Interview with Beth Revis

What's the story behind your latest book?
The inspiration for THE BODY ELECTRIC comes from a lifetime of reading and a lifelong fascination with the mind. What makes us human? If we lose all our memories, are we still the same person? It's these sorts of questions that keep me up at night, so that is the base of this story: a girl who can manipulate memories cannot trust her own.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was about getting the book to my readers as quickly as possible. Traditional publication is limited by the market and has a long production time. I know my fans want this book, and I want them to have it as soon as possible!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are moments--rare but beautiful--when I sit back after furiously typing a scene and realize that what I just wrote is the full essence of my art, the very best I could do. I live for those moments.
Who are your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis inspired within me a desire to learn more about literature. Reading his books as a young girl were monumental--they were the first books that showed me that there was more to the story than paper and ink.

J.K. Rowling taught me that a book can be both important and entertaining at the same time. As a college-bound English nerd worried about being good enough and impressing professors, this meant the world to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was about a little girl hearing stories from her grandmother--the grandmother was making up tales to go with the constellations, connecting the stars into images to tell a story. I wrote it in elementary school and "bound" it with glue. My mother still has the only copy!
Describe your desk
The desk where I'm supposed to work is piled high with mail. The desk where I actually work is my lap, which is sitting comfortably on my couch.
Published 2014-07-29.
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Books by This Author

Paper Hearts, Volume 3: Some Marketing Advice
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 63,790. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
Get your book exposed to larger audiences with this guide to the basics of marketing.
Paper Hearts, Volume 2: Some Publishing Advice
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 62,650. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
After you've written the book, you need PAPER HEARTS to help you get it published.
Paper Hearts, Volume 1: Some Writing Advice
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 70,770. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Applied arts, Nonfiction » Education & Study Guides » Literacy
Practical advice meets real experience as NY Times bestselling author Beth Revis speaks on writing. A combination of philosophy and hands-on activities, this book is perfect for the aspiring author. Save the Cat meets Bird by Bird in the first of three volumes on writing, publishing, and marketing.
The Future Collection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,230. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
A collection of short stories by NY Times bestselling YA science fiction author Beth Revis. These stories explore weird futures, new technology, space, and more. Includes previously unpublished stories and sample chapters of Beth's latest sci fi novel.
The Body Electric
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,820. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Ella Shepherd can slip into other people’s minds. Using technology invented by her parents, Ella has the ability to experience–and influence–the memories of others. She’s used this ability to help ensure the safety of the world from a dangerous terrorist group, but not all is as it seems…because someone’s been inside Ella’s head, too.