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2010-11-10 / Local News

Author offers new take on ‘Alice’

by ANDREA KIMBRIEL Editor

Dressed as Alice, author Alycia Ripley talks with Rachel Masecchia, right, and Mari Marinaccio, during the launch party for her new novel, “The Final Alice,” Saturday at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo. Photo by Scott Schild Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Dressed as Alice, author Alycia Ripley talks with Rachel Masecchia, right, and Mari Marinaccio, during the launch party for her new novel, “The Final Alice,” Saturday at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo. Photo by Scott Schild Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Alycia Ripley has always been obsessed with “Alice in Wonderland.”

Her new book, “The Final Alice,” reflects that interest. The main character is the great-granddaughter of Alice who must come to terms with her family’s uniqueness.

It’s the first of a trilogy, with the other books scheduled to come out in 2012 and 2014.

Ripley, who grew up in Buffalo before living in Amherst and Clarence, said she’s always enjoyed books such as “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and the “Chronicles of Narnia,” which appeal to children and adults in different ways.

“I wanted to write a book that would mix the fantastic and the real,” she said.

Ripley published her first novel, “Traveling with an Eggplant,” in 2005. She’s written for magazines and was co-editor of the “Voices from the Herd” anthology.

It took her three years to finish “The Final Alice,” which formally launched on Nov. 6 at a celebration in Buffalo’s Town Ballroom.

“This book was the most fun I’ve had and the most exhausting thing I’ve ever done,” she said.

She’s working with Trafford Publishing, which was founded by a person from Random House who felt the company wasn’t accepting enough new, original writers.

“The Final Alice” takes place in modern America and is a social commentary on the hypocrisy Ripley has encountered. Alice has to fight those who have been infected by the Red King, the book’s force of evil.

Ripley took inspiration from news stories and other experiences of her own. She said good versus evil is a theme people can relate to whatever their background.

Although the book is an homage to the original “Alice in Wonderland,” it’s not a children’s book. To make the point, Ripley notes that the cover has blood on it. She describes the tale as intense and bizarre, but also fun, and said it will most appeal to adults.

“The very first thing I ever wrote is the last page of the last book, and I put it away in a box and said no one’s looking at it,” she said. She’s now working on the second novel.

A graduate of Syracuse and New York University, Ripley is also an actress who was the voice of a character on Cartoon Network’s “Justice League.” She spent time in Los Angeles and moved back to the area to accommodate her touring schedule.

More information is available at www.alyciaripley.com. She can also be followed on the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.

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