Character Interview: Kaila Guidry in Starseed.
What It’s Like to Be Half Extraterrestrial.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
My family secluded and homeschooled me because they knew I was different. Even I didn’t know I was half-extraterrestrial till I insisted on going to school and met my twin soul, Jordyn, who was born far from Earth.
What group did you hang out with in high school?
I was so confused by all the groups when I first went to school. If I knew what I know now, I’d be like my friends Melissa and Pia who are “undefinables” because I could hang with everyone. But I had no idea what group I belonged to, so I dressed like I was from different groups every day, I guess trying to find myself. I was quickly labeled as a “poser” and “loser.” Ouch.
What sort of special powers did you discover you have?
I’ve always been telepathic and could communicate with my dogs and horses. When I was younger, I thought everybody could do that. I can also scan people’s minds and memories, teleport to foreign places, and actually hang in parallel dimensions where you couldn’t see me. The bad part is that if you transmit a lot of negative emotion, I absorb it and it makes me feel horrible, too.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
It makes me sick how some humans treat each other in high school. Just because you’re different is no reason to pick on people. I’d like to do a mind stare and kick their stupid, smug selves---wait, no. I’m aggravated. Because if I resort to that, then I’m on their level. Somehow, we have to stop the haters without hating back. I’m still working on that…
What was the scariest moment of your life?
Without a doubt, when I decided to turn away from humans and their cruelty and join with the aliens. They indoctrinated me to their ways. When we abducted the entire high school onto the mothership, I about exploded when I understood what was going on and saw my friends Melissa and Pia strapped to those tables … it still gives me chills.
Are aliens good or bad?
It depends what kind you encounter. Some are good and some are bad. Priscilla was incredibly benevolent. Yet other aliens are incredibly malevolent. So good and evil—just like people. As above, so below.
Do you play any sports?
I try to be a non-violent, non-competitive type of person. I agree with the aliens that fighting and violence is medieval. So I like long walks, riding my horses, taking a yoga class with my mom. And reading. Yeah, I guess I’m a nerd, but that’s okay. I’m proud of who I am now. You got a problem with that?
Um, no. Why are your eyes turning solid black?
That’s what happens when I’m about to do a mind stare. Maybe I should implant a memory in your mind to make you like me … No. I can’t do that. That would be wrong. (Takes a breath). I’m fine now, go on.
That was kind of creepy seeing your eyes change. (coughs)
Ok, then. What do you like to read?
History, science and physics books, even though most are filled with false information. I can read a book in less than an hour. As far as fiction, I liked Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Obsidian. There’s not much teen alien fiction and there needs to be more. We’re here, we’re near, get used to it. LOL!
You just won a huge lottery. What is the first thing you'll buy?
I’d buy my friends Melissa and Pia each a car to come visit since they’ll soon be seventeen and they can’t teleport to my house in the country. Then I’d buy a legion of motherships to transport all the Haters off this planet. That would be a quick solution for peace. HA. Just kidding. . .
Ok, I hear Jordyn talking to my mind. Gotta go. Bye. (vanishes).
… (unseen voice) … Love one another. Stop hating.
Author: Liz Gruder
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Published: February 2013
Starseed concerns a sixteen-year-old girl who falls in love with a starseed boy who reveals that she, too, is half extraterrestrial, and is forced to choose her allegiance between Earth and her star family.
Kaila Guidry has always known she is different. When she meets Jordyn Stryker at school, she finds out just how different.
Jordyn was born and raised far from Earth, a starseed, one of six new students sent to Louisiana's Bush High to learn human ways. But Jordyn didn't count on meeting someone like Kaila.
When Kaila is pushed to her limit by high school bullying and cruelty, Jordyn awakens her to a new reality—and to love. But to prove herself, Kaila must look the other way as the real purposes of the starseeds unfold.
As the horrific plan behind the starseed visit to Earth moves inexorably forward, Kaila and Jordan, caught in an impossible love, must determine where their true loyalties lie.
"After reading Starseed, my faith in YA sci-fi has been restored! ... I didn't want to put it down ... it had enough mystery and suspense to keep me going, page after page. Superb job 4.5 out of 5!"
-- The Forbidden Library Book Reviews
"I would recommend this book to all sci-fi lovers and, to those who aren't into it, take a chance. Who knows? You may love this book just as much as I did! Liz Gruder is definitely an author you should keep a look out for as she has great talent in writing and a huge imagination. Starseed was a wonderful read and very different from other books I've read. It was a very nice change from what I usually read and kept me enticed all the way."
--Starlight Book Reviews
"Interesting read. A lot like Roswell, but different. Gruder does a great job building the dark mystery of what the aliens are really up to on earth."
--Charity Bradford, sci-fi author, "The Magic Wakes"
“The story caught me off guard and won me over after the first chapter. The main conflict is a personal one for Kalia. Will she embrace her alien side or continue life as a human?”
--Pixie Dust Book Reviews
Starseed is a fun sci-fi read with romance. It brings light to the cliques of high school, and challenges the main character, Kaila, to be herself, instead of how others expect her to be.
--Kerri Cuevas, YA Author "Deadly Kisses"
"Liz Gruder's characters come alive through youthful, spunky narrative, and her headstrong heroine, Kaila Guidry, elicits a reader's encouragement from the first page. Fans of P.C. Cast will find themselves similarly transported into Gruder's exploration of the dark sides of faith, love, higher dimensions, and, of course, high school."
-- Jadie Jones, YA author "Moonlit"
Author Liz Gruder
As a youth, Liz Gruder saw a series of UFOs with her best friend while riding bikes. Ever since, she’s held a fascination for the stars. An avid reader, she used to hide under her covers and read with a flashlight. She has degrees in English and Psychology from Tulane University, a nursing license and a yoga certification. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Liz realized how short life is and is now slowly fulfilling her bucket list: she’s been to the Egyptian pyramids (totally awesome and thought provoking) and is now teaching yoga and writing speculative fiction. Starseed is her debut novel.
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