Carrie Ryan

I'm the author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH series and THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE, a middle grade fantasy adventure I'm writing with my husband which will be out November 4, 2014!

I have a penchant for exclamation marks and pictures of pets, both of which I'm sure you'll find plenty here.

Preamble: at ALA this year JP and I will be signing galleys of THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE in the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers booth (#422) on Sunday from 3-4! Come grab an ARC and say hi! More details here.

A few years ago I was able to attend ALA (the American Library Association’s annual conference) in New Orleans and it was amazing! Imagine a massive convention center filled with books and book lovers — pretty much heaven, right? There’s really nothing quite like strolling the aisles, gazing at all the booths, and hearing all the excitement. Plus! Friends! One of the things I love about a conference like this is that everyone has a shared passion so it’s super easy to strike up a conversation pretty much anywhere — standing in line for a signing, hanging out in a booth, randomly wandering around the hotel with a massive tote bag filled with ARCs :)

So I’m super excited that, thanks to the wonderful folks at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, I get to return to ALA this year to promote THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE, the first book in the middle grade fantasy adventure series that my husband, JP, and I are writing. There are a few things that make this ALA feel even more special than usual. First, that JP will be there. He’s been hearing me rave about library conventions for years and now he gets to see it all first hand. Not only that, but he gets to experience it as a debut author (squee!!).

Second, the conference is in Vegas — which just in its own right means there are likely to be high-jinks and shenanigans.  But the other connection is that in November 2012 my agent submitted The Map to Everywhere just before the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) convention… which also happened to be in Vegas.  I was lucky enough to be there promoting Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer.  What I didn’t know at the time was that my future editor was also there, reading Map along with her co-workers and preparing an offer.  So returning to Vegas to promote Map feels a bit like coming full circle! 
But more than anything, what has me excited (and, lets be honest, really really nervous) is that I get to get out there and talk to people about MAP for the first time.  I know I haven’t said much about this book on the blog (I’ve become a bit superstitious about talking about books before they’re well and done), but I truly, truly love it.  Of course I love all the books I’ve written in different ways, but I had the same kind of feeling writing MAP as I did writing The Forest of Hands and Teeth — that this book is special to my heart.
Perhaps part of that feeling came from the fact that I wrote MAP with my husband.  This is a book that we’d talked about for years, planning out worlds and story lines while taking long rambling walks with our dog.  We didn’t yet have concrete plans to actually write it, but that didn’t matter because the joy was in the imagining of it.  At the heart of MAP is our love of stories — our desire to write the kind of book we fell in love with as kids.  Those are the books that sparked our imaginations — that taught us to daydream and think big.
Those books are the reason we are where we are today: packing to head off to a convention with 20,000 other book lovers.

Yay for Halloween! My favorite time of the year! To spread the zombie love, I’ve put my new zombie short story collection, THE DEAD AND EMPTY WORLD, on sale for $0.99! Five stories for the price of one! Plus, I’ve giving away a free gift with purchase for the first 100 readers to email me (details here).

Thank you readers for letting me write what I love :) 

Putting together a little Halloween prize pack :) Stay tuned to my Facebook (@AuthorCarrieRyan) for details later today!

hollyblack:

In case you didn’t see this before, the ebook of DOLL BONES is $1.99 until the end of the month, so if you’re interested in checking it out, now might be the time. (Might be US only in some formats.)

For SONY.

For NOOK.

For KINDLE

I ADORED THIS BOOK!! Read it! Read it NOW!!!

hollyblack:

Yesssss. Watch it. Because OMG it really is gorgeous, if I am allowed to say so myself. When my editor, Alvina, first sent me the script, I was all “can you DO that?” Apparently, you can!

AMAZING!

Just signed stock at the Barnes & Noble by the Isle of Palms connector! @BNbuzz #zombies

bethrevis:

tiffanytrent:

Cover reveal for THE TINKER KING, coming Feb. 11, 2014 from S&S.

I adore this cover almost as much as I adore Tiffany <3

<3 <3 <3

bethrevis:

So. I just recently finished a draft of a secret project and turned it into my editor. This is what writing it was like:

Stage 1: Get an Idea

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My ideas are usually very vague, but there’s something there that just thrills me. I obsess and obsess, and then I have to write.

Stage 2:…

Yes. This.

My new zombie short story is finally out! [Amazon | B&amp;N | BAM | kobo] It&#8217;s set right when the apocalypse hits and is about a group of teens who have to find refuge and survive.  
This is a story several years in the making.  I&#8217;ve mentioned it before, but I spent most of my life avoiding scary movies and it wasn&#8217;t until I was a second year law student and had just started dating my now-husband, JP, that I saw my first zombie movie (I still have no idea how he talked me into it!).  The movie was the Dawn of the Dead remake and it pretty much sparked my obsession with zombies.
But even then, that obsession was more of a joke between JP and me.  More than anything, it was a really fun thought experiment in world-building: how would you survive? Where would you go? What would happen to the world?  The release of Max Brooks&#8217;s Zombie Survival Guide only helped to feed my interest, which was also sustained by a diet of any zombie book, movie, or graphic novel I could find.
One of my favorite things to do is to make up stories when I&#8217;m on the edge of sleep &#8212; for as long as I can remember, this is how I&#8217;ve put myself to bed at night.  Often, after Dawn of the Dead, the stories I&#8217;d make up would be about surviving the zombie apocalypse.  When I lived in Durham, NC, I thought about how I&#8217;d fortify the apartment and so naturally, when I moved to Charlotte after law school I had similar thoughts about the new apartment.
And that&#8217;s the inspiration for What Once We Feared: trying to survive the zombie apocalypse in that apartment.  How to fortify it, how to stock up provisions, how to keep safe, etc. 
I loved writing the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy because I enjoyed figuring out what our world would look like hundreds of years after the zombie apocalypse.  What happens when the zombies become an every day part of life?  But at the same time, I&#8217;ve always loved reading about survival during and after a disaster itself &#8212; how characters cope when every aspect of their normal lives is shattered.
So I wanted to write a story that took place during that time &#8212; from the first signs of the zombie outbreak.  One of the aspects of the Dawn of the Dead remake I love so much is the immediacy of survival that leads to the relief of safety that then turns into the realization of what it will take to survive long term.  What makes something like a zombie apocalypse so terrifying is that you&#8217;re forced to make quick decisions and then you have to live with those decisions.  For example, you can live a long time in a mall with a horde of zombies outside, but you can&#8217;t live there forever.  What looks like a brilliant decision at the time may end up being a terrible decision long term.
That&#8217;s what I wanted to write about in What Once We Feared: the decisions we make &#8212; that we&#8217;re forced to make &#8212; under extreme pressure and the fallout of those decisions.  But also, I just really love zombies and I wanted to write about running away from them, fighting them off, and getting to safety.  Those are always some of my favorite parts of any zombie story :)
So yeah &#8212; What Once We Feared: the zombie apocalypse, a group of friends, and an apartment complex.  Who will survive?

My new zombie short story is finally out! [Amazon | B&N | BAM | kobo] It’s set right when the apocalypse hits and is about a group of teens who have to find refuge and survive.  

This is a story several years in the making.  I’ve mentioned it before, but I spent most of my life avoiding scary movies and it wasn’t until I was a second year law student and had just started dating my now-husband, JP, that I saw my first zombie movie (I still have no idea how he talked me into it!).  The movie was the Dawn of the Dead remake and it pretty much sparked my obsession with zombies.

But even then, that obsession was more of a joke between JP and me.  More than anything, it was a really fun thought experiment in world-building: how would you survive? Where would you go? What would happen to the world?  The release of Max Brooks’s Zombie Survival Guide only helped to feed my interest, which was also sustained by a diet of any zombie book, movie, or graphic novel I could find.

One of my favorite things to do is to make up stories when I’m on the edge of sleep — for as long as I can remember, this is how I’ve put myself to bed at night.  Often, after Dawn of the Dead, the stories I’d make up would be about surviving the zombie apocalypse.  When I lived in Durham, NC, I thought about how I’d fortify the apartment and so naturally, when I moved to Charlotte after law school I had similar thoughts about the new apartment.

And that’s the inspiration for What Once We Feared: trying to survive the zombie apocalypse in that apartment.  How to fortify it, how to stock up provisions, how to keep safe, etc. 

I loved writing the Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy because I enjoyed figuring out what our world would look like hundreds of years after the zombie apocalypse.  What happens when the zombies become an every day part of life?  But at the same time, I’ve always loved reading about survival during and after a disaster itself — how characters cope when every aspect of their normal lives is shattered.

So I wanted to write a story that took place during that time — from the first signs of the zombie outbreak.  One of the aspects of the Dawn of the Dead remake I love so much is the immediacy of survival that leads to the relief of safety that then turns into the realization of what it will take to survive long term.  What makes something like a zombie apocalypse so terrifying is that you’re forced to make quick decisions and then you have to live with those decisions.  For example, you can live a long time in a mall with a horde of zombies outside, but you can’t live there forever.  What looks like a brilliant decision at the time may end up being a terrible decision long term.

That’s what I wanted to write about in What Once We Feared: the decisions we make — that we’re forced to make — under extreme pressure and the fallout of those decisions.  But also, I just really love zombies and I wanted to write about running away from them, fighting them off, and getting to safety.  Those are always some of my favorite parts of any zombie story :)

So yeah — What Once We Feared: the zombie apocalypse, a group of friends, and an apartment complex.  Who will survive?

jerismithready:

Just found out that “Bridge” was singled out for praise by VOYA when it was in the ENTHRALLED anthology in September 2011. It’s never too late to get happy news!

The “many-layered” verse story, “Bridge,” is now available on Kindle for only 99 cents.

Oooh! The liked my story too! Cool!