Art inspired by ‘Under The Whispering Door’

The above are illustrations created by me based on TJ Klune’s latest novel Under The Whispering Door. Released on September 21, 2021.

Description of book:

When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead.

Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop’s owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over.

But Wallace isn’t ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugo’s help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life.

When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days.

By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune’s signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy.

The Little Ship

To say I’ve had my share of loss in my life would be an understatement. I never knew my mother. My own child died. My best friend in 2016. Many others. And of course furry friends who have crossed that rainbow bridge. I heard ‘The Little Ship’ years ago when Maria Shriver read it at Tim Russert’s funeral and it always stayed with me. So I decided to do a little drawing because I was thinking about it after a funeral I attended a few weeks back. I decided to draw animals, but the words apply to us all. If you happen to come across this post and are grieving, I hope it gives you some measure of comfort..wherever you may be in the world.