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The Inspiration behind SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

So, many of you know about the very original retelling of Alice in Wonderland titled Splintered by A. G. Howard.

Splintered (Splintered, #1)

And I'm sure by now you've seen the cover to the very cool sequel: Unhinged. If you haven't, here it is:

Unhinged (Splintered, #2)




But what you might not know is the inspiration behind the story.

While I was attending the International Reading Association conference in San Antonio last month, I had the pleasure of meeting A.G. Howard. Of course, I totally geeked out when I saw Splintered in person and then realized the author was signing! So I grabbed my posse of book nerd teachers, and jumped across the aisle to meet her. I gushed over the cover. She said I looked familiar, which totally made me giddy for reasons I do not fully understand.

But then I had to ask, "Where did you come up with this story?" If you've read Splintered, you know how different it is. It's like nothing you know, I promise. I went on to mention all of the crazy details that caught me by surprise with the setting. For so long I grappled with a proper way to describe Wonderland, but I always came up short. Luckily for me, the author summed it up perfectly. She told me that she was inspired by the Tim Burton movie. Being familiar with that movie (and also this book), that made perfect sense. There really is no better way to describe the setting of Wonderland-- it's like reading a Tim Burton screen play.

So there you go. Now you know part of the inspiration behind Splintered (and Unhinged).


And as a side note, these covers are gorgeous. The pictures do not do them justice! They are stunning. They are also printed in purple ink, which I think is pretty fabulous.

Me with the author at IRA:
 
She is a complete doll! So friendly. Love her!


 

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