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Author’s Debut Novel Inspired by Waterville Valley

March 11, 2019

I read an article in The Bridgton (ME) News about California author (and former Maine resident), Shawn McHatton. What caught my attention is that McHatton was inspired to write his debut novel by a visit to Waterville Valley. In the article, he explained, “I was on vacation with my girlfriend in Waterville Valley, N.H., one of my favorite places. We were walking along the river and were getting a bit out of sight of the village. We came across a strange rock formation, like something you would see in The Blair Witch Project. It was a little bizarre. I took a pic with my phone and we left. Later, I framed the pics from that vacation and hung them. One night, I stared at that particular picture and asked myself, “What would we have found if we kept walking?” About 10 weeks later, the first draft was complete, and the publisher used that picture for the book’s cover.”

Okay, I’m intrigued.

>> Read the article

I immediately went on Amazon and searched for McHatton’s novel, Dead Man’s MaskAccording to the book description, the novel is set in Waterville Valley; so, of course I had to order it! It’s not my usual genre, but I’m up for a change, especially if the action takes place in the Valley.

Shawn McHatton's debut novel Dead Man's Mask was inspired by a vacation in Waterville Valley, NH.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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  • Jan Stearns says:

    REMINDER: You can purchase Dead Man’s Mask – and any book – from The Bookmonger in Waterville Valley. Most weeks owner Wendi Rathgeber submits her book order late on Monday for delivery on Wednesday. Please shop small and shop local. You can find The Bookmonger in Waterville Valley Town Square. The phone number is 603-236-4544. You can find Bookmonger online at


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