Welcome to one of the Blog Tour stops for Zenn Scarlett by Christian School. Today, My Shelf Confessions is joined by Christian Schoon, who has shared a little information about a few of the alien creatures featured in his book. As a special treat my husband drew a picture (I got to color it!) of the very first alien creature you will meet in Zenn Scarlett. It is called an Indra or “Stonehorse” and it is a massive creature that lives on space ships and by it’s very nature allows the ship and it’s passengers to travel through space.
The Creatures of Zenn Scarlett
Novice exoveterinary trainee Zenn Scarlett deals with a broad range of alien life forms brought to the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic from the dozen inhabited star systems of the Local Systems Accord. To help orient visitors to the cloister, she’s compiled a brief overview of a few of the patients currently being treated, quarantined or otherwise cared for at the cloister
Mu Arae Whalehound (Latin name: enhydra collosi araeica)
Length: Approx. 60 to 80 feet
Habitat: The shallower basins of the equatorial seas of the planet-wide oceans of Mu Arae, with seasonal migrations to the lagoons of the Planeeshya
sea-mount regions where the young are birthed.
Diet: Mu Area icthyons, referred to by the natives as “whales,” thus the origin of the name whalehound for the animals that prey on them.
Tanduan Swamp Sloo (myocastor giganta myrmecophaga)
Length: Approx. 200 to 250 ft. (females generally larger than males)
Habitat: Great Tanduan Miasmic Lowlands
Diet: the giant insectoid Hive-masters found in the sand-traps ringing the lowland swamps
Cryptoplasmoid “Seepdemon” (dicyostelim monochondria)
Length: Approx. 10 to 20 ft.
Habitat: the alpine glacier-pocket water bodies, or so-called “Floating Lakes” of Kire Secundus
Diet: water-dwelling microorganisms and fresh-water amphipods
Procyoni Yote (Crocuta yottisi)
Length: Approx. 12 to 15 feet
Habitat: the temperate spart-bush savannahs of Procyon Delta
Diet: carrion kills abandoned by larger Procyon predators such as wasteland-lions, barrinkars and saber-toothed slothins
Greater Kiran Sunkiller (assassina magna solsolis)
Length: Approx. 1,500 feet, males of the species being roughly twice the size of females
Habitat: the upper atmosphere of Kire Secundus
When you’re studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school… is a different kind of animal.
Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she’s learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn’s all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she’s feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn’t enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she’s started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can’t deny what she’s feeling.
Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what’s happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she’s actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients… or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year….
Born in the American Midwest, Christian started his writing career in earnest as an in-house writer at the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California. He then became a freelance writer working for various film, home video and animation studios in Los Angeles. After moving from LA to a farmstead in Iowa several years ago, he continues to freelance and also now helps re-hab wildlife and foster abused/neglected horses. He acquired his amateur-vet knowledge, and much of his inspiration for the Zenn Scarlett series of novels, as he learned about – and received an education from – these remarkable animals.