Thursday, 8 January 2015

Getting to Know the Authors: Featuring Beth Revis!

    Beth Revis is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and IndieBound bestselling author of the Across the Universe series (Razorbill/Penguin ), as well as several in-world short stories published in various anthologies. The books are currently available in more than 20 languages.
     Her book, A Million Suns, was hailed by the LA Times as “a fast-paced, action-packed follow-up.” Shades of Earth, the final volume, was called a “tense and delicious ride” by The Examiner.
    A former teacher, Beth lives in rural North Carolina with her husband and dog. Currently, she is working on a new science fiction trilogy title for self publication and two forthcoming novels for Penguin/Razorbill.

What has she written?
She has written: Across the Universe, A Million Suns, Shades of Earth, As They Slip Away, The Body Electric and Love Is A Choice!

Now on to the Interview!

1) How old were you when you started writing, in your opinion?
I remember very proudly having a story posted on the wall of my teacher's classroom when I was in first grade--that's probably the moment that I wanted to be a writer!

2) What do you want a reader to gain from reading your works?
Anything, as long as they feel something.

3) What are your three top suggestions on becoming an author, or being a pleasure writer?
Treat every book as if it was the one. Give it all the love, care, and attention as you would if you knew it would make you a billion dollars.
Care about the art. Writing is an art, and it IS a business, but the more important part is the art.
Don't compromise yourself, but be willing to grow and become better than what you currently are.

4) What is your favourite novel, why?
Probably CS Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It taught me that books are more than just ink and paper, and that they have meaning beyond the words written. It was a life changing moment for me.

5) Who is your favourite author, why?
Probably JK Rowling--she combines deep, meaningful writing with humor, and that's an impressive skill.

6) What are your favorite pass times besides writing?
Travel! I love to explore new worlds and cultures.

7) Who in your life do you credit your imagination to the most?
My father instilled a deep love of story-telling in me at a very early age--I remember his voice reading stories to my brother and me after supper.

8) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
Circumnavigate the world.
Go to a movie premier of something based off my work.
Have my own writing cottage.
Never be too far away from a puppy.
Know that my works have helped make someone happy.

9) What is your funniest childhood memory?
I once tried to show a friend that she shouldn't be scared of falling down while ice skating by purposefully falling down in front of her...and action which caused my pants to split!

10) To the youth of today, if you could tell them one thing, what would it be?
Live the most adventurous life you can--do things that scare you, reach out to people you don't know, do be afraid to live.

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