Famous Last Words – Apocalypsies edition

As you may have gathered by now, Croak is about death. And a big part of death are those all-important last words you say before shuffling off this mortal coil, hopefully in a top hat and tap shoes. And dude, you want them to be good. Like:

“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us has to go.”
-Oscar Wilde

“Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something.”
-Pancho Villa

And, my personal favorite:
“Don’t disturb my circles!”

So what would your last words be? I asked some of my fellow Apocalypsies (we’re a group of 2012 debut YA/MG authors and we bring it to the party), and here’s what they’re hoping their final words will be:

Gretchen McNeil, author of Possess:
“Let me just change my shoes.”

Kimberly Sabatini, author of Touching the Surface:
“Never did finish that laundry–you guys might want to stock up on underwear.”

Laura Ellen, author of Blind Spot:
“I always dreamed of being a rock-n-roll star. I suppose being rolled
under this rock will have to suffice.”

Anne Greenwood Brown, author of Lies Beneath:
I hope my last words are something fortune-cookie worthy, like “Live the best life you can. I know I did.” But judging by every near-death experience I’ve ever had, I suspect it will be more along the lines of  “Agggggghhhhhhhhh!” Or worse.

Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder:
“For all that is holy, please, please don’t dig up my teen-years poetry and publish it posthumously.”

Joanne Levy, author of Small Medium at Large:
“Well, whatever happens now, THAT was so worth it.”

Robin Bridges, author of The Gathering Storm:
“Wait, what?”

Zoraida Córdova, author of The Vicious Deep:
“Here lies Zoraida Cordova. Finally, sleeping with the fishes.”

Jay Kristoff, author of Stormdancer:
“I’ll be back to get you.”

Lauren Morrill, author of Meant To Be:
“Well, THAT was fun!”

Genn Albin, author of Crewel:
“I drank what?”

Nikki Loftin, author of The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy:
“I was a bad influence on so many children. I die happy.”

And mine would probably be something like: “I wish I ate more Cheez-Itz. So many flavors! So very many–” *dies of a processed-cheese-induced heart attack*

Want more Reaper Madness? Check out these previous posts:

Day 1 – Free Badges
Day 2 – Event Schedule
Day 3 – Blurbs
Day 4 – Adirondacks Facks
Day 5 – Croak trailer
Day 6 – Sample chapter
Day 7 – Goodreads Giveaway
Day 8 – Pinterest Day
Day 9 – Dear Teen Me
Day 10 – Jellyfish
Day 11 – Black Widow Spiders



  1. So funny! I love Marissa Meyer’s and Genn Albin’s. Mine would probably be something like, “Now dont forget, I’m leaving everything to the cat . . . “

  2. I completely laughed the hell out of me! Totally awesome! Isn’t Genn Albin’s of Socrates?
    Mine would be totally like – ‘It’s just a harmless little bunny’ or ‘It’s ok, i saw them do it on TV.’
    And Gina ‘Behold the Power of Cheese!’

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