As a lover of great science fiction this month's debut is special to me. It is Beth Revis and her breathtaking young adult science fiction novel, Across The Universe. Before we welcome Beth, first a bit about Across The Universe:
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awake 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 a brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Doesn't that just make you ache for the book? Welcome to Heather's Odyssey Beth! Thank you so much for joining us. There is a painful shortage of Sci-Fi in the young adult genre. I'm so thrilled that you've added this excellent book to the ranks of great YA. What compelled you to write a YA Sci-Fi?
Beth: I did not originally set out to write science fiction. I had an idea for a story--it's the twist at the end of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE--and in order to write that story, I needed a space ship setting. Everything--the characters, the plot, the setting--came from that one idea for the end of the story.
Wow, that had to have been an interesting endeavor then! It makes me very curious as to what your favorite part of writing this book was?
Beth: Getting to that twist! It was all the way at the end, and I had to write to get to it.
That has to be fun to know the end and be so eager to get to it. Can you tell us a bit about Across The Universe that we may not know from your website?
Beth: Hmmm...I revealed a lot of secret stuff about the novel in the telescope hidden link (click the link in the telescope and type the password: seekthetruth). Something new...well, there's a scene in the book where Amy eats food on the ship. I added that scene specifically for my friend, Heather because she's cooked recipes from books before and I wanted her to do it for mine.
I love that special touch, that's excellent! Will Across The Universe be a stand alone or can we expect a sequel? If there isn't going to be a sequel do you have another novel in the works?
Beth: Across the Universe is a trilogy! I just finished the rough draft of Book 2, and have an idea of what's going to happen in Book 3.
That's fantastic! I've got to ask, is there anything in the publishing process that surprised you?
Beth: It all surprises me. How fast some things are, how slow others are. How kind everyone is. How amazingly wonderful the whole writing community can be.
I know exactly what you mean about the community. It's pretty amazing! Any closing thoughts to leave us with?
Beth: Keep writing! I wrote for ten years--and wrote ten novels--before I found the right one at the right time.
Thank you so much for joining us Beth and thank you for writing such a fabulous science fiction young adult novel! I can hardly wait to see what you have in store for us next in the series. Hurry over here peeps and pre-order Across The Universe for someone you love or even for yourself. Believe me, you'll want to be in on the book everyone will be talking about next year!