Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Interview with Beth Revis, author of Across The Universe & Giveaway!

Interview with Beth Revis

Recently I read Ms Revis's debut novel Across The Universe and fell head over heels in love with it (review here) so I contacted her in hopes that she might agree to do an interview with me. And she did (or else there probably wouldn't be this post). So check out what Ms. Revis had to say to all of my questions and don't forget to enter my giveaway to win a copy of her amazing novel!

1) How did you come up with Across The Universe? Was there something in specific that served as inspiration?


The idea for AtU came from the ending...I had an idea for a twisty solution to a mystery, and decided to write a book around it.

2) I loved that Across The Universe was told in dual perspectives. Did you always plan on telling both Amy and Elder's side of the story? Which perspective did you identify with more?

I did always intende to write both POVs--for the story to work, I knew I wanted to show different perspectives. I think I identified most with Elder in the beginning, but when Amy became much more vulnerable near the end, she matched my personality more.

3) On this adventure, Amy and her family were allowed to pack some suitcases full of things to bring. Your suitcase can only hold five things. What's coming with you?

-My laptop, filled with all my writings and photographs and music and audio books
-My iPod, to use as a backup for all the rest, and to keep it all close
-My jewelry box, filled with my wedding ring and the jewelry passed down from my family
 -My favorite book: CS Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia
-My journal

(Although I do feel as if I've cheated by putting things inside of things and filling up my lap top...)

4) Another one of my favorite aspects of the novel were the inventions on the ship. If one could be real, what would you like to have?

I want floppies! I would LOVE to have something that thin and portable that can do ANYTHING electronic you want. So cool.

5) Was there anything that got cut during the editting process that you miss? Reversely, was there anything added that you love?

Not really--I was totally cool with all the cuts I made. And I really like all the things I added--in particular, Luthe's character was mostly added in during edits, and I'm really pleased with how he turned out.

6) Giving Amy a hobby like running and then sticking her on a small ship really made me feel her clastrophobia. What is one of your phobias?

This is SO weird, but I HATE looking at myself in the mirror when the room is dark. It's so creepy!

7) Sci-fi is not a popular genre is YA fiction. What made you choose sci-fi or did it choose you?

The story needed the sci fi setting--I made the setting to fit the story.

8) Is there a particular song (besides, of course, the obvious one from the title) or band that you feel represents Across The Universe?

I LOVED Mads Langer's song "Fact/Fiction." I listened to that one on repeat a LOT.


9) Have you read anything recently that you loved?

Too many books to count! I recently finished PRISONERS IN THE PALACE and loved it, and I'm currently reading and really enjoyed MAGIC UNDER GLASS.

10) Are you working on anything new at the moment?

I'm focused on some short stories now, but then I'm going to need to buckle down on the edits for Book 2.



Win Across The Universe by Beth Revis

Rules:

  • This is an INTERNATIONAL contest (if Book Depository ships to you, then you are eligible)
  • This contest ends February 2nd
  • You must be a follower of my blog
  • You must be 13 years or older
  • You may only entry once
  • Leave a comment in the section below about the interview for an extra point!
  • You must fill out the form below

94 comments:

  1. across the universe sounds really great, I'm excited to hear that she's already working on book 2! I'd love a chance to read this, though I can't imagine being able to only take five items with you... eek. thanks for the giveaway also :)

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  2. Great interview! I love the things she chooses to bring with her... maybe its cheating a little, but we'll let it slide!

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  3. Great interview! Thank you so much for the chance to wint his book!!

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  4. Great Giveaway! Thanks for spoiling us! :)

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  5. I think everyone cheats on those suitcase questions. I always do. Great interview.

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  6. Beth is so cool. I've read on her blog about what a tough road to publication she's had. She so deserves the success she's earned. And I really can't wait to read Across the Universe! If I don't win, I'm definitely buying a copy. She's an author I really want to support!

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  7. Oooh! I'm going to go check out the books Beth recommended!


    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books
    Loving the Reviews Challenge

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  8. I have to agree with Beth that I would bring my laptop with me. I couldn't live without it!
    I tweeted the giveaway at http://twitter.com/#!/LexieBookBug/status/27805223057620992
    I put it on my blog at http://thebookbug-hogan.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html
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  9. I started reading a copy i got from the library, not very far yet, but hoping to read more soon. Great interview, she seems really nice.

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  10. Wonderful interview! This makes me want to read ATU even more.

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  11. Hmm... Floppies sound really interesting. I think I need one. haha Enjoyed the interview! :)

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  12. Yay! Mads Langer! LOVE him! Thanks for sharing and the interview! Much appreciated! :)

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  13. Good luck everyone! I'm currently reading this, and it's brilliant so far even though I'm only 80 pages in.

    Beth seems really lovely! Thanks for the interview, and the fantastic giveaway :)

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  14. realy nice interview and another book for my wishlist!

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  15. What a great interview, I am so interested in what exactly a floppie is.

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  16. I've heard so many great things about this book. Thanks for the chance to win. I love the fact that the idea started with a twist. One of my favorite authors, Tami Hoag, said something similar as far as how her book ideas start. She starts with the crime and goes from there.

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  17. It is not weird. I also hate looking in a mirror when it is dark. Totally creepy!

    And I wonder if taking the Chronicles of Narnia would count as one item?

    LOL

    Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. I keep reading such great reviews of this book...would love to win a copy. I like the fact that the author was able to approach two perspective and that her preferences for the characters changed according to the story.

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  19. Neat that it's written in dual perspectives, and that the author came up with the story by starting with the ending!

    Thanks for the giveaway, Amber :)

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  20. I am so excited to read this!! It would be great to win a copy!
    Really enjoyed the interview, thanks for hosting =]

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  21. Fantastic interview. I'm halfway through and I love the book.

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  22. I plan on getting to this one ASAP. It looks absolutely amazing.

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  23. Thanks so much! (I'd bring a journal, too!)

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  24. That is an extremely hard thing to pick, but I like Beth's choices. I'm not sure what I would bring... Does chocolate count? ;)
    Thank you for the great interview and giveaway!

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  25. The interview is awesome.. thanks for doing it!!!Across the universe seem like it will be an awesome book!!! I read the first chapter on Beth Revis website and I definitely am hooked!!!

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  26. Seriously I really want to read this novel now! D=

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  27. Awesome interview :D I can't wait to read Across the Universe, and whatever Floppies are they sound awesome :D
    Thanks for sharing, and for the chance to win a copy of AtU! :)

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  28. Great interview! I can't wait to read Across the Universe. The cover is so beautiful.

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  29. I was really fascinated by the fact that this book is YA SciFi. There really needs to be more of that! Hopefully Beth Revis has started something ;-)

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  30. I totally do not think that it is cheating to take a laptop with all of your books in it. It's being smart and consolidation.

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  31. I wanna tot read this book so badly x_x'

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  32. I lol at her answer saying she's afraid to see the mirror at night in the dark. I kinda feel the same :)

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  33. I'd probably pick the same things to pack on board if I had to go on a spaceship.

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  34. I tweeted it-http://twitter.com/#!/Imburiedinbooks/status/27899051814948864

    posted on sidebar http://wwwBuriedinBooks.blogspot.com

    Facebooked at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Buried-in-Books/177926548894339

    I loved where you wrote (or this post wouldn't be here) when you said she agreed to do the interview!

    Thanks for the chance to win what I have heard and read is an awesome book!!

    Heather

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  35. OOOO this is so cool I loved learning about her and you're questions are great

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  36. Thanks for the interview and giving us a closer look at the characters and I totally agree about looking at a mirror in the dark. Creeps me out and I'm afraid my shadow self is going to move *shudders*

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  37. I really want to read Across the universe it is on my to read list :)

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  38. I love the interesting way she went about writing that story. I'm not used to "hearing" that.

    Hmm I'm gonna have to check out more music from that artist. Curious!

    Good luck on book #2 Ms. Revis!! :D

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  39. awesome interview! i'm really excited to read across the universe already!

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  40. Great interview. I've heard great things about this book...definitely adding it to my must read list.

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  41. I so want to win!!! I love this book so much! I read an ARC, but would love my own copy. I almost bought in the bookstore today. I think it would be so cool to have floppies. I like how this book was sci-fi, but it wasn't so technological that I didn't understand it. The idea coming from the twist ending at the book is awesome, too. Great interview, Amber!

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  42. Great interview! Beth sounds like such a cool person (: I really want to read this book now! Oh, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. Great interview! Thank you so much for the chance to win this wonderful book!!



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  44. Great interview! and thanks for the giveaway! I want this book so bad.

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  45. first thanks for this wonderful giveaway!!;)
    I really wanted to win this book.I love her interview but I'd like to answer those questions too,but I have to read the book first;)

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  46. Thanks for the interview! Amazing, and I enjoy seeing what kind of people the authors of books I love are.

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  47. Thanks for the interview. This looks like such a great book. I think it's interesting that she says she wrote the book from the ending and worked backwards. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  48. A fabulous giveaway. I have my fingers crossed after that interview.


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  49. Floppies? I want one. Now! :D
    Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. I really want to read this book. Can't wait to get my hands on it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. I've read so many awesome reviews about this! Thanks so much for making this international! :)

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  52. Won't miss this for the world! Love your interview!

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  53. I'm getting more and more excited to read Across the Universe! Haha. I wanna know what Beth thinks of Magic Under Glass. It's on my wishlist too.!

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  54. Wow!! Great giveaway! I agree with Beth I would totally bring my laptop with my pics and my work!!

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  55. Thanks for the contest! I'm anxious to read this book. I have a LOT about it, and I absolutely love the title (ATU is one of my favorite movies AND song <3).

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  56. This book is everywhere and I am just dying to read it. I hope I will soon be able to get my hands on this one.

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  57. I've been excited about this book ever since I read the first reviews. I really like the idea of 2 POVs. Can't wait to read it! Great interview! Oh, and looking in the mirror in the dark is creepy indeed. Thanks or the giveaway! xoxo

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  58. Great interview! Thank you so much for the chance to win this book!!

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  59. Great interview!
    I really love it.
    Thanks for open international this giveaway ;)

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  60. Thank you for the international giveaway! Can't wait to read this now.

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  61. I think Beth chose well for the 5 items question. I would definitely cheat too and bring my laptop and iPhone. I can't live without my iPhone.

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  62. Thanks so much for the interview and the giveaway! I cannot wait to read this book!

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  63. I'm so happy to know I'm not the only who thinks it's creepy to look at myself in the mirror when it's dark! I think I can blame Supernatural's Blood Mary episode... =(
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  64. OMG CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS!!!! Love the cover :)

    Rabiah @ Confessions of a Readaholic

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  65. An amazing and intriquing interview!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  66. This novel seems very interesting. Can´t wait to read it. I also see that Ms Revis like Chronicles of Narnia. I love the series too.

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  67. Great interview! I would take my laptop as one of the five things, too.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. Great interview. Can't wait tot read the book(maybe i win it)!

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  69. I heard so much around about this book I can't wait to read it! Great interview I enjoyed it Thank you for the great giveaway :)

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  70. I don't think it's cheating to put all that stuff on your laptop and ipod, most people I know already have that stuff on to start with. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  71. Great interview. I can't wait to read the book. I love how unique it sounds.

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  72. Awesome interview and thanks for the giveaway! I've heard good things about the book, would love to win it!

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. I didn't know that Luthe was added during edits. I like the things Beth would bring on Godspeed.
    Thanks for the interview.
    dakotasky55 at gmail dot com

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  74. This looks like such a wonderful read, I love YA books!
    girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

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  75. Thanks for the contest!
    lovelyserenity21 at gmail dot com

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  76. I definitely would LOVE to read Across the Universe! Mystery and science fiction and romance bundled together? Perfect for me. :D

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  77. I really, really, REALLY want to read this one! I'm not usually one to get uber-excited for Science Fiction but this one sounds just fabulous!!!

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  78. Love that you asked her what she'd bring with! I always love finding out author's favorite books!

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  79. Thank you for this giveaway! I love your interview questions, they're very fun and amusing!

    Brush Up On Your Reading

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  80. I can't wait to read this book. As a fellow teacher, I love Beth's journey as a writer. I think she's got a lot of great stories to tell!!

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  81. I can't wait to read this book! Beth is an amazing and giving writer and person. I love her publication story.

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  82. Amber,
    This was a great interview. I can not even began to tell you how much I want this book... I am currently on a book buying ban and I told my self no but I keep driving by the bookstore tempting myself to go get it... I am going to be strong...
    Thanks for the great interview and the chance to ease my pain...lol ~fingers crossed~
    XOXO
    Steph

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  83. Great interview. I've been seeing this book everywhere and I can't wait to read it!

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  84. Awesome giveaway !! Thank you so much !

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  85. Can't wait to read this book! Thank you!

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  86. Great interview! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  87. That was a great interview. Very fun questions I think. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  88. Thanks for the interestinga nd fun interview, enjoyed getting to know you a bit better Beth!

    And I totally agree with you it is freaky looking in a mirror in the dark, because the mirror is glowing! It's as if we could see a hidden, separate world behind it, ugh..

    Congrats on the release (and the beautiful cover) and thank you for the great giveaway!!

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  89. Fun interview. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  90. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Can't wait to read this book!

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  91. This book sounds sooo awesome! I'm going to get it anyway I can lol.

    Awesome giveaway :D

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