Walter George Tuttle, Jr., i.e., W. G. TUTTLE, was born in Binghamton, New York in 1972. In 7th grade, he moved to Central Pennsylvania and attended Shippensburg Area Middle School for one year. In 8th grade, he moved again to nearby Boiling Springs, where he remained until graduating from the High School in 1990. The town was named Boiling Springs because of the natural wellsprings found there. The largest, known as “The Bubble,” flows into and surfaces in the Children’s Lake in the form of rolling bubbles, resembling boiling water, thus the town’s name of Boiling Springs. Now, other locations may share the same name, but none have one of the world’s unique nicknames: the “Bubblers.” The Boiling Springs Bubblers—say that a few times. Not a lot of imagination went into the name, but why ruin it when it’s as accurate as any name in America—or the world for that matter. Besides, it’s fun to say.
Not having the money to attend college without having to borrow the full amount, Walt enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1990. Moving up in rank at an expedited pace and sitting before meritorious promotion boards, he considered staying in the Corps for the long haul but decided to continue with plan A, which was attending university to study Finance. So, after serving four years, he was Honorably Discharged in 1994.
One month after being discharged, Walt returned to Pennsylvania and enrolled in college as a full-time student. Taking more credits than what full-time called for and working a full-time job, jobs at times, to live and pay for college, he can only describe this experience as being a “royal pain in the heinie.” Desk jobs, desk time in classes, desk time studying and banging out assignments, and car-seat-drive-time all challenged the glutes. One would think sitting on their butt most of the time would be easy, but it wasn’t. All said and done, three and a half years later, he graduated early with a Bachelor of Science in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998.
To distinguish himself among his peers, Walt enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at The Pennsylvania State University in 2003. While he worked salaried positions that required more than a forty-hour workweek, that same infliction from his undergraduate days had returned to administer more “pain” to his backside. Balance, work-life or otherwise, didn’t exist. How could it when his ass had been chewed off? Don’t believe the buttocks impacts balance? It does—look it up. In 2005, he was selected for membership into Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for collegiate schools of business in recognition of his high scholastic achievement. In 2006, he earned a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from The Pennsylvania State University. Walt and his wife are Life Members of The Penn State Alumni Association.
Faced with a binary dilemma of whether he should work for someone else or himself, he decided to venture out on his own, something he had contemplated his whole career. Here was a chance to start over, pursue an entirely different field outside of Finance, and, more importantly, establish a different life than what he had. A better life. A balanced life. One with his ass intact—once it grew back.
Writing! Yes, that’s what he decided on and has been doing full-time since while managing other things. Between writing, editing, rewriting, reading, cover design, book design, web design, and tackling all the other tasks in true entrepreneurship—sitting on his butt—he challenges himself and his glutes daily. Since making that decision, his heinie had grown back, providing additional cushion for what are some long days sitting in a chair—and, yes, better balance and overall fitness.
A far cry from his three-sport high school days as a Boiling SpringsBubbler or excelling among The Few, The Proud or running from one task and meeting to the next, but one thing hasn’t changed: Walt’s drive to distinguish himself from his peers. Tough to do—yes, without question. Impossible—no. If it were, what would be the point in pursuing it?
There are great Science Fiction and Horror writers out there, some in the grave, and some above ground. Living or dead, they’re out there, their works still in print and leading the way. Writers like Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Herbert, Sagan, Lem, Stuart, Wells, Campbell (Dreadstone), Russo, Blatty, King, and Fleming, just to name a few, who have established a higher standard for excellent storytelling and writing.
Without question, these names and many unmentioned have helped shape Walt’s storytelling and writing. Readers of Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, and nearly all of their sub-genres who have enjoyed works by the authors mentioned above will like W. G. TUTTLE.
“I want to achieve everything I have set out to achieve while I’m upright and walking the Earth. That would be special. Once I’m in the Earth and vertical, I want to speak from the grave through my written works. That would be divine.”—W. G. TUTTLE
Walt currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife of twenty-five years and counting, who is accomplished and recognized in Education and Special Education, a daughter in high school, who is a National Honor Society student, and a son, attending the Pennsylvania State University, studying Biochemistry and Microbiology.