Interview: Melissa Landers

interview   1. What gave you the idea of Alienated?

I was driving down the interstate, trying to come up with a story idea for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) when I suddenly thought, “What if a high school girl had to host an alien exchange student?” That’s when Alienated was born.

2. If you were to choose 2 characters to survive with you in a zombie apocalypse who would you bring?

Any fictional characters? I’d choose Katniss from “The Hunger Games” and Daryl from “The Walking Dead,” because they could help keep me alive. They’ve got skills!  

3.How much of the book is realistic? (Happened in real life)

Well, none of my novel has happened in real life. It’s fiction. But I do believe that humans would behave that way if the events of Alienated ever came to pass. People aren’t very nice to each other now, so why would an alien race fare any better?  

4. Did you ever have a writer’s block? If you did, when?

Sometimes, yes. I can usually unblock myself by taking a walk or a quiet drive.

5. What part did you most enjoy writing? Why?

I think my favorite part of Alienated to write was the scene where Aelyx and Cara compare kissing and sh’ellam. That was fun. 🙂

about the author

Melissa Landers

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Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati and writes adult contemporary romance as Macy Beckett.

Melissa’s Books

  Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.


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