Interview with Joe White

What motivated you to become an indie author?
That's a really good question. I've been told many times in my life that I can't do something because I'm color blind and i have always proved those people wrong time and time again. A few years ago a local author suggested to me-in not so many words-that i was incapable of writing well. That's the only motivation I needed to publish my first book!!
Describe your desk
Interesting! I write standing at my five foot long bar in my recreation room. Keyboard to the left of a 32 inch flat screen monitor. Both of which are perpendicular to each other. Not the best ergonomically, but I find it quite comfortable.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a sequel to the "Green Box and the Rail". It will be called "The Green Box, the Rail and the Antichrist-The next fifteen years.
What is your writing process?
I suspect the process is different for all writers. Fortunately, my job as a taxi broker provides for a lot of downtime. During this downtime I write my thoughts longhand. In the evening I type those thoughts on my computer and revise, rewrite and scrutinize. The next morning I print off what I typed the night before and edit, revise and re-write where necessary. It's a process I've used for the last few years. It won't work for everyone but it works for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland in an area called Buckmaster's Circle. It was (and still is) a tough inner core neighbourhood. I've always wanted to tell the story but I had one great obstacle in my way: I did not know how to write! With the help of my well educated children, I think I've come a long way. If I did not grow up there and experienced what I did, then my first book would not have seen the light of your e-reader!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I can't account for fifteen hours each and every day I get out of bed, then I'll just stay there! The more I write, the more I want to write, and it accounts for a very large portion of my day, and I will continue doing it unless my circumstances change that won't allow me to do it any more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I think I've become obsessed with writing. In the beginning, I had no idea how to write well. I'm getting better at the craft every day, at least I think I am, and I will spend most of my waking hours doing so.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Absolutely! I think every person on this planet has a story to tell. You need to educate yourselves first by reading a lot! The first book you should read and study is called "The Elements of Style" by E.B. White and Will Shrunk Junior. It is an absolute must if you are attempting to write anything well, including something as simple as a note to your children's teacher, or a letter to the editor. I can't stress that enough. The "little book" is packed with information. Read book reviews in your local newspapers. Sometimes critics can be your best teachers! You don't necessarily need to read the book, you need to pay attention to the criticism! That's what I did, and I avoided some of the pitfalls I surely would have fell into had I not paid attention to what the critics had to say about other authors, and I expect to be criticized for what I have written. It will help me be a better writer and you, too.
Published 2014-10-13.
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Books by This Author

St. John's Taxi Chronicles
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,850. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Antiques & Collectibles » Americana
The title of the book is "St. John's Taxi Chronicles". It is approximately 47,000 words and contains 45-50 short stories related to my experiences behind the wheel of a taxi since 1979. The book is already in print format, and is available in all book stores in Newfoundland and Labrador. I have sold almost 300 hard copies in my taxi in less than seven weeks. The response has been overwhelming.