Interview with Gail S. Kibby White

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I’ve always loved mysteries and I enjoy writing. I've watched every mystery and police show on TV for years and read many mystery and murder suspense novels. After transcribing and/or typing then editing, proofing and formatting customer manuscripts for publication, I decided to write my own novel. Susan's Stalkers-Double the Fear is my first venture into the imaginary world of a fiction writer. Smashwords was very instrumental in my motivation.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
In my home-based secretarial service, Tailored PC Documents (now out of business), I’ve formatted many customer manuscripts, two plays and my own ebook published here in Smashwords. Many of the customer books are now on sale in major booksellers as printed publications as well as ebooks.

When I discovered Smashwords in 2009, I recommended Smashwords to every customer who wanted to publish books. I taught myself how to format ebooks properly using Mark’s free Style Guide. You might say Smashwords was the "springboard" that catapulted me into the world of writing my own material. Thank you Mark and Smashwords.
When did you first start writing?
I have worked most of my adult life as a secretary, Administrative and Executive Assistant and in middle management. Most of my writing up until the last few years has been more in the business vein writing correspondence and employee training and instruction manuals.

My first novel, Susan’s Stalkers - Double the Fear, is my first venture into writing a novel. I hope to write a series of Susan's Stalkers novels where the heroine, Susan Sutherland, helps others who are being stalked through the web site she establishes at the end of the first novel.
What are you working on next?
My current novel (the first in a series of Susan's Stalkers novels) titled Susan’s Stalkers - Double the Fear, is almost complete and will be published here in Smashwords in addition to Amazon and IngramSpark.

Susan’s Stalkers-Double the Fear is a full-length mystery/suspense novel about a single woman who is being relentlessly stalked by two men who live in her apartment complex. One of the two men served time in a Texas prison for attempted rape and a brutal beating of a woman in Dallas. When he was paroled, he moved to Ohio where Susan lives and changed his name. The woman in Texas is hunting him down to make him pay for ruining her life. Which of the two men stalking Susan is the man from Texas? There are many unexpected twists and turns in this book. I hope to turn this book into the first of a series of Susan's Stalkers novels.

Once Susan’s Stalkers-Double the Fear has been published, my next mystery/suspense novel will be titled Road Rage Dolls. This novel will be about a woman whose family was killed in a road rage accident by a drunk driver, how it affects her and how she handles this tragic loss caused by a man who gets off with a minimum sentence. I’ll say no more lest I give away my secrets.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I’ve always loved mysteries. The idea of writing a book about a woman being stalked came to me "out of the blue" so to speak. The fact that this is happening a lot today may have inspired me. The story is about a single woman who is being stalked by two men, both of whom have a history of stalking and assault and battery.

I’ve been single myself since 1969 and have had more than my share of relationship experiences, both good and bad. Although I have been stalked several times, this book does not depict any of those experiences.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy came when I discovered that when I sit down to write, all I have is a fragment of an idea which takes over and seems to flow on its own. Even though I have an idea of what I want to say, I never really know from one chapter to the next exactly what I’m going to write until my fingers take the commands from my imagination. While I have a vague outline of my novel, I don’t really know from one chapter to the next the details of how the story is going to flow. When I’m writing, I leave my home (in my mind) and I’m with the main character in the location of the story. Reading the final finished product and being satisfied with what I’ve written it is my second greatest joy.
Who are your favorite authors?
When I was young, my favorite mystery writers were Earle Stanley Garner, Agatha Christy, L. P. Holmes, Zane Grey, and other mystery and western authors. However, I got away from book reading after I married, had two children (raised them alone after my divorce) and started college at night in my forties then building my home-based secretarial service business in my sixties.

The past few years I’ve gravitated to James Patterson, Mathew Ledgewick, Andrew Gross, Maxine Paetro and others who have collaborated with James Patterson as well as Mary Higgins Clark. I’m also branching out to include mystery writers from Smashwords. I also enjoy Sandra Brown's novels.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I’ve always been an up-beat, hyperactive and positive person. I love my work, my writing, friends and especially my family. My new venture into authorship gives new and added meaning to my life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My days are pretty much spent working with my secretarial service and writing. The rest of my time when I'm not doing household chores, etc. is spent getting together with friends and family.
What is your writing process?
Since Susan’s Stalkers-Double the Fear is my first novel, I’ve changed my writing process many times and will probably continue to improve it the more I write. I have different files I’ve created and refer to. I have one Excel Workbook file that contains many sheets. One sheet is the cast of characters I build on as I go along. I add pertinent information about each one. Another sheet is the outline containing notes about what the chapter is about so I can follow my timeline. Another sheet is a NOTES file where I type thoughts and ideas as they come to mind that I want to remember to put in the novel . I also have a sheet to keep track of the things I should be looking for as I edit.

Early in 2017, I posted small parts of my novel in a free site called Critique Circle. Wow! I found out a lot of things I was doing wrong that I never knew about i.e. Point of View, Passive Voice and many other authoring/writing no-nos. I then purchased books and thesauruses on how to write Dialogue, Point of View, Passive Voice, Character and Scene descriptions etc. I also downloaded three editing programs to run my stories through to check for mistakes.

This is now my writing process.
How do you approach cover design?
I search for photos online and purchase the ones I feel best depict what the book is about. I don’t have the money to spend on a designer for a book that may not sell. I’ve used Adobe’s In Design to create my book covers.
What do your fans mean to you?
Since this is my first attempt at novel writing, I don’t really have any fans… yet. But I hope many will enjoy my books and let me know by writing a review and become a fan. I also have established a Blog site: gailskibbywhite.com. I hope to build a fan base there as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search in Smashwords and Amazon for mystery/suspense novels then read the blurbs about the stories. If I think I'll like the story, I purchase it, download it and read it. If I like the way the author writes, I'll purchase more books by that author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was the short story published here in Smashwords, "A Box of Tissues, 2 Rolls of Toilet paper, and a Plastic Bottle of Water." I plan to eventually expand that story and write five others in the same vein. Then I'll publish them in one book titled "Great 'Lil Escapes".

The next "Great 'Lil Escape" story I plan to publish here in Smashwords as a free to download short story will be "The Brave 'Lil Cockroach." Tentative titles for others in the series are, "Spiders, Cobwebs and Rats, Oh My!" and "Give That Dog a Bone."
Published 2017-10-01.
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Books by This Author

Road Rage Dolls: Someone is Murdering Road Rage Drivers
Price: Free! Words: 66,310. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017 by Tailored PC Documents. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Jeanine Forcelle’s family was killed in a road rage accident; she was injured. After months of physical and mental therapy she can’t get past the grief and anger. With urging from her parents and sister-in-law, she joins a grief therapy group. Shortly before she joined, road rage drivers released from prison on parole are found murdered with broken and bloodied dolls in the passenger seat.
A Box of Tissues, 2 Rolls of Toilet Paper and a Plastic Bottle of Water
Price: Free! Words: 4,660. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2016 by Tailored PC Documents. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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A famous Tampa Bay, FL defense attorney has been kidnapped, drugged, and thrown into a room containing only a potty chair, two rolls of toilet paper, a box of tissues, and a plastic bottle of water. He wakes up to find his wallet and jewelry are missing; his clothes are filthy and bloody. He has no idea where he is, who did this to him, or why. He must escape before "they" return, but how?
The Summer Storm
Price: Free! Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2015 by Tailored PC Documents. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The Summer Storm is a short pictorial description of a storm seen as a play with each part of the storm an act. Each “act” is illustrated with a picture.
How To Record Meetings And Seminars For Transcription. Working With a Transcriptionist.
Price: Free! Words: 12,780. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013 by Tailored PC Documents. Categories: Nonfiction » General reference » Questions & answers, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Advertising
Are you planning a meeting, seminar, workshop or interview for the purpose of transcribing the session as meeting minutes or typed documentation? Are you planning to hire a transcriptionist to transcribe the recording? Then this booklet is for you. Instructions, suggestions and tips in this booklet will help ensure you get a clear, accurate transcribed account of the recording & save you money.