Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Dear Mom, My Name Is Not Beth Revis

Last year, I got my mother a copy of Beth Revis' Across the Universe. I knew mom would love it. She adores spaceships and sci-fi and when I met Beth during last year's Breathless Reads tour, I got the sense that she and my mom were on the same wavelength, so to speak.

I handed the book to mom and her face lit up. I was thrilled to see her so happy. She looked up at me. "Did you...did you write this?"

My face fell. I pointed towards the cover. "Is my name Beth Revis?"

Mom thought it over for a bit. "But what if that's your pen name? And you didn't tell me you had gotten a book deal because you wanted to surprise me."

I sighed. This wasn't the first time this had happened. The year before, mom had convinced herself that I was Kelly Gay, because apparently our writing styles are similar. "If I ever get a book deal, you'll know, because I'll be the one running up and down the street in my pajamas, screaming, 'Oh my God! Oh my God! I got a book deal!' Trust me on this, you'll know when it happens."

To re-cap:

This is Beth Revis, awesome author of Across the Universe and A Million Suns. She likes Futurama, Firefly, and things that explode. She also had this freaky painting in her hotel room the other night that looked like a bunch of carnivorous Pikachu on valium, which you can see here.



This is me:



OK, maybe this is me:



The point is: Despite our mutual love of Firefly, you'll notice we are not the same person.

As it turns out, Beth is going to be doing a signing in my area tomorrow. I wanted to bring mom with me, to prove I'm not Beth Revis so mom could meet one of her favorite authors in person. Unfortunately, mom's really into eating and paying her bills and had to work instead. I'm still going though! Besides Beth, Andrea Cremer, Marie Lu, and Jessica Spotswood will be there. I'll be sure to get books signed and have a giveaway.

As always, if you have anything in particular you'd like me to get, let me know in the comments.

3 comments:

  1. This is hysterical!
    You should have said, "Yes, Mom! I AM Beth Revis. You guessed it!"

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  2. Your mom is weird, and funny. Though I think I would be thrilled if someone was comparing my writing style to that of a published author. It would make me feel like I was doing something right.

    I think your mom is crazy for making this whole work thing a priority. Especially because I am insanely jealous about the event and I want to go too.

    Firefly is awesome. More people should embrace this fact.

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