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!

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Tuesday, June 9 at 7pm
Cincinnati, OH

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Wednesday, June 10 at 7pm
Lexington, KY

Joseph-Beth Booksellers
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Thursday, June 11 at 6:30pm
Nashville, TN

Parnassus Books
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Friday, June 12 at 7pm
Asheville, NC

Malaprops Books
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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.

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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|

Blog Tour! (UPDATED!)

Daughter of Deep Silence blog tour

A huge thank you to all of the blogs and bloggers who are helping to spread the word about Daughter of Deep Silence! I had so much fun answering questions and writing guest posts. Click on the links below to follow along and, in some cases, enter to win a free hardcover of Daughter of Deep Silence! (And don’t forget to check back — I’ll be updating this page as the blog tour continues!)


May 18 – The Midnight Garden – Giveaway ends June 9!

May 21 – Forever Young Adult – Between Two Lockers interview

May 22 – Effortlessly Reading – Review:
“This book is dark, vengeful, and will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat.”

May 23 – Fiction Freak – Review:
“I would absolutely recommend Daughter of Deep Silence (in case you couldn’t tell). It’s intriguing, it’s tense, and it’s just filled with a sense of danger that makes you tingle with anticipation. Add this one to your TBR folks–it’s going to leave you speechless.”

May 25 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review:
“Daughter of Deep Silence is officially on my list of favorite books of 2015… I couldn’t get enough of this book while I was reading it, and now while I’m writing this I cannot find enough words to express how much I loved this book.”

May 26 – USA Today Happy Every After Blog – Interview and a Review:
“If you’re looking for a dark and very intense read, pick up any of Carrie Ryan’s books, but especially this one.”

May 26 – Cuddlebuggery – Interview and a Review:
“If you don’t have it on your TBR, FIX THIS IMMEDIATELY”

May 28 – No BS Book Reviews – Interview and a Review:
“The plot packs a serious punch, and this is story-telling at it’s finest.”

May 28 – Young Adult Hollywood – Review:
“calculating, fast-paced and spectacular in every way. Perfect for readers who are seeking a delicious, fast-paced, thrilling book.”

May 29 – Mostly YA Book Obsessed – Book Look and Audio Review:
“this book simply entertained the hell out of me!”
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June 2 – Katie’s Book Blog – Review:
“If you’re looking for a suspenseful, mystery-filled novel, look no further.”

June 2 – Penguin Teen – Author Profile

May 25th, 2015|

Pre-Order Giveaway for Daughter of Deep Silence!

It’s so hard for me to believe that Daughter of Deep Silence is coming out in only three days. THREE DAYS!!! *Flails* As I’m sure many of you know, the first week of sales for a book can be important, so as a thank you to everyone who pre-orders my book or buys it in the first week, I want to send a free gift.

What kind of free stuff will you get? A limited edition print, a signed bookplate, bookmark, and postcard. And y’all, I’m pretty excited about this print. I got the idea from browsing around Etsy — there are some fantastic prints on old dictionary pages. I decided, why not try the same thing, but with pages from Daughter of Deep Silence?

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So that’s what I’m giving away — I deconstructed the very first copy of the hardcover I received hot off the press, and am using those pages to create a double sided print. On one side is the silhouette of Frances from the cover, and on the other side is a crashing wave. Each one will be numbered and signed.

I hope y’all are excited about this giveaway as I am! And if you’re interested in Daughter of Deep Silence, I hope you’ll pick up a copy!

In order to enter, simply pre-order or buy Daughter of Deep Silence before May 31, 2015 and fill out the form at That’s it! Unfortunately, it’s limited to US addresses only. But I promise I’m working on a special giveaway for my international readers — so stay tuned! If you have an international address and would still like the swag, you can order the book through my local indie, Park Road Books — they’ll be shipping all the pre-ordered copies with the print, bookplate, postcard, and bookmark!

May 23rd, 2015|

Today’s Daughter of Deep Silence quote

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“I can feel Frances letting go inside me. Slipping under. Letting the weight of memories fill her lungs.”

On shelves May 26th!

Only three more days until Daughter of Deep Silence hits shelves! Don’t forget to enter the pre-order giveaway at if you buy a copy of the book before May 31, 2015!

May 23rd, 2015|

City of Thirst named a Galley to Grab at BEA!

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Publishers Weekly just came out with the list of Kids Galleys to Grab at BEA and City of Thirst, the second book in the Map to Everywhere series, is on the list! You can find the whole list here.

Even better, I’ll be at BEA this year and may or may not have a special treat for those who are looking to snag an ARC of City of Thirst. Keep an eye on my twitter feed on Thursday and Friday of BEA week to find out more!

May 15th, 2015|