An Interview with Rod A. Walters

What inspired you to write Golden Gremlin?

A dream one night.

Kidding. Don’t believe people who say that.

The thing grew as different ideas & topics piled up. No exciting personal story here, just basic writer stuff: one essay at a time, one draft at a time, one edit at a time, 10 “final” proofs at a time.

What is the significance of the title?

The book was written by a wise-aleck senior writer, me, who often prefers his own company—a golden gremlin and happy misanthrope. I have noticed how most people, especially and shamefully me too, wear an invisible but obvious sign on their backs, “I don’t brake for seniors.” Well, bad for me, both ways. A small, vigorous push from us goldens with some timely experience to share, just might get a small audience to sit down and listen for a minute or two. If there’s a chair behind them. Or a beer on a nearby table. As I say on a “Gremlin” lead page, what good is your experience if you don’t help someone else with it?

How long did it take you to write Golden Gremlin?

A year and one-half, because I seem to edit everything 19 times.

Do you have a favorite story in the book?

Sigh. All the un-favorites got pitched into the trash bag before publishing. I suppose I’d give my Naughty Award to “When Hell Froze Over.” I suspect that many readers would not vote this one their favorite, though, as it pokes humor at some environmentalists’ exaggerations, and maybe worse, it’s longer than most of the other pieces. It truly brings out the gremlin boy in me. Still, I can’t imagine too many not letting a chuckle or two loose when reading it. Oh heavens, the piece can be read in only six and one-half short minutes, tops!

Well also, under duress, “The Vacuum is Mightier than the Pen” (or else). It’s a weensy three minutes to read.

What do you hope people will get out of this book?

Their wallets. Oh wait, I have that backwards.

Well, then, laughter. Above all, get some laughs out of “Gremlin”! Most readers will surely find that most of the pieces have humorous patches, because they are also true. Mostly. Anyone not finding something funny in the book should go get an immediate refund back into their wallet; with my blessings.

What was the hardest part about writing the book?

Finding a hard surface to write on. This is not smart-alecky. My first notes and drafts are all written with pen & legal pad. This makes a squishy writing surface useless, except for raising my temper, and that’s pretty useless too.

How long have you been writing?

24 years, at least intentionally.

What are some of the other books you have out?

Previous books have all been poetry (“Toxic Assets,” the last one), all nonfiction of course. People don’t buy poetry, so no more of that fun for a long while.

Are you planning another book?

Three, actually. “Captain [OF] America: Old Enough to Know Better—And I Do,” an equally poking look at the world’s greatest problems: Money, Politics, and Religion. [Summer, 2018]

“OPORD: Did I Kill Somebody?” composed of military-based essays built around the Army’s so-named “Five Paragraph Field Order,” or Operations Order—the OPORD. [Fall, 2018]

“A Cat’s Guide to Global Warming,” no subtitle necessary. Yet. [some time after the above 2]

Thank you for asking me that—you are my hero for life for a month!

Do you have a website?

Yes,, but it truly sucks as of Feb, 2018. It will be improved by summer.

NOT kidding.


Thank you for the interview. It made me chuckle, and that makes you my hero for life for—all time.

Rod Walters lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife, and somewhat human step-cat. “Walters” is a writing name, but those who know him easily recognizes him from that mediocre head shot, improved by an excellent quality B&W film. He spent the first part of his working life as an Army officer, then a corporate engineer. Now he writes.


Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers

Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers by Rod a Walters is a book of essays, opinions, short stories and humorous anecdotes. This is one man’s observations on life, with opinions on nature, carbon footprints, business advice and kitchen advice. In the end you even get a few songs. To put it another way this is a book written from the viewpoint of a geezer and a misanthrope. That means it’s coming from someone that’s been around the block and prefers their own company instead of being in a large group of people. He may not care but he still has a lot to say about society and a lot of good stories to share.

Golden Gremlin is a hard book to describe. Going into it I wasn’t sure what to expect because I have never read anything like it. The way the book is set up is different from most books. The essays are fairly short and at the end of each one there is a link that will take you back to the beginning or sometimes to a different essay. The word that comes to mind for me as I try to describe this book is “interesting.” Some of it I didn’t fully understand but it has its moments and there are some funny parts in it. This book feels like the author was trying to say life isn’t meant to be taken seriously and he was trying to entertain himself first and foremost. If you try to sit and read this book from cover to cover you may not like it but if you read a couple of stories every day you will find it to be an entertaining read.

One of my favorite parts was when he was poking fun at how absurd Facebook and twitter is and says what his first tweet would be: “If U don’t follow me, U won’t hear if I really do have purple undies on 2day. Another part I liked was when he talks about the joys of being a misanthrope.  Some of the benefits are not caring what others have to say and having more time to yourself because your time is your own. Some of his opinions will put a smile on your face, such as when he points out that all decisions in society should be made by the young or the old and not by the people between the ages of 20 and 50. If you are looking for a book that’s a little different from someone who has seen it all and doesn’t take himself too seriously then give this one a try,

Book Spotlight: Middle South by Maya Nessouli Abboushi

Book Description:


Layla has recently moved out of her parents’ home in the Atlanta suburbs and into an apartment in the city to assert her independence. Between her job as a feature writer for a small newspaper and her social life, Layla has little time to think about marriage and children, much to the dismay of her Lebanese parents.


On a hilarious journey that takes Layla from the Southeast to the Middle East and back, she finds out a little more about herself and what she is looking for in life and in love.


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Author’s Bio:


Maya Nessouli Abboushi is a Lebanese American born and raised in the United States. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.


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