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Breaking 'Glass'


Local-born author Gena Showalter talks zombies and inspiration with the release of the second book in her young adult fiction trilogy.

Sarah Lobban October 23rd, 2013

Last year, best-selling author Gena Showalter introduced the world of young adult fiction (YA) to Alice Bell, a 16-year-old zombie slayer whose life was turned upside down by a tragedy that would change her forever.

In the series debut, Alice in Zombieland, Ali was forced to replace the world she thought she knew with one much more extraordinary and deadly.

Just when you thought Wonderland couldn’t get any weirder, the zombies are back.

In September, Ali returned in Through the Zombie Glass, the next installment in the White Rabbit Chronicles.

The second book of the trilogy picks up with Ali still learning her true potential as a slayer. But even as her power grows, so does a darkness inside her.

As if ravenous, soul-eating, invisible zombies weren’t enough, Ali must also fight the monster she is becoming.

In Zombie Glass, Showalter plays with themes of good and evil. The readers discover, along with Ali, that nothing is ever exactly as it seems.

Even the reflection looking back from a mirror might have secrets of its own. Curiouser and curiouser, indeed.

“It was so much fun to write,” said Showalter. “It was a labor of love, and my excitement is through the roof.”

Oklahoma City native Showalter began her writing career as a romance novelist. The intricacies of relationships and emotions, and the fact that no two love stories are exactly the same, always intrigued her. Through the renowned Oklahoma Romance Writers of America group, she honed and refined her talents.

“I had this voice that was quirky and fun and sarcastic,” Showalter said. “It translated well into young adult.”

Although she had previously written several successful YA series, the creation of the White Rabbit Chronicles was almost accidental. While talking on the phone with a friend, Showalter joked that, lacking title options for a different novel she was working on, she would probably just call it Alice in Zombieland. There was a pause. Then her friend told her, “You have to write that book.”

Gena Showalter
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Once upon a time, Showalter might not have suspected she would become the author she is today.

Before fifth grade, she wasn’t exactly a fan of books or reading, but that changed when she discovered the Sweet Valley High series. Soon, she became an avid reader.

Although it has been years, Showalter said, since she has read any Sweet Valley, she never forgot the characters that made the stories come alive, and she hopes to inspire a new generation of readers to find the same sort of connections in her books.

“It’s my hope that readers pick up the book and enjoy it and become invested in the world and the characters and feel with them and root for them,” she said. “That’s every writer’s dream. It’s certainly mine.”

 
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