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Wearing of the (Alien) Green

Did you know that only two percent of Earth’s population has green eyes? Like curly or red hair, green eyes are a recessive gene, a recurring subject in my Other Worldly novels. Along with the color green itself—and myriad things that appear as green. Including alluring green-eyed aliens.

Today, March 17 and St. Patrick’s Day, marks the second anniversary of this Luna Moth Woman blog. Luna moths, as in Earth’s insect Actias luna, do in fact glow otherworldly green in the night. One is featured on the cover of Feeling Alienated, second book of the series.

Luna Moth Woman is a fictional character conjured in the imagination of Rowan Layne, whose eyes are more teal than green, but her favorite color is that bright apple-green some humans associate with aliens of the extraterrestrial variety.

Rowan envisions her feminist superheroine journalist Luna Moth Woman wearing day-glow green combat boots, which her mom would—and does—call tacky. But Rowan embraces the St. Patrick’s Day tradition known as the “wearing of the green” on any given day.

In fact, in Altogether Alien, sixth Other Worldly novel launched last week, Rowan is (spoiler alert) finally gifted with a pair of alien-green hiking boots, about which she declares, “I am never taking these off.” Now she’ll have more than pointy-toed skimmers for kicking butt, though Rowan does have a forest-green pair of those.

Various green themes exist throughout my speculative fiction series about aliens on Earth, including the vitally important “going green” concept of environmental restoration and conservation to stave off planetary degradation—lest we end up like other planets in our galaxy.

On a lighter note, the mystery of those “little green men” folk that humans tend to dub aliens are tackled in Feeling Alienated, while various green creatures of Celtic lore feature in Being Alien, primarily set in Scotland.

Indeed, these Scottish entities return with some new green-hued aquatic friends in Altogether Alien, not only in Scotland, but on a distant star that comprises part of the Orion constellation. And then there’s this celebrated lake creature in Vermont and New York where Rowan traveled last year in Alien Sensation.

Green gemstones also play a role in Being Alien and are especially prevalent in Alien Sensation, published in June 2022, wherein Rowan is the recipient of her own personal version of ruby slippers á la Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz. But her fabulous pumps are adorned with glowing green otherworldly crystals known as verdagris, like the words verdant and verdigris combined.

So, on this two-year Luna Moth Woman blog anniversary, which launched days before the third Other Worldly novel Aliens Abound published on the spring equinox, wherein Rowan first travels into space to visit Earth’s moon, it’s fun to look back on all the glimmers of green.

Six books, two pairs of delightfully green shoes and various Luna Moth-themed garments for Rowan later (of which I admit to being green with envy), I can now reveal that Earth’s moon is definitely not made of green cheese. It’s also not what you think it is, but then neither are those little green men.

Yet there might be spots in our solar system where green cheese or other tasty treats—anything but wasabi because Rowan thinks it’s the worst green food in the universe—can be enjoyed. Rowan will likely travel there, to Saturn also known as Cultura, in the next Other Worldly novel currently in the works, Aliens Watch.

I can confirm that there will definitely be no green beer, but you just never know about wine, the white version of which comes from (alien) green grape varietals, after all.

And Rowan Layne might just be wearing her newest footwear, those coveted alien-green boots, to defend against anti-alien factions roaming Earth. That is, when she’s not gaining important insight by donning her new verdagris pumps, and perhaps doing a bit of dancing with alluring green-eyed aliens.

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