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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Beth Revis (Author of Across the Universe)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beth Revis grew up in western North Carolina reading the classics of CS Lewis and Madeleine L'Engle and devouring YA fantasy and science fiction by Robin McKinley, Patricia Wrede, and Orson Scott Card. Her debut novel, a sci fi novel for teens who don't like sci fi, is coming from Penguin/Razorbill in January 11, 2011 (TODAY!!!).

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, the first of a trilogy, tells the story of a girl born of Earth but cryogenically frozen for a centuries-long trip across the universe and the boy born on the ship who she meets when she's woken up fifty years too early.

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
Hmmm. I'm not sure. I used to want to travel to the Middle Ages just because I thought it was cool, but when I studied history and realized that it was nothing like fairy tales (i.e. less soap and more oppression). Still, I would like to observe that time. Connie Willis's DOOMSDAY BOOK left a great impression on me.

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
A murder SPACE!!!

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
My favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia, but as for a literary crush...hmmm.....perhaps Luthe from THE HERO AND THE CROWN, which is the height of ironic since that name is the name of a bad guy in my own book...

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
Aerin from THE HERO AND THE CROWN. She's just so darn noble, and defines bravery to me--fighting even when you're scared stiff, fighting even after you're mortally wounded.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
Drew Barrymore! She's one of my absolute favorite actresses and I think our hair is similar and I wish I could be pretty like her...

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
Oh, I doubt anyone would write a biography of me. My life is extraordinarily boring to everyone except me.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
I only need two words: relentlessly happy. As in, I'm always striving--fighting sometimes--to be happy.


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
Well, currently I'm working on the second book in the trilogy, so I hope that readers like Amy and Elder enough to keep reading their tale. I also hope everyone knows that the book jacket for the book is reversible (eeee!!!!) and that the website, is getting overhauled as I type this (and will probably be done by the time this posts).

Thanks for stopping by Beth!

For more information about Beth Revis and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. This is one that is high on my wish list.
    I have a question for Beth; are you a Beatles fan?
    I can't help but sing their song every time I read the title of your book.

  2. Great Q&A. I can't wait to read this, it definitely sounds fantastic.

  3. Great Q&A. I'm so excited for Beth's debut. I follow her blog and watched her journey to getting an agent and publisher. I can't wait to read this.

  4. YAY their will be a sequel. I'm currently reading this and LOVING it.

  5. This book is high on my list also to read. I love the cover!

  6. I love Beth more and more everytime I read an interview with her. And I LOVE THE COVER(S)!

  7. Great interview! The middle ages?! That's so awesome. I'd be scared out of my mind, but I'd love to witness the middle ages.

  8. Great interview! Man, reversible book cover - that is brilliant!! :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

  9. Wow, she seems great and I'm excited to read this!

  10. Great Q&A, I could see Drew Berrymore playing Beth. I can't wait to pick this one up.

  11. The Q & A with Beth was fun and I'm very interested in reading Across the Universe.

  12. I love these Q&A posts. I've had my eye on this book and can't wait to read it. Oooh a trilogy? Sounds awesome!

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  14. Ms. Revis has great taste in books. I love The Chronicles of Narnia!

  15. Thanks for the great interview!

  16. I've been watching this book since blurb 1 and know it's going to be awesome.

    I follow on GFC.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  17. Great Q & A! I really enjoyed it. & I can't wait to read Across the Universe, it sounds so good.

  18. Heh, the middle ages migh sound cool but they were also really icky.

    Sniffly Kitty
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  19. Great Q & A!! I cant wait to read this book!

  20. A reversible book jacket! That is so freaking cool. Super fun interview. I love it when the questions asked are a little off the wall.

    P.S. I'd want Drew to play me too.

  21. Awesome review. I am so glad she mentioned about more books! I looked all over wondering if there was going to be more! A trilogy! WAHOOO! I haven't read it yet, but I want to!!!

  22. I loveee the questions you asked! They weren't very typical or boring at all. (Great answers too!)

  23. Great interview! I love Drew Barrymore too!!! And I totally agree about Time Traveling might not be the best in the Middle Ages/Renaissance/Elizabethan periods, lol, b/c of less soap and lots o' opression towards women!!!

  24. Great interview! I love the seven words or less description of the book. It sounds intriguing. The reversible book jacket is awesome!

  25. Great interview..books sounds good..would love to read it!

  26. I also love the Middle Ages, even though there was a lot of spreading of diseases!

  27. I love this interview. Relentlessly happy. That's how I want to be too. :]


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