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.
I immediately went on Amazon and searched for McHatton’s novel, Dead Man’s Mask. According 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.