Lucas Author’s Novel Makes a Splash
Lucas resident, Katherine Armstrong Walters, is a fiction author who dreamt of becoming a writer for as long as she can remember. As a little girl, she and her best friend talked on the phone for hours at a time, each sharing imaginative stories they created while fantasizing about one day becoming famous authors.
Walters has lived life to the fullest as a devoted wife and loving mother to five wonderful boys. Through the years, she has periodically written and published short stories. She and her husband also briefly owned a business called “Dreamcatcher Press” that turned children’s school projects into books.
Walters’ life changed forever after receiving a special book for her birthday. She explained, “My writer-friend gave me a copy of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ that she insisted I read. After reading it, I had a really weird dream that night about a girl who was terrified of water. The girl in my dream later found out she was actually immune to drowning. What she had been afraid of her entire life was almost like a superpower to her.”
She went on to say, “When I woke up, I kept thinking this idea would make an awesome movie, so I wrote it all down. It was only a paragraph – a little summary of the dream. I told my writer-friend that I had this weird dream after reading the book. I truly was captivated by ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and its selfless love story. Two people who love one girl— and there’s a really selfless act at the end of it. It’s definitely what triggered this dream.”
As another 10 years passed, Walters continued working on smaller projects and short stories. She sadly received devastating news that her elderly father was hospitalized after breaking his hip. As she sat with him in the hospital, she wrote the first 50 pages of “Aqua.” Walters emotionally said, “We were sitting in the hospital for days at a time. After I read the first 50 pages to my dad, he sat up in the bed and said, ‘And then what happens?’ I hadn’t written it yet, so I went home and wrote as fast as I possibly could. I poured my soul into this book, but he passed away before he ever got to read it. It broke my heart. That was my big motivation. If I don’t do this now, then it’s never going to happen. And I want my family to be a part of this.”
Walters’ manuscript was 500 pages before being edited 10 times. After attempting to find a publisher, she eventually decided to self-publish and made it into a small store in Dallas. She said, “My book was selling really well for about a year, then the store changed and wasn’t going to be able to carry it anymore. They told me who their distributors were. The third distributor said they were starting a publishing branch to their business and wanted to publish it. He said he’d like “Aqua” to be one of their flagship books.”
Katherine Armstrong Walters is proof that dreams really do come true. The sequel to “Aqua” is called “Aftershock: Book Two of The Arydian Chronicles” and will be released on July 10. For more information, visit kathyarmstrongwalters.com.