Today we’re celebrating the launch of Beth Revis’s A MILLION SUNS by participating in the Virtual Party! Each hour of the day, from 9am to 5pm EST, there will be a different feature on a different blog. And each stop, in true party fashion, will have a party favor to give out—in the form of a signed book plus some cool swag—and a party game: a puzzle piece to a truly epic prize for one winner! So read on to find out exclusive information about A MILLION SUNS and enter to win a signed book!
ON MURDER AND MAYHEM
I first wrote ACROSS THE UNIVERSE while I was a teacher at a small rural school in North Carolina. When I say small, I mean small. I happened to be visiting friends in New York City when I got an email from the principal inviting me for an interview at this school. I got off the plane, changed clothes, and went to the interview. Here I was in my fancy business suit and high heels straight from NYC, and the principal took me on a tour of school…including the goat field and the cow pasture!
I loved being a teacher, although it definitely took a toll on me. There were some days when I was too exhausted to write. And there were some days when I wrote and I probably shouldn’t have.
I happened to be working on a scene near the middle of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE where I needed a frozen person to die. This happened to be the day that one of my students had DRIVEN ME INSANE. He’s a decent kid, but a person can only take so much! So, in a fit of author glee, I gave my murder victim my student’s name, and then I described, in as gruesome detail as possible, how he drowned in the cryo box.
Another character based on student was Harley. This was a kid I liked—her name was Charly, and she was an art student who painted me a koi fish. While I was writing, I needed an artist as a side character, and Harley grew from her. I don’t want to spoil the book for people who’ve not read the first one, but Harley’s fate isn’t sunshine and puppies.
Before AtU was published, I told my two students about the book and that I’d used variations of their names. Word spread, and by the end of the year, nearly every student that I ever taught was begging to be in my book—and specifically begging to be killed off in the book!
You meet a lot of new characters in A MILLION SUNS. But I’m happy to say that nearly all the ones that die (with two exceptions) are former students of mine! In fact, there’s one scene were many people die at the same time—and every one of them was named after a student. So, if you happen to have been in my classroom…I hope you enjoy your bloody, gruesome end!
Thanks for stopping by today as a part of the Virtual LaunchParty for A MILLION SUNS! To help celebrate, one commenter on this post will receive a signed paperback of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, the first book of the trilogy, along with some custom swag, including a poster, an art print of a koi fish (made by the student who inspired Beth to write the character Harley), NASA goodies, and more. This contest is open internationally, and will end in 24 hours.
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Make sure you go back to Beth’s website for full details on the party. Visit every site in the party to gather clues that will enable you to enter for the GRAND PRIZE—a signed paperback of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, a signed hardback of A MILLION SUNS, an exclusive water bottle, a poster, an art print, and more!