Russ Walters is a professional engineer, receiving his Bachelor’s and Maters’ degrees at Bucknell University and The Johns Hopkins University, respectfully. He was employed in his early career in defense contracting and process control. He then spent over fifteen years in the construction industry building and eventually selling a company he built from scratch. His daily work in the homes and businesses in Philadelphia’s toughest neighborhoods form the foundation for his debut novel, Bankrupture.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not sure about the first story, but an early one was "The Old Man and the Sea", by Ernest Hemingway. I loved Hemingway's direct prose and the struggle faced by the protagonist, Santiago. Maybe I also liked that it didn't end (spoiler alert) with "happily ever after".
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted the cover of my debut novel to be hard hitting and descriptive of the story. The background is the Philadelphia skyline (setting) and the foreground includes an important plot element.
Philadelphia teeters on the edge of insolvency and societal breakdown.
A ruthless crime boss leverages the city's weakness for the score of a lifetime.
Julianne must stop him without destroying the city in the process.