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Interview with SCAN author Walter Jury

Today we're chatting co-authoring, ice cream and alien invasions with Walter Jury, co-author with Sarah Fine of SCAN, the first in a new sci-fi series from Putnam. For more about Walter visit his twitter.
Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans. All Tate knows--like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid--may not be enough to save him as he’s plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that’s been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and his estranged mother, with powerful enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father’s invention and why so many are willing to kill for it. A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.

Author Walter Jury
1. What is your favorite thing about co-writing a novel?

Co-writing a novel is fun because of the ability to match and pair strengths and weaknesses of two individuals--and hopefully, create something greater than that sum of its parts. Sarah and I have great rapport and we are friends as well as co-authors. We also have different but very suitable skill sets for a co-authorship. Sarah is a master wordsmith and a brilliantly talented writer who can develop story with the best of them (exhibits A-Z: just read any of her other brilliant books--the GUARDS OF THE SHADOWLANDS series or the upcoming summer release, OF METAL AND WISHES). I write with a very high concept and big picture mentality, drawing on my years of experience working in the Hollywood development community. It's fun to take our unique POVs and work together to create a page-turner for readers of all ages!

2. What is the most challenging thing about co-writing a novel?

One of the primary challenges to working with a co-author was navigating through the editing process with our editor at Putnam. Because we live in different states, and our editor must communicate with both of us, it is a bit more logistical than most author-editor relationships. Our fantastic editor, Stacey Barney, is very lovingly hands-on, so it took some time to figure out how to manage a three-way long distance editing protocol. Luckily, we managed to get through it and I think our book saw great improvements via the entirety of the process.
Author Sarah Fine

Pick Sarah or yourself for each question:

1. Who is most likely to stay in their pjs and watch back to back seasons of their favorite sci-fi show on a rainy weekend?

I'm the movie geek, so I will vote for myself on this one!

2. Who is most likely to drown in ice cream over a tough scene to write?

This is Sarah. It is unlikely to be me for the simple reason that I don't like to eat while I'm writing. I associate eating with reading and actually, I don't think I could write while eating.

3. Who is most likely to put their characters in life-threatening situations for fun?

Sarah wins this one--she can really draw the heartstrings with her characters' moments of danger!

4. Who is most likely to approach an alien in the event of an invasion?

Me. My first essay in second grade detailed my plot to kidnap Rudolph, when Santa came that Christmas so I like to think I would man up and approach the aliens!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Walter!
Kristin Halbrook

Kristin Halbrook is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, 2015). She likes many things.

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