On Wednesday, I traveled to the lovely Schuler's Books and Music in Lansing, MI to see Carrie Ryan, author of the amazing zombie books The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and the newly released The Dead-Tossed Waves. I was really, really pleased to see the crowd that was already there when I get there a half hour early! The last few events I've been to haven't been that well attended, but this one was great! There had to have been at least fifty people there!
It was a pizza party, so we had pizza as we watched the trailer for The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and then Carrie came out and began talking about how she came to write such creepy books and her love for zombie entertainment. She was really funny and great, and the group had a lot of questions for her. She told us that there will be a third zombie book, called The Dark and Hollow Places (I just love her titles! They are a little hard to remember at first, but once you know them, they really stick with you. They're just as haunting as the books are!), and she did say she loved the cover for that one, so I'm looking forward to its unveiling.
She also talked a bit about some of her short stories. There are three anthologies coming out this year in which she has stories. One is the anthology sequel to The Eternal Kiss, in which there will be a story about a teenage Sister Tabitha (a character from The Forest of Hands and Teeth), and then another whose title I have forgotten, and then one in the much anticipated Zombies vs. Unicorns. (One of those stories will take place on an island in the Carribean!) So there is much to look forward from Carrie Ryan this year still!
Carrie also gave us the choice of a kissing scene or a zombie scene from The Dead-Tossed Waves for her to read aloud, and the choice was unanimously "ZOMBIES!" She left us hanging, and let me ever so thankful that I have a copy of the book to read as soon as I am through with Bleeding Violet!
Then we got our books signed, and Carrie very generously gave me some bookmarks and some fun "Eat. Prey. Love." stickers, so those will be dispersed here on the blog in future contests! It was such a fun time, and Carrie is the sweetest--just talking to her, you would never guess that she can write such creepy books!
If you are in Seattle or California, check out her tour schedule here to see if you can still catch her on the last leg of her tour! You definitely will not regret going!
Thanks also to Schuler's for putting on such a great event! This is the second time I've been to an event at one of their stores, and they put on some of the best. I am very impressed!