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Author Wendy Spinale released Everland, the first novel in a fairytale retelling series based on Peter Pan, in May 2016.
Spinale, in an interview on bookrambles.com, said she loved the Peter Pan story as a little girl and wanted to create a series that appealed to readers that never want to grow up.
The book stands out from other Peter Pan reimaginings because it is set in a steampunk world, Spinale said on hicklebeestab.blogspot.com.
“As I began to plot out the stories, it felt necessary to make this darker and grittier than your average “happily ever after” story. Thus the war-ravaged, post-apocalyptic world suited the needs that I felt these characters were calling for,” Spinale said in an interview with upcoming author Amanda Searcy.
Author Joanne Harris, best known for her award-winning novel Chocolat, said writing and reading dark stories, such as the Brothers Grimm and Perrault, illuminate the dark realities in our world and teach us how to defeat them.
“I wanted to create a grittier Peter Pan where problems aren’t so easily solved with a poof of magic. I think Everland delves into a conflict we all confront: growing up amidst a world that isn’t exactly a fairy tale… Everland addresses the hard knocks that it takes to grow up in a world that isn’t always bent on happy thoughts,” Spinale said in an interview on twochicksonbooks.com.
The second installment in the series is entitled Umberland and expects to be published on May 9, 2017, according to goodreads.com.
“I’m really excited to share the story beyond Everland,” Spinale said when she was in the middle of revisions. “Many of the characters from the first book will appear in this next book… Along with the Everland cast there will be an entire new crew of characters bringing a second story retelling to life.”
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