Carrie Ryan's Blog, page 18

August 13, 2009

I read a review of my book the other day that found it "strangely similar" to another book that came out six months before mine.  I have another friend who got a similar review -- comparing her book to another one that came out six months before hers (and in that one flat out accusing her of writing a "knock-off").  And another friend who's asked if she wrote about unicorns in her books to escape the current trend of "vampire, faeries, and zombies."

This got me thinking -- being surrounded by wr
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Published on August 13, 2009 08:11 • 48 views

August 10, 2009

I can't tell you how tickled I was to see Unshelved, the comic set in a public library, tackle The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  Awesome!  Here's the link!
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Published on August 10, 2009 10:35 • 67 views

August 3, 2009

Last week I mentioned that MTV (!!!!) posted a fantastic review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth and mentioned that they'd be following up with a "who would you cast in the movie" post.  Here it is!  They lead off by asking whether Kristen Stewart should play the lead role of Mary.

As I told Sabrina Rojas Weiss, I'm pretty terrible at trying to figure out who I'd cast in the movie versions of my books.  One reason is that I never really see the characters that clearly as people, and the other (c
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Published on August 03, 2009 08:56 • 60 views

July 24, 2009

I'd forgotten (again) how strange and difficult it can be to start writing a book.  I go through this every time (well, except for when I started The Forest of Hands and Teeth because that sort of came out of nowhere and was just an experiment).  And yet, every time I forget.

I've described writing as being a series of hallways with infinite numbers of doors.  Each time we write a word, we make a decision, we start closing those doors.  In the beginning, every possibility exists and in the end (
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Published on July 24, 2009 09:54 • 44 views

July 22, 2009

Am I the only one that when I think of MTV and MTVNews I see the little typewriter wheel spinning across the screen stamping out each letter?  Boy that reminds me of hours upon hours of watching music videos growing up!  And... er... lots of reality TV now :)  So you can totally imagine what went through my head when I saw a google alert for The Forest of Hands and Teeth on the MTVNews website.

Well, a lot of things went through my head, and then I started holding my breath as I always do when I
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Published on July 22, 2009 06:16 • 43 views

July 1, 2009

First off, the winner of Satirica is Katterley!!!!!!!  Email me your address (to carrie [at:] carrieryan.com) and I'll have it shipped to you!

Second, today starts the Summer of Seven!  Seven debut authors giving away seven books during seven days during the seventh month of July!  Let me tell you, rocking books on this list!!  We'll be giving away a book each day and at the end of the week, two people will win the ultimate prize pack: one collection of all seven books with their US covers and one
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Published on July 01, 2009 08:37 • 62 views

June 26, 2009

First off, don't forget to enter the contest from yesterday here.  All you have to do is post on that entry congratulating JP for becoming a finalist in Writers of the Future and you're entered to win a short story collection that has one of this stories!

I have all sorts of bubbly things going on that I don't know if I can talk about but rest assured, there's been lots of me bouncing around.  I'm not sure anything will come out of the exciting things except that it's sparked many a lovely day dr
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Published on June 26, 2009 07:19 • 20 views

June 25, 2009

So, the big happy news first!  JP, my fiance, is a finalist in the 2d Quarter of Writers of the Future!  This is awesome news and I couldn't be more excited, thrilled, ecstatic, happy for him!  Go JP!!!!!  To celebrate, I'm giving away a copy of Satirica, a collection containing one of JP's short stories.  To win, comment congratulating JP and I'll choose a winner Monday night!

In other news, I turned in my very own short story (which JP has informed me is not short at all seeing as how it's cres
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Published on June 25, 2009 08:04 • 23 views

June 22, 2009

Serena Robar is giving it away for free the entire month of June. That’s right. A book a day, every day in honor of her latest book release Giving Up the V. All you have to do to is sign up for her newsletter and you're entered to win. Enter once and you're in the running to win a book every day the entire month of June!!

And in honor of all the free books, I asked Serena to answer a few questions!  Thanks for dropping by Serena!! :)

What's been one of the most exciting moments in your journey to
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Published on June 22, 2009 15:37 • 33 views

June 18, 2009

Hey y'all!

When I've been out an about the past few weeks I've tried to stop by and sign stock whenever I can, so if you're looking for a signed copy of The Forest of Hands and Teeth, try the following bookstores:

Charlotte, NC:
Park Road Books (in Park Road Shopping Center)
Barnes & Noble (by SouthPark Mall, The Arboretum, and Carolina Place Mall)
Borders (by SouthPark Mall and off Rea Road)
Joseph Beth Booksellers (at SouthPark Mall)

Savannah, GA:
Barnes & Noble (Oglethorpe Mall)
Books a Million (Aberc
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Published on June 18, 2009 14:37 • 36 views