Friday, March 13, 2009

Guest Nose: Carrie Ryan

One of the things I loved about writing in the world of The Forest of Hands and Teeth is that they're so obsessed with surviving that they don't have any time to focus on looks which is kind of nice. There are definitely times I wish our world were like that!

Oh, the things I've done in the name of beauty! I've wrapped my hair around empty coke cans to try to tame the frizz. I've sat in my office at work refusing to drink water for fear I would have to walk to the bathroom later on painful high heels. I've even used tape and saran wrap to help hold things in place for a particularly inventive Halloween outfit!

Then one summer I was in Guatemala on an archeological dig and my hair was at that wrong length. I couldn't pull it off my neck and it was so so hot! One evening I just took a machete and cut it off--cut it boy short! I think it was in that moment that I realized sometimes worrying about beauty can be a real pain!

About The Forest of Hands and Teeth
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. Buy the book on Amazon here. Or support your favorite independent store here.

About Carrie Ryan
Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie Ryan is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time. She lives with her writer/lawyer fiance, two fat cats and one large puppy in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are not at all prepared for the zombie apocalypse. Read more about Carrie at

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