When a series ends, sometimes we just aren’t ready to let go of the characters we’ve come to love. Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy is a favorite of many YA scifi readers, so everyone was understandably excited when the author announced that she would be releasing a follow-up story this year entitled The Body Electric!
I was intrigued to hear that the author is self-publishing this new novel, which to me speaks to the degree of her love for her characters and for her fans. The author told me that only 350 copies of a very special edition will be printed, which will be available exclusively at her local bookshop Malaprops and at booksignings until they sell out. You can learn more about this fascinating experiment and the various other formats available in yesterday’s Publishers Weekly article on out-of-the box promotions. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, I think it’s pretty awesome that authors and independent retailers are doing what they can to attract readers, and it’s very clear that a lot of thought went into The Body Electric‘s promotion in particular. This collectible offers maps, artwork, interviews, and other exclusive bonus materials that fans are going to love!
We’re pleased to have Beth as our guest today to tell us a little more about how this passion project came to be. She’s also generously offering up one of those pretty special editions to our readers, so stick around for the giveaway at the end!
The Body Electric is a book born of love. I wrote it—and am publishing it—for my readers, all the ones who read Across the Universe and said they wanted more. The book isn’t a sequel, but it has the same tone and feel as my first series, and shows what was happening on Earth while my characters Amy and Elder were in space for my first trilogy. It’s really the reader’s love that made me write this book in this way, and it’s because I want them to have it now that I’m publishing it this year.
But the book is also born of a love of other books and science fiction in general. One of the quotes that most applies to me as a writer is by Isaac Newton: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” My stories—all of them—exist because of my love of reading.
The most influential book in writing The Body Electric was Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (the basis for the movie Blade Runner), with a close second for his novella, “Total Recall.” I love the way Dick questions what it means to be human, how our experiences and our memories influence who we are, not just in how we perceive ourselves, but how we perceive the world around us. Because he made me love the questions and seek the answers, I’m twisting the ideas into my own story, my own questions that I hope readers will love to answer for themselves.
But there’s a little bit of everything I love in my books. I named characters after ones in Doctor Who, I slipped in a scene that references Firefly, I made an allusion to Douglas Adams. All of these little nods to the books and movies and sci fi that I love are seeded into the story, a tiny, almost invisible part of the whole, that only a few people (if any) notice at all.
But it’s that love for the genre, love for the works, and my love for my readers that makes those tiny details the larger part of the whole story. It’s that love that glues the whole story together.
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. Visit her online on her website, Tumbler, GoodReads, and Twitter.
Thanks to the author, we have an autographed copy of this special book to give away to our readers. This is a limited print run, numbered special edition of this book, so the winner’s going to have a very special collectible for his or her shelf!
All you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re specifically excited about The Body Electric. Open to US residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. See entry form for complete details. Good luck!