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Isaac Marion

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in Mount Vernon, The United States


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Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010. WARM BODIES became a #5 New York Times bestseller and inspired a major Hollywood film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat and a beloved cactus, writing fiction and music and taking pictures of everything.

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Isaac Marion It's hard to say with any precision since I'm still in the middle of writing it, but my hope is to finish before spring of 2015, and then it will…moreIt's hard to say with any precision since I'm still in the middle of writing it, but my hope is to finish before spring of 2015, and then it will probably be released 6 months to a year later, depending on what the publisher's plans are. A long wait, I know, but this book was a much, much bigger undertaking than Warm Bodies. I spent almost a year just working it all out in my head before I even started typing because it's a very layered story with a lot of intersecting threads and I had to make sure I was tying it all together with the big concepts at its core. It's already 40 pages longer than Warm Bodies and I'm barely 3/4ths of the way through, so it's going to be an epic brick.

I'm so grateful to you readers for keeping your enthusiasm alive for all these years. I really believe it will be worth the wait.(less)
Isaac Marion This is an important question that I get asked a lot and the answer is complicated, so I'm going to take my sweet time here...

No, I won't claim that I…more
This is an important question that I get asked a lot and the answer is complicated, so I'm going to take my sweet time here...

No, I won't claim that I started writing Warm Bodies with the intention of it being a series. I expected it to be a standalone novel. But that wasn't because the story was over, it was because I was a broke young writer with nothing published and had absolutely no reason to think this book would generate enough interest to allow for a sequel, if it ever got published at all. It wasn't a time to be planning epic sagas.

So I ended the book with what was really the first act of the story, always knowing there was more. What would life be like for R as a newly human person? How would he fit into society? How would such an alienated, socially stunted infant handle a romantic relationship? Would he ever remember his past self, and what would that do to the new person he's trying to become?

There's a book's worth of drama just in R's own life, but there's a lot more than that going on. What happens to the Dead after this "cure" begins to spread? What is the cure? What are the Dead and why do they exist? What else exists? Just how weird has the world become if it's allowing mythical undead creatures to become real? How does humanity deal with this new reality, and how do bad people exploit it to reclaim power and rebuild the old status quo? And most importantly: how do R and Julie spread the revolution they started? Can something as ancient and tenacious as human nature be challenged? If given a blank page, can society rewrite itself? Can the world truly change?

Those were questions I was asking when I wrote the last page of Warm Bodies. I had a much bigger story in my head and had even hinted at it with references to militia groups and a strange, subhuman power behind the Boneys, but I knew it was too big and ambitious for where I was at the time, both career-wise and maturity-wise. So I wrapped up Warm Bodies as neatly as I could and prepared to move on.

I never DREAMED that this weird little tale would become an international bestseller with a hit movie and a beautifully insane fandom full of people who connect to its world strongly enough to write their own stories in it and paint pictures of its people and try to imagine what happens next. Once I realized that there were all these people inhabiting this world with me, eager to explore more of it, I knew I had to take on the rest of the story, even though it's fucking huge and scary. Warm Bodies is a satisfying first act, but it was never really a conclusion. This book will be a conclusion.(less)
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I've been having an odd argument with the good people of Goodreads.

THE NEW HUNGER is my second book. It's the second book in the Warm Bodies series. Yet for some reason, Goodreads insists on calling it "Warm Bodies 0.5" and no matter how many times I change it, you guys change it back.

The half-book status I can understand, since it IS a novella, so call it "1.5" if you want...but zero? What is... Read more of this blog post »
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Description: This is a short excerpt to tide you over until the July 2016 release date of the sequel to<i> Warm Bodies! </i>

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“I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I'm drowning in ellipses.”
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“In my mind I am eloquent; I can climb intricate scaffolds of words to reach the highest cathedral ceilings and paint my thoughts. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.”
Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies

“You should always be taking pictures, if not with a camera then with your mind. Memories you capture on purpose are always more vivid than the ones you pick up by accident.”
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message 7: by Dove

Dove Winters Nice to meet you! I look forward to reading your future works!


Gloria Hi Isaac!! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! :)

Sangria Thanks for the friend add! =)

message 4: by Dayla

Dayla Thanks for accepting my friend request!! I can't wait to read the sequel to Warm Bodies :D

message 3: by Lisa

Lisa Hello Isaac! I just returned home from watching Warm Bodies, and I absolutely loved it. It stayed true to the book and the actor choices were amazing. Awesome, amazing, and fantastic. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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Isaac Marion Timothy wrote: "Is there going to be a sequal to warm bodies? Saw the previews during breaking dawn pt 2 it looks fantastic."

Read this. :-)

Timothy Is there going to be a sequal to warm bodies? Saw the previews during breaking dawn pt 2 it looks fantastic.

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