Behind the Scenes of the Whittier Novella

Whittier started as a silly conversation between my cousin Jay and me while I was visiting him and his family in Alaska. Jay took me to this weird little town called Whittier that was about an hour outside of Anchorage–A strange place with only one way in and one way out via a 2.5 mile one-way, one-lane tunnel running straight through a mountain. The real odd part about Whittier was the town itself, however. Where to start? How ’bout, the town being mostly water, and not having enough land mass on which to run a 5k? How ’bout the fact that about 90% of the just over 200 residents of Whittier all live in the same apartment building: a fourteen story behemoth repurposed from one of the original buildings from back when the town was a military base? Or the burned out barracks that just sits there at the edge of town (about half a mile from the start of town)? Or the fact that the whole town is connected by underground tunnels? Oh, and if you miss the 11 p.m. tunnel opening out of town, you have to spend the night in Whittier. All of these things are completely TRUE!WHITTIER-COVERsmall

But the strangest thing of all? The town’s tiny little hole-in-the-wall diner was able to make a great-tasting decaf soy latte for me with no problem. And the server was also gorgeous. What a town!

So of course, Jay and I started yapping about “what if this” and “what if that,” and one of the things we kept coming back to was “what if everyone in town was a “were” creature?” Like a town filled with werewolves, werebears, weremoose, etc. Eventually I decided that the only thing scarier than a bunch of werepeople was a bunch of stir-crazy residents who THINK they turn into animals when there’s a full moon. This was a lot scarier to me than people actually shapeshifting into bears.

But I don’t want to ruin the story, so you’ll have to give it a read to see what happens! This horror suspense thriller is a fun read, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please click here for the Whittier product page on Amazon!

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