Bin There, Done That. A Chat with Author, Walter Thomas.

We recently had the pleasure of chatting with the children’s author behind the book Walter the Wheelie Bin & Friends. He talks about educating children about recycling. By the end, you may find yourself contemplating the secret lives of your own household bins, wondering if perhaps they, too, have quirky personalities!


Tell us the story of your story.

After growing up in Norfolk, I moved to the beautiful part of the UK called Wirral in 2006. The Walter the Wheelie Bin & Friends story was first talked about in 2019 when it was developed, and characters were added, including my dog Bella, along the way. I put pencil to paper and sketched how I wanted all the bins to look. After shelving the idea for a few years, I was encouraged by lots of people to do something about it, as they all said they really liked the stories I had written. So, I ‘felt the fear’ and went for it and have really enjoyed the entire journey.

Bella features in the series.


What prompted you to write this now?

It has been an idea for many years now, and after reading the very first draft, it grabbed my attention and rekindled my love for drawing, instantly making me want to develop the story and characters to what we see today.

Do you plan a story and then create the character, or does the character come first?

For me, characters definitely come first when I plan any story.

Why is this book important?

I really want my books to help get the message across to young readers on just how important it is to recycle and be nice to every living thing they meet in a fun and educational way.

What is the most important element for you? Character, story, or illustrations?

I’m not sure I would pick any one of these as the most important, as I think they are all equally important and go hand in hand.

Walter and Ralph – the stars!


When you are not writing, what do you do?

I play football three times a week and play badminton. I also attend a weekly salsa dance group, and when I have time, I love to tinker on the piano and one of my guitars.

What would you write if you couldn’t write children’s picture books?

Well, I already have a published novel under my belt, with its sequel well underway and lots of ideas drafted for my future novels.

Is there a children’s author you admire?

I think the journey David Walliams has been on with his children’s books has been inspirational.

If you could pick anyone to read your story on Audible, who would it be?

John Hannah, the Scottish actor.

Any advice for new authors?

There is no right or wrong way to write. If you find it interesting to write, others will find it interesting to read.

What was the best thing about working with TAUK Publishing?

The communication, the constant support, the superb advice from start to finish, and the fact that nothing at all was ever a problem to the entire team. It filled me with confidence every step of the way. Fantastic service.

What’s next for Walter Thomas?

I hope that by the end of 2024, the next two books in the Walter the Wheelie Bin & Friends series will be published.

The first book in the Walter the Wheelie Bin Series is available here from Amazon.





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