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Authorial Intrusion - Carrie Ryan

I’m delighted to host my fellow debut author, Carrie Ryan, today on Authorial Intrusion.

In Carrie's YA novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth, (maybe you've heard of it?) :-) Mary lives in a post-apocalyptic village surrounded by fences. She has never been beyond the fences. For all she knows, the people who live in this village are the only living people left in the world. Outside the fences, the Forest of Hands and Teeth stretches out endlessly, a world of moaning, hungry Unconsecrated.

On a sunny day, as Mary is about to receive her first kiss, the siren goes off.

“All my life I have been trained by that siren. Before I could walk I knew the siren meant death. It meant somehow the fences had been breached and the Unconsecrated were shuffling among us. It meant grab weapons, move to the platforms and pull up the ladders – even if it necessitated leaving the living behind.”

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie Ryan is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time. She lives with her writer/lawyer fiancé, two fat cats and one large puppy in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are not at all prepared for the zombie apocalypse.

Thai food or Chinese?
Oooh, that's a tough call cause I love both! But I think the crab rangoons push Chinese into my favorite category :)

Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Remember your love of writing.

What are you reading right now?
I just finished Speak and Wintergirls and am about to start an ARC of The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
A total plunger -- if I plot I get into trouble!

What’s the last song you listened to?
Praan by Gary Schyman. It's the song from the Where in the Hell is Matt video (the guy dancing all over the world) that I LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Dogs or cats?
Both. This morning reading in bed I had a dog on one side and a cat on the other :)

First car?
Teal Volvo 240. It was a total tank and I adored it.

Snorkeling or skiing?
Scuba diving :)

Do you speak a foreign language?
Spanish, though I'm a bit rusty at the moment.

Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
I wish I'd taken more art history and art courses. I totally wish I could be a student again and have the freedom to learn anything and everything!

First job?
Soda jerk at an old fashioned pharmacy/soda fountain.

Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Carrie!


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Apr. 2nd, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
The Maze Runner
Hey! Sorry to eavesdrop, but this is the very first mention I've seen of someone reading the ARC of my upcoming book! (Yes, I'm guilty of using Google Alerts like some psycho egotistical maniac.)

Anyway, Carrie, I'm honored and scared to death to have you read it. I hope you like it! (Carrie and I have the same pub and the same editor - her book ROCKS.)

Anyway, thanks, and I hope everyone has a great day.

James (Dashner)
Apr. 2nd, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: The Maze Runner
Thanks for dropping by, James. You're always welcome here!

I've already been coveting your book, and have considered begging Carrie to pass it over to me. (Of course I would BUY a copy, too, when it comes out.) You and I share a release month ... my book comes out on Oct. 19th.

Apr. 2nd, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: The Maze Runner
Hey, that's great that we share a release month! Your book looks very intriguing. We'll just have to rule the literary world in October.

I hope Carrie passes that ARC over to you.

Thanks for the nice words. I hereby declare I'll be the first human to buy your book when it comes out. :-)

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