Dark Days Interview & Giveaway: Elizabeth Norris & win UNBREAKABLE

April 30, 2013 Giveaways, Guests 29

The Dark Days of Summer 2013 tour is here! Catch the authors of five of the hottest new releases online and in person (see full schedule below) for exclusive Q&As and more.  We’re thrilled to be hosting Elizabeth Norris and getting the scoop on her Veronica Mars influence, her dream casting picks, and how she made Sci-fi accessible. Get hooked and enter the giveaway to win a copy of UnbreakableUnraveling #2 (published on April 23, 2013 by Balzer + Bray).ATUF-interview

ATUF: In the novella UNDONE, you wrote three stories from Ben’s POV.  What were the challenges unique to writing his voice as opposed to Janelle’s?

Undone (Unraveling, #1.5)EN: The biggest challenge for me me was that Ben is a guy and my knowledge of the inner workings of the mind of a teenage guy are pretty limited. I read several YA novels with a male protagonist written by male authors before I started Ben’s stories. I also drove my boyfriend a little crazy–especially when it came to emotional scenes. I would pose questions to him: “if you were separated from your family for seven years and just got back to them to find all if these things had gone wrong because of you, how would you feel?” And in the end, both my boyfriend and a friend of mine read the stories and flagged any places that didn’t feel authentically male.

ATUF: On your website you said that you “wanted UNRAVELING to be accessible to people who don’t know a lot about science or who don’t normally read science fiction.” How did you go about doing that and do you think you were successful in both UNRAVELING and UNBREAKABLE?

EN: When I was in high school I was a closet science fiction fan because it was considered pretty uncool among my friends. I always felt that what they didn’t understand was that the best science fiction (in my opinion) had an emotional character story at its core. So with Unraveling I built the story around The characters and their relationships. At the heart of the series, unraveling and UNBREAKABLE are a love story between Janelle and Ben, but it’s also a family and friendship story about the lengths that you’ll go to protect the people you care about. I believe that I did what I set out to do–I’ve read reviews from readers who declared they didn’t think they’d like science fiction but were surprised how much they liked unraveling.

ATUF: You have a couple Pinterest boards dedicated to TV shows and movies you love including Veronica Mars and Inception.  Did any of them inspire you while writing about Janelle and Ben?

EN: For sure. Intentional or not we’re all inspired by things we enjoy. When one of my friends first read Unraveling she said she kept picturing Kristen Bell because Janelle reminded her of Veronica Mars. It wasn’t intentional, but the heroines of my favorite shows inspired me. Like Buffy or Veronica, Janelle is headstrong and loyal and sometimes too stubborn for her own good. Some of my other favorite shows (past and present) also served as inspiration: Fringe, the X-Files, Roswell, and Sliders.

ATUF: Speaking of Pinterest, you have a few boards dedicated to three different works in progress.  Can you give us any hints? What other projects can we look forwarding to reading from you soon?

EN: I have a third book coming out from HarperCollins. It’s not going to be an Unraveling novel–it’ll be something new and because I have several projects I’m not sure which one it’s going to be yet. They all have a romance element of course. The project of my heart is a little complicated but the main plot line features a girl who gets into trouble and winds up caught in the middle of a war between federal agents and organized crime. She’s forced into a role as an informant for the feds while falling in love with a guy who is being heavily recruited by the mob.

ATUF: MTV recently bought the rights to UNRAVELING.  Who would your dream or, to keep things interesting, nightmare cast include?

EN: My dream cast is pretty unrealistic but:

Hailee Steinfeld as Janelle. I loved her in True Grit.

Hailee Steinfeld Picture

younger James Franco (like from his Freaks and Geeks days) as Ben.

younger Taylor Kitsch as Barclay. (Tim Riggins is one of my favorite bad boys).

In terms of nightmares, I suppose it would be disappointing to see Janelle or Ben played by someone who’s attractive but can’t act. I think the shows that stick around are the ones where the acting really makes the script come alive.

Realistically though I will be happy with anything they do. It was so cool to just watch my book trailer and think “I wrote this!” Seeing my book come to life as a TV show will be incredible–definitely something for the life highlight reel.

ATUF: What are some of your favorite titles/authors in the YA genre?

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)Jellicoe Road

EN: That’s tough. I love so many books. I loved BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotswood. That was one of the books that I recommended to anyone who would listen. I also love anything Melina Marchetta writes. And I’m a big fan of Richelle Mead and Andrea Cremer.

ATUF: Finish this statement with as much/little detail as you like: You’ll like UNBREAKABLE if you like…

EN: Fast paced novels with a strong heroine and star-crossed romance.


The Blog Tour

Monday, April 29
Tuesday, April 30
UNBREAKABLE at All Things Urban Fantasy
Wednesday, May 1
ARCLIGHT at Cuddlebuggery 
Thursday, May 2
LIFE AFTER THEFT at For Those About to Read
Friday, May 3

The Tour

Tuesday, May 7
Barnes & Noble
Edina, MN
Me, My Shelf, and I | @MyShelfAndI
Wednesday, May 8
Shorewood Public Library
Milwaukee, WI
The Hollow Cupboards | @ohaiitschey
Thursday, May 9
Anderson’s Bookshop
Naperville, IL
Page Turners | @pageturnersblog
Friday, May 10
Schuler Books & Music
Lansing, MI
YA Books Central | @yabookscentral

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. Also the film rights to Unraveling have been optioned by MTV!

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One copy of Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris


Available on April 23, 2013 by Balzer + Bray


Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

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29 Responses to “Dark Days Interview & Giveaway: Elizabeth Norris & win UNBREAKABLE”

  1. Michele A

    Thank you so much for the giveaway….I’m excited to read this series.

  2. Lucas

    This looks like an excellent series – I hope I win so I can give it a try!

  3. Barrie

    Is there plans for a third book in this series at some point? Thank you for the giveaway:)

  4. Marie O.

    This series looks AMAZING! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. erinf1

    I’ve read such awesome reviews for these books! Definitely want to read 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Carl

    Hailee Steinfeld is a wonderful choice for Janelle. You’re right, she was terrific in True Grit. Thanks for the giveaway, can’t wait.

  7. A.J.

    I always recommend Melina Marchetta too! 😀 I love her books.
    Unbreakable sounds great. Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  8. Tamara

    I loved Unraveling and I can’t wait to read Unbreakable. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  9. Sarah

    It does seem difficult to write in a male POV and I applaud you for being able to do it so well.

  10. leannessf

    I loved the first book, even the sad ending! Can’t wait to read the sequel!


  11. Viki S.

    Thank you for the giveaway. I love your character picks ;).

  12. Beckie

    Thank you for sharing. I loved the first book and I am so looking forward to owning/reading Unbreakable. 😉

    – Beckie

  13. JessDay

    I loved Unraveling and am actually in the rereading process right now. Just downloaded the e-book and now I’m waiting impatiently for my copy of Unbreakable! Can’t wait!

  14. Victoria Zumbrum

    I really want to read this series. It sounds so good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Kai W.

    Have you seen Sliders the TV series with Jerry O’Connor? Your series have that Sliders’ theme. I would love to read this series to see if there are any similarities between the TV series and the books.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Bridget Howard

    I loved Unraveling and I can’t wait to read Unbreakable. Thanks for writing such amazing books!!!!

  17. Atalia M.

    Love this series!! Thank you so much for sharing Janelle & Ben’s story with us. Can’t wait to see what you’ll share with us next! 🙂

  18. Jasmine Baggenstos

    I really, really, need to read Unraveling. I’ve had a copy for a while, but I’ve been a little hesitant since it’s UK copy. I know that’s weird, but I don’t know how to deal with all the extra u’s and s’s that aren’t z’s 😛

  19. Kelsey d

    This looks amazing! And I really love the cover!

  20. Danielle S

    I’m really looking forward to this! (and anything that was partly inspired in some way shape or form by Veronica Mars is always a bonus)

  21. Josefina C.

    What was the idea behind unraveling that made you write the series?

  22. Tara

    My friends been urging me to read this for a while, hoping to soon

  23. Kate C

    Haven’t read Unraveling yet, but it’s at the top of my list to get. Sounds AMAZING!

  24. Grace

    Thanks for the giveaway! I recently bought Unraveling on kindle and I can’t wait to read it.

  25. Jennifer Crawford

    You’re a new author for me and I look forward to many great reads to come! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Amairany Ra

    Well, thanks for this Giveaway, I read Unraveling and love all what Janelle is, and I got a question por Elizabeth: , It´s the first time I read a YA book with someone bipolar. Janelle’s mother is bipolar, is there an advice for people dealing with someone with that?