Behind the Scenes of “Whittier”

The town of Whittier, Alaska, is absolutely a real place and is mostly as I have described in this book.

Whittier can only be reached by car on the half hour every hour, and you can only get out of the town by car every hour on the hour up until 11 p.m. If you don’t make the last tunnel out, you have to spend the night in Whittier.

Yes there is an airport, but it is not maintained or staffed, and unless you happen to have your own airplane with you, the airport is not a viable option if you need to leave the town. And yes, there are boats in Whittier, but once again, this is not a plausible way to leave the town at night, unless in an emergency. It is also true that the majority of Whittier’s two hundred or so residents all live in the same apartment building, which also contains the town’s barber, its school, and its police department.

Whittier is a strange place, and I don’t get a feeling that any of its residents would argue this point. There are plenty of weird tales about the town on the Internet, and it is known or talked about by Alaskans as being haunted.

All in all, the town has a rich history, and I was lucky to have spent almost a full day there at the end of the summer of 2013 while visiting my cousin and his family. I enjoyed my time in Whittier, but I also made it out before the last tunnel opening. This book is the fictional account of a mentalist named Trent Walker who was not so lucky.

I am often asked about whether “Whittier” is a supernatural suspense thriller or a psychological suspense thriller. My answer is that it’s probably a little of both…but you’ll really just have to read it and see for yourself!

On that note, I really do hope you give Trent a try and that you have as good a time reading his first thriller as I had writing it.