Rodney’s mainstream novel BROKEN LACES has been recognized multiple times in writing contests throughout the country, with judges consistently praising his strong narrative and ability to evoke powerful emotions. Awards include:
-- Top 5% (Quarterfinalist): Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (2011)
-- 1st place: Crested Butte Writers (2011)
-- 1st place: Maryland Writers' Association (2009)
-- 1st place: Panhandle Professional Writers (2010)
-- 1st place: North Texas Professional Writers Association (2007)
-- State Finalist: Writers' League of Texas (2008)
-- 2nd place: Houston Writers Guild (2007)
WHITE CHALK ROAD has gained recognition as well, having been honored with the following awards:
-- 1st place: Houston Writers Guild (2008)
-- 1st place: West Virginia Writers (2008)
-- 2nd place: Panhandle Professional Writers (2008)
Rodney’s latest set of short stories swept the awards at the highly-regarded Houston Writers Guild Summer 2007 writing contest. These include:
-- 1st place, Short Story: PIANO LESSONS
-- 1st Place, Mini-Short Story: UNHOLY BAPTISM
-- 2nd Place, Mini-Short Story: SMOKING HAZARD
Rodney is proud to support Operation eBook Drop, which provides free copies of books to the men and women of America's armed forces.
On March 22, 2011, BROKEN LACES was named a quarterfinalist in the 2011 ABNA contest, putting it in the top 5% of General Fiction entries.
Rough Cuts says it's a *jewel*
-- Sep. 27, 2011
-- Ana Mardoll interview (blog) -- Aug. 10, 2011
-- Bailey's Baseball Reviews (website) -- July 7, 2011
-- Fort Bend Focus (magazine) -- April 2011
-- Houston Chronicle (newspaper) -- Mar. 23, 2011
-- J. Milchman's "Made it Moments" (blog) -- Feb. 2011
-- Indie Books Blog (blog) -- Feb. 12, 2011
-- Klatch: The Woodlands (magazine) -- Dec. 2010
The Kindle version of BROKEN LACES was ranked #1 on Amazon Kindle's list of "Hot New Releases" at the end of 2010 and into February 2011 (in 3 categories)! In addition, BROKEN LACES was consistently in the Top 5 of Kindle downloads for Sports Fiction, Baseball books, and Grief & Bereavement books.
Klatch Magazine's December 2010 issue features a story about Rodney Walther and BROKEN LACES!
On November 9, 2010, BROKEN LACES was published by Redstone Ranch Press. It is now available for purchase.