Longtime Woodland Heights resident Rosie Walker believes that write-in candidates have a lot more potential on a political ballot than people recognize.
“To become a nominee, you have to jump through a lot of hoops,” Walker said. “When you are a write-in candidate you don’t give up as much of your individuality.”
Walker’s fascination for write-in candidates served as inspiration for her debut novel “The Write-In,” which is now available in print and eBook on Amazon.com.
The 109-page novel follows Joshua Evans, a garbage truck driver for the City of Houston during the week and a pastor of a small church on Sundays. To prevent a land-grab scheme that would be detrimental to Evans’ community, he has to run a secret write-in campaign to win a seat in the Texas Legislature.
“In my book, this is all fictional, but all plausible,” Walker said. “You’d have to have a charismatic candidate and a good team, but it’s doable under the right circumstances. And social media makes it even more plausible.”
Through the writing of the novel, Walker wanted to bring attention to write-in candidacy and to remind people there are more options than just Republican and Democrat.
“When you hear, ‘To do your civic duty is to vote,’ I say, ‘Nu uh, is it more important to support a candidate or be a candidate?” Walker said. “Voting is the least you can do.”
Walker is no stranger to writing. She and her husband started a newsletter downtown that grew into Houston Downtown Magazine, but after 15 years when it was time to “go big or go home,” Walker said they went home. Walker freelanced for several years, doing all kinds of different writing, like technical writing, feature writing and editing.
“When people asked me what I did, I would say I write for money,” Walker said.
Walker has also ghost written six novels, but writing her own proved more difficult for her. “The Write-In” has been in the works for about 10 years.
“I had a very difficult time writing a novel. I had drafted at least a dozen novels. I made the mistake of skipping around. Beginnings and ends are the easy part, but the middle is the hardest. So I’ve start a lot of novels, but once I hit the middle I would skip it and tell myself I would go back, but never did.”
With “The Write-In” she was determined get through it.
“I was accustomed to deadlines, and you learn how to let (writing) go,” Walker said.
With manuscripts it’s different because with no deadline, it’s easier to keep working on it.
Through the writing process, Walker has developed a great love for her characters, so much so that she’s writing a sequel, with the working title “Joshua’s Tree,” because she had to know what’s next for characters. The sequel would pick up where the first book leaves off.