Life-long Lintonian, Christopher M. Wathen, has been busy writing books — and several of them. To-date, three are now publicly available with a couple more to come soon, Wathen promises.
As for the first book, “It’s a cute story,” Wathen remarked. “The little girl, who is always asking questions of her dad, is helping him with laundry one day and begins wondering where all of their unmatched socks go. That night, she dreams the answer to her question.”
For the second book, “Finding Angela is a modern dating story where the main character has been through the online dating game so many rounds that she’s sick and frustrated with it, but finally has an idea to reach out for someone completely different and an older man than was typical for her… and that makes all the difference,” he explained.
“It was fun to write them into these fictional stories,” Wathen said with his signature smirk. “From there, I wanted to do a more serious book, “he said. And so, he did. He went on to write a short how-to book on real estate and the residential rental business titled, So You Want To Be A Landlord: A Practical Look At Landlording which he dedicated to his dad, Mike, with a lot of knowledge gained from his past work experience in commercial banking.
Asked about how he started writing, “Mrs. Herman. I really have to credit her for initially making me a better writer. Looking back on some school papers that I’ve kept all these years, they were pretty bad. I admit it now. She’s the first teacher who really challenged me to write better. There was always red all over my papers in high school because once I had gotten better in one aspect, she challenged me in another.” Wathen reminisced. “Later, the monks at St. Meinrad College had us writing and re-writing papers all the time too,” he added, “I owe a lot to them, as well.”
“Mrs. Herman. I really have to credit her for initially making me a better writer… She’s the first teacher who really challenged me to write better. There was always red all over my papers in high school because once I had gotten better in one aspect, she challenged me in another.”
So, what is in the works next? Wathen did not skip a beat, saying “I spend a lot of my time with my family, and especially my two children now, but I do have at least three projects in the hopper: One is another racy romance, perhaps even more racier than my first one. Another is health-related, and then the third is somewhat autobiographical. ”He said he’s especially excited to release the second autobiographical one because he thinks it’ll resonate with a lot of people. “It’s a passion project, Wathen explained, “If you give of yourself , it encourages others, I think.”
We certainly hope to see these available soon, but, in the meantime, Wathen serves as one of our community writers here at The Lintonian. He typically writes here focusing mostly on business, legal, tax, and financial news articles, especially those appealing to local small businesses.