It’s a remark that could permanently damage anyone’s psyche.
You will never amount to anything.
Walter Martin doesn’t recall hearing the comment as a preschooler from a guidance counselor, but he’s overheard his mother tell people about it.
Martin, who suffered from a learning disorder, didn’t care; he knew what his strengths were and what he could accomplish.
The 21-year-old Greenwich resident frequently holds a reminder in his hands.
The reminder? “Night Strike: The Norvellian Prophecy.”
Martin has a good reason to frequently pick up the book and proudly browse through the pages.
How many 21-year-olds have had a novel published on the first attempt?
“I just feel proud and triumphant that I was able to get it published,” the Cleveland State University student said.
His mother, Lucille, said she’s proud of her son. But, she was shocked and angry after the guidance counselor made the remark during kindergarten roundup.
“I was going to do everything I could to make sure he was going to amount to something,” she said.
He wrote the novel on his own.
Lucille Martin said at first she didn’t believe her son when he said he was writing a book. But after she read it, she was surprised how it held her attention, especially since she doesn’t read that style of fiction.
Martin, a South Central and EHOVE graduate, is selling copies of the science fiction-thriller set in 2007 through Amazon.com.
In “Night Strike: The Norvellian Prophecy,” Jonathon Patton becomes the sole survivor of a terrorist ambush in which he not only loses his entire squad, but the love of his life-wife and fellow pilot, Jennifer.
Branded a traitor and left to rot, a rogue British-based world peacekeeping organization named Night Strike, guided by an ancient prophecy, rescues him from a U.S. military prison in order to help them recover a technology that has fallen into the wrong hands. As Patton wades through government lies and unthinkable personal betrayals, he learns that nothing is sacred-not even in a holy war.
Patton discovers there were a dozen secret terrorist factions who battle against one another in a holy war. The prophecy: The attack on 9/11 is the beginning of an invasion of evil that threatens the human race.
Martin’s inspiration came from “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and a discussion about the origin of man in one of his senior high school classes.
He got to work on the novel in 2005, spending four to five hours a day writing, and rewriting.
At first, it was hard to write.
“When I got really into it, it was really easy,” Martin said.
He showed the work in progress to a couple friends, who encouraged him to publish the book.
The young man approached publishing company BookSearch, which agreed to print “Night Strike.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing how well it does,” said Martin, who plans to make the story a series.
He’s already started on a sequel.
While Martin’s work is fiction, he feel he’s in a fictional world of his own as he looks at his published book.
“It kind of feels a little bit make believe,” he said. “I feel like I’m watching somebody’s life.”
It is nobody’s life but his own.
“I think this boy has done well for someone that wasn’t supposed to,” Walter’s mother said. “When he’s determined like he is, I think he’s going to make it.”