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The Compulsive Reader: Scan Blog Tour: Walter Jury Talks Influences and Inspiration

Friday, July 11, 2014

Scan Blog Tour: Walter Jury Talks Influences and Inspiration

Welcome to the SCAN blog tour! Scan is a new science-fiction novel by Walter Jury and Sarah Fine. Today, co-author Walter Jury will be talking about his influences for Scan! Here's Walter!
"SCAN is definitely inspired by my love for action (can you tell?) and for strong characters being tested to their limits in a coming of age story.

In terms of action and storytelling, I didn't want to tell a dystopian story, but I think that the best of the recent dystopian genre influenced me. From the HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT trilogies, I took away the possibility of creating a dynamic and explosive world that didn't need any supernatural elements—they remained grounded in reality but still kept the twists and turns of a more hyper-real thriller. The books of Patrick Lee and David Morrell are also influential in my work. I love FIRST BLOOD, the book and the film, as it's a classic man-on-the-run story, but has a very strong protagonist whose suppressed voice is something the audience can root for being heard. Likewise, RUNNER by Patrick Lee is a spectacular man-on-the-run story with a grounded sci-fi bend. Patrick is able to keep the focus on characters and keep the suspension of disbelief to truly minuscule levels—no small task in a blockbuster action story. 
For films, I would call ENEMY OF THE STATE, THE FUGITIVE, and the BOURNE series as influences. BOURNE provides opportunities for the hero to use his skills in highly inventive ways—ways that he doesn't even know are possible. Our protagonist, Tate, faces a back story where he doesn't understand why he is being trained with such unwavering discipline for so many different skill sets. ENEMY OF THE STATE and THE FUGITIVE both combine a fast-paced action heavy energy with problem-solving mystery elements that really push their respective protagonists to the limit. In both films, the protagonists are basically at the end of the line by the time they are able to find resolution. Without providing any spoilers, we can say that Tate is certainly challenged throughout and to the very end of our journey with him."
About Scan:

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 his school, killing his father 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 interspecies 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.

About co-authors Walter Jury and Sarah Fine:

Walter Jury was born in London and has a background in the film industry. He is a big enthusiast of Jamba Juice’s Protein Berry Workout smoothie, only with soy, never whey. Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is the author of several young adult books, and when she's not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist.

1 comment:

readingunderground.org said...

I've been keeping an eye on this book, but haven't had a chance to read it yet. (But if you can make to Charleston, SC in time for YALLFest, you can see Sarah Fine in the flesh!)