January 27, 2015

TUNNEL VISION BLOG TOUR: Interview with Susan Adrian

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Author: Susan Adrian
Release date: 1/20/2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action & Adventure

Romance and action come crashing together when a teenage boy with incredible powers is brought to the attention of the government.

Jake Lukin just turned 18. He's decent at tennis and Halo, and waiting to hear on his app to Stanford. But he's also being followed by a creep with a gun, and there's a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. His secret is blown.

When Jake holds a personal object, like a pet rock or a ring, he has the ability to "tunnel" into the owner. He can sense where they are, like a human GPS, and can see, hear, and feel what they do. It's an ability the government would do anything to possess: a perfect surveillance unit who could locate fugitives, spies, or terrorists with a single touch.

Jake promised his dad he’d never tell anyone about his ability. But his dad died two years ago, and Jake slipped. If he doesn't agree to help the government, his mother and sister may be in danger. Suddenly he's juggling high school, tennis tryouts, flirting with Rachel Watkins, and work as a government asset, complete with 24-hour bodyguards.

Forced to lie to his friends and family, and then to choose whether to give up everything for their safety, Jake hopes the good he's doing—finding kidnap victims and hostages, and tracking down terrorists—is worth it. But he starts to suspect the good guys may not be so good after all. With Rachel's help, Jake has to try to escape both good guys and bad guys and find a way to live his own life instead of tunneling through others. 

A big thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for inviting me to be a part of the TUNNEL VISION blog tour! 

Check out my interview with author Susan Adrian, and then go read TUNNEL VISION. It is a truly awesome book filled with 
 mystery, suspense, and a creepy yet super intriguing ability!


1. Which character in Tunnel Vision was your favorite to write and why?
Jake! It has to be Jake. He's the voice of the book, so the voice in my head and the one I most relate to. He's great fun to write, and I love telling his story. Second would be Myka.
2. What is the last book you read and loved?
ILLUSIONS OF FATE by Kiersten White. It was so amazingly good—with magic and a Victorian-ish world and a wonderful main character. I was just dying that I couldn't read more.
3. Who or what has inspired your writing the most?
Definitely my fellow young adult writers—but as a group, not as an individual person. The community is so supportive, and so inspiring as a whole in the fantastic work they do. A very small sampling of individual writers who inspired me, from all ages: Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, Mary Stewart, Diana Gabaldon, Susan Cooper, Madeleine L'Engle, Courtney Summers, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White, Vicki Pettersson, Victoria Schwab…the list is very long.
4. If you had Jake's ability, who would you most want to "tunnel" into?
I probably wouldn't be a very good person to have this ability, because I wouldn't use it very well. I'd tunnel to my family if I was worried about them, to make sure they were okay…and if I could help people, like kidnap victims, I would do that too.
5. Tell us three totally random things about yourself.
  1. I sing alto rather badly in a choir.
  2. I was a ballet dancer for eight years, from ages 8 to 16, and honestly thought I was going to be a professional dancer.
  3. I love licorice, even though everyone else in my family hates it. More for me!
Susan AdrianSusan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. In the past she danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, learning Russian, traveling, and writing more books.


Jan. 20th – Fiktshun
Jan. 21st – A Dream Within A Dream
Jan. 22nd – Books, Bones & Buffy
Jan. 23rd – The Young Folks
Jan. 24th – Dani’s Book Nirvana
Jan. 25th – Lit Bites
Jan. 26th – Unbound Books
Jan. 27th – Jessabella Reads
Jan. 28th – Word Spelunking
Jan. 29th – Journey Through Fiction
Jan. 30th – The Write Path
Jan. 31st – Bibliophilia, Please
Feb. 1st – Lindsay Cummings
Feb. 2nd – My Guilty Obsession

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