Monday Memo — My Dad’s Book: “War Horses”

In the past I’ve told you about my 15-years of labor to research stories about my dad’s World War II exploits, get them into a manuscript, and hopefully have it published.

The book is tentatively titled: “War Horses: A World War II Hero’s Stories of Savagery, Stallions, and Saving the Lipizzaners.” Right now, my agent, Greg Johnson, is shopping the book, but with no takers just yet.

In fact, an editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wrote:

Many thanks again for sharing WAR HORSES with me. What an incredible story—but I have to confess that the writing itself felt a little flat to me, which seems likely to make this a tough sell here at HMH. I’m sorry not to have a different take, but thank you again for sending this my way, and I hope and trust you’ll find a good home for it soon.

Nevertheless, I just received this note from a well-known producer, who had read the book proposal and some sample chapters:

This story is amazing. I be prone to even reach out to several producers to see if they’d be interested in securing the rights to this story for film production. Even before the book is out. 

For example, I’m helping a producer who loves true stories of WW II heroes with a film being shot this summer in the Philippines called “Resolve”, based on the story of Clay Connor. Major theatrical budget, etc. He’s looking for other such stories. Or, I could take it to SONY Affirm. 

Anyway, just wanted you to know that I believe this can be a great story for film. Maybe it’s too premature. But publishers like to know that a studio may be interested in a film as that increases the cachet of the story. Happy to help.

I’ll let you know what happens. Prayers apprecitated.

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8 Responses to Monday Memo — My Dad’s Book: “War Horses”

  1. Jody Crain says:

    Walt, this is wonderful! We’re praying!!!

    Thank for your faithful diligent work in every area of your life! You and Barb really make God look good!!!

    Thank y’all also for standing with us in our ministry so faithfully! We love you guys!

    Jody & Barb

  2. Carol Culbertson says:

    Hi Dr. Walt, I would love to read your father’s story of WWII, or see it! The note from the producer is very encouraging! I look forward to hearing more. Happy Father’s Day!!

  3. We love you two, too! But if we, in any way, look good, it’s only because it’s His reflection that you see.

    Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful. If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. (2 Co 4:6-8 MSG).

    Blessings, dear friends.


  4. Carol,

    Me, too. Have been working on and praying over this project for many years. So, from your lips to God’s ears! :-)


  5. Fern Wilcox says:

    Wonderful. Praying. Looking forward to reading it.

  6. Connie Young says:

    Oh Walt, I hope you have success in getting War Horses published soon! It sounds SO interesting! Praying for God to open the right doors.

  7. Thanks, Connie. I’m hopeful. I’ll post updates as they come.

    Dr. Walt

  8. Fern,

    Sure do appreciate your kind words and prayers. Will update you all as I know more.


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