The Story Behind I, Walter by Mike Hartner

A few years ago, I wrote a 20th century manuscript which never got published.  Beetle and Shannon were the two principal characters, and their adventure was also a romantic one.  It was also a detective story ala Magnum P.I. with the ‘Higgins’-esque character coming I-Walterfrom a relative.  My relative had been a fighter pilot in the Second World War, and flew a Liberator bomber out of Italy.  His life after the service was also a quiet one with a few conundrums.

That manuscript didn’t get published because it was never quite right, not quite ready.  This aspect needed tweaking, that aspect needed editing.  Two years into the editing process, my editor decided we needed a break from this manuscript to write something else.  I was too involved with that manuscript.

He pointed to one aspect of the manuscript and asked me to take its history as far back as I could, and then give a character story around one of the principals.

Walter wasn’t the principal, but he was one of the children of the principal.

Ten months later, after finishing the manuscript and the editing process, I felt confident that we had a good manuscript.  After a few months of querying and receiving polite “Thank you, but no!” responses, I decided to go it on my own.  I had heard horror stories about new authors and big publishers giving very little advance or support to them, and I figured it was a better choice to support it on my own.

I wanted to follow this book through as a self-pub, and that I would start with Kindle.  In April, the kindle emerged.  In May, the paperback was created with the help of CreateSpace.  In June, the audio book appeared on and several other audio sites.

The book has appeared at BEA and ALA, is scheduled for the NEA conference next week, and the Beijing and Frankfurt book shows, as well as many regional library association shows like NYLibraryAssociation, Me/NE Library Association, Pa Library Association, etc., and others.

This book has had several successes.  The reviews on it are VERY successful, the open reception from North America has been very successful, and every person’s question about when the next one is coming is also successful.  The creation of the paperback and the audiobook are also successes.


Mike-Hartner-216x300Mike Hartner is a father, son, author, patriot, geek (ret), and husband. His love of all things genealogical led him to writing, and writing has now led him to fiction and a large epic saga.

He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son.

His latest book is the historical romance, I, Walter.

Visit his website at



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