Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Guest Post with Carrie Harris

Book Nerd Guest Post

Carrie Harris is a geek-of-all-trades and proud of it. Brains are her specialty; she used to work at a lab where they were delivered daily via FedEx. After that, it seemed only natural to write a zombie book. Now she lives in Michigan with her ninja-doctor husband and three zombie-obsessed children.

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Senior year is positively hair-raising.

Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school’s pre-med program. Except when he’s arrested for murder, she’s left with the bodies. And when Kate’s brother Jonah stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, she realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone’s murdering kids—something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws.

Is it werewolf awesomeness like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate’s supposed to be a butt-kicking zombie killing genius...but if she can’t figure out who’s behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what’s left of them—are going to keep piling up.

It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.

The Werewolf Survival Guide

Guest Post with Carrie Harris

In my new book, BAD HAIR DAY (which I keep accidentally typing as “AD HAIR DAY” because my B is really temperamental lately), Kate Grable takes on a murderer that’s hairy, clawed, and maybe a little lupine. I’ve always found werewolves really fascinating, but for some reason, I never wonder what it would be like to fight them. I’m always thinking about the realities of what it would be like to BECOME one. I’ll fight zombies in my imagination all day long, but I’ve never done that with werewolves, and now that I’ve realized this I feel like I’ve done something wrong.


Don’t you think there are some realities about the whole werewolf condition that they skip in the books and movies? The hair in particular freaks me out—if you couldn’t tell that from my book title. Like, would you need to condition all that fur to keep the tangles out, and if so, you’d have to do that when you’re all wolfed out, right? Because otherwise, if it gets all tangled and you end up as the wolf with full body dreadlocks, the other wolves are going to laugh at you. (Apparently, in my reality, wolf packs are disturbingly like high school mean girl movies.) If you did all the hair in cornrows, and then the full moon set and the hair tried to pull back into your skin, would it hurt?


But I think this is the kind of stuff that you HAVE to think about if you’re writing a werewolf book, because it grounds the book in reality. Those are the kinds of things I’d want to know if *I* was a werewolf. Although admittedly, if I was a werewolf, I wouldn’t sit for hours to have my fur cornrowed. Unless there were pretty beads. Pretty beads make all the difference.

Seriously, this is what happens when I have a lot of caffeine. And I drink a lot of caffeine when I write my books, so you get a good idea of what to expect. NONSENSE. If you like nonsense and silly things, you might like my books. Maybe you should read my books while someone puts cornrows in your hair. I don’t know why I’m obsessed with them, but…

Yeah. They said “write something ridiculous.” So does this count?

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