Michael White


Ex-drummer, Ex-software author and Ex-flares wearer Michael White was born and lives in the northwest of England. In a previous life he was the author of many text adventure games that were popular in the early 1980's. Realising that the creation of these games was in itself a form of writing he has since made the move into self-publishing, resulting in many short stories and novellas. Covering an eclectic range of subjects the stories fall increasingly into that "difficult to categorise" genre, causing on-going headaches for the marketing department of his one man publishing company, Eighth Day Publishing.

Having accidentally sacked his marketing director (himself) three times in the last two years, he has now retired to a nice comfortable room where, if he behaves himself, they leave him to write in peace.

In his spare time (!) Michael likes to listen to all kinds of music, and is a big fan of Steven Moffat, whether he likes it or not.

Michael is currently working on several new projects and can be contacted on the links below.

mike.whiteauthor@gmail.com, or via my own website on http://mikewhiteauthor.wordpress.com, or via twitter on @mikewhiteauthor, or via facebook page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100007320012872 .

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
Wow... lot of things! In the past I have always concentrated on short stories, and the ideas for them come pretty thick and fast, and the lengths of the stories vary from just a few thousand words to 60,000 plus. So now I am working on fell length books and there are a few on the go at the moment.

First will be about 120,000 word book called "Anyone" which is a humorous take on technology of the current day and all of the things we don't know about it.. Following closely on the heels of this is "Overboard" which is a humorous wee pirate ditty.

My overall plan however is my fantasy trilogy, which if there were more than 24 hours in a day would be finished by now. These books are already fully formed up here in my head and go under the titles of "Into the Light", "Back to the Light", and "The Light Within." All I can say is watch this space, as there are a few more titles jostling for space in my head too... titles? How about "Good 'Evans" and A.N. Other I just can't think of a name for yet....
Who are your favorite authors?
Favourite authors are many - Donaldson, Pratchett, Gaiman, Rothfuss, and although this kind of gives a fantasy slant to my reading that is not necessarily the case. I would quite happily read more or less anything at a pinch, but there is no greater feeling than discovering a new author now, is there?
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Where to find Michael White online

Where to buy in print


The Lipstick Girls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,500. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
My name is Sheila Teresa Roberts and I’m a lipstick girl. Or at least that’s what some people call me. Others can be just a bit more brutal. To hell with them, I say, though I would say it quietly, and perhaps under my breath because believe it or not, I was brought up to be, and am, a good Catholic girl. I work in the big fancy department store in Liverpool...
The Order of Pan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,430. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
There are secrets within secrets, paths hidden, most for good reason. The order of Pan knows this, and we watch and we wait and listen. Look for the signs. We are good at that. Very good. There are seven of us, one of us to watch over each, and that has always been our number. Guardians we are, and we watch, and wait, and on one night of the year we defend what must be upheld across the world..
Vallum Aelium
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,760. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
"My name is Kaeso Desticius Catulus of the Valeria Victix 20Th legion, tenth cohort to the Centuria commanded by Mithra blessed Alexis, of the Contubernium led by myself, ten days fresh from Deva and sent straight to the heathen wall. You may call me Catulus...." Please note that this is a short ghost story and is really designed to be read out loud to an audience late at night.
How I Invented International Talk Like A Pirate Day by William (Age eight and a quarter)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Another short story from the increasingly difficult to categorise series by Michael White. William likes pirates, and enjoys nothing better than pretending to be one in his front garden. Today is going to be a very different day, however, for today William is going to meet the biggest - and strangest - pirate of them all!
The Last Bomb, Aloise's Cafe and Death by Cow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
"The last bomb that fell on Liverpool in the Second World War fell on the evening of the tenth of January nineteen forty two in amongst other places, Upper Stanhope Street, Toxteth. I know this for I was there at the time, and remember it well..." "The Last Bomb, Aloise's Cafe and Death by Cow" is just one of many short stories taken from the collection, "Liverpool" which is available to purchas
A Good Day At The Office
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » General
Dedicated to anyone who works in a call centre. Today is going to be a good day at the office... "A Good Day at the Office" is one of several short stories from the collection, "Liverpool" which is available to purchase separately.
A Place in the Clouds
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,580. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
For the residents of the Marion Hayrick retirement home, a unique opportunity has arisen to place their mark on the residential centre where they live. Given the choice between a nice little garden feature, a gazebo or a water feature to enhance the gardens about the home, they take a somewhat different approach.... Containing several memorable characters, twists and turns and a VERY odd gardener
The Strange Case of the Toff’s Policeman And the Curious Elm.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,690. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This is a big, big park. There’s nobody more aware of that than I am. Although there are more or less sixty constables in the Liverpool Parks Police force, there are more parks than Sefton to look after. We cover the bloody lot! At any one time there are probably about twenty of us in Sefton Park to watch over two hundred and bloody fifty four acres or so I’m told...
The History Detectives
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,230. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Actually, there’s a bit more than that.” he said, and began to read. “It looks almost like a rhyme or something like that.” Slowly he traced the words with his finger, reading them out loud as he did so. “Run I can, but cannot walk. Sometimes I sing, yet never talk. Lack arms, though have hands; no head have I, but have a face. What am I?”
An Unremarkable Man
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,080. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
""Ron was as straight as a die - old fashioned perhaps; some would say old school. But the heart of the matter, and if he were here with us now other than just in spirit, I think he would agree, is the fact that he was to all who knew him an unremarkable man. He never saw a ghost, found treasure buried in the darker wind swept places of the world, nor did he ever own a cat that talked...
Bob the Balloon, Al Capone and The Two Bob Bouncer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
"When I first started work on the docks one of the very first things that the foreman said to me was that as I was new, all of the other Dockers who I worked with would listen quite carefully to every word I said and that they would then choose a name for me from something that I had said, perhaps how I behaved or even perhaps something I wore...
The Ghost Next Door
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,690. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
In Liverpool everyone has a ghost story to tell. It seems to go with the place - tall tales, mystery and footsteps in the dark. To two friends and an assorted motley crew of assorted characters it seems like the perfect opportunity to get them off the dole and set up in the ghost tour business.But what if the ghosts were real? "The Ghost Next Door" is one of several short stories in the collection
Nec Aspera Terrent
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,370. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
There’s a unique, wonderful smell to a real traditional Scouse pub. It’s a strange old mix of stale beer and fags. Now bear in mind I’m not talking about any of your flash clubs or upmarket stuff now. I’m talking about a real old fashioned Liverpool pub. The kind of place where you go to drink beer and if you feel like it chat to some of your mates that just might happen to be in there...
For Absent Friends
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,520. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
When retired widower Ted notices a weather worn and neglected wooden bench in his local churchyard he resolves to restore it to its former glory. Once he does this however, he meets Veronica, and from then on nothing in his life would be the same again, which leaves him with a rather delicate question. Is it ever really too late to find love...?
Dad Comes To Visit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,240. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
From the increasingly difficult to categorise set of short stories by Michael White, "Dad Comes To Visit" is a short ghost story told in a humorous manner.
The Greatest Virus of Them All
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,260. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The biological and anti-virus protection facility on the dead asteroid of Planax Five is the most advanced and long established anti-terrorism facility in the entire galaxy. Created in the aftermath of The Bubonicus plague of Universal date 4437, the laboratories and workshops that exist here house the finest minds, the most advanced equipment and research facilities that the universe can supply..
The Fae Wynrie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,810. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Albert was a tramp, though not just an ordinary tramp. He had the long weathered coat, the sturdy nose-high walking stick and creased and worn hat that looked as if it had seen better days. To complete his appearance he was also in possession of a long grey beard and whiskers. Several strands of grey hair stuck out from under his battered, almost flat hat.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,210. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
A short story from the "Paul McCartney's Coat and Other Stories" collection with a unique twist. For Keith it was just an other ordinary day in the office... or was it?
King of the Tyrant Lizards
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,100. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In “The King of the Tyrant Lizards” Colin and the crew of the spaceship “Baptistina” are on a delicate mission to secure a particular exhibit for display in their local museum.There are only two problems: first of all they may be just a tiny bit too late, and secondly they are not exactly from the planet Earth in the first place.Suitable for anyone who don't know their Tardis from their Borg cube!
The Road from Ballylaneen to Skellig Michael
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 9,240. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
"The Road from Ballylaneen to Skellig Michael" is a short story suitable for children of all ages. When Fionn sets out to perform a task he has little idea of the adventures that await him, or the strange red haired woman he meets on his way, Aoifa, who may - or may not - be one of the Fae.
Squire Bidecombe's Tree
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,860. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A new short story from the pen of the continually difficult to classify pen of Michael White. A historical / humorous tale in which nothing is quite as it seems!
Here Be Dragons!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,910. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A new short story from the increasingly difficult to categorise list of titles by Michael White. It is probably best to say that no dragons were harmed during the writing of this story, and that it contains no swear words, sex scenes or alcohol. It does however make frequent and gratuitous use of be-headings, sudden human incineration etc. "It's all got something to do with gold, apparently.."
The Cat is Back!
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A contemporary short story with a slight fantasy twist. The second in a series of short stories available for a dollar or a pound. Designed to last a train or bus journey and less expensive than the designer coffee you bought to last the journey. There is a slight element of humour involved with the story, and please note - no cats were harmed during the writing of this story!
An Inspector Calls
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Mystery
Charlie Horse has very set ideas of just how his pub should be run. No food (apart from crisps and nuts) and very definite ideas about what kind of customers are welcome in his hostelry. Until one day an inspector calls...