Saturday, March 27, 2010

Carrie Ryan

I know - I talked about Carrie Ryan's visit for weeks and weeks and weeks. I was very excited to meet her and well, what can I say about zombie queen Carrie Ryan that you don’t know? She’s a former litigator who now writes full time. She was also a cheerleader, cyclist, and captain of her high school field hockey team. She hiked and interned at the county coroners office - all good skills to fight off zombies, don’t you think? But how can you ever be prepared for a zombie apocalypse?

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is Carrie’s first published novel and is a wonderful, compulsive, nail-biter of a book that kept me reading late into the night (but with the lights on). The Dead-Tossed Waves is a companion novel revolving around Mary’s daughter, Gabry, and is just as fast-faced, horrifying, and beautiful. And here’s Carrie Ryan to tell us more about the books:

And here she's reading from The Dead-Tossed Waves:

Carrie was a real inspiration talking about her path to publication, law school, and what led her to zombie fiction. And about the many, many rounds of revisions she makes to her books. For example, did you know that her editor saved one of her characters from certain death? ****Spoiler alert*** Yes, it seems she wanted to kill Mary but her editor persuaded her that to keep her alive!

So if you get the chance to meet and/or hear Carrie Ryan, don't hesitate. She's fabulous.

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