Whitaker's novel, Geese to a Poor Market, won the Ozark Writers’ League Best Book of the Year Award. His stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, magazines, and anthologies. Mulligan the Cat picture books were published in 2018 and 2020. Soda Fountain Blues, a coming of age novel, was published in 2021. He writes a bi-weekly column for the Howell County News. Awarded the WCDH 2004 Fred Starr Fellowship, he has stayed at the Colony each year since.