“Do you know what the colors of roses mean?” Randy asked Rachel.
Rachel knew that red roses meant love, but she didn’t know what the other colors meant. She wondered at their meaning, and at the meaning of other flowers, too.
That’s when she was inspired to write a love story.
Her second novel, “A Message of Flowers,” was just released this year. It’s about a florist, Georgina, who leaves her house one day to find a bunch of white carnations on her porch. The carnations have several meanings, including innocence, faithfulness, ardent love and good luck. That same day, Georgina’s long-time crush, Corbin, comes back to town after six years. Georgina’s friend, Sid, dislikes him almost instantly and quickly grows jealous of Georgina’s growing affection for Corbin. At night, she begins to find flowers, such as monkshood and marigolds, that have ominous meanings. She leans on her sister, Trish, and her friend, Breeze, as her life and the love triangle with Sid and Corbin becomes more complicated.
Walter is no stranger to self-publishing. She wrote a young adult paranormal romance called “True Connection” in 2013, which was inspired by a friend’s dream.
Walter said self-publishing wasn’t as easy as she thought it would be.
“With self-publishing you have to do everything on your own. You have to reach out to people for promoting and marketing. With traditional publishing, everything is done for you,” she said. Walter has 11 beta readers to read sections of her books for her and give feedback. She also has an editor, Maria DeSouza and a cover designer, Regina Wamba.
Walter has a 16-year-old stepdaughter, Megan, a 15-year-old stepdaughter, Asia, a 14-year-old stepson, Bryce, and a 4-year-old daughter, Sydney. By day, she takes care of her family, and by night she writes.
“Some days are more difficult than others,” she said.
“One of my author friends, Kendall Grey, taught me that you need to edit and re-edit your work, so I’ll write a paragraph and go back and read it aloud to myself. I edit as I go. I can’t just write and go back to it later,” Walter said.
Walter’s husband isn’t a reader, but she said he’ll be the first to say his wife writes books and tell people to check them out.
Her biggest fan is her 15-year-old stepdaughter, who reads everything she writes and shares it with her friends.
“She’ll say her friends want to know what happens next, and she’ll tell them she’s already read it,” Walter said.
Walter is inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and by the writing of Nicholas Sparks, Madeline Sheehan and Shannon Dermott.
“I love what they write. It might be fiction, but you can feel it and really believe it,” she said.
Walter is working on a teen romance called “Pucked,” about two best friends, Audrey and Riley. When Riley turns 16, his estranged father reaches out to him. Riley relies on Audrey to get him through a difficult time.
Walter will be one of about 100 authors signing books at the Halos and Horns Kiss and Tell book event on July 25, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg East. Previously she has been at book signing events at Irvin’s book store on White Street in York.