- What is the one book you want us to read (title, genre, and availability).
The End of All Things is a dystopian novel, set in a post-pandemic world. It’s available for pre-order now and will be released January 24. You can read the first chapter here.
- Give us a one sentence synopsis.
After a terrible virus wipes out most of the population, Carly and Justin travel across the United States, searching for a safe place to make a new home.
- Who are the main characters and who would you like to see portray them in a movie?
Carly Daniels, 22 years old. Carly is a slightly naïve, ordinary young woman utterly unprepared for the collapse of modern society and its technologies. As the novel progresses, she finds strengths she didn’t know she had. Portrayed by AnnaSophia Robb
Justin Thatcher, 34, ex-solider. He finds Carly in Juneau, Alaska and convinces her to come with him to a warmer climate where their chances of survival will be better. He tries to keep his inherent cynicism from clashing with Carly’s hope and optimism. Portrayed by Eric Bana
Sam, a wolf cub Carly thought was a puppy when she found him on the street. Until Justin finds her, Sam is Carly’s only companion, and the reason she fights on when giving up seems like a more attractive option.
- Tell us about the story, but please don't reveal too much.
On their perilous journey, Carly encounters many situations where her ethics clash with her understanding of this brutal new world. She is convinced society can rebuild and be better than before. Justin has seen the worst side of human nature too often to believe that. Whatever challenges come their way, they’ll face them together, as a couple and as a team.
- What inspired you to write this book and how long did it take?
The actual writing of it took only a few months, but I’d been mulling over this story in my mind for years. The research slowed it down a bit because I wanted everything to be as accurate as possible.
- What other books have you written?
My first novel Ghostwriter, was released in October. It’s a paranormal romance about a lonely woman who rents a house on an isolated island and discovers she’s not as alone as she thought. The house was once the home of her favorite author, who disappeared mysteriously in 1925, but when strange things begin happening, she wonders if he never left. When she finds a trunk of letters in the attic, she begins to unravel the mystery of his life.
- Which authors inspired you, your style?
I think every writer I’ve ever read has influenced my style. Emily Brontë taught me how important word choice is to setting a mood. The early works of Stephen King showed me how to create a character in just a few lines. Hemmingway taught me to write as simply as possible so that the writing “disappears” while the reader is experiencing the story.
- Where can we learn more about you and your books?
Visit my blog: http://lissabryan.blogspot.com
- How can we follow you? Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc
- Is there anything else you would like us to know?
I’m working on my third novel now, which is a historical set in the time of Henry VIII. If all goes well, it will be released in Spring, 2014.