LM Brown, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Zak from the book, My Boyfriend's an Alien.
Publisher: Totally Bound
Cover artist: Emmy and Angelique of Totally Bound
Length: 227 pages
Heat rating: Sizzling
Tagline: Can an alien find love with a human being?
Blurb: Zak, an alien from the planet Trimmeron, is a member of a race of beings who transform into other species during their years of puberty. It's customary for the youngsters to be fostered to the worlds native to their new forms, to study and learn about the races who will play an important part in their lives.
When Zak turns into a human it comes as a surprise to everyone, for only one other before him has ever done so. Nevertheless he is sent to Earth, a world he views as primitive and barbaric. He arrives with a chip on his shoulder and attitude to spare. He does not believe anyone on Earth can have anything to teach him.
When Zak meets college student Sam he soon discovers he has a lot to learn, not only about humans, but also about himself.
Trapped on an unfamiliar world and in a strange body that seems to have a mind of its own, Zak has no idea what is happening to him, only that Sam seems to be the key to the strange afflictions he is suffering from.
But can an alien find love with a human being?
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Sam, age 19, college student
Zak, age 19 (in Earth years), college student
"I can't believe you took one of the natives as your partner!"
"She's what humans call my soulmate." Darren said the words as though they explained everything. "We joined our life forces on Trimmeron. We're also what humans call married, which makes her my wife and me her husband. You won't know the terms, but they mean virtually the same thing as partner on our planet, just without the ritual of life sharing."
"You share your life with one of the natives?" Zak couldn't keep the shock from his voice. Everything from the knowledge implant indicated that humans were one of the most primitive races in the universe. How could Darren even consider spending his life with one of them?
"Because I didn't want to lose her. Human lives are far shorter than our own. Humans are lucky to live one hundred of their years."
"How long is a human year?"
"Three hundred and sixty-five revolutions of the Earth on its axis. Each revolution is called a day and takes twenty four hours to complete. Earth's days are shorter than ours by a few hours."
Zak nodded. "Three hundred and sixty-five days, got it."
"Well, except every four years when there's an extra day because it's a leap year," Darren amended.
"Don't ask. I never really understood the calendar myself."
Zak sat quietly and did the calculations in his head. "Are you saying you joined with a native, knowing it would take thousands of years off of your own life?"
Darren smiled as he faced the road ahead. "Simple really. I'd rather live five thousand years with my Eleanor than ten thousand years alone."
Zak shook his head. He'd never heard of anything so foolish.
Interview with Zak
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Zakrynious, though here on Earth I go by the name Zak Johnson. I'm what you humans would call an alien, although I don't look it. Actually, in my regular form I look like nothing you've ever seen before. I have blue fur all over me and a tail like a monkey for balance. My people are like chameleons and all through puberty we change into other creatures. Right now I'm a human, which came as a shock to pretty much everyone, me included. It's customary for us to be fostered to the worlds where our new forms are native and so here I am on Earth. I got sent here to stay with Darren, the only other person from Trimmeron to turn human. Lucky for me he decided to stay here on Earth so I could be fostered into his care while I'm learning all about what it means to be human.
Tell us about Sam.
Unlike me, Sam is a regular human being. He's smart and has such great inner strength it amazes me. He goes to the local college where Darren has enrolled me too. He talks about how he'd like to have gone to university like his friends, but he doesn't let it get him down too much. I get the feeling there's something else going on that he hasn't told me. Sometimes I think Sam's best friend, Lucy, is about to let something slip to me about what he's hiding, but each time she starts to say something Sam gives her a look, or a swift kick, to stop her from saying too much. I hope one day Sam will tell me what it is he's hiding. In the meantime, it just makes him more mysterious.
What do you think is your strongest point?
My ability to adapt. I've taken a number of different forms over the years of my puberty and mostly I find it easy to adapt to the new climate, body and customs of different worlds. At least I did until I came to Earth. This place is nothing like anywhere I've ever been before and certain parts of my human body seems to have a mind of their own. I hope I can manage to figure this out before my time here on Earth is up.
What was it like where you grew up?
Trimmeron is another world, literally. There's no pollution on my world and no disease either. No one goes hungry and the last war took place so long ago even the oldest of my people can't remember it, and since we can live to be 10,000 years old, that's a very long time we've been at peace. Trimmeron is very advanced compared to Earth, but things aren't necessarily better. My people aren't big on showing emotions. Our genetic makeup doesn't really allow for strong feelings. We're born in laboratories to parents who are paired up because their genes are likely to produce healthy and smart children. I grew up in my father's household at the base of a mountain range with lots of siblings and half siblings. It was always busy with lots happening. I guess compared to how Sam grew up, with two parents who raised him together and doted on him, it seems pretty lonely, although it didn't seem like it at the time.
What do you wish was different about your life?
The only thing I wish were different about my life is having my biological parents take a more active part in it. I didn't realise until I came to live with Darren and Eleanor how much I had missed out on having real parents looking out for me. It's not like my natural parents didn't love me, or I them, but I'm finally starting to realise that there's more to being a parent than simply donating your DNA.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
I would like to show Sam the universe, all the worlds I have been to and all those I have yet to visit. There's so much out there to see, so much to learn, and Sam has such a thirst for knowledge I'm sure he would love it. As soon as my period of fostering is over I intend to take Sam to Trimmeron with me. Of course, I'll have to tell him I'm an alien first and even though he's a total astronomy geek, he's not likely to believe me just like that. Like I said, Sam is really smart and it'll take something huge to convince him I'm telling the truth. Lucky for me our spaceships are enormous.
Describe a place of perfect refuge.
My mother's home in the mountains. She's a healer who lives near the Sacred Pool, which is where my people go to join their life forces together. It's a dangerous thing to do so she lives nearby just in case she is needed in a hurry. Her home is high up in the trees and even though her house is just as crowded as my father's it's out of the way of the rest of the community. There are lots of mountain streams, hidden glens and quiet spots around the area and I loved exploring them when I was growing up. The only thing even more perfect than the mountains would be being there with Sam. The mountains were my refuge as a child, but I think maybe Sam will be my refuge as an adult.
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biography. Right now she is in England
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the details. Keeping her company are numerous sexy men. She just wishes that they
weren't all inside her head.
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