The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom - but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the guys...in their house.
Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren't happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can't escape Emery's fangirlisms for more than three minutes.
But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to earth.
"Best balance between humor and the story plot”
So many people have told me how much they've laughed throughout American Girl On Saturn, which is a relief to me because I'm not a very comical person. I'm actually a bit too serious. I have no problem digging into deeper meanings, hardcore emotions, and tough stuff, but when it comes to humor, I'm usually stuck.
I depended heavily on the character of Emery for my comic relief in this book, and I owe her character to two people in my life - my little sisters! Although Emily is now 20 and Lexie is 14, there is so much of both of them in Emery's character. There were moments from their childhoods weaved into the story and into Emery's dialogue/actions/personality. (Lexie and I are actually thirteen years apart, just like Chloe and Emery are in the book, so their relationship was very true-to-life for me to write.)
They've served as the "OMG moments" and comic relief in my own life and that helped keep the situations in American Girl On Saturn very authentic. The thing about readers is that they don't always want heavy books. They don't always want sappy, cute romances. Anything and everything can get overwhelming, overdone, and boring after a while, so it's important to keep multiple elements in every book that's written. I plot my stories in extreme details, so I can glance over it and see when it's a bit "heavy" and needs a ray of sunlight. I personally rely on my characters to be funny and quirky to balance out my seriousness. I'm very much like Milo, so I need the Emerys of the world to balance me out.
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