Henry L Walton is author of the humorous steampunk book series, The Journals of Thaddeaus Shockpocket. Henry was born in Seattle shortly after his parents moved to the United States from England and he believes that a childhood immersed in both English and American humor led to his own unique off- kilter blend of writing.
In 2013, The Journal of Thaddeaus Shockpocket Book One – Albion 77 was published to great reviews and held a top ten ranking on Amazon’s Children’s Steampunk list. Albion 77 has been twice nominated for recognition in the Steampunk Chronicle annual Reader’s Choice Awards. Book Two – Victoria was published in 2015 and continues to chronicle the misadventures of the Shockpocket family. Book Tree in the series is scheduled to be published in 2016.
Henry credits the popularity of the books to all age groups to the combination of absurd humor with the story of an unconventional and accident prone family that thrives in spite of itself. Another aspect that has boosted the popularity of the books is a writing structure that appeals to reluctant readers. The series is written as a collection of short vignettes that can be consumed one at a time or as a group.
Readers of the Shockpocket series may note that tea plays a large role in Thaddeaus Shockpocket’s days. That could be because Henry and his wife, Linda, owned an English style coffee and tea house in the Minneapolis area for several years and authored a monthly column on tea for a national trade magazine. Henry also notes that many of the ideas for his stories come from personal experiences with flawed inventions and travel misadventures in remote forests and jungles of the world as an engineer in the pulp and paper industry.