Congrats and thanks to Beth Revis, whose book, Across The Universe came out today and who allowed me to interview her for you guys :) Check it out:
Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
A. I think I always wanted to be a writer--I remember talking about it to my elementary teachers. I tried to be a writer for career day, but I didn't know how to dress up like one. Now I know: pajamas and a huge coffee cup.
Q. How long does it take you to write a book?
A. About a year, from idea to revised draft.
Q. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
A. It fluctuates between procrastination and panicked marathons of writing. So, basically, I'm either lazy or crazy.
Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
A. I used to think about story plots while driving a looooong way to work. I work from home now, so I don't have a long drive, but if I get really really really stuck, driving around aimlessly helps to unstick me.
Q. Where did you get your information or ideas for your book?
A. Ideas are easy--I'm always asking "what if." As for information, I relied heavily on the Internet--either for research, or to watch videos from experts on YouTube, or to contact experts and ask questions by email.
Q. What do you like to do when you're not writing?
A. Read! I'm a book nerd through and through.
Q. What does your family think of your writing?
A. They are SO supportive. They never once doubted me, and they're so happy for me now that my dreams are coming true.
Q. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
A. How close we actually are to a lot of the technology I made up. I really think we might get to the point of civilian space travel sooner rather than later.
Q. What do you think makes a good story?
A. A good problem.
Q. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
A. I wanted to write--but I never thought I'd make a living of it. So my plan was to either marry money or becoming a teacher. I became a teacher and married for love, and never regretted it.
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Thanks so much, Beth! Good luck with your book!