I have the pleasure of being a part of the UNBREAKABLE Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I am a big fan of Elizabeth Norris and absolutely loved her first novel UNRAVELING and was beyond excited to ask Elizabeth a question about her world(s) that she created.

RR: Elizabeth, If you had the chance to visit any dimension in the Unraveling world and could visit one person. Who would it be and why?

EN: On Prima—and the Other Universes in Unraveling

A lot of people have asked at certain points, what fictional world would I want to visit—or live on? The truth is that most of my favorite fictional worlds wouldn’t be good for me. I don’t want to compete in the Hunger Games and die. I’ve never been a fan of gaudy stuff so the Capitol is out. I don’t think I could handle the bathing habits of Regency England.

In terms of the world of Unraveling, though, the question takes on a new meaning. There are so many different universes. Which one would I visit? Who would I talk to?

Well, I’d want to visit Barclay. Because he’s probably one of my favorite characters. I also think he’s interesting, and the plus side to visiting him is that we could go anywhere.

When I first started writing Unraveling, the novel was entirely set in our universe where Janelle lives. Though Ben came from an alternate universe and that there were other ones out there didn’t require too much research or thought because the action was grounded in reality.

Then I got farther into the story and the direction I went altered slightly—Janelle, Barclay, and Ben ended up briefly on Prima. And of course, as I moved the series forward in Unbreakable, we end up seeing a number of different alternate universes, most of which aren’t in that great shape.

I was required to keep track of the different worlds and take notes describing them so that I had a reference later as I kept bringing more worlds/settings into the story. It had an additional bonus, though. Keeping notes, easily allowed me to start thinking the way someone on Prima—someone in IA, like Barclay—would be taught about the different worlds.

Prima would have a database and a system to keep track of each alternate universe and take notes on it. As a result, I gave the known universes each a five digit number. The first two digits represent how many years it took for IA to find the universe after the discovered the ability to travel within portals. The last three digits represent the level of technology the world exhibits. The more technology, the lower the number.

For instance, the world Elijah discovers and shows to Ben in Undone (which comes up again in Unbreakable), is Earth 36552. It was discovered thirty-six years following the initial discovering of interverse travel and while it once would have been a world flourishing towards the internet revolution, nuclear war has decimated the world and stopped any forward momentum.

Like Earth 36552, every universe I created in the Unraveling world is one that is based on ours. Just with a few main differences. Depending on when in time those differences took root, that shapes the significance of the changes in the world. A world destroyed by nuclear war in the 1950s might have looked very similar to ours back then—but now it would be drastically different.

Maybe because it was my first foray into an alternate world, maybe because they’re the most powerful, or maybe because Barclay is from there, the universe I’m most attached to is Prima. It’s the one where I would most want to go. They’re technological advancements happened faster than ours, and by accident they discovered a way to open a portal and move through worlds back in the early 20th Century.

Thinking about Prima, I was inspired a little by The One, a Jet Li movie I saw many years ago and probably don’t remember quite right, a lot of deviant art, and this post by io9 on cities of the future.


If I wasn’t going to be a writer…if I was a little more of a badass…if Barclay was available to be my mentor, I would totally want to go to Prima and join IA.

As someone who loves to travel, the world of Prima, the technology available, the allure of being able to move through worlds, and of course a hot IA agent at my side—that sounds pretty awesome.

WOW!! How amazing is that? and I hope that you also got to enjoy this interesting insight into an alternate universe as seen by Elizabeth Norris

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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About Elizabeth: 
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! Article to link to is here http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mtv-elizabeth-norris-unraveling-381733

Where you can find her:
Website: http://elizabethnorrisbooks.com/

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Grand prize: A signed copy of Unbreakable, the Unraveling paperback and some swag.

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Tour Schedule:
There will be a mix of reviews, guest posts, and interviews! Make sure to stop by each blog, get some insight into this amazing author and her novels and enter in the giveaway
4/15/2013 All Things Urban Fantasy http://allthingsuf.com
4/16/2013 Two Chicks on Books www.twochicksonbooks.com
4/17/2013 A Book and a Latte http://bookandlatte.com
4/18/2013 Magical Urban Fantasy Reads http://www.magicalurbanfantasyreads.com
4/19/2013 Shortie Says www.shortie-says.com
4/22/2013 Katie's Book Blog http://www.katiesbookblog.com
4/23/2013 Supernatural Snark www.supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com
4/24/2013 Justin's Book Blog http://www.justinsbookblog.com/
4/25/2013 Tales of a Ravenous Reader www.lushbudgetproduction.com
4/26/2013 Fiktshun www.fiktshun.com


  1. I don't think I would want to but this sounds great! Anxious to read this series!

  2. I go. My curiosity gets the better of me.

  3. I would go i've always wanted to do something out of my comfort zone just go some where where people will never recognize me


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