Welcome to my stop for the Whisper's Edge Blog Tour!
Today the author, London Cole, will talk about where
he got the idea for writing his book; enjoy!
I’ve been asked on many occasions where the idea for the Whisper Walker Series came from. It’s nearly impossible for me to pinpoint an exact “moment” or catalyst. Something that I can say without a doubt was a trigger, is the island where I grew up. Whidbey Island, which is in Washington State.
I moved there in a military family at a young age and found the island to be an absolute wonderland for a young boy with a vivid imagination. One of the best parts, aside from it being a cool island with caves and whatnot? It was the home to two large WWII-era concrete forts that overlooked the entrance to the Puget Sound. These forts are located mostly underground, with large pits for “hidden” guns. The massive guns could rise up and shoot at attacking ships, which was what the forts had been put there for. The government had feared a Japanese invasion by sea. But, I digress.
My brother and I spent countless days, and even nights, exploring the forts. We’d find passages that’d been blocked off, and find a way into them. On top of one of the hills that covered a main room, we found a large air vent hidden strategically underneath a clump of trees. Having a good supply of rope and climbing gear from our father – who was involved in Search and Rescue for the Navy – we rigged up a system where my brother could lower me down it, to see where it went.
We planned the “mission” for a week; getting the gear together, figuring out how we would get me back out if I needed it, and of course keeping our mom from finding out. Then came the big day.
I got to the bottom of the air vent and found that it split into many smaller vents heading off in a spider web of directions. I’ll admit, I was seriously disappointed since there was no way I could fit down those little pipes.
But many adventures such as this are what supplied me the ideas for the world of the Whisper Walker Series.Growing up there gave me a love for mystery, and discovery, and even paranormal (yes, some very unexplainable events happened on that island).
The dystopian world that the Whisper Walker Series is set in is like a parallel universe to Whidbey Island. The pit that is at the beginning of Whisper Walker is a pretty real place. It’s not exactly how it appears in the book, but close. One of the key scenes in Whisper’s Edge takes place on the side of a cliff at the end of a rail track for a gun that is exactly like it is in real life.
The first two books take place on the island. Whether the third will or not… Who knows? ;)
Whisper Walker Series #2
Genre: Young-Adult Paranormal Dystopian
Word Count: 59k
Cover Artist: Emma Michaels
Drake and Kelsie quickly discover life won't be quite the same after getting their new abilities, but they hope everything will settle into a sort of normalcy. It doesn't take long for them to realize it's not the kind of normal they were hoping for. When Kelsie joins Drake for a routine Hunt, they end up stumbling upon an underground bunker that hasn't been opened in nearly a century. When they meet a far-too-friendly ghost, it should be their first indicator to leave things alone and get out of there. Never ones to resist the opportunity for excitement or mystery, they end up in a situation that could cost them dearly–threatening not only everything they've worked for, but their very lives! Drake's world is turned upside down. A mysterious new girl seems intent on capturing his heart, but that's not all she's after. Kelsie faces betrayal by the one she holds most dear, only to meet someone new who could change her entire existence; past, present, and future. If only she can stay alive long enough to find out the truth...
London Cole London Cole is an author of Paranormal Young-Adult novels and novellas. He resides in the large and highly over-heated state of Texas, though he is not originally from there. London was born in the Pacific Northwest, growing up on an Island very near Canada. That means that he is known to slip up and occasionally use words like “ehh” and pronounce “about” like “aboot”.
Growing up, he always wanted to write but never really knew where to start. Then he got sucked into classical music, against his will, at an early age. Unlike many, he never had imaginary friends as a child, though since he was born into a navy family, the constant moving made him a loner. It was easier to be a loner than try to make new friends all of the time. Being a loner, and having been forbidden from watching TV by his loving but sheltering mother, he turned to creating stories to entertain himself out of sheer boredom. Creating stories became a large part of his life to the point that he started narrating everything he did and conducting dialogue between multiple characters while in the shower.
When London wasn’t writing stories, he was reading them. He went through dozens of books a month, mainly mysteries that his mom checked out from the library.
Once he got older, after high school and college, he started to take writing seriously. He became more confident in his writing, and now, here we are today.