Interview with Gail Koger

Published 2018-04-30.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my friends. Their support and feedback is greatly appreciated.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on Book Two of Shenanigans - The Trouble with Tigers
Why did you start writing?
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. Most of my ideas come to me in my sleep. Scary? Huh?
If you could write a warning label for yourself, what would it be?
Warning: Hysterical laughter may occur. I’ve had more than one reader tell me they were banned from reading my books in bed because they woke their husbands up with their laughter.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to learn about you?
I took a vow of celibacy when I was thirteen and I’m still hanging in there. Okay, you can stop laughing now. Geeze.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a mystery called The Ghost Wore Polyester.
Do you ever get writer's block?
I do. There’s nothing like staring at my computer screen and zip. My brain has gone on vacation. Instead of banging my head against the keyboard, which leaves those funny marks on my face; I take a walk or watch a little television or eat a box of chocolate.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a wonderful cover artist. Her name is Valeria Tibbs.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love science fiction romance and paranormal romance. Anna Carver, Anna Hackett to name a few.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle. I love it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter, Facebook and Romance Novel Giveaway
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