New projects in the air!

I’ve been woefully absent from my site lately! This is the problem with social media sites like Instagram and Twitter, it’s so easy to share news there and forget to update it here! I’ll try to do better moving forward 🙂 I’ve also been busy working on new projects! A good reason to be absent, if you ask me 🙂

Revisions ahead!

So, new project #1 is one that I still can’t talk about. I know, I know I’m a tease. But I have this sort of unwritten rule that I don’t talk too much about my WIPs until they’re well into production and it’s so hard because all I want to do is squee and share what I’m working on! I have so many photos of hints that I’m itching to post online — hopefully in a few more months I can share more. But at least I wanted y’all to know that I do have another YA in the works and it’s full steam ahead!

(this photo is me about to dive into edits — office supplies are critical to the process)

New Project #2 I can definitely talk a lot more about! I partnered with Serial Box, Gwenda Bond, and Rachel Caine to produce Dead Air, a serialized novel debuting on August 1. I’m soooo excited about this project!! If you guys haven’t heard of Serial Box it’s basically HBO for reading — every book (season) is broken into bite-size pieces (episodes). The episodes are released weekly and each one is short enough that you should be able to read or listen to it in about 45 minutes (the length of a TV show without commercials). The best part is that every episode is released in both text and audio and they’re synced, which means you can start reading an episode over lunch and listen to the rest on the way home!

How do you get Serial Box? The first episode will be released on August 1, 2018 and a new episode will come out every week after that (there are 10 episodes total). The only way to get those is through the Serial Box app or through their website (links here). Once all the episodes have been released they’ll be gathered into an omnibus and published as a full book which you can order from your favorite bookstore. So depending on your preferred method of reading/listening, you have your pic!

So what’s Dead Air about? Here’s the flap copy:

Dead Air cover

Welcome to Dead Air, where M is for midnight, Mackenzie…and murder.

Mackenzie Walker wasn’t planning on using her college radio show to solve a decades old murder, but when she receives an anonymous tip that the wrong man may have taken the fall, she can’t resist digging deeper.

It doesn’t take long for Mackenzie to discover gaps in the official story. Several potential witnesses conveniently disappeared soon after the murder. The victim, a glamorous heiress and founder of a Kentucky horse-racing dynasty, left behind plenty of enemies. And the cops don’t seem particularly interested in discussing any of it.

But when the threats begin, Mackenzie knows she’s onto something. Someone out there would prefer to keep old secrets buried and they seem willing to bury Mackenzie with them. Thankfully, she’s getting help from a very unexpected source: the victim’s son, Ryan. The closer she gets to him, however, the more important it is for Mackenzie to uncover the truth before he gets buried alongside her.

Read or listen to weekly ebook and audio episodes of the serial novel Dead Air and then check out Mackenzie’s podcast for a uniquely immersive experience. Does the truth lie in the serial, the podcast…or somewhere in-between?

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of true-crime podcasts. Seriously, Serial hooked me completely once that first season ended I was hooked. I’ve listened to a ton of them, so when Gwenda approached me with the idea for Dead Air, I was immediately sold. In order to plot everything out, Rachel, Gwenda, and I flew up to the Serial Box offices in NYC and spent several days holed up together hammering out the plot (which was amazing – I love being able to bounce ideas off others and have them take those ideas and spin them in new directions). After that it was home to write and pull everything together. I was surprised at just how easily it all came together, but then again Rachel and Gwenda are total pros.

And one of the best parts of this project is that we actually wrote and produced the podcast from the book! I’ve already listened to parts of it and it is amazing!

Right now Serial Box is running a promotion that you can get 25% off if you pre-order the season of Dead Air by the end of July. Just go to and use the promo code DEADAIRAPO18. Can’t wait for y’all to read and hear Mackenzie’s story!

June 18th, 2018|

Read Up Greenville!

Read Up Greenville

I’m so excited that this weekend –August 6th– is the Read Up Book Festival in Greenville, SC! I’m incredibly honored to be included in this event, especially since Greenville is my hometown! I’ve been amazed at how much work, energy, and passion the organizers have put behind Read Up — they’ve grown it from an idea into a reality and it really looks like it’s going to be amazing. Just check out the author line-up!! Keynote speakers Jay Asher, Holly Goldberg Sloan, Jason Reynolds, and Brendan Kiely!! Author appearances by Stephanie Perkins, Cassie Beasley, Maggie Stiefvater, Renee Ahdieh, Brendan Reichs, Beth Revis — I mean the list goes on and on and they are all superstars!

If you’re in the Greenville area or the Southeast in general, I hope you’ll come out! I’d love to see this festival really take off — there’s so much passion for middle grade and young adult books and I love that festivals like this bring readers and authors together. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like as a kid to have my favorite authors converge on my hometown!

The festival runs all day Saturday at the Peace Center in Downtown Greenville and you can find the full schedule on the website here. I’ll be on two panels:

11:30-12:30, Ramsaur Studio: YA panel with Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Ryan Graudin, and Tiffany Schmidt (with a book signing to follow).

4:30-5:30, Huguenot Loft: YA & MG panel on the process of writing with Brendan Reichs, Maggie Stiefvater, and Maya Van Wagenen (with a book signing to follow).

Can’t wait to see y’all there!

PS — check out this article about me and the festival in the Greenville Journal! I talk about my path to becoming a writer, why I swore off horror movies as a kid, and how I became fascinated with zombies. Here’s the link!

August 1st, 2016|

New Kitty!

JP with new kitty

Introducing…. well… he doesn’t have a name yet. We’d actually love suggestions, and since comments are turned off on this blog, head over to twitter or facebook to help us name him!

Here’s the backstory:

As many of you know, my cat Sam was diagnosed with cancer last year and we had to put him to sleep. I wrote all about it here. But the long and short of it is that Sam was an amazing cat — a constant companion by my side who brought joy and love into my life for fifteen years. After he was gone, one of the things that surprised me the most was how quiet the house was. I’d gotten used to the clack of his claws against the hardwood floors as he trotted in to keep me company, or his soft snores as he slept.

I knew that it would be a while before adopting another kitty, but this fall I realized I was ready. I’d always been interested in an orange tom — JP had a fantastic orange male kitty named Spazz in college and my sister has had two wonderful orange male cats (Mowgli and Jax). But surprisingly, finding an orange male isn’t easy! I spent more time on various kitty adoption sites than I should admit, but never came across the right cat (there were several I fell for, but they ended up getting adopted before I had a chance to meet them). After having such a wonderful kitty in Sam, I knew I didn’t want to settle.

Then this past weekend I went home to Greenville to visit family. It just so happens that the Greenville Animal Control isn’t that far away from my dad’s house, and so I went to take a look. And there he was — an orange dude with a scraped up nose (there’s something about the cats with scrapes or cuts that tugs at my heart). We took him into another room and that was it — I knew he was the one. He was curious, but kept coming back to stroll across JP’s lap or nudge me for pets. When he flopped onto his back, that clinched the deal.

Sam on JP's lap with computer

We had to leave him at the shelter to get neutered so we didn’t bring him home until yesterday. He’s yet to meet the rest of the pack, but we’re pretty sure he’ll hold his own. As I type this he’s curled up against me, a paw resting on top of my hand. He’s taken to being an author’s cat quite quickly — as soon as I opened the computer he strolled right across the keyboard and flopped down, adding a few jumbled words to my latest WIP. It’s even hard for me to take pictures because he nudges my hand for pets every time.

Sam's head in water glass
Sam on JP's lap with computer
Sam on JP's lap with computer

We don’t know much about his background, just that he was found running around Greer, SC “at large” (yes, our cat was a criminal). The shelter held him for 5 days to see if anyone claimed him and no one did. They estimate him at two years old, but we feel like he may be closer to one. Greenville Animal Control is a kill shelter, so we were glad to adopt from them knowing we were saving a life. They have a wonderful Facebook page set up for folks to help sponsor pets who need it (with folks pledging amounts like $5-$10). Check it out if you’re interested in donating or adopting — the link is here. And a huge thanks to all of the organizations out there working with shelters to adopt out pets and encourage spay/neuter to keep the unwanted pet population down. Most county shelters or humane societies offer free or very low cost spay/neuter so keep that in mind if you ever need it!

I still miss Sam, his ornery meow, and his head bonks. I think if he were around to meet the new kitty, he’d say something along the lines of “get off my lawn!” I know it’s still early days, but I feel incredibly lucky to have stumbled across another cat who has lots of love to give and personality to spare. Now if we could only figure out his name! We feel like it’s right on the tip of our tongue…

More pics because who doesn’t like cat pics on the internet?! And if you want even more pics, follow me on Twitter — we all know I’ll be posting a ton there in the near future!

JP and 'Nick'

Seriously, this is how he sleeps

JP and 'Nick'

mid yawn

February 24th, 2016|

YALLFest 2015 Schedule

I’m so excited to be headed back to YALLFest again this year! YALLFest is one of my very favorite events of the year — so many amazing fans and authors and fun. Charleston buzzes with book energy the whole weekend! If you’re there, I hope you’ll come to my signing and panels! To learn more, click here or check out my schedule below!

To learn about my other upcoming events, click here!

November 12th, 2015|

Huge Movie News!!

I couldn’t be more thrilled to share some super crazy exciting FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH movie news!

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark on Game of Thrones) is in talks to play Mary in the film adaptation of The Forest of Hands and Teeth! Doug Liman (the Bourne Movies, Edge of Tomorrow) is set to co-produce with director Kate Maberly (The Secret Garden).

I’m over the moon excited about this — in fact, I’m still pinching myself! I think Maisie Williams would make a brilliant Mary! Plus, I love Doug Liman’s movies — The Edge of Tomorrow was one of my favorites last year! Kate Maberly has been wonderful to work with — she really gets this book and Mary’s character. Her passion for this project has been a dream come true!

I can’t share any more information right now, but as soon as I can I’ll be sure to post the info here and, of course, on Twitter. In the meantime, below are some links to articles discussing the latest developments.

Also, squee!!!!

Variety: ‘Game of Thrones” Maisie Williams to Star in ‘Forest of Hands and Teeth’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Deadline: Kate Maberly Adapting, Directing ‘The Forest Of Hands And Teeth’ With ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actress Attached

io9: Game of Thrones Star Maisie Williams Gets Her Very Own Zombie Adventure Movie

Entertainment Weekly: Casting Net: GoT stars Kit Harington, Maisie Williams have new movie news

September 23rd, 2015|

The Adventure Continues!

The adventures on the magical waters of the Pirate Stream continue in City of Thirst, the second book in the Map to Everywhere series!The book hits shelves on October 13 and is once again filled with the incredible art of Todd Harris (he’s genius!). Here’s a bit more info:

City of Thirst hits shelves October 13, 2015 New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis transport readers back to the boundless world of the Pirate Stream in this engaging and exhilarating sequel to the highly acclaimed The Map to Everywhere that is equal parts adventure, humor, and heart!

When the magical waters of the Pirate Stream begin flooding Marrill’s world, the only way to stop the destruction is to return to the Stream and find the source of the mysterious Iron Tide. Reunited with her best friend Fin–who has been forgotten all over again–Marrill, her disbelieving babysitter, and the Enterprising Kraken crew must make the treacherous trek to the towering, sliding, impossible world of Monerva and uncover the secrets of its long-lost wish machine. Only there can Fin wish to finally be remembered. Only there can Marrill wish to save her world and all the people she loves. But to get everything they’ve ever wanted, Marrill and Fin may have to give up on the most important thing they already have: each other.

Pre-order it now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books a Million | Kobo | Google Play | iBooks | IndieBound

And of course don’t forget that you can pre-order a personalized, signed copy through our local indie, Park Road Books (if you pre-order through them, you’ll automatically receive any pre-order or swag we make for the book).

The Map to Everywhere paperback hits shelves September 8, 2015We’re also excited that this means the paperback for The Map to Everywhere hits shelves in less than a month — September 8th! Our publisher has made a few tweaks to the cover and we’re totally in love with it! Check out that new font treatment!

Right now JP and I are hard at work on the third book in the series (it’s a four book series in all) and we’re having the best time! This is a world JP dreamed up in 2006 and we’ve spent years talking about it and day-dreaming — it’s amazing that we finally get to sit down and write the stories that have been brewing in our imaginations all this time!

In other news…

I just updated my events schedule for the fall. I’ll be headed all across the US — East, West, North and South! So if you live in Raleigh, Brevard, Austin, Chicago, Portland, Charleston, or the Twin Cities, check out my schedule here and come say hi!

I’ve also been hard at work on my next YA. Unfortunately I don’t have a release date and can’t tell you anything about it – lol. But it exists! I’m once again working with my fabulous editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel at Penguin Teen and it’s a story I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time. So far it’s been a blast to write!

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys out nowFinally, I have a new short story out this week! It’s in the Slasher Girls and Monster Boys anthology edited by April Genevieve Tucholke and includes a ton of amazing authors! My story is dark and creepy and involves a man-sized rabbit. I think it might be one of my favorite stories I’ve written just because when I came up with the idea I remember thinking, “Am I really going to write that?” And the answer was a resounding yes 🙂 I hope y’all like it (and are just as creeped out reading it as I was writing it)!

August 19th, 2015|

New Events!

I’ve just added a bunch of new events to my calendar for the fall! I’ll be headed to:

Raleigh, NC
Austin, TX
Chicago, IL
the Twin Cities (twice!)
Brevard, NC
Portland, OR
Charleston, SC

Click here for details!

August 19th, 2015|

More reviews for Daughter of Deep Silence!

Several more reviews have come in since the release of Daughter of Deep Silence and I’m both thrilled and relieved at how positive they’ve been!

Teen Vogue Summer Reads

Earlier this week, Teen Vogue released list of YA novels to add to your summer reading list and Daughter of Deep Silence came in at number 6!

They had some great things to say about it as well:

“Best-selling author Carrie Ryan keeps readers on the edge of their seats with this smart revenge thriller that follows three survivors of a shipwrecked yacht, and two of them are lying.”
—Teen Vogue

Last week Hypable reviewed Daughter of Deep Silence and released the book trailer! In their review, they said:

Daughter of Deep Silence is part Gone Girl and part Revenge….Fast paced and skillfully plotted, Daughter of Deep Silence will keep you on the edge of your seat…the perfect beach read!”

You can read the full review here.

And that trailer! It was created by the folks at Red 14 Films and I think they did a great job! What do you think?

I have a couple of updates from the Barnes and Noble Teen Blog. First up, they included Daughter on their list of 8 Must-Read Summer YA Thrillers. They also had wonderful things to say about the book:

“Carrie Ryan’s Daughter of Deep Silence is the perfect summer read: beautifully written yet delightfully soapy, intensely dark but full of sexy feels.”
—Barnes & Noble Teen Blog

They also invited me to write a guest post on why revenge stories are so sweet and what prompted me to write Daughter. In it I discuss my favorite revenge stories and the psychology of revenge. You can read it here.

If you’re interested in reading more about the backstory to Daughter of Deep Silence or my writing process, or who I’d choose if I had to put together an Ocean’s Eleven team, you should check out the interviews and guests posts from my recent blog tour here.

June 17th, 2015|

Upcoming Tour Dates: Cinci, Lexington, Nashville, Asheville!

I’m getting ready to head out on the road with some fabulous — and some might say dangerous — ladies! Next week I’m teaming up with Renee Ahdieh, Megan Shepherd, Megan Miranda, and Gwenda Bond for the Dangerous Ladies tour! We’ll be heading to Cincinnati, Lexington, Nashville, and Asheville so if you live nearby, come say hi and help us celebrate our latest books!

DangerousLadiesTour (1)

Tuesday, June 9 at 7pm
Cincinnati, OH

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
(Click Here for more info)

Wednesday, June 10 at 7pm
Lexington, KY

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
(Click Here for more info)

Thursday, June 11 at 6:30pm
Nashville, TN

Parnassus Books
(Click Here for more info)

Friday, June 12 at 7pm
Asheville, NC

Malaprops Books
(Click Here for more info)

June 4th, 2015|

For Sam, on my release day.

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My book, Daughter of Deep Silence, is out today! Feel free to click on this link and go buy it 🙂

But, I figure that release day is probably one of the largest blog traffic days of the year for me, and there’s something I’d rather celebrate more than my book today and that’s my cat, Sam. As many of you may know, he was diagnosed with an aggressive oral cancer just before Christmas and I had to put him to sleep this spring.

And I think it’s appropriate to talk about Sam today because that cat has been by my side – literally – for every book I’ve written. Every. Single. One. Even the two romance novels I wrote in 2000 but never published.

(Holy cow, I’m tearing up just writing this – argh!)

My first year out of college I worked at a boarding school in Virginia and lived in the attic of one of the dorms as a resident advisor. I’d known that the moment I moved out on my own I’d get a cat, but I waited until Labor Day weekend so that I’d have the long weekend to acclimate the cat to his new home. Bizarrely, finding a cat that weekend proved difficult and I ended up at a PetSmart several towns over.

There were three cats I was interested in: two kittens outside, one orange and the other white & tabby spotted, and a blue adolescent cat inside. I went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, totally undecided. Until the orange was adopted and I panicked and grabbed for the white & tabby.

His name was Sam (actually his name was something else so ridiculous that the vet who first saw him re-named him Sam). And the moment I officially adopted him, he began to let out the most bizarre meow. The kind that folks shopping in PetSmart would stop and stare as I browsed the aisles for new kitty accouterment.

One of the things about Sam that’s hard to put into words is how he saved my life. Not in any dramatic or extreme way, but just in the fact that I was so miserable and so lonely during that year, and yet every day I’d come home to this living creature who adored me and who kept me from feeling isolated.

Sam reaching

Sam was a cat who demanded to sleep with me, and I mean, under the covers with my arm tucked around him. I remember a day last year when JP was on a business trip and the dog was still boarded because I’d also been out of town and so for the night it was just me and Sam (and the other cat, but she always sticks to her own). And I swear there was a moment when Sam was like, “I wiiiiiin!!!!” because finally it was back to being the two of us like the old days.

Sam was a cat who loved his mom. No questions asked.

Sam, a cat who loved his mom

And we used to joke about Sam disliking JP, but nothing could be farther from the case. When JP played video games Sam would curl up beside him, or in his lap, or draped over his arms, or stretched down his shoulder. Of course, Sam would also drink out of JP’s water glass at every opportunity.

Sam's head in water glass
Sam on JP's lap with computer

For a long stretch of time we’d gotten into a routine in the morning. JP would get up, turn on the faucet in the bathroom and then feed the dog. Sam would drink out of the faucet by essentially placing his head under it and letting the water dribble down into his mouth. Then he’d come to bed and head-butt me with his cold, wet, fur. Until I let him under the covers of course.

Sam drinking

Sam played fetch. But also wanted to make it clear it was on his terms (even when it really wasn’t). To the point where we had to hide his toys at night or else hear him howl as he dragged them through the house looking for someone to play with.

Sam in backpack ready to fetch
Sam with feather caught on his lip

He’d come when you called him (well, when I called him). Except again, he wanted it known it was always on his terms. So I’d call him and he’d come racing through the house only to pause at the door to whatever room I was in and then stroll casually in as if saying, “Who me? I was totally coming in here – oh hey! You happen to be here as well! What an unexpected coincidence!”

Sam, the real Arkham Horror
Sam basking by the fire

There were few things Sam loved more than paper. Even the day before I put him to sleep when I was working on taxes, he got up from his spot in front of the fire and jumped onto the couch so he could curl up on the papers I’d carefully laid out. If there was a manuscript, he was on it. Especially if it was something you needed to be able to look at.

Sam on manuscript

And when Sam was displeased, he made it known. Usually by licking plastic. Which, I know is bizarre, but I couldn’t stand the sound. If he was unhappy or upset, he’d find plastic — tape on a box, a bag, whatever — and start licking. I’d hiss for him to stop and he’d just tuck his ears back and squint at me before giving whatever it was another lick. He was totally that cat who would glare at you while batting something to the ground — the very thing you’d just told him to leave alone.

Sam glare

But like I said, Sam was a cat who loved his mom. During the day, he was always in the same room with me if not by my side. While I wrote, he curled up beside me on the couch (so that when I went shopping for a new office chair, one of my requirements was that it be wide enough for Sam to fit next to me). If I was working on copy-edits or first pass pages, he generally curled up on top of the manuscript beside me. Even when I wrote my first book, all the way back in that attic apartment at that boarding school, Sam spent most of the time curled up in my lap, draped over my arms, or trying to hog the keyboard.

Sam draped over my arm
Sam on the couch

Karnelius in The Map to Everywhere is wholeheartedly based on Sam. His orneriness. His glares. His constant head-bonks. And his absolute adoration of his mom. Because of that, Sam continues to live on in the magical world of the Pirate Stream. Which is something that will always make those books very special to my heart.

Sam, stalking Map
Sam head bonk

Thank you, my friend, for being by my side through every word. For your head bonks and love through celebration and tears, frustrations and joys. I was so, so lucky to have you in my life. I’m sad that you’re gone and am going to miss you terribly.

But oh, how much richer my life has been for having you in it.

Sam head bonk

Sam and Carrie

Sam and Carrie

Sam, 2000-2015

May 26th, 2015|