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Hi everyone!

Today I have something really awesome to share with you!  A while ago, I reviewed the amazing book, An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes by Randy Ribay! 

I still can’t say enough awesome things about the book, and if you haven’t checked out my review yet, you can go check it out here!

Now that you’ve read about the book, why not read an interview with it’s fantastic author?  Randy Ribay was nice enough to answer a few questions for us, some personal, some about the book.

First, here’s a little information about our featured author:

randy ribay


Randy Ribay is the debut author of the contemporary YA novel AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES (Merit Press, October 2015). He’s also a book reviewer & blogger for THE HORN BOOK and a high school English teacher. He can be found in Camden, NJ walking his dog-children, gaming, or making lightsaber sound effects with his mouth.

Author Links:

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Q.  What was your favorite part about writing An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes?
I care deeply about character, so I would say developing my characters. When I first started writing, it felt really weird to make up human beings and expect others to invest in them emotionally. But the more I wrote, the more I got to know them and they really did start to feel real to me.

Q.  How do you avoid distractions while writing?
I tend to do most of my writing in the mornings while the world mostly sleeps. As for staying away from the Internet, that was sheer willpower. I thank my Asian father for instilling a sense of discipline in me.


Q.  Between Archie, Dante, Sam, and Mari, which was your favorite character to write?
It’s kind of the author-y cop out answer to this question, but I enjoyed writing all of them! There are aspects of each one that I identify with or admire, and aspects that make me cringe. But trying to create interesting characters kept me interested in them. 


Q.  Could you relate to any of your characters when you were a teenager?
I’m going to cop out again and say that I could relate to different aspects of each one. Archie’s self-consciousness, Mari’s sense of isolation among her family and friends, Dante’s lack of certainty about the strength of his friendships, and Sam’s general fear that nobody will love him. These were all parts of me as a teenager. And, of course, I identify with their geekiness. As you can imagine, I was a pretty popular dude. 


Q.  Did you go on any spur of the moment road trips with your friends growing up?
I was not as brave as my characters when I was in high school, but during Spring break of my freshman year of college my friends and I did drive from Colorado to Northern California, and then up the coast to Seattle. Good times.


Q.  What inspired you to write the book?
I’m always trying to do something new as a writer. So The after I finished my first book, which was a YA apocalypse novel (which nobody will ever read), I wanted to go in a completely different direction. So I decided I wanted to write contemporary, and from there, I knew that I wanted to write about something about geeky friends. 

Q.  Did any parts of the book come as a surprise to you while writing it?
Besides the fact someone wanted to publish it? Not really. I make up some stuff as I go, but I have a good sense of the most important plot points and character arcs before I start

Q.  What are some of your favorite books?
Oof. That would take me way too long to answer, so here’s my favorites shelf on Goodreads


Q.  If you were going on a road trip and could take anyone with you, who you would you want to take?
I went to Iceland last Spring with my wife, and it was an amazingly beautiful country. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay for as long as I would have liked, so I think someday I’d like to return with my wife, rent a vehicle, and circumnavigate the island. 


an infinite number of parallel universesMerit Press has been kind enough to offer a giveaway copy of Randy Ribay’s book, An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes.  The giveaway is open to US and Canada residents!  Good luck!

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4 Responses to Interview with Randy Ribay and Giveaway!

  1. Deanna says:

    This book sounds good! And I would so take a random road trip with my friends. I really want to drive to either Portland or San Fran to visit my college roommate.

  2. Jess @ POB! says:

    If I were to go anywhere with my friends on a road trip, as lame as it may sound, I’d probably love to go college campus-touring with them! I would also love to go to Portland because I absolutely love that place.

    • Kelly says:

      I’ve never been to Portland! That’s clear across the country from me, so I doubt I’ll ever get to go, but it seems like a lot of people enjoy going there!

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