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Previous TWWF inspiration post: The Stand

It makes sense for me to bring up this second book that helped inspire The Way We Fall immediately after The Stand, because the two basically took a tag team approach to convincing me I needed to write about an epidemic. The second book being The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

I got to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth a few months early, in late 2008, as part of the ARC swapping done among the 2009 Debs. I stayed up later than I normally would to finish it, because I needed to know how it ended, and then, as I relate in this post shortly after the fact, I had the only other nightmare I’ve ever had that was based on a book. It involved one particular plot development, which I won’t spoil if you haven’t read it, but it was emotionally wrenching specifically because of the infectious nature of the zombie condition. Because the most horrifying element for me was imagining what it would be like to be infected or have someone you care about infected and know there’s nothing that can stop the disease from following its course towards the inevitably awful end.

And as you can see in the post I linked to, when I thought about that, and how the only other book that affected me that much was The Stand, I knew I needed to write a book about my own mysterious and deadly virus.

It took a year of brainstorming and researching and outlining (I didn’t start the first draft until the end of 2009), but finally I did write that book, and that book was of course The Way We Fall.

Giveaway completed. Thanks to all who entered!

Originally published at another world, not quite ours - Megan Crewe's blog. You can comment here or there.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 27th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
I love that you're doing these posts, and think it will be great fun to read your inspirations before TWWF hits the bookshelves!
Dec. 29th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying them! One of the things I find particularly interesting about TWWF is that I have a clear idea of which books inspired it (where usually it's all a little more vague in my mind).
Dec. 27th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, I would love to have TFoHaT! I have it to one of my granddaughters for Christmas (and didn't get a chance to read it first!)

juliakarr (at) me (dot) com

Dec. 28th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
Ooh. Commenting! I'd like to read that. I mean, eek, but yeah, you know?

Oops, forgot this: lionesselise@gmail.com

Edited at 2011-12-28 02:29 am (UTC)
Dec. 28th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
STill haven't had a chance to read this one. Happily commenting!
Dec. 28th, 2011 02:25 pm (UTC)
It's creepily fantastic (?) when a book infects your mind so badly that you have nightmares. Job well done, author!
Dec. 29th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
Definitely! Especially when, for me, it's only happened twice in 31 years.
Dec. 29th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
What's not to like?
Because, hey... new author (to me, anyhoo, TWO if the Cary book is good too!), end-of-world story (the best kind!), AND a suggestion for ANOTHER end-of-the-world book that can stand next to The Stand (!!!!!!!!!)... It's a trifecta!
Jan. 18th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
I got the book -- thank you so much! I've begun it, and it's definitely compelling.
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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