The uneven stairs loop around into another low passage that winds in upon itself. This is the world I most loved–the world I wanted to make between worlds. The most “real” part of it is where John finds his way to the library. At least in my mind, that’s basically this hallway.

Every time I come down these stairs, even now, I feel like it’s a place that could lead anywhere. My last ever show at this theatre, I sat right in this spot, on the last stair, and just tried to imagine what was around the corner. That night was the night I started writing the book, and the night I wrote the scene where Brynna discovers the talking props and then Abbey and Jessie.

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