The Samurai's Heart is Walt's first novel. However, he has published a few novellas and short stories as well. The first two items are available in both e-book and print. Thank you for your interest.

The Samurai's Heart

Imagine you're in medieval Japan where your duty to faith can get you killed...or worse.

With the death of her older sister and sole sibling, Sen must return home and find a husband to marry into the family swordsmith business. Failure ensures her family's craft, honed through generations, will die. Her father's handsome apprentice, Nobuhiro, would seem the ideal choice for a husband and her parents press the issue.  Sen rejects this offer as she wants a Christian husband, difficult as the religion is banned. Eschewing her parents' advice, Sen decides to seek out local Christians to find a suitable match.

The prodigal third son of a high-level samurai, Nobuhiro seeks to prove his worth to his harsh father by becoming a great swordsmith. But when his master's daughter begins seeking local Christians, he finds he must protect her from the group of anti-Christians that killed her sister. Despite his growing attraction to her, he believes her devotion to her faith reckless. Yet failure to protect her dooms the family he serves. And falling for a Christian dooms reconciliation with his own father, who must enforce the ban.

Will faith forge love or will it forge death?


In 2016, author Ciara Knight put together a group of authors for a box set called Love & Grace. The work was part of fundraiser for the Gracepoint School, a school in the Atlanta area for children with dyslexia. In all, twelve authors collaborated on the work. Though the book was only scheduled to be together for a few months, the authors have left it intact and copies can still be purchased. Walt's contribution is listed below.

Second Chances

Kira Sakamichi is headed to her parents' house for dinner when a plunge into Lake Lanier throws her back into Japan 1577. She finds herself the mistress of a high-ranking samurai of warlord Oda Nobunaga and also the mother of that samurai's child. Will she have to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to return home?


Hot Cocoa for the Heart is an anthology of five Christmas stories published in 2011. My contribution is listed below.

A Crash of Lives

Can a police officer from a family of officers find love with an ex-convict, particularly when she discovers what happened the night her uncle arrested him?