December 13, 2012

We asked Adriana Ryan, author
of World of Shell and Bone

to stop by today to share
an embarrassing moment with us!

She agreed…what a brave, brave girl…
so read on, have a chuckle and then
check out her book!!

Do you have an embarrassing or funny story about writing?

When I was in the middle of writing the first draft of World of Shell and Bone, I kept up a pace of about five thousand words a day (roughly twenty typed pages). It was crazy! I actually gave myself carpal tunnel doing that. But anyway, I remember describing that phase as the same sort of thing you go through with a newborn…you’re fuzzy, can’t really remember what day or time it is, or even where you are. It was really fun, but also lent itself to a lot of incredibly embarrassing moments.

One such time happened to be with my nanny. I have two young children, and I’m lucky enough that for four hours every weekday, I have someone watching them so I can write uninterrupted. It just so happens that after I kiss them and head upstairs to my office, I take off my jeans and bra, get really comfortable, and then begin to write (don’t ask—just a weird writer thing, I guess). Anyway, before the nanny leaves, I put my jeans and bra back on so I look like the respectable, productive member of society I am not. Then I spend some time with my kids, put them down for their naps, and continue to work (and off come the jeans and bra again).

One day, my nanny forgot her coat and decided to come back to get it once the kids were napping. When I heard the door, I headed downstairs…without my pants. Thankfully, I remembered before the front door was open all the way. I had it about an inch open when I yelled, “Oh my gosh, hold on!” slammed the door closed again, and took off running upstairs.

I’m lucky she didn’t quit.

About the Book:

In a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust, Vika Cannon knows there are no guarantees: no guarantees of safety, no guarantees that your neighbor is not actually a spy for the government, and no guarantees you’ll be allowed to emigrate to a new life in Asia.

New Amana is dying. Food and water are scarce, and people suffering from radiation-caused mutations—the Nukeheads—are the new class of homeless.

Vika has just one purpose: to produce healthy progeny using a Husband assigned by the Match Clinic. Unhealthy children are carted away to Asylums to be experimented on, just as Vika’s little sister Ceres was, eight years ago. Parents incapable of producing healthy progeny are put to death in gas chambers.

When she’s assigned a Husband shortly after her twentieth birthday, Vika expects him to be complacent and obedient. But Shale Underwood has a secret. He is a member of the Radicals, the terrorist group intent on overthrowing the government. And Shale has information about Ceres.

As she learns more about the Rads’s plan, Vika finds herself drawn to Shale in ways she’d never imagined. When freedom calls in the way of a healthy pregnancy, will she betray her government and risk death for Shale and Ceres?

Buy World of Shell and Bone at: Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Kobo, Sony, and iBookstore will follow soon!

About the Author:

Adriana lives and writes in beautiful Charleston, SC. A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, she enjoys alternately hitting up the historic graveyards and outlet malls. World of Shell and Bone is her first book.

Reach Adriana at her website, Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads.

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