We gave Whitley the chance to tell us a little something about what got her started writing her Amazon Top 50 LGBT Eostre’s Baskets: Rabbit Wars. Here’s what she had to say.
Colorado is dotted with small mining towns. One-hundred-fifty years ago, gold supported these communities. When the mines played out, most of the population left, leaving empty buildings rich with unique architecture and the past. Over the years, determined efforts at tourism supported some of these historic locations; gambling now plays a significant role. I envisioned a location like this in the Rockies undergoing its own renaissance in architecture, commerce, and the attitudes of the residents.
Crooked Creek is a town built on gold mining and chocolate, and chocolate plays a central role in bringing Jeff and Ash together. Rabbit Wars is about the magic of rekindled love, eclectic architecture, and chocolate.
Chocolate Suite is a fictional place, but it had to be authentic. I wanted Ash to make the best and most unusual chocolates this side of the Rockies. This required research—visiting purveyors of chocolate to soak up the sights and smells, and getting an idea what goes into the making of handcrafted chocolates. Being a chocolate lover myself, this wasn’t a hardship. Taking it further, I tried a few combinations at home—ingredients that sounded good together, at least to me. Like Ash, my experiments didn’t always pan out.
Jeff is a man who wants to do the right thing, even if sometimes it’s the wrong choice. Haven’t we all been in this dilemma at some point? Architecture has been both a friend and an enemy to him, tearing him away from Ash and then acting as part of the impetus that reunites them.
Rabbit Wars was a labor of love, allowing me to show off a bit of Colorado history and culture while bringing together two guys who deserve a happily ever after.