The Book Academy had the chance to interview Melissa Landers, author of the book Alienated!
About The Author
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.
1. Given the opportunity, like Cara, to host an L’eihr, would you and why?
Yes, yes, yes!!! What could possibly be cooler than hosting an alien in my home and getting to ask him anything I want?
2. Have you ever been involved in a “foreign exchange” program like Cara?
No, however I grew up in the military, so we moved around a lot. I graduated from high school in Germany, which was kind of like an exchange experience.
3. Where did most of your inspiration come from for this book?
It’s hard to say. I believe we’re inspired by the culmination of our life’s experiences. Everything I’ve been exposed to since childhood may have inspired some part of this book.
4. Are you a Sci-Fi lover?
Absolutely. In fact, I still have my Star Wars action figures from childhood.
5. How do you think, if you were in Cara and Aelyx’s shoes, you would deal with the press and HALO protest?
I would have ignored them to the best of my ability.
6. Alien; friend or enemy?
Depends on the alien. You’ll see what I mean in the sequel, INVADED.
7. What was the most challenging part of writing your first YA Novel?
Probably learning how to edit the book. That’s a tough thing to do without professional guidance from an agent or editor.
8. If Alienated where to be adapted into a film, what would your biggest worry be?
That the screenwriters would take too many liberties with the story.
9. Which perspective was it more fun to write from, Cara or Aelyx?
Aelyx’s, for sure! It was so much fun to write his transformation from a cold, superior outsider to someone resembling a human.
1o. What advice would you give to young authors?
My best advice to young authors is to stay the course. Think of writing like an Olympic sport. You wouldn’t lace up a pair of ice skates, then step onto the rink for the first time and expect to make the Olympic team, right? So why would anyone expect to get their first book published? Or the second? Or the fifth? Sometimes it takes decades of practice before you’re ready for publication. ALIENATED was my first book, but because I have an English degree, I had been writing for many, many years before the book sold. There’s rarely such a thing as an overnight success.
Thank you so much Melissa Landers for doing this interview with us! And thank you for being apart of TBA with us today!
For more on Melissa and where you can find her books check out her website; http://www.melissa-landers.com/
And make sure to check my my book Review of Alienated!
*INTERVIEW BY ISABEL NAQUIN*