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Local Author Visits Owen High
Local Author Visits Owen High
Posted on 10/09/2018
Beth Revis smiles as Owen High School students welcome her.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

Young adult fiction author Beth Revis has an important message for Charles D. Owen High School’s Book Club: Persist.

The North Carolina native wrote through her college years and through her career as a teacher, continually improving. But the rejection letters came again and again, dozens of times. It seemed pointless. Many people would have given up, but Revis kept at it. 

“The kids really appreciated the message to not give up,” said Owen High School media specialist Samantha Gallman. “If you really want to be something, do something.”

Eventually, Revis' hard work paid off with her first published novel, then another. Now she's a New York Times bestselling author with several science fiction novels under her belt. She recently made a foray into fantasy with “Give the Dark My Love,” her newest novel involving a plague and a young woman who must turn to dark magic to stop it.

Revis came to Owen High on September 28 to share her personal story with the Book Club, answer questions about her books and characters, drum up support for local literacy events, and to explain her career to interested students. Members of the Book Club laid down a "red carpet" to welcome her and asked lots of questions.

Eleventh-grader Layla Castaneda Ramirez said she enjoyed the author’s visit.

“It was really cool,” she said. “I love that she explained what it’s like to be a writer. That was a pretty great experience.”

Though she’s a self-described nerd who loves science, Revis said fiction has always been her calling.

“The hard sciences tell us how the world works, but literature helps us understand what we should do about it,” she said. “It teaches us empathy, how other people feel and what motivates them.”

Gallman agreed and said she was pleased to see so many students at the event, even some who aren’t big readers.

“Literature lets us analyze human experience,” she said. “We all face obstacles, conflicts, and issues. We’re left wondering how to handle those things in our lives. Having access to literature helps us see the way other people react to those challenges. It can help us make better decisions.”

Find out more about Beth Revis.

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