They Were The Only Humans

Alainna MacPherson
Alainna MacPherson Author Interview

Beneath the Surface explores how prejudices effect a couples relationship when they come from different species. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thought-provoking story?

I honestly, can’t remember what inspired me with the characters, it’s been a blur, but I do remember wanting to do it underground. The slavery aspect was from thoughts on Exodus, it’s one of my favorite ancient stories and I’m not even really religious. It was probably the biggest lesson in history that we still have to fight to learn from, as a people.

I enjoyed Annabeth and Kane’s relationship. What were sources that informed how their relationship played out?

I took a lot of different things to develop Annabeth and Kane’s character. Most of Kane’s was from Prince Harry, though. He is a man born into royalty, but wanted so much more out of life and to live away from the spotlight of his title, who also joined the military.

Annabeth is someone who has accepted that they live in a new world where humans are not top dog and there really isn’t much they can do about it. She’s not exactly one to roll over, but she also knows she can’t fight back without being punished. Humans did not outnumber the guards, their weapons and strength, so an uprising wasn’t something thought upon as of yet. Especially since the M’Nai took away their biggest weapon, communication. As far as the workers in that mine knew, they were the only humans, the only miners around. It wasn’t often that miners were transferred, so news from the outside was rare and inaccurate.

This is book one in the Surface series. What can readers expect in book two?

Book two will hold more answers as to what the M’Nai plans to do and how they came to be on Earth. It was explained from a human’s point of view in the first book, and now there is new information since reading the ending. More politics on why things are the way they are and what Annabeth’s new position might give her at Kane’s side.

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Annabeth had no idea her life was about to change forever. As a slave of the aliens who were in power, she had headed down into the tunnels to mine the valuable mantatite, as demanded. But an encounter with the new senai during which she was knocked unconscious set off a chain of events that drew her into the orbit of the hated M’Nai. The senai in question was Kane who had reported for his first day on duty in the tunnels. Subconscious instincts emerged as he laid eyes on the unconscious human he had inadvertently knocked out. His long-held beliefs, values and expectations were about to be turned upside down.
This chance crossing of two lives leads to an intense relationship that they both find difficult to apprehend. Kane has an overwhelming urge to protect Annabeth, despite her status as a human – deemed to be inferior in every respect by the M’Nai race – and risks everything to do so. Annabeth needs his protection as there are those who intend harming her.
This is the story of two young people – one human, one alien: one superior, one inferior – navigating the chasm presented by their different contexts as well as the prejudice, animosity and lack of acceptance from their friends, family and the wider community in their developing relationship. Can Kane withstand the opprobrium from his people? Can Annabeth withstand the prejudice and disdain of Kane’s people?
Who are the M’Nai? How did they come to dominate the earth? Why is Kane so strongly protective of Annabeth? Why is he so aggressively possessive of Annabeth? As the story unfolds Kane and Annabeth find some answers and begin to make sense of their feelings for each other, but will they be able to withstand the powerful forces trying to destroy their relationship?

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