Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Carrie Ryan Event

Last night I attended a book signing by a favorite author of mine, Carrie Ryan. Carrie is the author of New York Times best seller (as of last week!) The Forest of Hands and Teeth. I received The Forest of Hands and Teeth from a blog contest by YA author, Suzanne Young. I brought it on vacation last summer to read. I knew it was about zombies, and that's it. In fact, I wasn't sure I would like the book, because it was about zombies and I had never read a book about zombies before. Well, I liked it. I liked it a lot. I read that book in a day and a half. We were at my dad's cabin and even though I am usually an overprotective mother, I was not the day I was reading that book. I couldn't put it down. My kids played outside, caught frogs, went fishing while I sat on the porch and read and read and read.
So, I was pretty excited about Carrie's companion book, The Dead Tossed Waves coming out this month. I was even more excited that she was signing at a book store about an hour away from me and my children amazingly had no evening activities last night.
I had a front row seat as Carrie discussed how her writing career came to be or "How does one who loves pink knee socks write zombies?".
It goes back to when Carrie was five and watched the movie Poltergeist with a babysitter. She was terrified. Her parents came home with fifteen minutes left of the movie and took the babysitter home with no pay for the night. Carrie swore off horror movies until her boyfriend at law school took her to see the remake of Dawn of the Dead. She was frightened again, but really wondered how the movie ended. She kept wondering what happened and what would she do if she were in that situation. Her boyfriend then bought her a Zombie Survival Guide as a joke, and her interest in zombies continued.
Carrie actually started writing chick lit, but her boyfriend told her to write what you love when she couldn't think of something to write for Nanowrimo. And that was zombies. Her now fiance also thought of her unique title names for her books as well. What a guy!
Carrie was eloquent, funny, and friendly to all of us at the bookstore. She has already written the next book titled The Dark and Hollow Places, but it is still in the final revision process. The movie rights have been purchased for A Forest of Hands and Teeth, so I hope to see that in a theater in the next few years! But today I start reading The Dead-Tossed Waves.
Listen to Carrie read an excerpt from The Dead-Tossed Waves.


Here's my signed book!
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In other book news, check out your Cheerios box for Lori Degman's debut picture book, 1 Zany Zoo! I bought mine yesterday! Lori is last years Spoonful of winner and also a member of my local SCBWI chapter. The picture book is in Spanish and English! This is the back of the Cheerios box. Congrats, Lori! The hardcover version of the book will be available at book stores in July!
Photobucket I also want to thank the ladies at Eco Women. I won a Mrs. Myers gift card and wool dryer balls at their site. My husband and I have been using planet friendlier cleaners so the gift card will go towards more natural and less chemicals! Check out their site to find out great tips for going green!

24 comments:

Jen said...

Wow how amazing! Thank you show much for sharing your experience! I love how they start writing something different and realize they don't love to write that. I started chick lits and realized that wasn't what I was supposed to be writing! Funny how things works!

Kimberly Franklin said...

I've heard a lot of great things about "The Forest of Hands and Teeth." I really need to read it, I guess?! : )


Thanks for all the great book info. I can't wait to watch the video when I get home today. : )

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Thanks so much for this post! Yay! I'm almost done the dead tossed waves and I'd say it's one of my all time favorites. way better than forest of hands and teeth - which I liked, but sort of didn't due to my dislike for the mc. But it was written beautifully and so I bought the next book. I'm so glad I did! WOW! Let us know what you think. I did just email Carrie last night to tell her how I'm enjoying her book. You're so lucky to live somewhere where big name authors do signings! Again, thanks for sharing this - especially the video.

Anita said...

1. What a fun night! And don't you love Carrie's necklace? Your bag is great, too.
2. I will search high and low for that Cheerios box.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I just recently bought The Forest of hands and Teeth (it's my next read, after Hush, Hush). I'm excited to finally get to read it. :-)

Kelly said...

Jen- Yes, I've been playing around with genres lately too!
Kimberly- I seriously couldn't put that book down!
TerryLynn- I'm so excited to hear that Dead Tossed is even better than the first one!!
Anita - Carrie's necklace was a gift to herself after learning she was on the NYTimes best seller list last week! And my hubby bought that purse for me when I was in the hospital with my daughter (after she had her kidney removed). He said I was just so sad he wanted to cheer me up (and brought something for my daughter of course too :).
Shannon - Enjoy the book!!

brian_ohio said...

Nice photo! And video. I LOVED The Forest of Hands and Teeth (I'd marry it), and I can't wait to get Dead Tossed Waves. Everything I know about Carrie leads me to believe she is a very kind and generous person. So cool!

Elana Johnson said...

Ah! I love FOHT! I can't wait to get my copy of TDTW. Maybe tonight. I am going to a bookstore tonight... :)

Kelly said...

Brian - Can I attend your wedding to FoHT? Carrie was super friendly and approachable!
Elana- I'm starting Dead-Tossed in one hour!

Vonna said...

I still haven't read the Forest of Hands and Teeth. I think I must get it this week!

Keri Mikulski said...

Looks like a great time!! She's amazing. Great pic! :)

Angela said...

You are so lucky! I would have loved to have met CR! I can't wait for the Dead Tossed Waves!

Thanks for sharing this. :-)

Kelly H-Y said...

Wow ... so many cool things happening! How awesome that you got to go to her signing last night ... sounds like it was fascinating!!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth in one night. I could NOT put it down! She came to a signing (kind of) near me in Baltimore and I was sick that day. So I called and had them ship me signed copies... That's how much I LOVED her book! The Dead-Tossed Waves is next on my TBR list! I can't WAIT to dive in! (No pun intended of course)

Laura Pauling said...

Waaaa! I haven't read her books yet. I need to get the first one out on interlibrary loan, so I can understand why everyone loves it so much!!! What fun! A signing! *jealous*

Lori Degman said...

Thanks for sharing, Kelly - how cool that you were able to go to the signing! She's got a great signature!

Thanks for the plug too :-)

Rena said...

Thanks for sharing the video, Kelly. It's great to see Carrie reading her book like that. Glad you were able to make it!

Kelly said...

Vonna - I hope you can get to it soon!
Keri - She was amazing!
Angela - I figured you would love her books!!
Kelly - She was an excellent speaker!
Sara - That's awesome you got a signed copy anyway! (and I love puns ;)
Laura - I didn't know what to expect so I got there 30 minutes early. I got front row, but really didn't need to get there that early.
Lori - I know, her handwriting is beautiful!
Rena - It was pretty fun to hear her reading from her book! You should put a video blog of you reading parts of your books!

Jonathon Arntson said...

So cool, Kelly!

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Kelly, looking forward to the Dead Tossed Waves. I totally agree with Terry. The first was a page turner and beautifully written but in the end left me unsatisfied. DTW sounds excellent. Thanks for sharing all that you do!

Bish Denham said...

That is so cool that you got your own autographed copy!

C.R. Evers said...

I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth. CArrie is in my Carolina's SCBWI chapter. I'll have to read the newest one and get an autograph too! :0) Awesome!

Heather Kelly said...

Kelly--I'm glad you said that you loved this book even though you hadn't been into zombies before. Now I'll give it a read! What a cool event. I love author signings!

Christina Farley said...

This was so interesting. I haven't read the book because I don't have access to it here in Korea but I'm dying to read it! This summer I'll be heading to the bookstore. Sounds like you had such a fun time!