Writing Sexy, Lovable Aliens
When I hitch a ride on a space ship or walk through that dimensional gate, I expect to be transported to exotic new lands, drenched in colors and odors that have me weeping in awe or gagging in disgust. I want to drown myself in these new sights and sounds and learn everything about these new “people.” Are they blue or bejeweled? How many limbs do they have? Will their body odor switch on a human libido or send it comatose with its toxicity? How do they love?
In my newest release, the science fiction romance, Race to Redemption (Green Rising, Book #1), I introduce a new species Karamites. What is unique about them is they look like their observer. A blonde haired, blue eyed, stocky human would see a blonde-haired, blue eyed, stocky human. A six armed, green skinned Martian would see a six armed, green skinned Martian. This novel anatomy allows me to do two fun things. On one hand, I can Karamites as the ultimate spies, because no two people would see the same thing, making them virtually impossible to identify. On the other hand, they reveal a lot about romance and how we choose and see our partners.
Thank about it for a second. A Karamite looks unique to you. I believe we see the people we love through unique eyes. As we grow to love them, we tend to really focus on the distinct aspects—physical and emotional—that make them, them. So, when talking about our partners and spouses, it’s those little things that make them so sexy and special. The idea of Karamites allows me to take that idea, and push it a further.
Moreover, I also believe to love others we have to love ourselves first. And aliens that look like us is that little reminder of that.
Finally, when looking for a partner, I also believe we do look for something of ourselves in those we love. Maybe not physically, but we do look.
I must confess that in Race to Redemption I only introduce the Karamites, so they remain secondary to the main story. But in the Green Rising series, I do have a love story planned for Xan (Race’s resident Karamite).
Intrigued? Here’s a little more on Race to Redemption.
Race to Redemption Blurb
A woman who lost everything.
Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.
A man desperate for redemption.
Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.
A planet at risk.
When the outpost is attached, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.
Be warned: anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.
About Shari Elder
Hello, I’m Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.
At night, the other Shari emerges. I take off the suit, curl up on the couch and let my imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination). As my alter ego, I save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.
In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. I can’t resist a happy ending. And I am particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives me immense satisfaction.
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