Carrie Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of a lot of books. She use to be a lawyer. Happily, she is not anymore. You can keep it that way by reading her books:
If you like zombies, try the Forest of Hands and Teeth series.
If you like clever, fun adventure fantasy for 8-12 year olds, definitely read the Map To Everywhere series (co-written with her husband, John Parke Davis).
If you like cold calculated revenge involving hidden identities and lots of secrets: Daughter of Deep Silence.
If you or your kids like multi-author, multi-platform series like 39 Clues and Spirit Animals, try Infinity Ring: Divide and Conquer -- it's produced by the same publisher (and has vikings and true history!)
If you like true-crime stuff (both fiction and podcasts), check out Dead Air, a serialized thriller co-written with Gwenda Bond and Rachel Caine.
If you want to learn more about Carrie (and especially more about her pets) check her out online at www.CarrieRyan.com. Or Twitter: @CarrieRyan. Or Instagram: @CarrieRyanWrites
If you're pretty sure you won't survive the zombie apocalypse, you're in good company. She won't either.