The Dark and Hollow Places

April 05, 2011

Every writer has an author they adore. Sure I love a lot of authors but Carrie Ryan in particular has a special place in my book loving heart.  What I love most about her work, is how she develops her main characters.  We spend most of the book inside the characters head, consuming the world through their emotions and inner turmoil.   That is the challenging aspect of my writing.  Something I hope to fix.  Her first book, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, spun me into a world of desolation, love and fear two years ago.   Who knew the Zombie Apocalypse could be so amazing?   It was one of the first books I read that ignited my desire to read.  For the record, no, I wasn't one of those brilliant people who've read since birth and new at the age of five they wanted to be a writer.  (It just smacked me in the head a few years ago and I went with it.)

You say Zombie Apocalypse and everyone, says, "Meh.  Not a zombie fan."  I didn't know it was about zombies when I first read it but it's not the "I want to eat your brains" cheesy Hollywood horror film kind of zombie story.  I mean, yes, they want to eat your flesh but Carrie Ryan builds this unbelievable world of desperation and romance that will leave you wanting more.  Now that I've finished the third book, I'm sad.  The only consolation to the end are her anthologies.  From her blog she lists her short stories (some published, others for free) and quite a few relate The Forest of Hands and Teeth world.  Either via a side character's story, or how it all began or ten years after the Return, etc.  Little candy gems to sweeten the pain of the series ending.

The exciting thing, I got to meet her yesterday at a book signing.

(Dude, what up with my hair?  It's in a cute ponytail with wispys hanging down but here it looks like fly-a-way scraps of a botched haircut.  I digress.)  Carrie Ryan is full of wit, humility and Zombology.  She loves what she does and infects us all with her story telling.   Author signings are so inspiring.  If you haven't been to one, you should, writer or reader, it's just so gratifying.

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  1. Dang! Everyone was at that signing! I should have gone, even though it was far.

  2. I just met her a week ago - dang she's getting around. She is so awesome, funny and inspiring. She is definitely amazing. She got me to LOVE a zombie book. Her writing is so incredible. Just finished Dark and Hollow places and still wanted more. So sad that's the end of the trilogy, but it's not the end of Carrie Ryan. Can't wait to read more of her books.

  3. Oh and you and Carrie both look fab (:

  4. Love that photo!
    Carrie Ryan sucked me right in to the first two books. I have yet to read the third but can't wait. Thanks for letting me know it's going to be worth the wait.

  5. Must. Add. To. List!

    I love author signings...last fall a friend and I went to Diana Gabaldon and I almost pee'd my pants!!

  6. Jessica – this was at our local bookstore, not at the teen convention this Saturday, which I can’t make it to. Darn it. Next time.

    Mary – How’s it going love? She IS funny and cute as a bug. Love JP her husband too. They are so cute together. I LOVE her writing style. Like in forest of hands and teeth, you walk FOREVER in the woods with very little dialogue but pages and pages of internal thought that builds these characters and the world into a reality.
    A-mazing. I WANTED MORE TOO! Actually I told her that and though she said she was not planning to write a fourth book, IF her readers begged for it, she’d love too if the publisher was on board. I think we should all tweet her to right number four. Her next project is about after the survival of a monster apocalypse and how people pull their lives back together. The monster is a vampire/zombie like thing and she can’t say more than that. It sounded cool.
    PS. Carrie had on some FAB red ballerina shoes, too cute. Yeah that’s was me, hanging with Carrie Ryan. I feel like such a groupie.

    Tricia – She’s the bomb, I tell ya. Love her. Dude, the emotion and passion are stronger the other two books combined. It’s unbelievable. Love the last one but WARNING: you do NOT get all the answers and you WILL want more. Read it slowly.

    Nicole Sweets! How’s it going? Have you not read any of these books? Or just the last? If you haven’t read them, run to the store right now… RUN! They are freaking phenomenal! I love how you describe your excitement by peeing in your pants. Very good show, not tell. ;)


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