Burn by Sarah Fine & Walter Jury Blog Tour | Author Interview & Giveaway

Sarah Fine is one of my favorite authors and a dear author friend, so I am beyond stoked to be able to kick off her blog tour for BURN, sequel to SCAN! Keep reading for more information about the book and for Sarah's interview that gives her a sneak peek on her upcoming projects! Plus, there's an awesome giveaway!

 Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Reading Level: Young Adult
Pages: 352 (Hardcover)
"Car chases, explosions and action galoreawesome."—Kirkus Reviews on Scan

At the cliffhanger ending of Scan, Tate loses the very thing he was fighting to protect, what his father had called the key to human survival. Tate doesn't have much time to worry about it because he needs to get away, to ensure he and Christina are safe. His father left him one last thing that can do just that—a safehouse, which turns out to be a clue to what's really threatening the planet. As Tate follows the clues his father left behind, he starts to uncover the truth, realizing he's up against an enemy he's only beginning to understand.

A riveting, fast-paced "we are not alone" adventure, Burn thrills to the very end.
~*~An Interview with Sarah Fine~*~

Hi Sarah! I am so happy to have you on the blog, as always. You know I am such a big fan of your work! 

1. What is it like having a co-author? This series is your first co-authored series and I’m sure writing with a partner is different than writing on your own. 

Walter thinks out the framework and I write the details. Definitely, it’s different from my usual process, but over the course of writing/revising SCAN and BURN, I’ve learned a lot about story structure and pacing. 

2. How does writing a science fiction novel differ from your usual fantasy genres? 

Well, SCAN and BURN are set in the contemporary world, whereas my other books are set in more fictional places. Writing this sort of grounded sci-fi meant I had to stick within the boundaries of the “real” (I mean, for the most part), and rely more on existing technology and rules. I did as much research as I could in order to keep things feeling real and plausible while pushing the envelope as far as thrilling action. I hope we succeeded! 

3. Share with us the most interesting thing you had to Google in the name of research for SCAN or BURN. 

My research about homemade explosives probably got me onto a few watchlists. 

4. Did writing in Tate’s male perspective pose any challenges or new experiences to you as a female author with mostly female main characters? 

Not really. I knew Walter would call me out if something didn’t feel right. I wrote Tate like I write my other POV characters—he’s a developing human being with a set of experiences and knowledge that lead him to interact with the world in a certain way, and that world reacts to him, and they shape each other. He does have a different voice than, say, Wen in OF METAL AND WISHES, but I don’t know that that’s because he’s male and she’s female—Lela from SANCTUM, for example, sounds a lot more like Tate than she sounds like Wen. I just want each character’s voice to fit for them. 

5. The supporting cast of characters in the book like (Christina, Mitra, George, etc.) is absolutely awesome! Were any of these characters modeled off of someone important to you in real life? 

No. I almost never write characters based on people I actually know (with ONE exception, but that character is in one of my other series)! It’s just never worked that way in my process. Some authors talk about having their characters speak to them, maybe even lead them down an unexpected path. I suppose I’m more controlling than that. I need those characters to do specific things, and I don’t want connections with actual people to constrain their actions, motivations, etc. 

6. How did you get the idea for this series? Aliens, crazy technology, wars, and romance and family bonds…it’s all so great and complex! 

This was an evolution, of course, but the idea was originally Walter’s, as he pondered what really might have happened if aliens had invaded at a time when human technology wasn’t advanced. The rest really grew out of the process. 

7. Without revealing any spoilers, what was your favorite aspect to this series to write about? 

Oh, I love writing action. And the final, climactic scene of BURN was REALLY fun to write! 

8. Can you share anything with us about your next project? I love your writing style and am always looking towards the future with you! 

This summer, the sequel to OF METAL AND WISHES comes out—OF DREAMS AND RUST will be available on August 4th! After that, I am really excited to have a new fantasy series starting in January—THE IMPOSTOR QUEEN. It’ll also be published by McElderry/S&S and is about a girl who has been raised as the heir to a magical inheritance that will come to her when the current ruler passes away, but when the time comes, she turns out to be the opposite of what everyone expects. I’m looking forward to sharing it with readers! [Note from Lili: THE IMPOSTER QUEEN SOUNDS SO COOL!] 

Thank you so much for stopping by, Sarah!
 Sarah Fine is the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series. She is also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers: Scan and its sequel Burn. Sarah is also the author of the adult urban fantasy series, Servants of Fate, with the third book in the series, Fated, releasing September 2015. When Sarah’s not writing, she’s psychologizing. Sometimes she does both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.


Don't forget to check out the rest of the tour!

May 11 - Lili's Reflections - Interview
May 12 - Mundie Moms - Top Ten Sci-Fi Novels
May 13 - Love at First Page - BURN excerpt
May 14 - Oops! I Read a Book Again - Interview
May 15 - The Eater of Books - Why in 5

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  1. I want to win a copy of Scan and Burn because you think these books are really good and I trust your opinion! <3

  2. this series looks and sounds awesome :) thanks for sharing!

  3. I love Sarah Fine! I haven't started these books yet but her Guards of the Shadowlands series is one of my favorites :)