Hear ye, hear ye! Today we welcome one of the great queen of the YA lit internets to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight stage! Beth Revis is not only the amazingly talented author of the Across the Universe trilogy (Shades of Earth! Ah!), but also can frequently be found hosting giveaways, contests, and interviewing other authors on her blog, or talking books and general awesomeness on her twitter. We heart her so much, and we can’t wait for you all to have the chance to read a little more about her! So without further ado, here’s Beth!
Name: Beth Revis
Novel: Shades of Earth
Available: January 15, 2013 (out now!)
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? CS Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia. I read the books when I was very young, and they were the first time I ever realized that there was more to the story than what was written. I actually did a video on this that you can find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKJkLBMpmNg
What’s your favorite thing about your book? My favorite thing about my first book, Across the Universe, was the page that has only one sentence on it. My favorite part about the second book of the trilogy, A Million Suns, is the page with only one word on it. My favorite part of the third and final book, Shades of Earth, is the blank page.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Either Katniss, who can help me survive, or Harry Potter, who can get me off the island. Or, if we’re talking about having fun on the island for that year, I think I might have to jump out of books and into movies and pull over Captain Mal J
Where do you write? I tend to write either on my couch (with my big black Lab named Sirius sitting beside me) or at the desk my husband made for me.(See above!)
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? While I don’t agree with all of his ideas, I find Martin Luther fascinating. The way he broke from the Church and started the Protest Reformation in a world where the idea of souls and eternal damnation was vividly present and universally believed in is amazing to me.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I do tweet! You can find me at @bethrevis
Funniest tweet…probably a conversation between me and my friend @laurendestefano! I also live-tweeted the Royal Wedding and sometimes live-tweet Doctor Who episodes.
I have to say the best thing anyone else has ever tweeted at me was this description of me by reader @JazminLabrada: “Beth writes and christens her novels with the tears of her readers. Strangely, I’m OK with this.”
What is your favorite season? Fall—I love sweater weather, and my birthday’s in October!
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? On Earth, I would go to the Australian coral reefs, or perhaps Kyoto during the cherry blossom season, or maybe the pyramids of Giza. But if you’re going to give me a space suit, take me anywhere I can see the stars.
Do you have any writing rituals? I don’t know if this counts as a ritual, but I usually write on my computer. However, if I get really, really stuck, I use a legal notepad (must be a legal notepad, preferably with white paper).
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Snuggling on the couch with my dog and husband, watching a marathon of Firefly episodes (or, perhaps, Doctor Who).
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? When I was in college, I was a HARDCORE Barenaked Ladies fan. They came to my city, and I went with my best friend and his boyfriend. It was the first big concert I’d ever been to, and it was BRILLIANT.
What are you currently working on? I’ve got my fingers in a lot of pots right now—a short story, a novella, and a proposal for more novels!
Thanks, Beth! We seriously can’t wait to see how you’re going to top Shades of Earth and the Across the Universe trilogy!
Catch up with what happened in A Million Suns before reading Shades of Earth on the ATU Facts tumblr!
Beth Revis’ awesome Across the Universe novella is now on scribd for FREE! We’ve found your Friday reading. You’re welcome.
Announcing the Breathless Reads 2013 tour!
This year, there’s going to be an East Coast AND West Coast leg of the tour, both happening the week of February 10-16th. Check out the list of events below to see when your favorite Breathless Reads author is coming to your town! For up to date info on the tour, check the Breathless Reads Facebook Page!
Breathless Reads Tour 2013 WEST COAST LEG
- Andrea Cremer (Rise)
- Jessica Khoury (Origin)
- Marie Lu (Prodigy)
- Brenna Yovanoff (Paper Valentine)
Sunday, February 10th – LOS ANGELES
Barnes & Noble, The Grove, 2pm
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Monday, February 11th – LOS ANGELES
Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, 7pm
1030 Bonita Ave., LaVerne, Ca 91750
Tuesday, February 12th – SAN FRANCISCO
A Great Good Place for Books, 7pm
6120 La Salle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611
Wednesday, February 13th – PORTLAND, OR
Barnes & Noble, Clackamas, 6:30pm
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97086
Thursday, February 14th – BOULDER, CO
Boulder Bookstore, 6:30pm
1107 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Friday, February 15th – AUSTIN
603 North Lamar, Austin, Texas 78703
Saturday, February 16th – SALT LAKE CITY
Barnes & Noble, Orem
330 East 1300 South Orem, UT 84058
Breathless Reads Tour 2013 EAST COAST LEG
- Fiona Paul (Venom)
- Beth Revis (Shades of Earth)
- Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms)
- Elizabeth Richards (Black City)
- Jess Spotswood (Born Wicked)
- *Lili Peloquin (The Innocents) (NYC & Boston events only)
Sunday, February 10th – BOSTON
82 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02482
Monday, February 11th – CHAPEL HILL
Flyleaf Books, 7pm
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Tuesday, February 12th – GREENVILLE, SC
Fiction Addiction, 6:30pm
1175 Woods Crossing Road #5, Greenville, SC 29607
Wednesday, February 13th – MIAMI
Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Thursday, February 14th - MEMPHIS
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
387 Perkins Road Extended, Memphis, TN 38117
Friday, February 15th – NEW YORK
Books of Wonder, 6pm
18 West 18th Street, New York, NY
Saturday, February 16th – MADISON
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT 06443
Breathless Reads is back!
If you’re a fan of Breathless Reads on Facebook, you may have noticed the color scheme change last week. That’s because we were preparing for a brand new round of Breathless Reads! You know Breathless Reads as the group campaign that launched Matched, Nightshade, Across the Universe, The Eternal Ones, The Replacement, Born Wicked, Legend, and Sapphique! Now we’ve got a new great group of YA debuts to share with you for fall 2012. First up is Jessica Khoury's lush, exotic Origin; each day this week, we’ll be revealing a new Breathless Reads title. Become a fan of Breathless Reads on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest news from ALL the Breathless titles, past and present, and keep an eye out, because there will be a new Breathless Reads slipcase and we plan to give some away on Facebook to lucky winners.