Harriet Butler
Harriet Butler asked Ruta Sepetys:

I have already read Salt to the Sea and I am a huge fan!!! I was wondering what/who inspire the greatly diverse characters throughout the book?! Thank you!!!!

Ruta Sepetys Hello Harriet!

Thanks for reading "Salt to the Sea." When I was researching the novel I was reminded of how many regions and countries were affected and suffered during the evacuation. When I interviewed people from those different countries, I realized that every human being views history through their own cultural lens so I created characters who would give voice to a particular regional experience and allow the reader to look through their "lens."

Thanks again!
Ruta Sepetys

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