Zombie Author Carrie Ryan

Zombie Author Carrie Ryan


Carrie Ryan is the author of the zombie novels:

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Dead Tossed Waves

The Dark and Hollow Places

The Dead and Empty World

Ryan has published several zombie short stories set in the "Forest of Hands and Teeth" world:

What Once We Feared
Hare Moon
Flotsam and Jetsam

Carrie Ryan's work is also included in Zombies vs. Unicorns  and The Living Dead 2

Carrie Ryan on the Web
Website: Carrie Ryan
Blog:  Carrie Ryan's Procrastination Outlet
Author Page: Carrie Ryan at Amazon
Social Media: Carrie Ryan on Facebook

About Carrie Ryan


Carrie Ryan is a native of South Carolina.  Born and raised in Greenville, she now resides in Charlotte with her husband, JP, two cats, and a dog.  Ryan's husband JP is also a fiction writer. The couple met while attending Duke School of Law.  Ryan is a former a litigator, but now she writes full time.  She admits that her household is "not at all prepared for the zombie apocalypse."

Carrie Ryan's husband provided the encouragement she needed to begin writing about zombies. According to her official biography:
"JP is the one who convinced Carrie to go to that first zombie movie, which for the life of her she can't remember why—she must have still been trying to impress him... After a few false starts, JP convinced Carrie to write what she loved and she started writing about zombies."
With his encouragement, Carrie Ryan explored the world as it might become several years after the zombie outbreak.  Ryan's website explains her reasons for the setting of her novels:
"There are so many movies about the days and weeks after a zombie apocalypse, but Carrie wanted to know what happened much later—generations later."

What Makes Carrie Ryan Unique?


Carrie Ryan attended Williams College for her undergraduate work. They have a unique mascot:
"Carrie went to Williams College... home of the purple cows. She played field hockey and lacrosse for a year before becoming involved in student government and other nefarious organizations. She was an avid mountain biker and a member of the Williams Cycling Team (their jerseys were white with purple cow spots—they were easy to pick out of the peloton)."
What's unique about Carrie Ryan? Carrie Ryan was once a Purple Cow. So the old rhyme is likely not true for her. She seems quite happy to have been one.

Carrie Ryan: Five Descriptive Links

John Ottinger interviews Carrie Ryan  at the Tor Books Blog
Carrie Ryan Spotlight at Random Books
The Book Smuggler has Carrie Ryan's guest post
Carrie Ryan video interview  (Classic--from 2010)
John Joseph Adams' interview of Carrie Ryan
Carrie Ryan

Zombie Author Sue Edge

Zombie Author Sue Edge

Sue Edge is the author of

Dead Tropics
Blood Topics (coming 2013)
Visit the
Dead Tropics website

and the
 Dead Tropics Facebook page

About Sue Edge

Zombie author sue Edge spent the first six years of her life in Borneo before moving to Australia.
"..Thus my use of certain weapons in my book. A childhood spent traipsing through jungles, hanging with headhunters and riding rapids certainly instilled in me the desire for adventure – something I channel into my stories."
 Edge still has a strong sense of adventure. Just before her interview for this profile, Ms. Edge was traveling extensively in Vietnam.

A long-time fan of zombie fiction, Ms. Edge cites Stephen North and Rhiannon Frater as strong influences on her work.
"I’ve been a fan of zombie fiction for many years and, with each book I read, the desire to attempt my own zombie tale grew. I loved the adventure in Stephen North’s book, Dead Tide, and the feminine perspective of Rhiannon Frater’s As The World Dies series."

What Makes Sue Edge Unique?

An early cover for Dead Tropics
Sue Edge is unique in the way she directly tackles the issue of children in her zombie novels.  This may come from her perspective as a mother. 
"I look at each scene I write through the eyes of a mother and wonder ‘how I would react’? In most cases – the answer is ‘badly. Very, very badly.' ...As fun as the adrenaline-fueled scenes are, there is always the awareness of the lengths that a mother would go to in order to save her family. "
In one interview, Edge discusses this in more detail. She describes how her novel is aimed at parents in general. Her main characters (Lori and Mike) do have some similarities to her personality and life.

She's quick to point out that these characters seemed have "a mind of their own" when it came to romance. What interested her most, though, was the issue of family survival:
"But no one ever addressed the question I wanted answered – how do families survive disasters like zombie attacks?"
So she sat down to write something that answered that question. Once hooked, Sue Edge was absorbed by her story. 
"One day, I sat down and started writing. And writing. I wrote Dead Tropics in ten weeks straight and enjoyed every minute! For those weeks, I lived and breathed zombie apocalypse! Cooking dinner, driving to school, grocery shopping – I was doing some serious butt-kicking in my head."
Photo copyright: Bricks of the Dead
Sue Edge has used her unique perspective on family to enhance the zombie genre.  

Sue Edge: Five Descriptive Links

Sue Edge