I’ve always been a huge fan of Carroll’s masterpieces, and the spark for a spinoff hit me back in in April, 2010, when I first saw the Tim Burton & Disney Alice movie adaptation. I’m a very visual person, and the Burton cinematography was so vivid, techno-colored, and evocative that I didn't want the movie to ever end. So I came up with my own settings in my mind, and played out Wonderland continuations and scenarios. The idea became too big to contain in my head and I needed to get it out on paper. My goal was to make a follow-up story about a different Wonderland where things were darker and funkier. I also wanted my version to be contemporary, because I’d never seen that done. Once I saw the book Alice I Have Been (a historical fiction account of Alice Liddell, the real-life girl who inspired Carroll to write his story to begin with), everything clicked into place: I could have my contemporary heroine be a descendant of Alice Liddell! When that idea fell into my lap, I was ready to dive in.