Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Interview with Beth Revis

My blog readers know that Beth Revis has become somewhat of a repeat offender regular visitor around here. There was the time she was interviewed when ACROSS THE UNIVERSE came out. And then there was the time she tried to kill me. Not once, but twice. Still, since apparently I enjoy a good nemesis (especially one as devious as fun as Beth), I've invited her back. :) ACROSS THE UNIVERSE was different, compelling, and has one of the best opening scenes ever. I can't wait to get my hands on A MILLION SUNS! Here's a peek.

Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos. It’s been three months. In that time, Amy has learned to hide who she is. Elder is trying to be the leader he’s always wanted to be. But as the ship gets more and more out of control, only one thing is certain: They have to get off the ship.

Um ... yes, please! I was thrilled when Beth agreed to come back on the blog, especially because she agreed to be the first author to take on our newest interviewer, Giselle. Let's meet today's guests.

Giselle, the French sock monkey

Beth Revis

They look like two worthy adversaries, don't you think? Before we dive into today's interview, we get to see the cupcake my hubby made in honor of A MILLION SUNS. Rejecting all of my perfectly valid suggestions to make a jar of Nutella labeled "Instant Death" or a tombstone for my local dental hygienist (If neither suggestion made sense to you, you didn't click on the links above to read about Beth's various crimes against me.), my hubby made a cupcake that beautifully reflects the meaning of A MILLION SUNS: a scattering of stars against an ebony background. Without further ado, I give you the star cupcake and Beth vs. Giselle.

1. I believe a girl should be able to describe herself in a single word. Naturally, the word I’d use for myself is “perfect.” What word best describes you?


2. As all should be when they come into my presence. A common misconception about sock monkeys is that we adore socks. This is foolishness. Speaking only for myself, I adore Jimmy Choos and diamonds from Tiffany’s. What are a few of your favorite things?

True story: once I was on a Jack the Ripper tour in London with some of my students (when I was a teacher). The Jack the Ripper tour guide started telling a story about a murderer in this old London house who liked to chop up his victims and then, to dispose of the bodies, he would wrap their dismembered flesh in brown paper and tie it up with string.

One of my trouble-making students then asks, “What did you say?”

The tour guide (a little louder): He wrapped up their flesh in brown paper and tied it up with string.

My student (with a completely straight face, starts singing): These are a few of my favorite things…

We had to tip the tour guide extra for that one.

Wait, what was the question?

3. I find this discussion of dismembered body parts wrapped in brown paper and tied up with strings to be one of my very least favorite things. Many crave my approval, but few are clever enough to win it. What are you willing to do to win my favor?

I have been known to attack my enemies with Nutella, and have a legion of ninja dental hygeniests on my side, ready to kill at my whim.

(And now I hope that CJ links to those posts so that new readers know I’m not an insane creeper…)

4. *sniffs* If I was to attack my enemies, I would have better weapons at my disposal than some sugary hazelnut spread and a person who spends all day obsessed with teeth. If I was a dessert, I’d be a French macaron. Strawberry, of course. Why? Because I am French and pink and altogether lovely. What kind of dessert best describes you and why?

Oh, that is a REALLY good choice. Seriously. OK, if I were a dessert, I’d be a cupcake. Because my favorite drink is cupcake-flavored vodka, and honestly, I’ve drunk enough of it to become one myself.

5. Then henceforth I shall refer to you as Cupcake, the vodka swilling, Nutella wielding author. I understand you write stories. Please tell me why the hero of your book would be my perfect boy toy for a day.

Well, Elder is the hero of my books. He’s a genetically engineered spaceship commander trying to hold together his people before mutiny tears apart his ship. Also, there’s a scene where one of the characters has to tell him to, and I quote, “Shut up and put some pants on.” So there’s that.

6. *gazes off into the distance and delicately fans face* Genetically engineered, you say? *raises brow* ALL of him? You Americans love your movies. One day, when Hollywood tells the story of my life, it will be called Gone With The Perfect Pink Monkey. If your life was a movie, what would be the title?

Much Ado About Awesome

7. Pink? Or some lesser, inferior color?

Silver. Which is actually a very nice compliment to the color pink.

8. I prefer diamonds, myself. I love fairy tales. If I was a fairy tale character, I’d be Snow White. The fairest in all the land. Which fairy tale character would you be and why?

Rapunzel. Because my mother was actually an evil witch who locked me in a tower until I was 18. Or, really, just because I have crazy long hair.

9. I am, of course, a fashion trend setter. (Glitter eye shadow? Six inch heels? Retro gowns making a comeback? Yes. You may thank me with your undying adulation.) If you were to start a trend, what would it be?

I am all for glitter anything, so I thank you for the eye shadow! If I were to start a trend, though, it would be that yoga pants were suddenly the most fashionable thing ever. Because honestly? That’s all I wear anyway.

10. What are these ... yoga pants? *Googles* Oh. How ... utterly delightful. I suppose you have some in silver? I am addicted to all things French—baguettes, macarons, Chateau Lafite, moi … the list goes on and on. What is your favorite thing from France?

Macarons are pretty freaking sweet. I also like cheese and wine. Basically, whatever can make me fat and/or drunk is probably a good thing.

Although I have to say…Nutella, the most perfect food form in the universe, comes from Italy, not France.

Also: J'ai appris le français au lycée et je peux encore parler un peu. Pouvez-vous faire cela, le singe?

11. Comment osez-vous insinuer que je serais incapable de parler ma propre langue, vous la vodka swilling cupcake, vous! A smart woman always maintains an air of mystery. Often the art of being mysterious involves doing the unexpected. What is the most unusual thing you’ve ever done?

I once killed a squid and then ate it. After, you know, cooking it. Have I mentioned that my mom is Katniss and my dad is Aquaman?

12. If I ever need a squid killed and then eaten, I now know whom to call. I also believe a smart woman always gets the last word. Any last word you’d like to leave with my readers?


Thank you, Beth, for such an entertaining interview! I think you gave our fair Giselle a good run for her money. To learn more about Beth, visit her site. To grab your own copy of A MILLION SUNS, visit Indie Bound here.

Of course, the fun isn't over yet! Beth is giving away a signed copy of A MILLION SUNS to one lucky reader. The contest is open to North America and you may enter until 8 p.m. central time, Monday February 6th. To enter, simply fill out the form below. And be sure to leave a comment for Beth in the blogger comment box at the bottom of the post!

Good luck and happy reading!


  1. Very funny post! I even read the previous one and loved it too! Looking forward to reading A Million Suns.

  2. I just finished Across the Universe and I'm actually very glad it took me so long to get to it, because now I don't have to wait so long for A Million Suns - can't wait to get my hands on it!

  3. That Jack the Ripper tour story cracked me up! Plus, cupcake vodka FOR THE WIN. And anyone who quotes Sheldon Cooper is pretty much awesome in my book :)

  4. Loved this! And I adored A Million Suns :)

  5. I need this cupcake vodka, or maybe I don't? Whatever, it sounds tasty, awesome interview I totally lol'd

  6. Oh wow... you set a high example to all authors who need to be entertaining while being interviewed. This cheered me up while I'm sick. :D

  7. hehe I love the bit about being a French macaron! They are my favourite. I've never heard of cupcake vodka before it sounds amazing. What an entertaining interview, it made me hungry!

  8. Awesome!!! beth revis is one of my alltime favorite authors!!! :)
    Alyssa S.

  9. I absolutely love this series. The twists and turns. The lies revealed...just kept me on my toes! Can't wait for Shades of Earth.

  10. I loved Across the Universe I hope I win the sequel :D
    GFC: Brittany Hiester

  11. I love the new interviewer! I love this series. I just lent my grandma Across the Universe! GODSPEED!

  12. Oh man...I giggled like an idiot throughout this entire interview. KUDOS for being hilarious and original...both of you...err...all THREE of you! haha Awesome giveaway!

    -Em @ Sash & Em

  13. Nice! I have a fondness for sock monkeys... as well as Elder. Even if he can be dense sometimes. :D Loved both books, and I'd love a signed copy. Good Luck to everyone!

  14. That was such a hilarious interview! I'm liking Giselle. She's funny. And Beth, you are quite witty!

  15. Ah, Beth. My favorite Whovian Browncoat who has proved to not only be a worthy opponent of CJ, but also managed to get welcomed into our family by mom within 2 tweets. You have been trained in the ways of Ninja and I patiently wait for the day when you figure out you've been trying to knock of the sister WITHOUT the life insurance policy.

    And I cannot WAIT to read A MILLION SUNS! Seeing as I'm about to have surgery and several weeks of down time, I think it perfectly befitting that I win this copy. Cause I too describe myself as humble.

  16. I have a strange craving for vodka shots and cupcakes after reading this interview. I am nearly finished with MILLION SUNS. It is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C. I'd like to see a room full of Elder clones speed dating.

  17. I love these interviews!!! <3

  18. I can't wait to read this!! I've heard so many amazing things!


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