October 26, 2016

Stressing the Hero from Dating an Alien Pop Star #scifiromance by @kendrybird #RLFblog

Stressing the Hero from Dating an Alien Pop Star by Kendra L. Saunders.

Author Bio

Kendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people, and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor, because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can't learn karate (or ballroom dancing).

About the Book

Title: Dating an Alien Pop Star
Genre: Scifi Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13
Daisy Kirkwood has only just escaped her small-town life and run away to New York City, the land of last-minute secret gigs at famous musical venues, when she's kidnapped by aliens. Unfortunately, no one ever writes about how to handle alien abduction in those fancy NYC guidebooks.
Griffin and Dev are supermassively sexy aliens from a politically and environmentally troubled planet who arrive on Earth with very little knowledge about human ways other than what they learned from a wayward E! News signal. Their mission is to pretend to be the most influential people on the planet—English pop stars, of course!—and gain the help of a powerful secret society. Upon arriving, they abduct Daisy Kirkwood, a nerdy young woman who loves music but could seriously use a bit of help in the love-life department. Though Griffin and Daisy initially squabble, neither can deny the intergalactic sparks whenever they're too close to each other. Together, they must face murderous aliens, cultural misunderstandings, bad backup musicians, and the dark side of fame and the media, all set against a tight deadline…
Part High Fidelity, part Bridget Jones' Diary, part Doctor Who, Dating an Alien Pop Star is a sexy romantic comedy.

Stressing The Hero

Every hero has a story. He has a background, a history, and a past. This interview allows us to meet a hero and get to know him better, by focusing on how he handles being relaxed, as well as how he handles stress.

The Hero's Relaxed Side

This hero is at a party. Considering his story, describe the party.
Griffin goes to many parties, because of being a famous pop star when he's here on Earth, so I can definitely imagine him at a posh afterparty for some kind of music awards! It would be dimly-lit, well catered, packed with booze, and very, very lush and luxurious.
How does the hero feel about being this particular party, and what body language is he displaying that gives it away?
Excited to be in a room with famous faces he recognizes from his time studying Earth's culture. A little nervous. Probably a little drunk. He would be twitchy and fluttery, but definitely smiling. And trying to watch what everyone is doing, so he doesn't miss anything!
Is he more likely to mingle or remain aloof?
Mingle, for sure. In fact, he'd want to be the life of the party.
If he drinks, what is his drink of choice at this party?
Champagne. He loves champagne, and never realizes how much is too much until it's too late.
How much drink is his usual?
Two glasses, at which time he's buzzed and flushed, and probably giggly.
The hero figures out where the hiding places are and then goes there. Is it to hide, to avoid someone, or to go drag a friend back to the party?
Griffin would want to drag his best friend Dev out into the party. Dev is a bit more reserved in groups of strangers, so he'd probably sit out most of the craziness. Griffin would want to make him join the fun!
Is he likely to latch onto a friend and stay with him/her and ignore others, or is he the friend that others latch onto?
Griffin usually latches onto one person, namely his best friend Dev, but he would still be able to pay plenty of attention to any and everyone around him. He has a capacity for paying attention to many people at once, even while holding Dev close like a safety blanket.
If someone picked a fight at this party, how is the hero going to handle it?
Griffin would most likely step in if he saw something happen that he deemed unjust or unfair. He's empathetic and has a strong sense of morals when it comes to people getting bullied or mistreated, and he isn't afraid to use his alien “powers” on Earth people if needed.
Is the hero the one most likely to get tossed out of the party, or the one who does the tossing?
Griffin wouldn't toss anyone out of a party, but here on Earth, he wouldn't be tossed out either. He's too famous for that. But on some other planet? He's been tossed out of a few places, sure...
Will he know when to leave, or stay late and make a nuisance of himself?
Griffin will leave whenever he damn well pleases. He's a pop star, thank you very much, so his timing is always perfect.

The Hero's Stressed Out Side

How does the hero handle it if the cops or some other authority figure pulls him aside when he was blameless in a situation?
Griffin was raised as a prince on his home planet, and many times over his life, he's been in danger. His first reaction to an authority pulling him aside is to believe that they are protecting him. If, however, he found out that he was being blamed for something he didn't do, on Earth, he would remind the police that he is a famous pop star and insist on being released immediately.
How does the hero react to hearing a scream?
Griffin would perk up if he thought someone was in danger. He has empathetic healing abilities, so he reacts strongly to someone who is in pain or in need of help.
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing that crosses his mind?
“How can I help this person?”
If he sees someone being assaulted, what is the FIRST thing he does?
Runs right into the fray, potentially getting himself in a dangerous situation, given he is slender and on the petite size, and not much help in a physical fight.
This hero attempts to rescue someone and realizes that he is in over his head. The odds are against him and there is no way out. He is going to get his butt handed to him. What does he do?
Gathers all of his energy together and focuses it on one last burst of power... this will either get him out of trouble or cause him to self destruct, but either way, it should stop the bad guy.
The hero runs into the one person from his past he wanted to avoid. He can't get out of the situation and must interact with him/her in some way. What does he do?
Confronts them before they can say anything, and tries to act as brave and confident as possible. He probably fails.
Someone younger than the hero is in charge of the situation, and they are handling it badly, perhaps bungling things. How does the hero deal with it?
Griffin wouldn't pay much attention to age in a situation like that. If someone is doing a bad job, he would try to step in and help, regardless of their age. He is not an alpha male, though, so his version of stepping in would involve suggestions and offers to help, rather than forcing his way in.
The hero is in physical pain but must bear up under it and keep going. What does he tell himself in order to get through the situation?
Griffin would remind himself of the people he loves most, and how much they need him. He would also think of his mother, who he lost as a child, and what would make her most proud of him to do.
What mentor's words come to mind in a bad situation?
“There is always kindness. You can always find strength in kindness,” Griffin's mother's words.
What lesson from his past gets him through a stressful situation?
Griffin remembers that his Mum had grace and dignity in the face of challenges, and he strives to be like her when he faces similar situations.

Buy This Book

Author Social Media


  1. Welcome! Love your cover and title. :)

  2. Thank you so much for having me! It's an honor to be posted here :) And yaaay! I have to admit, I LOVE the cover so so much too :)

  3. Love, love, LOVE this book!!! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!!!

  4. This comment has been removed by the author.

  5. Griffin us the hero everyone needs!


Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.