Interview with R.W. White

When did you first start writing?
My first extended writing experience was creating a thesis for my Bachelors degree. Little did I know that this would lead to additional dissertations, journal, newspaper and magazine articles and eventually to fiction and nonfiction book publications.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Upon completing my first novel, "Susquehanna Scandal," two publishers, one in the U.S. and one in the U.K., indicated that a contract would be forthcoming. After waiting a reasonable amount of time, I queried them only to be informed both were selling out; one to a long-time employee who no longer wanted to publish fiction, and one to an e-publisher who wanted me to reduce the story to a novella. Meanwhile, I had researched self-publishing, wasn't excited by what I had found, before a colleague in my writer's group suggested I contact her husband who had set himself up as a small publisher. Within no time my book was on the market and years later is still my best seller. In spite of continuing to receiving contractual offers from traditional publishers, I've chosen to remain an indie-author and self-publisher.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That effort that Mark Coker and Smashwords has put into making it possible for indie-authors to be in the e-book market was most attractive and has provided me with internet exposure and a marketing platform I would not otherwise have. I'm still trying to assess the readerhship market Smashwords appeals to the most and evaluate whether their platform is best for me or not.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is an unquestionable joy to hold in my hand, what was once only a thread of a idea, a full-blown story neatly snuggled between two attractive covers. This, then, is the icing on a writer's cake.
What do your fans mean to you?
I continue to be humbled at the realization that I have a fan group. Their support and expectations provide a motivation not to let down or disappoint. I'm delighted when someone asks, "How's your next book coming along? When's it coming out? What's it about."
What are you working on next?
Having completed a trilogy of Ben and Francesca stories of intrigue and cozy mysteries with the publication of "Deadly Ice," I'm back at the crossroads between fiction and nonfiction. The challenge of writing a fictional memoir in the style of Alan Bennett's, "Lady in a Van," is a siren off in the distance that every once-in-a-while I hear call my name.
Who are your favorite authors?
Mitch Albom, Agatha Christie, David Baldacci, Colin Forbes, Terry Fallis, Arthur Conan Doyle and Alan Bennett.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually my bladder. After that, a cup of coffee and a bagel. Once settled in front of my old keyboard, the one with the letters worn-off the keys, I try to assemble the many thoughts that engulfed me through the night. My morning writing time gets me going and is one that I jealously seek to protect.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading and exercise - golf, walking, skating, dancing, gym, gardening and travel. In as much as writing is an isolated activity, I find it important to replenish my juices and restore my creative larder by reading and/or being in the presence of others. Additionally, I am a mediator and an arbitrator for a local conflict resolution center, and I perform Sunday pulpit supply duties when called upon.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Uh oh . . . a shocking answer to an unexpected question: I don't read e-books. I don't have an e-reader. I'm a print writer and reader from the 'old school.' I am not, however, anti-e-books. I'm grateful for the additional exposure my stories are receiving through the electronic media, and know all too well that screen viewing is the primary means of reading for many people - people who I hope will find my books of interest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes! It was a short story attempt at a sci-fi adaptation of an event that I experienced. Knowing very little about sci-fi, it didn't come out very good, but I still like the story and have read it at open mike forums. My second was a short-short about an older couple being married by chorus of angels on their houseboat along the Seine River in Paris. This became my first published work of fiction, and the release I needed to encourage me to do more.
What is your writing process?
I'm very fortunate to have been a member of two writer critique groups since I began writing fiction in 2000; one in the U.K. and the other in the U.S. I have always worked well under pressure, and the weekly or bi-weekly meeting of these groups has provided me with the impetus to have something ready to read at each meeting. Thus, I try to dedicate at least five mornings a week to writing, sequestered in a corner with curtained windows on either side and a desktop monitor in front of me. I'm even more fortunate to have a very understanding wife who shares the other end of the room with me and seeks to guard my privacy from incoming calls.
How do you approach cover design?
I've always sought out my own cover designer and have used five different designers for my eight books, the last four by a cover designer who is on Mark Coker's recommended list - Judy Bullard.
Published 2016-08-04.
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Books by This Author

Deadly Ice
Series: Ben and Francesca Adventures. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,760. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Elizabeth is an American figure skater training at England’s prestigious Ice Academy in London, accompanied by her abusive mother, Leah. Amateur sleuth, Ben Hamilton and his daughter, Sarah, also a figure skater, befriend Elizabeth. When the translucent ice surface is turned blood red, the Hamilton’s are left to resolve and manage the dilemma between an accidental and intentional death.
Sweet Vines and Bitter Fruit
Series: Ben and Francesca Adventures. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,340. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Leaving wintry London behind, Ben and Francesca fly off to the warmth of South Australia and their friends, Derek and Kate, for their first family vacation with two-year-old Sarah. Within days Ben becomes involved in a police investigation of multiple murders, much to Francesca’s objections, before she too is drawn in, mugged, and Ben believes he is a murderer.
The Chapel of Death
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,300. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(3.00 from 1 review)
A single door securely locked, two sealed windows, a chapel on the hill. At the base of the altar is sprawled the first corpse, the remains of a young woman. Behind the altar is the leathery cadaver of a young man, his head flopped over his shoulder. A case for Chief Inspector, Maurice Pruvost, and Professor Jacqueline Mouchot, internationally-acclaimed forensic anthropologist at the Sorbonne.
Susquehanna Scandal
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,770. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America
As the most eligible bachelor in the county in 1852, the furthest thought from Thomas’ mind is a serious romance, until he is upended by a stunningly beautiful Indian maiden. Their intense desire and love transcends racial and social barriers, Victorian conventions, and estranges them from family and community. Their story blends the legend of Pocahontas with the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.
The Secret of Abetifi
Series: Ben and Francesca Adventures. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 40,620. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
University graduates Ben and Francesca accept an expense-paid honeymoon to study a group of centenarians in the African mountaintop village of Abetifi. Stumbling upon the secret for long life brings them into conflict with a Big Pharma company determined to market an anti-aging pill. Their gripping story takes deadly twists and turns before coming to a tense and exciting conclusion
Hotbed in Tranquility
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 63,830. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Diplomat, Will Ross, returns home to Tranquility to find the countryside desecrated by gas wells. He uncovers an international energy cartel determined to obtain control of natural gas reserves in the Northeast U.S. Teaming up with his old flame and Congressional candidate, Stephanie Hall, they expose the political cabal behind the cartel before bringing the story to an unexpected conclusion