The Zombies Are Coming!

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Hey y’all!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a new regular here!  Seriously, I remember going to my first ConCarolinas and seeing Faith and David and Misty on panels and being so awed!   And now here I am blogging with them!  Squee! (I promise my books don’t have nearly as many exclamation points but I do tend to use them with abandon in blog posts).

A bit about me: I write young adult novels and live in Charlotte with my fiancé, two fat cats and a lazy dog.   My first book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth (FHT), came out a year ago and the second in the series, The Dead-Tossed Waves (DTW) just came out on Tuesday (yay!!).  I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Baltimore, the first stop on a tour for DTW (and hoping I have time this afternoon to sneak out and visit the National Aquarium and a cool looking old ship).

Everything I’ve published so far is set in the same world about 150-200 years after the zombie apocalypse.   I wasn’t always a fan of zombies — in fact, when I was a kid my babysitter sat me down to watch the movie Poltergeist and I never recovered.  It wasn’t until I was in law school and my fiancé somehow convinced me to go to the Dawn of the Dead remake that I became fascinated with zombies and the idea of survival after an apocalypse.

But at that time I was writing YA chick lit (I’d started out in 2000 writing romances) and so, to me, zombies were just sort of a hobby — my fiancé (JP) and I would watch movies, we’d read a few books, but that was it.  Until National Novel Writing Month in 2006.  See, one of the rules for NaNoWriMo is that you have to start something new and I just had a bunch of unfinished projects laying around.  I was whining about this to JP when he said “Write what you love” and I laughed and said “The zombie apocalypse?” and he smiled and shrugged.

A year later I sold a zombie apocalypse book.  You can see why I dedicated it to him.

When it comes to the publishing industry and the craft of writing, I’m a big geek.  That’s one of the reasons I’ve always loved Magical Words because everyone gets into the meat of things and I always leave with something to think about.  I only hope I can help contribute to the conversations!

If you can think of anything specific you’d like me to talk about in upcoming posts, just let me know!  And if anyone of you live in the NYC, Chicago, Lansing, Seattle or San Francisco area I’d love to meet you in person when I head your way during the next two weeks!

I’m so excited to get to know all of y’all and thanks for inviting me aboard!

Carrie

www.carrieryan.com

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13 comments to The Zombies Are Coming!

  • Hey Carrie congrats on your success!

  • Hi Carrie. Welcome. Looking forward to hearing more about zombies! Recently finished Preston/Child’s Cemetery Dance which does some interesting stuff with zombie ideas (I won’t say more for fear of giving the plot away) and it made me curious for more. Cheers AJH

  • Deb S

    Congrats on your success, Carrie.
    I actually just read “Forest of Hands and Teeth” Sunday night and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was real page turner. Fast paced, a complex MC, and a very cool premise and setting. Good stuff!

  • Hey y’all! Thanks so much for the kind words of welcome! I’m excited to be here! Deb, I’m so glad you liked The Forest of Hands and Teeth!

  • QUOTE: That’s one of the reasons I’ve always loved Magical Words because everyone gets into the meat of things

    So, Magical Words is just like a horde zombies then. 😉

    Greetings from another big zombiephile. :)

  • Welcome, Carrie. And congrats on the new book and the tour. I’ve never read any zombie stuff, but I’ll have to now. And yeah, there is NOTHING like the supportive spouse/partner. Without Nancy I wouldn’t be writing — I never would have started.

    I think it would be great to hear your perspective on the business side of things — how you sold your first book in the new genre, how you’ve made the switch from Romance, differences between genres, and ways you’ve promoted yourself and your work. But if none of that interests you, ignore the suggestions and write what you want to. We’re just glad to have you here.

    David

  • (Waves to Carrie) Welcome!!!!
    I haven’t read your zombie books, but they are on my TBR list. Right now I am reading AJ’s Mask of Atreus and torturing him offline about it. (Mwyhahahaha) I’d like to hear anything about the level of violence allowed in YA, (assuming there are rules and limits).

    Again, welcome!

  • Welcome Carrie! Great to have you aboard.

  • Carrie,

    Welcome officially to Magical Words! I’m looking forward to reading your posts.

    I don’t normally share links in comments, but since your post is about zombies, I thought I’d share one of my favorites. You may have already seen it. Nevertheless, this short video contains some useful information to help in preparations for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. That’s something any zombie enthusiast can appreciate. 😉

    http://www.commoncraft.com/zombies

    Enjoy!

  • I haven’t read FHT, but it’s been on my TBR list awhile. Not normally a big zombie fan, but every now and then a book in that area catches my eye. Awesome to have you here.

  • Welcome, Carrie. Nice to see more zombies hitting the shelves. One can never have too much undead flesh.

  • Exactly like zombies, Daniel – there’s no escape!

    David and Faith — great questions and ones I’ll definitely try to cover next post!

    Excellent link John – totally love it!

    Thanks for the welcome Dave and Atsiko!

  • Carrie said, …when I was a kid my babysitter sat me down to watch the movie Poltergeist and I never recovered.

    What a cruel babysitter! I went to see Poltergeist in the theater when I was 16, and then spent the night at my friend’s house after. She lived out on the island, in an old house surrounded by live oaks. If you’re not familiar with live oaks, they tend to grow long, squiggly branches that hang down and look like evil monster arms. My friend was sitting on her bed and I was sitting on the extra one. I don’t remember what we were talking about, but I jumped up quickly, catching the curtain under my knee as I moved. The curtain and the blind fell, revealing a huge tree branch just outside the window, moving menacingly in the breeze as if reaching for us.

    We spend the night on the floor in her mama’s room. *laughs*