W. L. Goodwater (or "Walter" when his name isn't on a book cover) is a writer, software engineer, and fencing coach. His debut novel is BREACH, the first in the Cold War Magic series about a world full of spies, secrets, and magic. He lives on the coast of California with his wife and son.
Walter was born in northern California, in a small (and often miserably hot) town called Red Bluff. He started writing at a young age, writing often about magic, history, detectives, and swords. He went to college to study Computer Science at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and fell in love with the mild climate and decided to stay. While in college, he competed with the Cal Poly fencing team, who won league titles nearly every season. He currently coaches the high school fencing team for the Dunn School in Los Olivos, which has won multiple championship titles.
While he loves to read and write fantasy, he especially enjoys books that span genres. His debut novel, BREACH, takes the chocolate + peanut butter approach of merging fantasy with a Cold War spy thriller, to create a world that benefits from the power of both kinds of stories.
When he isn't writing, Walter is a software engineer specializing in user interface design. He has a passion for creating enjoyable user experiences even out of mundane tasks, and applies the principles of good UX even when writing novels.
Walter loves books, the beach, and Birkenstocks. Root beer floats are also pretty great.
For more insight into the mysteries of Walter, check out the Journal.
”Best Books of the Month: Science Fiction and Fantasy”
Barnes & Noble
”Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of November 2018”
”November’s Best New Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror”
Den of Geek
”It's being described as The Magicians meets Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which sounds amazing…We're already deeply intrigued.”
Press Pass LA
”W.L. Goodwater’s debut ‘Breach’ should have you very excited! The truth about this Berlin wall is a secret you’ll want to discover.”
”Goodwater sprinkles powerful truths about the nature of power into this entertaining tale of magic and espionage.”
”…a cinematic suspense story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.”
Man of la Book