OATMAN, AZ.–It was bound to happen. A book about the orphaned donkey and the amazing town he calls home! Walter is the newly elected mayor of Oatman, a genuine Arizona ghost town situated along the famous Route 66. The town is known for its quaint stores and restaurants as well as being home to the Oatman Hotel, where Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent time during their honeymoon.
But for now, all eyes are on Walter, the adorable donkey who was rescued by long-time residents, Brad and Kelly Blake. Both grew up in Oatman, fell in love and have been together since high school. They never could have imagined how much a baby donkey would change their lives.
By now, you would have to be living in a cave here not to know who Walter is! The Walter train has taken off full-speed ahead with all sorts of t-shirts and calendars that have the cute donkey’s picture on them and all sorts of memorabilia that appear virtually everywhere you look in this town. In fact, his fan base and popularity has grown so large that the town folk just bestowed upon him the title and honor of being Mayor of Oatman!
The book “Walter, The Orphan Donkey”, being published by Armagon Press of Los Angeles, tells the story of how Walter was found alone, lying on the ground cold and scared in the desert of Oatman. Walters mother was too young and unable to help care for him. Officials with the Bureau of Land Management contacted the Blake Family and asked if they would care for Walter and become his new family.
The Blake’s were filled with joy and took Walter home to their house, where his new life began.
They shared their journey with Walter by creating a local Facebook page after the towns social media page garnered overwhelming attention of him. The Blake’s knew that Walter was special and that he had a story he could share with children. Kelly and Brad agreed that there were lessons that can be taken away from reading this book.
“Walter was adopted,” Brad explained. “He was in a bad place until he got a new home.”
Kelly agreed, “Other children can relate and have hope that they too can also be happy after something bad happens to them.”
Walter’s followings on Facebook have climbed very fast with people from all over the world falling in love with this adorable orphan.
“So many people have shared with us how Walter has given them happiness in their lives,” said Brad Blake.
It had been suggested time after time that Walter needed a children’s book written about him so others can have the same happiness in their lives.
That is when they contacted local journalist and writer, Cat Smith.
Smith will be penning the children’s series along with the Blake’s. “I am very honored and excited about this book. I think it will be very popular with children everywhere.” she said.
“The book is due to be released through a select publisher and is scheduled for release by June 1, 2020,” said Andrea Z. Smith, a contributor and liaison for the authors.
“The ten-volume series will be annually. The authors will also be working with the publisher for an animated film and will be making book signings and personal appearances with Walter, that will be scheduled in the near future.”
A premiere book signing will also be announced to launch the book. Some of the proceeds from the sales of the book will go to benefit a collaboration on a series of books called, “Walter The Orphan Donkey Series.”which are slated to be released in the Winter 2020, just in time for the holidays.
Smith currently works as an executive assistant for a large radio group in the river community. She was a successful Crime and Courts Reporter, appeared as a correspondent for the television network Investigation Discovery (ID) in 2015. She teamed up with her mother, also a journalist, and won a nomination for “Best Director” for a documentary at an Austin, Texas film festival along with a nomination for “Best Movie”.
Andrea Smith serves as a liaison for the authors and a select online publisher for any details regarding the production and publicity for this publication. For further information, contact A. Smith at 928-763-3072 between 9 am -12 noon and 2 pm until 4 pm. Contact Brad or Kelly Blake regarding any business or sales information for this publication.