Thursday, June 07, 2012

Interview with G.J. Koch and Giveaway - June 7, 2012

Please welcome G.J. Koch to The Qwillery! Alexander Outland: Space Pirate was published on June 5, 2012 by Night Shade Books.

Trouble’s brewing out in space, and Alexander Outland — the least likely hero in the galaxy — and his eccentric crew have to save the day, despite the fact they’d prefer to take the money and run.

Alexander Napoleon Outland is the best pilot, and ladies’ man, in the galaxy. But Nap, as his friends call him, is more than that — he’s a schemer with a heart of gold he desperately wants to hide, a soft spot for other people’s cargo and his exotic weapon’s chief, and the unerring ability to find the biggest misfit on any planet or space station and somehow join that person onto his crew.

Nap’s not your classic hero, but that tends to make him the right guy for the job…whatever the job happens to be. He’s a little bit Han Solo, a little bit Malcolm Reynolds, a little bit Jack Sparrow, and a whole lot of fun to fly with.

There are aliens, explosions, telepaths, donkeys, space pirates of all kinds, and a galaxy-wide conspiracy. And the most horrifying “underwater” trip any crew’s had to face in a long, long while. But mostly, there are laughs.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

GJK:  I think they’re all fascinating.

LOL. Well, huh. That’s a toughie. I don’t think I have one that’s all the unusual from at least 30% of the other authors out there. And in terms of interest to anyone but me…I guess that I have to go with the fact that I must have music, music with lyrics, rock ‘n’ roll of some kind and any and all kinds, playing in order to really “flow”. By now, I can write without it, but I don’t like to. The right music means I’m flying along, and that’s always better for me.

TQ:  If you were stranded on a desert island for one year, which 5 novels would you want to have with you?

GJK:  I don’t need mine; I can write mine while there. And I remember them all. So, in no particular order, I’d want:

1. Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
2. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
3. The Complete Works of O. Henry
4. The Complete Sherlock Holmes
5. Chips Off the Old Benchley, by Robert Benchley

I know 3 -5 are technically cheating, but I chose to look at “novel” as “book”, and it does count if they’re all in one big book! Right? Of course right! (And that was less cheating than my saying “The Complete Discworld Collection”, since such does not yet exist.)

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

GJK:  I’m an extreme linear writer. Yeah, I hate, HATE, the term “pantser” because I don’t like the insinuation that linear writers such as myself don’t plan. We do plan, we just do it differently from those who live to outline.

There is no one “right way” to write. Whatever works for you is the right way.

So, to answer your question, I’m an extreme MILITANT linear writer.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

GJK:  Getting it all done. I have more ideas than I’ll probably ever be able to get onto paper, so to speak. So the most challenging thing for me is getting all the stories out, one way or the other, and finished, because while I have a lot started, it’s only the finished ones anyone else ever gets to see.

TQ:  Describe Alexander Outland: Space Pirate in 140 characters or less.

GJK:  It’s the best book ever written and a deal at twice the price!

No? Okay, how’s this: Against all wisdom, wise-cracking space pirate & all-around rogue has to save the galaxy or die trying, helped & hindered by his misfit crew.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Alexander Outland: Space Pirate?

GJK:  Honestly, I stumbled across the name. It was a very cool name, and it just sounded like a space pirate’s name to me. A cool, fun space pirate. I started to wonder just what a space pirate like this would be like and what kind of universe he’d live in, and the story was born.

TQ:  In Alexander Outland: Space Pirate who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

GJK:  None of them were hard. Honestly, if they’re hard characters to write, it usually means I’m doing something wrong. However, since this is a first person POV story, for me, Nap was by far the easiest character to write. As for hardest, again, if they’re hard, I tend to figure I’m doing something very wrong, but I’d go with the Governor, for reasons that will become very apparent once Alexander Outland: Space Pirate is read. (By one and all! Go buy it! Right now! The mystery has to be killing you, right? Of course right!)

TQ:  Which character(s) in Alexander Outland: Space Pirate surprised you the most?

GJK:  Oh, all of them. Again, if they aren’t surprising me along the way, something’s off for me. Being the extreme linear writer that I am, every character should surprise me in some way. And they all manage it, too.

However, to show willing and all that, I’d have to say my biggest surprise was the Governor. (I love the Governor, by the way, and his relationship with Nap.) (See? You literally HAVE to get the book now, don’t you? Or just die from the suspense. And we don’t want you dying, now, do we?)

TQ:  What's next?

GJK:  Gosh, so many things. LOL In addition to public appearances (I’ll be in San Diego a lot this summer, at Mysterious Galaxy Books on June 20th, and at San Diego Comic-Con from July 11th-15th), Alien vs. Alien, the next book in my Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, writing as Gini Koch, releases December 4, 2012, with Alien in the House and Alien Collective coming in April and December 2013.

I have more things coming up, but they’re not finalized yet (though contracts have been signed in some of the cases!) so I can’t say just yet for anything else. But more WILL be coming, and that soon. (Ooooh, the mystery!)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

GJK:  I had a blast, thanks so much for having me!

About Alexander Outland: Space Pirate

Alexander Outland: Space Pirate
Alexander Outland 1
Night Shade Books, June 5 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Captain Alexander Outland of the Sixty-Nine (short for Space Vessel 3369, of course) is the best pilot in the galaxy. He's also a pirate, a smuggler, and loved and loathed by women in umpteen solar systems. His crew of strays and misfits includes an engineer of dubious sanity, a deposed planetary governor, an annoyingly unflappable Sexbot copilot, and a slinky weapons chief who stubbornly refuses to give the captain a tumble.

Outland just wants to make a decent living skirting the law, but when an invisible space armada starts cutting into his business, he soon finds himself in hot water with the military, the mob, mad bombers, and an extended family of would-be conquerors. And that's not counting an occasionally telepathic spy . . . .

Like any sensible scoundrel, he hates heroics. They're risky and they don't pay well. But to keep his ship and crew in one piece, and make time with a certain hard-to-get weapons chief, he might just have to make an exception--and save the galaxy in spite of himself!

About G.J. Koch

G.J. Koch writes science fiction. Not the hard stuff, though. Because that requires actual scientific knowledge or at least actual scientific research. Knowledge may be power and research may be cool, but they take time away from writing jokes, action, and romance, and being witty in the face of death is what it’s really all about. Check out G.J.’s rollicking Alexander Outland: Space Pirate series from Night Shade Books and reach G.J. at Space…the Funny Frontier (

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The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a copy of Alexander Outland: Space Pirate from Night Shade Books. If the winner has a US mailing address the winner will win a print copy of the novel. If the winner is  International (i.e., does not have a US nailing address) the winner will receive a digital copy of the novel.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite novel, TV show, movie, or comic set in outer space? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

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3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth. If the winner has a US mailing address the winner will win a print copy of the novel. If the winner is International the winner will receive a digital copy of the novel. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. Here's a question I've not seen in this interview and not others I've read of Gini's--why the name change for this one on the cover as opposed to her "Alien" series?

    My favorite program set in Outer space?

    Too many choices. If I had to be sat on to make a choice, I am going to say Star Trek. It's the Outer space universe I'd want to visit.

    1. By name change I assume you mean pen name. And it's close to the style of my Alien series, but not quite the same. (This one has a lot more humor, yes, it's true, and a lot less sex, but a LOT more innuendo.) I wrote it as G.J. Koch, versus Gini Koch, and it was just different enough that Night Shade was happy to keep it as G.J., which was my preference anyway. So a happy meeting of the minds there.

  2. I like outer space things so this is a tough question, though I tend to like visual media for sf in general. Hm. Gosh. I like too many! I like the original Hitchhiker's Guide (tv show and book), I loved The Ice Pirates, Galaxy Quest...Star Wars of course and Star Trek (was a big fan of Voyager even though that is most people's last choice in that universe). I also loved L Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth way before I knew there was a hidden agenda. I've already got your book on my To Read list!

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    1. Huzzah for Galaxy Quest and Ice Pirates! And yay on the TBR list!

  3. Hi *waves*

    For a novel it would have to be the Honor Harrington Series, by David Weber. I love the intrigue, space battles, growth of the main character and the ships and ship design. I loooove this series!

    TV show? FIREFLY! All the way. Altho Battlestar Galactica is making a dent... but yeah, Firefly! Woohoo!

    Movie. Star Wars, Spaceballs or The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Need to rewatch Spaceballs btw... Jejeje.


  4. The original Star Trek for me - I'm a closet trekkie! For novels it would have to be Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. I love that book (It's an omnibus btw)!

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    1. Omnibus books mean you get more on the deserted island. Good choice!

  5. thanks for a great post and giveaway! I love all things Gini and I can't wait to read this book :)

    I'm a bit of a sci fi geek, so I love Star Wars, Firefly, Farscape, Battlestar Galactica (the remake), Star Trek (all series), Aliens 1-3, Predator, Aliens vs. Predator... and that's just a few of my favs ;)


    1. What, no love for the original Battlestar Galactica? There's nothing like seeing Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict in short-shorts to really "do it" for me...

  6. The movie Serenity and the show Firefly.

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  7. Adventure and humor in an outer space novel. Let's get into it.

    I'm a big fan of the movie Alien. Love that flic.

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    1. I can't handle the scary. (Sad but true. I can write it, but watching and reading it is no longer in my bests interests. Because I BELIEVE it. LOL) I personally prefer Aliens to Alien, but then I prefer James Cameron's directing to Ridley Scott's, so that's a big reason why.

  8. Ok, you asked the wrong question because there are so many movies I loved.

    This Island Earth
    Between the Planets
    Destination Moon
    Earth vs the Flying Saucers
    Forbidden Planet
    Ice Pirates
    Hell Comes to Frogtown
    Plan 9 From Outer Space
    Space Balls
    Starship Troopers
    The Day the Earth Stood Still- the original
    The Day the Earth Stood Still
    There are so many, and I own these and many more on DVD. LOL

    Told you ya asked the wrong question!

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  9. Alicia Martinez
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    Gosh I love Gini Koch and I can't wait to get this book too, tho if I could get it for free then that would be even cooler!
    hmm favorite movies in space are star wars, Titan A.E, the hitchhiker's guide, Spaceballs, firefly
    Tv shows: Gundam series, several scifi little movies. Star trek, Space odyssey, that's all i can think of right now
    books: A Soldier's Duty by Jean Johnson, Halo Reach (of course all the games too)Mass Effect redemption(as well as the games!!) and hmmm that's again all i can think of.
    also posted this on facebook! Love you Gini Koch!

    1. LOVE Titan A.E.! Love Spaceballs and Firefly, too. LOL And I love you, too, Alicia!

  10. Babylon Five is still my favorite Science Fiction TV show. I have to may favorite Science Fiction books to name one. I am a follower.

    1. The hubs agrees with your choice. (I'm still going with Firefly. LOL)

  11. My favorite space books are the Foundation Trilogy by I. A.

  12. I am a big fan of Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica.
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  13. I love Star Trek The Next Generation and Voyager. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber.

    1. Data was my fave character from all the Trek series; I really liked Voyager (then I started writing and stopped watching TV entirely, LOL).

  14. I'm not entering for the giveaway, I just wanted to say that I've read Alexander Outland: Space Pirate and it's a fantastically hilarious space adventure. I loved it!

    1. Thanks, Barbara! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book!

  15. Way too many choice, Gini!

    How about the top few?

    Battlestar Galactica
    Star Trek - any version
    Cleopatra 2525 (yeah, I'm campy!)

    Those are some of the best ones out there. I wish the Syfy was more sci-fi these days. It needs a good space drama and is too slow about getting them. How about Alexander? LOL!

    See ya around the galaxy!


  16. One of my favorites is The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.

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    1. Anything by Bradbury is great. Such a loss. But at least we still have his books.

  17. Every time I try to comment, something happens - computer freezes, a work call comes in, boss walks around the corner... so I keep losing my long long LONG list of favorites. So I'm gonna just toss a couple out there: The Fifth Element, Galaxy Quest, Spaceballs, Card's Ender's Game series, Weber's Honor Harrington series, Firefly, Serenity, a lot of Heinlein, Moon's Vatta's War series, McCaffrey's Tower and Crystal Singer series(es). And just this year I tried a new author/series, and promptly devoured the first 5 books... and I am now waiting not-too-patiently for December. Which author/series? Duh! Gini Koch's Alien novels! :)

    Wait, did I say 'a couple'? Got carried away, again!

    Looking forward to reading about Nap & Co, even if I don't win. (But I will keep my fingers crossed thru next Thursday anyway!)

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    1. LOL, and hey, the umpteenth time's the charm, Rissatoo!

  18. Movie would have to be the original Star Wars movies. Can't top them! Also Chronicles of Riddick, love!
    TV series would be Stargate SG1 (come on, you get to see McGuiver again!)
    And books: I just read Assassins in Love, assassins in space falling in love. Awesome.

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  19. Hmm. I don't know! I'm going to pick Hal Spacejock (by Simon Haynes) because the description of this book reminded me of it!


  20. I like Star Wars.

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  21. Loved star wars at the time and battlestar galactica. and books I love Judy Mays Celestial Passions seris. I am doing a reread of those now.

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