SANTA MARIA - "Once upon a time in a little windy city there lived a tricky cat known as Clever Kitty", 46 year Walt Rouse recites verses in his children's book called the Adventures of Clever Kitty.
"I'm a versed writer so everything I write for the most part is in verse", Rouse says.
Rouse spent time in prison after a previous life filled with anger and rebellion.
"A lot of drinking, fighting and rebellion against the system, against authority", Rouse says, " just being hard-headed, kind of a knucklehead."
Rouse says it was in San Quentin Prison when he discovered he had a talent for writing.
"I developed a passion for writing poetry and eventually it evolved into stories, children's stories", Rouse says.
With the help of local artist Margie Bowker, and business partner Patrick Burchard who recently passed away, Rouse was able to publish his first book, a collection of stories involving the Clever Kitty.
"I like to include little morals in my stories about forgiveness", Rouse says.
Already an accomplished poet, Rouse says he has plans for more children's books and is working on his first novel.
Rouse says he worked hard to change his life inside and outside of prison and encourages others to follow his example.
"I believe that everybody has a special gift and they just need to tap into that and figure out what that is", Rouse says, "if you have the capacity to stay focused, there's nothing you can't do."
Rouse says now that he has completed the terms of his parole he plans to hit the road and visit his children and grandchildren and also hopes to convince a major publishing company to take a chance on his work.
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