Today we welcome Carlie Simonsen to Promote Me Please to talk about the last two books in her Letters Across Space series. Carlie Simonsen is the pen name used by C.M. Simpson so that her YA fiction doesn’t get mixed up with the science fiction novels she writes for an older audience.
Q.1. Dear Tiger: Let’s Go A-Hunting is an intriguing title. Would you tell us who, or what Dear Tiger might be?
A.1. Tiger is the sixteen-year-old boy on the other end of the main character’s emails and letters. He’s a bit of a whiz with computers and a genius, but that doesn’t stop him from getting into trouble. He also writes back.
Q.2. The title of Dear Tiger: Help Me Find My Sisters suggests the story is told in the first person. Who is the narrator?
A.2. The narrator is Simone, a sixteen-year-old girl, and the daughter of a scientists who are part of a space exploration team. Unfortunately, Simone received a package containing some alien slime moulds that turned out to be mutagenic, and was infected when she opened it. Now, she’s having to deal with the changes.
A.3. When Simone was infected by the slime mould, she was also infected by some alien DNA. Now, she feels like she is part of the same family of others she has discovered were also infected, when the contents of her package escaped into the ventilation system of the building she was in. Short answer, I guess, is figurative, even if she feels that it’s literal. Of course, given they were infected by the same DNA and have now incorporated that into their systems, it could also be literal…
Q.4. These books follow another one in the same series. Do the three volumes tell a single story as a serial?
A.4. There are six volume in the series. They can be read as stand-alone, but are better read as a serial as each ends in a way that leads to more questions. Because of that, I’ll be incorporating them into a single volume, so they can be read in one sitting, if that’s what a reader prefers.
Q.5. Describe the ideal reader for the Dear Tiger series.
A.5. Ooh, that’s a hard one. I guess the ideal reader would be someone who enjoyed science fiction with a touch of horror, a little bit of action and adventure, and just the tiniest hint of romance – as the two characters try to reach the same location. It would also be someone who enjoyed reading about aliens, planetary exploration. That reader could be a girl or a boy, and I think the age could range from around twelve through to adults.
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