Friday, January 7, 2011

Author Interview: Beth Revis (AtU)

  Across the Universe

Beth Revis lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog, and believes space is nowhere near the final frontier. Across the Universe is her first novel. For more about her, check out her site here.
And Here is my review

Thank you so much Beth, for your time and for answering questions for us!

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
AtU is a murder mystery in space :D

--How did you get the idea for the story?
The entire idea of the novel came from the twist at the end. The entire book—the setting, the characters, the plot—came from making the twist at the end work.

--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
In my own book? I’d most like to meet with Amy; she’s fun and brave and says what she thinks. I’d least like to eat with Eldest, as he’d probably try to kill me.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
I never have enough time to read! My all time favorite books are the Chronicles of Narnia and the Harry Potter books; most recently I’ve enjoyed LIPS TOUCH by Laini Taylor and CHIME by Franny Billingsley.

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
Definitely something from Narnia—the world’s amazing, and I’d love to live in it, even during the winter years.

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your book’s playlist-" songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
Not really! I usually do have a cup of cho-coffee before work (hot chocolate mixed with coffee), but it’s not necessary. I do have music playing while I work, but it tends to be something that I know so well that I can tune out. While writing AtU, I listened a lot to the Beatles song “Across the Universe” (obvs), and also “Still Alive” by Lisa Miscovsky and “Fact/Fiction” by Mads Langer.

--Can you give us any teasers from the sequel? Is there a  publication date?
No date yet. As for a teaser: I’ll only say that at least two things you think are true from AtU are actually…not.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The ability to control time! I want to be able to stop it and start it whenever I want, so I can do things like read without getting behind schedule.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Playing with my dog, a big black Lab named Sirius (told you I like Harry Potter) and dreaming about new places to go—I love to travel!

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
AtU comes out on January 11—I hope you all like it!

Official Book Webpage
Official Fan Page
Read the first chapter (.pdf)

Watch the trailer


  1. Awesome interview! I can't wait to read Across the Universe!

  2. As for a teaser: I’ll only say that at least two things you think are true from AtU are actually…not.
    What?! My AtU reread will consist of me scouring the book for any little detail that may say 'this is not actually true.'

    It's so sad that I read AtU even earlier than the release because I have to wait even longer for the sequel : (

  3. All she has to mention is she's a HP fan and I like her already! Can't wait to read this one! Great interview :)

  4. Hi Brandy

    Please take look at this post,I think there is repetition. I found a same answer and question twice.

    I hope I can have my own copy of AtU this year
    nice question

  5. Thanks Misha and Aylee!

    Nikki- that is one of the downsides of reading books early!!

    Aleetha- thanks for pointing it out- don't know how that happened but I fixed it.

  6. What a lovely, lovely interview. I'm even more excited about reading this one now than I was before and boy do I wish I could also stop and start time whenever I wanted. Imagine all the reading that I'd manage to get done :D

  7. Ah yes- I would love to be able to manipulate time.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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