Thursday, February 3, 2011

Interview with Beth Revis ( Across the Universe)

Hello Lovelies! Today, is the day. THE day where we have a little chat with Beth Revis. For everyone who lives under a rock, Across the Universe made the NY Times Bestseller list at #7 last week! Did I mention, Beth is a debut author AND that Across the Universe was relased only on the 11th of January? Um, I think we should stop what we're doing right now and happy dance for Beth! *stops typing and dances*

Now, before I get on with it...did I mention Beth was one of my Debutantes? You're probably thinking 'so'? BUT for me it's a big deal because it's kind of like I knew a best-selling author before she was a best-selling author you know? Anyway, it's a big deal. You can check out Beth's posts HERE and HERE.

Okay, NOW I'm ready to get on with it ...

{ Totally Awesomely, Amazingly, Cool Interview with Beth Revis! }

Note* We skipped the whole introduction and went straight to the good stuff. Author's are busy people with not alot of free time =)

Beth Revis
How did you come up with the plot for Across the Universe?

It all came about based on the twist at the end of the story—I wanted to build an entire story around that twist, so everything—the plot, the characters, the setting—came about in order to make that twist work.

What made you decided you wanted to write a YA sci-fi?

It’s what fit the story best! I look at the genre differences between contemporary, sci fi, and fantasy as being predominantly setting and world-building. I came up with the plot first, and the best world to put that plot in was a sci fi one.

Which character do you feel you can relate best to?

I think Elder. Amy’s too strong for me, but Elder’s got that same level of self-doubt that I have.

Could you tell us abit more about Amy's life on Earth?

I think she was a pretty average girl. She was more popular than she gives herself credit to, but she never participated in any kind of clique or group. Instead, she sort of floated among groups at school, and had friends of all different kinds.

What's the story behind Elder and Amy's names? Did you just come up with them?

Elder was named because of his title. Actually, the first original line of the book was “My name is Elder, although I’m the youngest person on the ship.” So his name never changed.

Amy was originally named Amaryllis, and I’d planned on having her frozen with a bulb of the flower that has the same name. But that back story got to be too complicated, so I just called her Amy and dropped the rest.

Favorite scene in the book?

It’s a spoiler! My fave scene is when that THING happens when Elder sees Harley near the hatch that leads to the stars.

*I'm not sure which scene, is it THAT scene that scene that was significant and made me cry?*

Molly Quinn

Can you tell us anything about the sequels?

I can only say: at least two things you think from Book 1 are true…are actually lies.

Do you have any plans on writing other books?

Right now, I’m focused on finishing the trilogy—I’ve finished one draft of Book 2 and am already starting to form Book 3. After that I’ve got a few more ideas, but I can’t talk about them—the more I talk about ideas, the more likely I am to not want to write the story.

Who would play Elder and Amy in a movie adaption?

I don’t know who would play Elder—it would need to be someone multi-ethnic, and there are, frankly, not enough multi-ethnic actors out there. As for Amy, the person I’d envisioned when writing her was the actress Molly Quinn.

Well! Thank-you Beth for the interview and I hope you guys enjoyed that! I would love to hear what you think so don't heistate to leave a comment! *hint hint* :P

Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Published - 11th of January 2011
The Book Depository - Hardback / Paperback
Goodreads - A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming

Badass Bookie xx


  1. Great interview. Beth, you've got me totally wondering what the lies are. And we have to wait to find out what they are. Congrats on all your success. I'm so happy for you.

  2. Wonderful interview!

  3. I just got this from the Library and I CANNOT WAIT to read it! This is an awesome interview. Now I'm super curious to know what the twist is! Haha. And Elder is ethnic??? GAHHH!!!! I think I just about died of happiness right there. Yay for ethnic people!!! :D