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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2011 Countdown {Day 2} - Author Interview w/ Beth Revis & ARC Giveaway!

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Hey guys! Today I have the pleasure to welcome here at my bookish life a 2011 debut author! I was really lucky of getting a copy of her debut book, “Across The Universe” at the NY Comic Con this year and I LOVED IT! You can see how much HERE!

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Beth has been awesome and agreed to answering some questions, to add to it, I will be giving my personal ARC of “Across The Universe” to a lucky winner! Giveaway deets are at the end of the post… Enjoy!



When did you first start writing?

I've always loved stories, but I cranked out my first novel in my sophomore year in college.

Have you always enjoyed Sci-fi?

Not really! Adult sci fi is often heavy on the sci and light on the fi. The science is described in great detail and that's great for people who like it--but I'd much rather focus on the characters and story more than the science--which is a trait of YA. YA is much more fast-paced and character-driven. Unfortunately there's not a lot of YA sci fi out there...yet!

beth revis - across the universe Why writing Young Adult?

Because YA is more fun!

Were there any Books, Movies or Writers that have inspired you?

Yes, tons! The roots of this novel came from reading other books. After reading Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief and being awed by the twisty ending, I came up with an idea for my own twisty ending. I had the roots of a plot—but then I needed a setting. I knew I wanted to trap my characters in one place, just like in Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap or Jeanne Du Prau’s The City of Ember, but I wanted something new, so I made the setting on a spaceship.

What Inspired you to write Across The Universe?

See above :)

I just love the story and the world you created, can you tell us a bit of what we can expect from the whole trilogy?

Nope, sorry! The other two books are very top secret right now--I'm not even revealing the title of the second book yet :)


Favorite Sci-Fi/YA Movie? SERENITY by Joss Whedon

jenna-foxFavorite Sci-Fi/YA TV Show? FIREFLY by Joss Whedon (I really love that whole series)

Favorite Sci-Fi/YA Book?  Probably Mary Pearson's THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX, although ENDER'S GAME is a classic.

Favorite Author? CS Lewis, although I also adore Robin McKinley, Patricia Wrede, Megan Whalen Turner....

Favorite Sci-Fi/YA Author? Orson Scott Card is just classic.

Favorite Genre that is NOT your own? YA Fantasy is my first love!

Who is your favorite of your own characters? Harley--he's the only one based on a real person, and he's just charming and fun.

Which was the hardest to write? Luthe was the hardest character to write--he's much more evil than the actual bad guy of the novel.

What would you be if not a writer? A teacher! I worked as one for six years before my publication; I love teaching and really enjoy the kids.

If you could meet any Sci-Fi/YA Character out there, Who would you like to meet? Captain Mal from FIREFLY--he's got a really cute butt! :)


Coffee or Tea? Coffee, especially when mixed with peppermint

Up or Down? Sidewaysserenity

Virtual or Real? Real

Right or Left? Straight ahead

Day or Night? Night

Here or There? Here now, there later.

Sooner or Later? Right now.

Light or Dark? Dark

Fast or Slow? Fast

Elder or Eldest? Elder!

Reading or Writing? Writing after reading

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

First drafts--I love getting the idea on the paper

What is your least favorite part?

Revision. ICK.

The Across The Universe Trilogy  in your own words?

A murder mystery set in space! Dun-dun-dun!

narnia What is coming up next for you?

Finishing up the rest of the trilogy!

What are you working on right now?

Just finished the second book and turned it in to my editor. Now I'm waiting for feedback and brewing ideas for Book 3.

Do you have any advice or tip to those like me that want to become a published Author someday?

Write the next book! Don't get stuck on one--give the book a chance, edit it, revise it, send it off--but if that doesn't work, write the next one.

Anything you would like to say to your fans out there?

I <3 you all! This is still so amazing and new to me!

Thank you so much for being here!

Thank YOU!

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111 Responses so far.

  1. Avery says:

    Great interview! I am so looking forward to this book!

  2. Marg K. says:

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

    I'm also a huge Firefly/Serenity fan. I like all of the characters but Mal was def my favorite...however, I also had a bit of a crush on Simon (Dr. Tam).

  3. Alexa says:

    Great Interview, I have slowly been getting into the sci-fi/fantasy world and I would love to read this one. Thanks.

  4. andii* says:

    the books sound great!
    and i like the interview!
    i´m in :)
    i would love to win Across the Universe!!
    thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Very excited about this book coming out!

    Sniffly Kitty
    Sniffly Kitty's Mostly Books

  6. I agree, Captain Mal does have a really cute butt. I've always loved SciFi and I'm eager to check out Across the Universe. I love the cover by the way, it's fabulous.

  7. She had me at Firefly and Serenity!!!

    Great witty answers to the quick questions too!

  8. Mariya says:

    Wonderful Interview. I am DYING to read this book =D


  9. Teril says:

    This interview was great! Thank you.
    I have been waiting to get a copy and the reviews have been astounding! I cannot wait.

  10. Teril says:

    Hmm I think I deleted my post by mistake, so here I go again. I cannot wait to read this book. The reviews coming in have been fantastical and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy! Thank you for the great interview!

  11. Jaz.parks says:

    Hi Larissa! Thank you so much for the giveaway!
    I'd love to read the book, It sounds awesome and the cover is beautiful!

    Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

  12. KayaC says:

    OH great interview!
    This has been on my TBR list! Thanks for coming on for the interview it was great to read.

  13. Deea says:


    Usually, I'm skeptical when it comes to sci fi, bu this interview and your review convinced me to put this book on my wish list!:D
    And thanks for the giveaway! xo

  14. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I can't wait for this book. The cover is so gorgeous.

  15. Riv Re says:

    Nice interview. Love the quickie questions :)

  16. Try as I might, I have never been a fan of Ender's Game. I do love The Adoration of Jenna Fox, though, so I'm with you there! And, I love coffee with peppermint flavoring. Yumm...Maybe I'll sip some whilst reading your book?? Thanks for the giveaway, Larissa!

  17. Harley says:

    Omg can't wait till this book comes out!

  18. Great interview and loved learning more about her and this book.

  19. I never read City of Ember, the movie killed my interest. I probably should try it someday.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Sharli says:

    Everyone seems to hate revisions lol! I'd LOVE to read this book! It's at the top of my wishlist of 2011 releases :)
    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  21. Editing and Revisions is the worst I agree, maybe that's why I appreciate author's so much more , all the work that goes into writing and completing these awesome books.

  22. Leslie says:

    I can't wait to read this book. And the cover is gorgeous. Thanks for the interview and contest.

  23. Vivien says:

    I love the Adoration of Jenna Fox as well. :)

  24. Anne R. says:

    All this is making me more excited to read Across the Universe. Thanks for the interview, Larissah! And for the giveaway as well.

  25. I love Firefly and C.S. Lewis! Seriously. Both are definitely on my list of all time favorite things! Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway. I've read some great early reviews of Across the Universe, and I can't wait to check it out for myself!

  26. hey...
    very good interview..

    I would like read this book soon possible..

    tks for giveaway

    Daniele Silveira

  27. OH I want to read this. Entering it now. :)

  28. Lena says:

    Great interview! YA Fantasy is my first love/favorite genre too :)

  29. I would have to agree with Beth's comment about Captain Mal, but I watch him now on Castle. :) I am so looking forward to the release of Across the Universe and have already pre-ordered it. I would love to win your ARC though. I've never received a print ARC before.

    Happy New Year Larissa!

  30. this book looks so good!

  31. Great interview. I cant wait to read this book!

  32. Ohhhhh! Firefly is just fantastic! I love that show (and Joss Whedon, of course!) Ender's Game is a classic, I love it!

    Awesome interview, Larissa! :) Thank you for the giveaway!

  33. Thank you for the giveaway! :D

    BTW, wow Joss Whedon produces so many shows?!

  34. Great interview, can't wait to give Across the Universe a try!

    Dottie :)

  35. Misha says:

    Awesome interview! I am looking forward to the book ! I am a fan of Robin McKinley too :)

  36. Precious says:

    Fun interview! :) I'm so excited to read Across the Universe. Eventhough it's sci-fi (and I'm not really a sci-fi girl), I found myself dying to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  37. This books looks amazing! And I loved the interview! :)

  38. Holz says:

    Thank You!! I have read some awesome stuff about this book, so can't wait:)

    coffee with mint is a favourite of mine as well, i like it with toffee too:)

  39. great interview. i'm sooo waiting for this book! :)

  40. Awesome interview! Ive never heard of that Joss Whedon movie and I LOVE Joss...off to look it up :) I'd love to read Across The Universe...I keep hearing everyone that has already had a chance to read it ..RAVING about it :)

  41. Savannah says:

    Great interview! And thanks for the giveaway!!

  42. Ohh Beth's book looks amazing! I loved her EPIC giveaway she held. I have heard some amazing reviews and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. Great Post Larissa!

    Kristen H
    My Bookish Fairy Tale

  43. Tore says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Another great book I would love to read. Tore923@aol.com

  44. Jennifer says:

    Great interview. I've heard good things about Across the Universe....I just have to read it. Awesome cover Beth.
    Fingers crossed


  45. CiNdY says:

    Thanks for a chance to win! I have heard such great things about this book!! :D

  46. Great interview! I already couldn't wait to read Across the Universe, but "A murder mystery set in space!" - now I can't wait to get my hands on it even more :)

    I guess I'll have to read The Adoration of Jenna Fox, 'cause I absolutely love Ender's Game, Firefly, Serenity & of course Captain Mal ;) so it seems we have similar tastes with Beth ;) One more book for my neverending reading list!

    Thanks Larissa for the giveaway & happy new year!!!

  47. Lindsay says:

    I've recently gotten into sci fi and I've been dying to get my hands on this book. Thanks for the contest and interview! :)

  48. Carol M says:

    I enjoyed the interview! This sounds like a book I would really enjoy! Thank you for the giveaway!

  49. nat says:

    Great interview. I am so looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance.

  50. Andrea I says:

    I enjoyed the interview and now am interested in reading the book. I haven't been into YA books yet.

  51. Teril says:

    OH that was a great post. Thank you for the amazing giveaways here!

  52. Thanks so much this is awesome!!

  53. Missie says:

    Awesome interview! I'm dying to read Across the Universe. I'm glad to know it will be a trilogy. That is so exciting.

    Oh, and I agree. Captain Mal does have a cute butt! :D

  54. I'm so glad a sequel is already in the works!

  55. Candace says:

    I am excited about this one! It's not a book I would ever randomly pick up. I'm not huge into sci fi/futuristic type books. BUT all the rave reviews and everyone talking about it has gotten me really excited!
    Thanks for the giveaway Larissa!

  56. I agree, YA is much more fun than adult books! :D

  57. Amy says:

    Would love to read this!

  58. Mia says:

    I enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  59. Louisse says:

    Can't wait for this book!

  60. To expect a 16 year old to give up everything she knows to live 300 years in the future breaks the laws of decency but also sounds like a good read.

  61. Ivy says:

    Great Interview! I am dying to read this book!

  62. Ariel says:

    I love Serenity and Firefly! :D I've only heard good things about this book, so I look forward to reading it and the rest of the series!

  63. Can't wait to read it! Awesome interview!

  64. Kulsuma says:

    Awesome interview. I loved The City of Ember. Thanks for the giveaway!

  65. Aleetha says:

    Another interview about her. Nice.
    Good luck for the second and third book , Beth

    Thanks for the chance. This is great giveaway

  66. Moridin says:

    I'd love to read this book.

  67. hi...thanks for the giveaway...

    coffee with peppermint... love it during the holidays..

  68. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm in a YA debut author challenge this year and have been considering reading this book.

  69. Tura Lura says:

    Great interview. I'm even more excited to read the book now!


  70. Megan says:

    Awesome Interview!! I am really excited to read this book!! It looks amazing.

  71. April X says:

    Great interview! Beth is so awesome :) I can't wait to read AtU :)

  72. Cherry says:

    God I'm slow... I haven't noticed that butt... but will be re-watching Serenity and looking out for that butt ;)

  73. Great interview and giveaway, I'm really looking forward to Across the Universe!

  74. Aik says:

    Thanks for posting this interview! Now I know a bit more about Beth Revis!

  75. I really want Across the Universe:)

  76. Pisinat says:

    Great interview :)

    I really want to read Jenna Fox. I've not heard very much about it, but it sounds really goid :)

  77. I've heard awesome things about this book, fingers crossed for me! ;)

    Kate1485 at hotmail.com

  78. mary says:

    OOps dont know if u got other post but if you didnt i will send again
    Hi..your site is so awesome..i love reading it hard to describe but its like on a warm night by the beach with the one you love,,that just about sums it up for me..great work thanks

  79. Great interview!
    Can't wait to read this book.

  80. GABY says:

    I can't wait to read this book. It sounds so different!!

    My first love was also Fantasy. It's interesting how we fantasy lovers end up looking for sci-fi too.


  81. I'm so crazy for this book. I did an interview with Beth I'll be posting next month and I might have been a bit of a fangirl.

    Thanks for doing the interview and giveaway!

  82. Khyla says:

    awesome giveaway :)

  83. I've heard nothing but amazing things about this book. I love how unique it sounds and her sources of inspiration. The City of Ember is so good! I can't wait to read it when it's released, I'm so curious now as to the twisty ending!

  84. Loved the interview. I am beyond excited about reading this book. Thanks for the great giveaway :)

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

  85. From what I have read online, this book is made of awesome!

    Thank you for the interview. Now makes me want Across the Universe more!!!

  86. Lauren M says:

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!
    I totally agree with Beth about Sci-Fi being way too intelligent sometimes for easy reading. Whenever I read adult books, I definitely stray toward the SFF genre, since it's less techie.

  87. Great interview!... I've heard a lot about this book and I look forward to reading it.

  88. Bookish says:

    Thanks for the interview. I'm surprised her favorite author is C.S. Lewis, but good choice. I liked the quickies section of the interview!

    Elise @ Bookish Delights

  89. Great interview! I can't wait to read this book :)

  90. Chrizette says:

    This book looks awesome - can't wait to read it! Thank you for the giveaway, Larissa!

  91. vickyvak says:

    Awesome interview! I don't usually read sci-fi but I really want to read this book!

  92. vickyvak says:

    Awesome interview! I don't usually read sci-fi books but I really want to read this one!

  93. Quite seriously, I don't usually consider books like these, but it intrigues me so to have some kind of genetic virus that causes early death. That is strange and intriguing. This might be a good read, I do believe!

  94. Can't wait to read this!!!

  95. geceosan says:

    I've been waiting for this book since I read the preview chapter! Really looking forward to it!

  96. Seesen says:

    I´m soo looking forward for this book :) Now that I know Beth loves Firefly too, I´m even more excited.

  97. Laura H. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I was originally going to pass up this giveaway because the book is tagged as young adult but after reading the synopsis I was intrigued enough that I changed my mind!


  98. It always amazes me that writers are turning in book 2 before book 1 even hits shelves! You guys are so motivated! I am in awe of you =)

  99. Great post, great interview, and great giveaway! Thanks!

    I was so excited that she mentioned The Adoration of Jenna Fox - I love that book!

  100. Great interview! I am so looking forward to read this :D

  101. Christine says:

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway! Across the universe has been on my wishlist for ages!

  102. Aubrey says:

    Great interview! Awesome giveaway. :)

  103. Melanie says:

    I just love the cover for this book! I've heard great things and can't wait to read it. :)

  104. Meredith says:

    I like that you (Beth) chose to write YA, especially in a sci-fi/fantasy type story.

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  105. Stephany says:

    I love her response to the question: Right or Left? "Straight ahead." Makes me want to read this book even more (if possible!). It shows she has a different way of thinking besides the obvious--which is awesome. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  106. Spav says:

    This is one of my most wanted books of 2011. Can't wait to read it!

  107. Interesting interview - I too find adult sci-fi too heavy and hard-going, but have enjoyed more YA examples. Great giveaway!

  108. Jessica says:

    Joss Whedon FTW! Also the answer that made me giggle most was for up or down. Sideways is definitely a much more interesting answer!

    I so hope I win! I've wanted a copy of Across the Universe since I first glanced at it's gorgeous cover.

    Thanks Larissa!

  109. fiktshun says:

    Great interview and awesome contest. I've heard amazing things about this book!

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