Today I am interviewing Curtis C. Chen, author of Kangaroo Too, the second novel in the Kangaroo series of science fiction spy thrillers.
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DJ: Hey Curtis! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Curtis C. Chen: Hi DJ, thanks for inviting me! I’m a freelance writer living near Portland, Oregon. My first short fiction was published in 2006, and my first novel (Waypoint Kangaroo) in 2016. I’m a former software engineer and one of the co-founders of Puzzled Pint, a free event that happens in over 40 locations around the world every month.
DJ: What is Kangaroo Too about?
Curtis: It’s about 300 pages long. (rimshot) I’m telling that joke as an example of the dumb jokes you can expect throughout the book, because that’s the kind of person Kangaroo is. There are also spaceships, robots, future spy tech, secrets, lies, and betrayals. Fun for the whole family!
DJ: What were some of your influences for Kangaroo Too and the Kangaroo series?
Curtis: One obvious touchstone is James Bond (007), though I very consciously wanted to subvert a lot of spy fiction tropes. And I’m a lifelong Star Trek fan, but I wanted a more grounded science fiction setting for Kangaroo. Yes, there are spaceships, but they don’t go faster than light; no, we haven’t met any aliens, and we kind of have our hands full dealing with other humans. Continue reading