Thursday, September 21, 2023

Blog Tour: Kathe Koja's Dark Park


We're happy to help Meerkat Press support the release of their latest title, Kathe Koja's Dark Park by participating in their blog tour. And if you're at all into winning free stuff, they're running a giveaway where you can potentially win a $50 book shopping spree.

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I had decided to retire the literary Would You Rather series, but didn't want to stop interviews on the site all together. Instead, I've pulled together 40ish questions - some bookish, some silly - and have asked authors to limit themselves to answering only 10 of them. Kathe Koja does just that.... check it out!

The 40 but 10 Interview Series: Kathe Koja


Q: What songs would be on the soundtrack of your life?

A: This list would definitely spool on longer, but these special songs begin it:

Inner City/Kevin Saunderson – Big Fun

R.E.M. – Discoverer

New Order – Slow Jam

Sinead O’Connor – Just Like U Said It Would B

Bowie – Heroes

Perfume Genius – Describe

Shearwater – White Waves

Nina Simone – Feeling Good

Sigur Rós – Glósóli

I’ve also sworn an oath to dance to the Weather Girls’ eternal banger “It’s Raining Men” whenever and wherever it’s played, so that’s in the mix too.



Q: Would you and your main characters get along?

A: In Dark Park (and Dark Factory) everybody gets along with Ari Regon, the star producer, except the people who try to control him—an impossible task—so he and I would do just fine. Ari’s always up for what’s next, no matter what it is, a new club, a new reality, and I find that kind of energy irresistible.

DJ Felix Perez is very talented and very mercurial: either we would vibe right away, or give each other a wide berth—though I would respect his intense work ethic, and dance to his beats.

Filmmaker Sergey Kendricks is equally intense, but his is a calm intensity, like the ocean rolling in. I would love to tag along and observe him at work—though he’d be observing me, of course, along with everybody and everything else around him. Because Sergey misses nothing.  

Marfa Carpenter is a journalist, so we would have writing in common. And she’s not afraid to say what she thinks, and I’m not either, so it would be a lively conversation. But she’s always ready to ask the question you’re not sure you want to answer.    

Max Caspar, the reality artist—oh Max.


Q: If you met your Dark Park characters in real life, what would you say to them?

A: I’d really love to know what they would say to me!


Q: Do you read the reviews of your books or do you stay far far away from them, and why?

A: Oh I always read them, if I see them. I want to know if a conversation has taken place between that reader, that reviewer, and my book—that’s the whole point of writing and reading, to facilitate that shared engagement. Whether a review is positive or negative, if I can see that a conversation happened, if the reader/reviewer truly read and reacted to the book I wrote, then I’m content. 

I do believe that to make art professionally, the artist needs to come to terms, their own terms, with public reviews and reactions to their work, good and bad, and do that as early in their working life as possible.


Q: What genres won’t you read?

A: The more hyphenated a genre gets, the more striated, the more I worry. If a book is primarily about its genre, how much attention will it give to its characters, to its use of language, its voice? But it’s a moot question really because I read fiction for voice, and if the voice is there, genre doesn’t matter to me at all.


Q: If you could spend the day with another author, who would you choose and why?

A: A twofer: Emily Brontë in the morning, for a long wordless walk on the hills, then all-night clubbing with Christopher Marlowe. What a total fangirl thrill, to contemplate spending 24 hours like that!


Q: What are some of your favorite websites and social media platforms?

A: Right now I’m excited by Elena Velez’ fashion and the masked world of Wintercroft, ravished by the scents of Sfumato, and learning about garden and habitat from Wildlife Trusts.

Daily, usually Vulture for quick pop trash and treasure, CfBD for news of the world, the Guardian for human news, and Exberliner for, well, Berlin news.

My favorite social media platform doesn’t exist. I’m on IG and Facebook and Threads.


Q: If you could remove one color from the world, what would it be and why?

A: That terrible babyshit brown. Call it sunset khaki, call it desert yellow, it is a color without excuse and it has to go.


Q: What’s the single best line you ever read?

A: “Though in Kyoto . . . I long for Kyoto,” by the forever-astonishing Bashō. Everything about life, about longing and desire, permanence and restlessness—it’s a novel in seven words.


Q: Why do you write?

A: Because it’s what I am.




Released September 19, 2023

Fiction | SciFi | LGBT | Literary

The only thing wilder than a night at the club is the morning after, in Paradise . . .

DARK FACTORY opened the doors to a reality-bending dance club, an online immersive portal, and the feeling that the whole world is on the brink of something new. DARK PARK follows visionary filmmaker Sergey Kendricks as he tracks Ari Regon and Felix the DJ through the fever and chaos of stardom and celebrity culture, while Max Caspar quests deeper into the unstable gaming landscape of Birds of Paradise: pursued and idolized by fans, acolytes, haters, and schemers, all dazed by beauty and searching for the end of the world.


BUY LINKS:  Meerkat Press | | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Kathe Koja writes award-winning fiction, and creates and produces live and virtual immersive stories that cross and combine genres. She lives in Detroit and thinks globally.

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