What were your biggest challenges with writing the book?
One of my biggest challenges was writing in English since it is not my first language. Although having lived in the UK for thirty years, all my thoughts are in English.
I had so many characters and subplots that it was challenging to organise the whole book. So I had to draw out the scenes and the character’s physiques and make a wall chart where I could place carton cards containing a summary of each chapter to set up a storyboard from the initial, middle and final scenes.
Who or what inspired you when creating your Protagonist?
Many themes can be invented and explored in the specific case of alien romance: unrequited love, impossible love, and fatal attraction. Once aliens meet humans, their different origins can play a decisive part in a unique plot that could not possibly happen had the lovers been just humans.
In my book, I wanted to explore impossible love.
The characters in the book are unique to the story and are inspired by it.
I created Erin Lobart, my Protagonist, to be smart, beautiful, strong and independent, inspiring strong emotions from humans and aliens alike and creating a love triangle of impossible, unrequited romance from which true, all-powerful love finally triumphs.
Who or what inspired you when creating your Antagonist?
I wanted to create an all-powerful, invincible leader that would stay in Erin’s way to save planet Earth and the humans.
Kuzhma-Or is the superbly intelligent, manipulative and ruthless Alien Supreme Commander, driven by revenge in his quest to invade and take over planet Earth.
With one piercing gaze, Kuzhma-Or could command complete submission.
He is an experienced, well-respected leader who would stop at nothing to achieve his goal. But his weakness is that he underestimates everyone around him. And Erin will find unexpected allies to confront him and ultimately fulfil her destiny.