Writing The Glinda Letters
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Why are The Glinda Letters important to Oz? They span the time between The Witch Queens trilogy and L. Frank Baum’s original classic, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I believe Glinda to be the most important character in modern Oz, with the Wizard second, and Dorothy third. Ozma, the Child Queen, comes in fourth. Why do I believe this? These four characters changed everything. However, there was only one that stood the entire time and lasted through the Wicked Witches, through the lifetime of the Emerald City, and continually worked for good. Remember that the Wizard was in his humbug hiding place, Dorothy came to Oz, destroyed the Witches, and then went back home, and Ozma didn’t show up for a while, so she’s still got a lot to prove as far as living true to her principles.
The Glinda Letters is an epistolary novel, which means it is a story told in letters (or epistles). This type of novel is not common anymore. Perhaps the most famous in modern times is The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis. That story served as an inspiration for my title.
As I was plotting out The Hidden History of Oz series, I found a big complication–there was a 40+ year gap in between the stories that I wanted to tell. Of course, I could always just skip those decades and pretend nothing important happened, but that didn’t sit right with me. I started out with a few snippets of stories that I stuck at the end of the draft of Book Two. Then Book Two was divided into two parts, and those pieces got pushed aside.
I wrote The Glinda Letters in Spring and Summer of 2014. That was long before Book Three was finished. This allowed me to add tidbits and pieces into Emerald Spectacles that strengthened the foundation of the Hidden History. It also opened up ideas for stories and characters.
Writing one letter a year from Glinda to Oscar allowed me to explore the fifty years of time spent between the time Oscar went into self-imposed exile, and the time he left (in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 1900), to the time he returned to Oz in Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (1908). The Glinda Letters broadly links The Hidden History of Oz stories with L. Frank Baum’s original Oz stories.
Additionally, peering inside Glinda’s mind is a fascinating journey as she grows from a strong-willed and rebellious teenager into the cool and powerful sorceress sworn to protect Oz against all enemies. Glinda doesn’t have all of the answers, and she makes some choices that drastically affect the entire Land of Oz. Is she perfect? Not by a long shot. Is she interesting? Yes. And depending on your point of view, Glinda may just turn out to be the committed antihero of this entire Hidden History of Oz story.
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