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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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Well friends, it's really happening. THE BURNING WORLD, my second novel and the biggest creative undertaking of my life, hits shelves in 25 days. And after 5 years of popping up all around the country for random and contextless appearances that leave you wondering "What the hell is he doing with his life?" I am finally acting like an adult and going ON TOUR.

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“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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It by Stephen KingIt by Stephen King

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine was just their home town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part. A good place to live.

It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing.

Time passed and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep-buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.
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R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.

And then he meets a girl.

First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn't want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.
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When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.
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Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world's most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan's only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it's too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.
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Unfortunately life as she knew it came to an abrupt halt when she died a sudden death, drowning in the massive river that surrounded the mysterious hospital in the woods. Only at the hands of the brilliant Dr. Joshua Graham is Zoe's heart able to beat once again, creating the world's first living dead girl.

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Now they share a love and romance greater than death itself.
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In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn't want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.
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Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn't as simple as it seems—she grew up surrounded by household spells and benevolent ghosts. But she also understands that "normal" doesn't mix with magic, and she's worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect any hope of ever having a normal life.

Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Good old ordinary, uneventful hard work. Only, Amy and her sister, Phin, aren't alone. There's someone in the house with them—and it's not the living, breathing, amazingly hot cowboy from the ranch next door.

It's a ghost, and it's more powerful than the Goodnights and all their protective spells combined. It wants something from Amy, and none of her carefully built defenses can hold it back.

This is the summer when the wall between Amy's worlds is going to come crashing down.
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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!

message 2: by Isaac

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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