November 23, 2001 Features & Images » Feature Story

Whistler Writers 

Write on, Whistler

A burgeoning literary community finds voice in the mountains

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He’s not leaving Whistler, but he is moving on to fiction. Currently he is working on short stories and he would like to get published in some recognized magazines.

Vogler is different from the other writers in that Whistler is his home. But he recognizes the qualities which make Whistler a good place for a writer.

"It’s good in that you can step out of the rat race. You can hole up in your cabin and have the time and quiet atmosphere to write."

And what about that money thing?

"Well, a partner with a good job is a real plus," admits Vogler.

Mitch Rhodes agrees.

"It helps to be married to someone with a real job."

Rhodes is the self-published author of a novel called The Worldwide Sexual Adventures of Walter Fayt . He and his wife moved here from Toronto more than three years ago for his wife’s job. The idea for his book had been rattling around in his head for a couple of years and the move to Whistler seemed like the perfect time to write it.

Rhodes says Whistler is an inspiring place to write. "I love being able to look out and see the mountains and pristine forests. I can walk right out of my house and go for a hike."

But he recognizes that he is in a privileged position. "I’m lucky – because of my background, I can afford to live here."

Before turning to writing, Rhodes was a chartered accountant in Toronto. Working in the entertainment industry, he focused on financing and strategic planning. And he put all of his financial skills to work when he started out on his writing project.

"Someone told me, for your first novel, pick the book that will be the easiest to write or the most successful. I picked the book that I thought would be most successful – because it has sex and everyone knows sex sells," laughs Rhodes.

Rhodes knew that 70 per cent of novels are purchased by women. He wanted to write a book targeted at men. He figured if the content was quite sexually graphic, it would attract male readers and keep them reading. He sums up the book’s main themes as "sex, travel and philosophy."

Usually it can take years for a book to go from concept to bookstore, but Rhodes was interested in trying something different. He feels that the book industry is antiquated and he wanted to precipitate change. He wanted to shorten the distance between the author and the consumer.

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