Today A Book and a Latte has a very special guest! I’m thrilled to interview the author of one of my favorite reads this year. Please help me welcome the debut author of UNRAVELING,

Elizabeth NorrisUnraveling by Elizabeth Norris
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Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.

From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming. (Goodreads)

Hi Liz! Happy Book Birthday to
UNRAVELING, and thank you so much for stopping by today! My first question, or challenge rather, is to describe UNRAVELING in 140 characters or less (the size of a tweet).

UNRAVELING is a gripping story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.

Hmm… that seemed a little too easy, that sentence is on the back cover :), but it’s a great description! What are some of your favorite sci-fi books, movies, and TV shows? Did any of them inspire you to write UNRAVELING?

I’m a huge sci-fi fan. I loved The X-Files when I was younger. Every Friday night, I would have friends over after swim practice and we would watch the show and then have a sleep over. I also really loved Battlestar Galactica, Roswell, and Sliders when they were on, and now I watch Fringe every week.

Oh, I loved Battlestar Galactica! I was thrilled to find out that UNRAVELING is a series; I hope we don’t have to wait too long for book 2! Can you tell us anything about what’s coming next for the series? 

The sequel, titled UNBREAKABLE, is scheduled to come out in 2013. It takes place about four months after the end of UNRAVELING and the whole book spans less than ten days. It’s another thriller and this time both Janelle and Ben’s lives are directly in danger.

Wow, I can’t wait… it sounds intense! Can you tell us about your writing process? Do you use an outline? Did you know the ending of UNRAVELING (or the series) before you started?

I outline most of the book before I actually start writing. I need to know where the story is going and how it’s going to end—especially if it’s a mystery, knowing what’s going to happen will help me with the details that are going to help the reader and the main character figure it out. My synopsis for Unraveling was about thirty pages. I did surprise myself a few times while I was writing though.

What hobbies or activities do you enjoy? Writing doesn’t count!

I love photography, and my favorite part of the process is developing the negatives and printing black and white photos. While I haven’t been able to take a class in a long time, I take a lot of pictures. I also read a lot.

That’s awesome, I think the development process of photography is somewhat of a lost art, so it’s cool to meet someone that still uses negatives. So, what’s on your to-be-read list for spring?

The top three are:
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

Great picks! I’m excited for Girls of Nightmares and Froi of the Exiles too, and I love Melina Marchetta. This was so much fun! Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions! 

About the author (from her website): Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan’s recent snowpocalyptic winter.

She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together.

Her first novel, UNRAVELING (Balzer+Bray, April 2012), is the story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.

Many thanks to Janet Reid (Liz’s agent) and Liz for providing a personalized signed finished copy of UNRAVELING to one of my lucky readers! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below — US addresses only please (sorry). 

Related Links: My Review: UNRAVELING | Read the first 90 pages
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54 Responses to Author Interview & Giveaway: Elizabeth Norris (UNRAVELING)

  1. Not entering the giveaway but just wanted to say great interview/review. I can’t wait to start this book (which I have on my shelf) Glad you enjoyed it.
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  2. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog
    Twitter: thebookaholic93

    This is a really great interview ! Love Elizabeth Norris’ answers 🙂
    Oh and I read your about me section and saw that you’re from Colorado !
    I’ll be attending college for the next 4 years in Denver starting this fall, so I’m really glad I came across your blog 🙂

  3. Rachel@theJeepDiva says:

    Hmmm! I have always liked Sci-Fi. I really liked space and alien movies so it might have been Alien?? I don’t know I have liked Sci-Fi among other things since I was a child. My mother introduced me. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. sarabara081 says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!!! I really liked the X-Files a whole lot as a kid. 🙂
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  5. Ender’s Game, most definitely! Thanks for this fantastic giveaway!!
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  6. Vivien
    Twitter: deadtossedwaves

    Yes!!! Definitely the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. And The Matrix movie 😀

  7. elena says:

    I am a sci-fi fan! I think my gateway was probably The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
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  8. Wendy/books4me says:

    ALL the Star Trek tv shows and spinoffs and movies!

  9. Raquel Romero
    Twitter: Raquel_494

    I don’t remember when exactly I saw this book on Goodreads, but I’ve been dying to read it ever since!!! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever!! Thank god it’s finally out!!!! Yay!!! I hope I win the giveaway!!! 😀

  10. Raquel Romero
    Twitter: Raquel_494

    Favorite sci-fi book? Beth Ravis’ ACROSS THE UNIVERSE!!!

  11. Doodle says:

    I loved the X-Files when I was growing up.
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  12. Laura says:

    I can’t remember not being a sci-fi fan since I grew up with two engineers for parents! The first show that really grabbed my attention was X-files. Loved it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Bridget Howard says:

    I’m a sci-fi fan, I haven’t really read many books that are sci-fi but I like tv series and movies that are so this would be a good way to start reading sci-fi!!! thanks for the giveaway!!!

  14. Joanne B says:

    I loved the X-Files.This book sounds amazing. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Melissa says:

    I didn’t think I was much of a sci-fi fan, but I did really like the X-Files and Star Trek. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

  16. OMG! great interview! I really loved this book a whole lot! Great question my dear! it really makes me know more about the author! and a little bit more about the book without giving any spoiler!! thnx u so much my dear!! ^.^

    Dazzling Reads
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  17. May Abraham says:

    I don’t read or watch much sci-fi, but I did read The Host by Stephenie Meyer and love it! Maybe it’s not so bad after all..

  18. Teri C says:

    Of I think I was a super sucker for the x-files, and battle star galactic.
    The premise on this book sounds fantastic. I cannot wait to check it out.

  19. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase
    Twitter: OverstuffedBook

    I love Sci-Fi! I think my gateway book was The Girl Who Owned a City, which I read in 6th grade. It’s a post-apocalyptic story about children who have to take care of themselves after a virus kills everyone over the age of 13. It’s not really hard Sci-Fi but it sparked that interest!

    Great interview, and thanks for the giveaway!
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  20. Veronica Bartles
    Twitter: vbartles

    I love sci-fi! I grew up watching Star Trek with my parents, Star Wars with my sisters and cousins, & reading Isaac Asimov stories with my dad. I was seriously hooked on Roswell and Sliders when they were on (although I could never get into the X-Files). – I can’t wait to read UNRAVELING!

  21. Jen
    Twitter: bookwitchjen

    I love Sci-fi! I grew up with Star Trek (my parents are Trekkies) and Star Wars (i have 3 older brothers). I also love Doctor Who. If I need to relax I still love to watch it and I love that the new episodes still use the silly special effects. Of course my favorite Doctor is Tom Baker.
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  22. Rebecca (Kindle Fever)
    Twitter: kindlefever

    Ohh, I’m reading Unraveling now and hope I’ll love it as much as everyone else seemed to! I love the interview. 😀 And am totally jealous of the one who’ll win this awesome giveaway. 😉 LOL. Good luck everyone!
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  23. LisaILJ says:

    I’m not a huge sci-fi fan. I generally only like it in really well written books. I have watched some sci-fi movies and television shows, but generally it’s not my favorite.

  24. melannie :) says:

    I’ve always wanted to try photography but I don’t even own a camera-phone *fail*

    Melina Marchetta is ALWAYS a good choice! 😉

    I can’t wait to read Unraveling, I’ve heard great things about it 🙂

  25. I really like Roswell and anything aliens. I also even like Star Trek as a kid. Traveling through space just always seems so cool. Thanks for the giveaway.

  26. Ashley H
    Twitter: Holt9102

    I love that TV show Dark Angel by James Cameron, I know it got cancelled a few years back but it is still my favorite!

  27. Tara T.
    Twitter: taralin

    I started watching X-files when I was younger!!! Also, my Dad loveddddd Star Wars so we watched them all the time growing up!

  28. Ana Lucía says:

    Yes. X-Files, definitely.

  29. Nikki says:

    I watch Ghost Hunters on The Sci-fi Channel
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  30. Brooke D says:

    I think my gateway sci-fi book was Altar of Eden by James Rollins.

  31. shaaista
    Twitter: shelovesbooks1

    My sci-fi gateway would have to be X-men/ Dr who.. as a kid I adored watching dr who.. but it was only till X men the movie came out I considered reading Sci fi books too.

  32. shaaista
    Twitter: shelovesbooks1

    My sci-fi gateway would have to be X-men/ Dr who.. as a kid I adored watching dr who.. but it was only till X men the movie came out I considered reading Sci fi books too.

  33. Carl says:

    I’m a bit of a sci-fi fan. My gateway in would have been the film 2001 A Space Odyssey.

  34. Nikki says:

    I watched Dr. Who when I was little.
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  35. Faiza says:

    I’m not really a huge fan of sci-fi

  36. Liz J A says:

    As a child the first “sci fi” I read was Madeline L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time”. I read and re-read it dozens of times (I would have been about 9 or 10 I guess). I also loved reading the Dr Who books. Watching… first film would have been Star Wars (a couple of years after it first came out) or Short Circuit! Now.. I have branched out into fantasy and other genres but still have a soft spot for well written sci fi. (I like Greg Bear!)

  37. LisaILJ says:

    I don’t really consider myself a sci-fi fan. I will read any book as long as it’s good, so I definitely read sci-fi. I will also watch any movie or TV show that is Sci-Fi as long as it’s good.

  38. Sharmaine C says:

    Actually I’m not really a sci-fi fan but books like Across the Universe was a good read. 🙂

  39. Nayana Catoia says:

    I’m not really a fan of sci-fi although I do enjoy some of it now and then 🙂 What I do love are historicals and some supernaturals…
    Cool giveaway, thanks!

  40. Kimberly Lim says:

    Actually I’ve been looking for a good Sci-fi book….
    So far i’ve read Uglies…
    Thanks for the giveaway

  41. JennyC says:

    For books probably The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. << LOVE this book everything was super random in it and you really never knew what to expect 🙂 For shows/movies Star Wars. I am a HUGE Star Wars fan!! Probably because growing up this was these were the only movies my brother and i agreed on lol:)

  42. I am a recent fan of science fiction novels, but have a few movies and tv shows that I am a fan of. I mean, who doesn’t think that Star Wars and ET changed everything in the movie world?! I also remember watching The X Files when I was a teen. As for books, I think James Patterson’s two YA series really did it for me. I loved The Dangerous Days of Daniel X and The Maximum Ride series.
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  43. I’ve loved sci-fi as long as I can remember, but probably the first strictly sci-fi book I read was Jurassic Park. I first read it when I was 12, and still love it today.
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  44. Debdatta
    Twitter: b00kr3vi3ws

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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  45. Hwa Sun says:

    Maximum Ride
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  46. Cyn says:

    Nope. I was never a sci fi fan.

  47. Kari says:

    BIG sci-fi fan. Star Wars was my gateway. Now hope one day to be able to make it to ComicCon in San Diego (that’s how big of a fan I am). 🙂
    (Thanks for the giveaway!)

  48. Tobi says:

    Yes! Love Sookie Stackhouse Series!

  49. Krista R says:

    Love sci-fi!! Gateway…that’s a hard one. Maybe Firefly (TV show) or Star Wars. Probably Star Wars. I saw that when I was younger. Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂
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  50. Christina K. says:

    The X-Files, Roswell and Star Trek!

    This is a great interview:)

    Unraveling sounds incredible!

    Thanks so much:)

  51. […] Publisher: Balzer + Bray Release Date: April 24, 2012 Format: Advance Reader Copy Source: Publisher Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Paranormal Buy: B&N | Indiebound | Amazon [My interview with Liz Norris] […]

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