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People often ask how I came up with the idea for an Alice in Wonderland spin-off, and what my writing process was like. These are my favorite questions because each author's process is different. Some writers are inspired by newspaper articles, current events, etc..., and then craft detailed plots before they even research or write. As for me, I'm a visual writer, so I'll see something intriguing that spurs a story idea--whether it be a live scene, a picture, a movie, or even an unusual arrangement of words. Next, I have to motivate and get to know my main characters (I even find head shots of them for visualization). After that, I research, which in turn births a very sparse skeleton plot. What's nice about having it be vague is I'm free to let my characters feel their way through the story.
It was a given that I would one day see something which would ignite the spark for an Alice in Wonderland adaptation, considering I'm a huge fan of Lewis Carroll's genius. The actual idea came to me when I went to see the Tim Burton & Disney Alice movie. The cinematography was so vivid and evocative that I didn't want to leave the setting when it was over. So I started playing out Wonderland continuations and scenarios in my mind. I decided to write a follow-up story about the world, making things a little darker and a little funkier, but I needed it to be contemporary and different than it had ever been done. Then I saw the book Alice I Have Been and everything clicked into place. I could have my contemporary heroine be a descendant of Alice Liddell, the girl who actually inspired Carroll to write his story to begin with! Once that fell into my lap, I started the process of writing.
The main thing I did for research was re-read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. It had been years since I'd revisited them, and I needed the characters and settings fresh in my mind. It was important to me that my book be a tribute to Carroll's amazing works, while having the funkiness/creepiness that he injected into his scenes evolve from subtle nuances to take center stage. In my favorite fairy tale retellings, the author doesn’t make light of the original. They expand on the first author’s vision by turning the characters and settings on their heads while digging deeper into the world. I’m hoping I managed to do that with Splintered, and also hope to see a whole new generation seek out the originals upon reading my spin-off, because Lewis Carroll's works are creations of pure literary beauty--vividly allegorical adventures for readers of all ages.
This will be where I post readers' visual interpretations of Splintered. As for me, I'm lucky to draw a stick with a #2 pencil (note that I didn't say stick figure; yeah, I'm that bad). But even though I don't have artistic ability, that doesn't mean I can't appreciate it. Below are a few pictures that friends and acquaintances have designed in homage to the premise and/or specific scenes. I can't wait to see this section grow once the book comes out!
Amy Hitt Jim Webb
Songs invigorate my muse, and with Splintered, I was drawn to a combination of alternative rock, experimental, and dark fairy tale compositions. This music player represents only a fraction of my personal playlist, but these are the selections that found their way to my ear buds most often...
Once I get the okay from my publisher, I'll post the first chapter or two. Until then, the only excerpts I can offer are embedded in the collage above.