Guest Author Day with Gail Koger
Thanks for stopping by to talk a little about your writing! Let's jump right in. When did you begin writing and why?
I was a
9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police
Department and to keep from going totally bonkers – I mean people have no idea
what a real emergency is. Take this for example: I answered, “ 9-1-1 emergency, what’s your emergency?” And
this hysterical woman yelled, “My bird is in a tree.” Sometimes I really
couldn’t help myself, so I said, “Birds tend to do that, ma’am.” The woman
screeched, “No! You don’t understand. My pet parakeet is in the tree. I’ve just
got to get him down.” Like I said, not a clue. “I’m sorry ma’am but we don’t
get birds out of trees.” The woman then cried, “But… What about my husband?
He’s up there, too.” See what I had to deal with? To keep from hitting myself
repeatedly in the head with my phone I took up writing.
Do you have a favorite genre? Is it the same genre you prefer to write?
I love science fiction, paranormal romance books and anything with humor in it. I write science fiction and paranormal stories because the little voices in my head won’t leave me alone until I do. Go figure.
Do certain themes and ideas tend to capture your writer’s imagination and fascinate you?
I’m not your typical writer. I have all these weird critters and hunky aliens running amok in my head. Wulf, a Coletti warlord, was a persistence bugger. Nag. Nag. Nag. Write my story. Write my story. The thing about Coletti warlords is; they’re the ultimate predator with a taste for blood, a passion for battle and the need to control everything in their lives. I ignored Wulf until he showed me his man parts. Hoo boy. That got my attention. It was long, snakelike and had tentacles. Yakira, his long-sought mate, claims the tentacles are better than sex toys. Ya think?
How do you balance long-term thinking vs. being nimble in today's market?
The market is glutted with shape shifters books right now. I don’t follow the trends. When a story pops into my head, it becomes an obsession and it won’t leave me the hell alone until I write it. Plus, I have fun with my characters. Maybe, a little too much.
How do you find readers in today's market?
How do I stand out in the crowd? My cute and cuddly alien critters? My stories are sheer laugh out loud fun and even the scariest looking aliens become my heroine’s friends. People want and need to laugh. I provide that service. I also reach new readers on Facebook, blog spotlights and Twitter.
Do you come up with the hook first, or do you create characters first and then dig through until you find a hook?
Even though I hate squeezing 50,000 words into a one line hook, I don’t work on the blurb until I’ve finished the book. Then I eat a lot of chocolate and pray to the goddess of creativity for help.
How do you create your characters?
My story ideas come to me in my dreams. Weird creatures, hunky alien beings come to life in my mind and the fun begins. Wanna know a secret? Sex scenes are not my forte. I took a vow of celibacy when I was thirteen and pretty much suck at all the intimate details. You know? What goes where. Okay, you can stop laughing now. Geez. I may have exaggerated a tiny bit.
What's on the top of your TBR pile right now?
Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich. Her stories are hilarious.
Tell me a little about the characters in Wulf and the Bounty Hunter.
Wulf’s a Coletti warlord, the ultimate predator. He found his true mate, Yakira, when she was just ten years old. Her adopted family whisked her away and he has searched for her for ten long years. When Wulf finally finds Yakira he’s ecstatic. He’s determined to keep her safe and happy. He tells her, "Know this. I will never betray, abandon or sell you. Your family is my family. I'm driven to protect you from any who mean you harm. You were meant to be mine. My heart is forever yours."
Yakira on the other hand is not impressed. She was only three years old when she was captured by the Tai-Kok and taken aboard their ship. An ordeal she almost didn’t survive. Yakira was rescued by a Bjarke warrior who adopted her and fitted her with bionic limbs.
Yakira’s new family is not so law abiding. Ziyad, her BFF, looks like a creature some mad scientist has dreamed up. She’s half Askole and half Rodan. She has the face of an T-Rex, tentacles and the black armor-plated skin of an Askole.
Yakira and Ziyad go into the bounty hunting business to raise money to get their family out of jail. Their quarry is Gulog the Mad. To Yakira’s horror Wulf is after the same bounty.
Yakira does feels safe and cherished with Wulf, but he is a Coletti warlord who needs to control everything in his life. The big question is; how does she make Wulf understand she’s a powerful psychic with kick-ass bionic limbs and quite capable of taking care of herself?
Where’s the story set? How much influence did the setting have on the atmosphere/characters/development of the story?
I like unique aliens and I wanted to start with Gulog the Mad in the Sharqi Pleasure Palace. It’s a male's wet dream. Species from every corner of the galaxy swarm the dimly lit, disgustingly gaudy interior. All with two thoughts on their feeble minds. Sex and booze.
Next is a visit to Igator prison to bail her family out. Yakira uses a transporter to appear on the prison’s visitor’s platform. Or as Yakira likes to call it, the kill zone. She is surrounded by dozens of automated laser canons. If she failed the prison's body scan, she would be incinerated. The book spends a lot of time on a Coletti warbird as they zoom around the galaxy in pursuit of the villain.
If you had to write your memoir in five words, what would you write?
Bat shit crazy.
How often does your muse distract you from day to day minutiae?
My house has dust bunnies and I don’t hit the gym as often as I should.
What do readers have to look forward to in the future from you?
My next Coletti Warlord book is Game on Askole. This book contains non-stop action, tongue in cheek dialogue, snarky heroines, hot alpha males and unique sidekicks. Warning! Warning! Hysterical laughter will occur while reading my books.
Blurb for Wulf and the Bounty Hunter:
Wulf knows Yakira is his soul mate. The only person he needs to convince is her, but with intergalactic terrorists on Yakira’s trail, there’s little time for romance. What’s a hot-blooded Coletti warlord to do?
Yakira feels safe and cherished with Wulf, but he is a Coletti; the ultimate predator with a taste for blood, a passion for battle and the need to control everything in his life. The big question is; how does she make Wulf understand she’s a powerful psychic with kick-ass bionic limbs and quite capable of taking care of herself?
Genre: Science fiction/romance – Publisher – Loose Id
Book cover: Attached
Excerpt: Wulf nibbled a sensuous path down to my thong-style panties. He took a bite. The expression on Wulf’s face went from turned on to appalled. “Licorice! Colettis are severely allergic to lickric.”
“What?” To my utter horror, his lips ballooned up, his eyes swelled shut and hives covered his face and body. I quickly clamped my hands around his face and sent healing energy into him.
“Our special night was supposed to be sexy and romantic and perfect.” Tears rolled down my cheeks. “And I almost killed you.”
“Oot nek feck.” Wulf switched to mind talk. “It’s not your fault. I have many enemies.”
My temper flared to life. “We are going to hunt them down and leave them on Gansu for the snakes to eat.”
Wulf hugged me to him. “Goddess, I do love you. You are perfect in every way.”
He wiped away my tears. “You have a warrior’s heart. I know you will stand at my side no matter what comes.”
“You bet I will. We’re a team.” A sigh of relief broke from me. His face was still a little puffy, but the hives were entirely gone. I gave him another burst of energy. “You itch anywhere?”
Wulf put a finger to his mouth. “Here.”
The puffiness had vanished, but the playful gleam in his eyes told me he was ready for some bed sport. Drawing on his vast experience, I traced the seam of his lips with my tongue, then delved into his mouth; learning its shape and texture. “Anywhere else?”
Bio: I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for thirty-one years and to keep insanity at bay, I took up writing. Not to worry. The insanity isn’t catching – much. Other than the addiction to chocolate and the twitch in my left eye, I’m good.
Author links: www.gailkoger.com