those details!!
For now… the music…
Music and Moi
There’s going to be a big reveal here tomorrow (hint: Winter’s Cover Is Coming…) but for today, I’m going to yap about the thing I love pretty much as much as I love writing, which is listening to music.
I know that there are a goodly number of writers out there for whom silence is golden, vital, and demanded. I’m not one of them. No, I’m one of those authors who writes well in chaos, and writes best with music blaring. And not just any music, either. Specific music, for specific books, but all of it falling under the very broad spectrum of rock/popular music, and all of it needing to have lyrics.
As anyone who’s known me for five minutes can guess, Aerosmith usually features prominently on my playlists. As most don’t know, however, the band that really helped me write Touched by an Alien, and had a hand in all the subsequent books in the series, is Smash Mouth. They’ve yet to get a shout out in any book (I don’t think, anyway) but they — and their “Get The Picture?” album especially — are really the creative musical force behind the series for me.
When writing (or driving, walking, or sitting) I can and do rev on one band, one album, or just one song. I’ve listened to many songs on constant repeat, as the hubs can attest and usually does while asking for headache meds.
While writing Alien Research, I was dependent upon Aerosmith’s recent release, “Music From Another Dimension”, but even more dependent upon Mötley Crüe, their “Greatest Hits”, but mostly their greatest albums, “Dr. Feelgood” and “Saints of Los Angeles”. How dependent? You’ll find out December 3rd, when Alien Research releases, but early sources say, “A lot.”
But from Alien vs. Alien, through Alien in the House, Alien Research, and now Alien Collective (Book 9, coming in May 2014, which I’m writing right now) on I’ve also become dependent, very dependent, upon Fall Out Boy. And Flo Rida, B.o.B., and Pitbull. But mostly Fall Out Boy and Flo Rida. I don’t ask why any more, I just go with it.
No one was happier than me when Fall Out Boy got back together, just in time to ensure that I’d be able to finish Alien Research (sorta on time, even). And I’m hoping they and Flo get a move on and get some new albums out pronto. Not that it matters. Because I can just listen to what they have out that I have (everything they have out) over and over and over again.
And because I’m writing Alien Collective right now, guess what’s playing? That’s right…Fall Out Boy.
FOB 4ever, baby.
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, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series. She also writes under a variety of other pen names (including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch), listens to all kinds of 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 is also the Lead Editor at Raphael’s Village, an online, nonpaying ’zine. Because she wasn’t busy enough, Gini’s added on featured guest columnist, reviewer, and webcaster for Slice of SciFi and It’s Comic Book Day. She can be reached through her website at www.ginikoch.com.