Robert Walton is a retired teacher with thirty-six years of service at San Lorenzo Middle School. He and Phyllis, his wife of 40 years, reside in King City, California. They have two sons - Jeremy, professor of Anthropology at Georgetown University, and Jon, artist and photographer in New York City.
Robert is a life-long rock-climber and mountaineer. He’s made numerous ascents in the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite. Three of his short stories about climbing were published in the Sierra Club's "Ascent".
His short story "Dogwood Dream" won first place in New Millennium Writing's 2011 short fiction contest. His novella "Vienna Station" won the Galaxy prize and is available for Kindle on Amazon. Most recently, his short story "Like a thorny Child" won the Central Coast Writers spring writing contest.
May of 1864 was perhaps the Civil War's most terrible month. Dawn Drums begins at this crucial time and its action coincides closely with the sesquicentennial of the events it depicts.
Despite the Civil War's horror and savagery, the main characters of this truly gripping, historical novel emerge as heroes who, even today, remain inspirational and noble.