The character of Walter came about from my love of lumbering walruses! When young, I was captivated by the talking walrus in The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll and have been keeping watch over the years for a story that could feature a walrus. When I thought about overcoming a fear of water, I knew exactly what was needed! Jane Godwin suggested calling the walrus Walter, while we were working on ‘Go Go and The Silver Shoes’. Walter was the name one of Go Go’s brothers, and Janie kindly gave me the name!
I pondered what Walter would say to Lottie, and thought about the day my son Sam made up a funny poem . . . the words of Sam’s poem became Walter’s song.