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About Gail Koger
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. I’ve had my weird but true stories published in newspapers and magazines.
Reality Bites, the next in the Coletti Warlord series
An Interview with Gail Koger
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Gail, thank you for talking with us at TRS Blue. Your featured book is Vexing Voss. Where did the idea for this amazing story originate?
GK: I’m a bit psychotic. I have all these characters running amok in my head. Just My Luck, the first in the Coletti Warlord series, came to me in a dream, and the characters won’t go away until I write all their stories. Have you ever tried to tell a Warlord no? It doesn't go over very well.
HH: What do you like the best about Zoey and why will the readers identify with her?
GK: Zoey is fearless, ballsy and slightly nuts. Even though life has repeatedly kicked her in the teeth, Zoey never gives up. She's determined to find her mother's killer, and a persistent warlord isn't going to stop her.
I think the readers will identify with her need for justice. Zoey's still reeling from losing the two people she loved, and she doesn't have time to grieve. If she doesn't stop the villains, they will kill again. She's reluctant to risk her heart again, but soon realizes Voss is her soul mate.
HH: What do you like the best about her warrior and why will the readers love him?
GK: Voss is the ultimate alpha male, and master of psychic seduction. No one can resist him when he sets his mind to it. So it's a bit of a shock when this tiny little female unleashes her own brand of whoop-ass to evade him.
Voss is the typical over-protective male. He can't believe all the havoc Zoey is capable of creating. She keeps him on his toes. His carefully concealed romantic soul is soon exposed, and he'll do whatever is necessary to capture his mate's heart.
HH: What makes this different from anything you've ever written before?
GK: The sex scenes are hotter. A Coletti Warlord's anatomy is different from a human male's. No pubic hair, no balls and his penis is snakelike with a frill of tentacles at the top. This presents a unique challenge to write a melt your panties sex scene, and not freak out your readers. Thankfully, I succeeded, or at least I hope I did.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
GK: I'm current working on Reality Bites, the next in the Coletti Warlord series. Bree's half Coletti, and one tough cookie. Jaylan's the Overlord's best hunter, and master of psychic seduction. Can Bree elude him or is Jaylan going to turn her into a nymphomaniac?
HH: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
GK: 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 of what a real emergency is. Take this for an 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 have a tendency 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.
HH: Do you have appearances, in person or online, planned for the fall?
GK: Right now, I'm attending TRS Spookapalooza from 10/25/13 to 10/30/13 and the Romance Reviews Year-End Splash from 11/1/13 to 11/30/13.
HH: What inspires you in your writing?
GK: If I need to write a really hot sex, scene all I need to do is go out in my backyard and wait. My neighbor and his current girlfriend are pretty frisky in the pool. Their screams get every dog in the neighborhood howling, and I can pick up some pointers from their unusually athletic sexual positions. No, I am not a Peeping Tom. It’s called research.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
GK: I'm reading Lee Roland's Vengeance Moon. I love her kick-butt heroines and fast-pacing.
HH: Do you celebrate Halloween, and if so, how?
GK: Last year I spent Halloween with the SWAT team. No, I wasn't arrested. Gee, what kind of person do you think I am? Okay, maybe I'm a bit psychotic, but in a good way. But you want to know how I got to spend Halloween with a bunch of hunky cops?
It all started when my new neighbors moved in. The minute I saw the stick thin, tattooed-covered biker chick I thought to myself, Houston we have a problem. I just knew she was a tweeker. For you civilian types it's cop talk for a meth user.
On Halloween night my neighbor's drug deal went south. The police had a possible hostage situation, and they needed to use my front yard as a staging area for the SWAT team. Whoopee! A bunch of hot cops in my yard.
This year I'm just passing out candy to the little fairies and ghouls.
HH: Thank you!