About the book:
The Forest of Hands and Teeth is about a young girl named Mary growing up generations after an apocalypse in a village surrounded by fences protecting them from the Unconsecrated, zombie-like creatures inhabiting the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Cut off from the rest of the world and told they are the last survivors of the Return, every part of her life is controlled by the religious order called the Sisterhood. As Mary starts to fall in love with someone she shouldn’t, she learns the extent of the Sisterhood’s power and starts to discover more of their darkest secrets. When the security of the fences is threatened and her world is thrown into chaos, Mary must decide what she’s willing to risk to find out if there’s life beyond the Forest.
An Interview with Carrie Ryan:
Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Carrie: I loved reading Christopher Pike and almost any romance novel as a teen. I would stay up WAY too late on weekend nights reading. It wasn't even until I was in my mid-twenties that I felt like I could put a book down if I didn't like it!
Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Carrie: I feel like I go through cycles. I read mostly romance novels in college and after but these days tend to read almost only YA. I'll read almost anything someone recommends. :)
Me: What was your favorite part of writing THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, and what was the hardest?
Carrie: I loved it when the story flowed and I lost all track of time. The hardest was when I had no idea what happened next!
Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Carrie: YES. There was one experience that I explicitly drew from my life. There's a scene where Mary, the protag, questions what right she has to believe that her dreams can come true. I pulled a lot of her feelings from an email I once wrote to my fiance wondering what right I had to believe that my dream of ever publishing a book could come true. Whenever I read that scene it still hits home!
Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Carrie: One of the most exciting was celebrating the sale with my fiance. It was the end of the day and he was picking me up from work. I ran outside with the deal memo in my hand and we were both just screaming and laughing cause we were so excited. The scariest? There were so many! Usually just having no idea what I was doing/supposed to be doing/should be doing next. :)
Me: What are you working on now?
Carrie: Right now I'm revising THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES which is the sequel to THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH coming out Spring 2010!
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Carrie! More interviews to come later this month. :)