APRIL WHITE has been a film producer, private investigator, bouncer, teacher and screenwriter. She has climbed in the Himalayas, survived a shipwreck, and lived on a gold mine in the Yukon. She and her husband share their home in Southern California with two extraordinary boys and a lifetime collection of books.
Her first novel, Marking Time is the 2016 winner of the Library Journal Indie E-Book Award for YA Literature, and all five books in the Immortal Descendants series are on top 100 lists in Time Travel Romance and Historical Fantasy. More information and her blog can be found at www.aprilwhitebooks.com.
Could you tell us a bit about the types of stories you write?
I write stories I want to read, about strong, capable women, interesting men, and wise, fascinating children. I love history, any kind of history, and even better if it’s hidden, secret, or underground. Historical mysteries are my favorite, and I love to play with true history and real people, weaving my fictional world through the actual one. The Immortal Descendants series is a time travel, fantasy, YA, romance hybrid, with a 17-year-old free-running graffiti artist who discovers quite by accident that she’s a descendant of Time when she ends up in Jack the Ripper’s London on the night of the double murders. And the Baker Street series spins off that one and into Victorian London, following a young man who spends time with Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, and may or may not have been the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Google and I are in a relationship, while Wikipedia and I have a little platonic thing going on the side, though I do give it lunch money every month to support my habit. But my true loves are the rabbit holes I go down on the trail of this historical inconsistency, or that mysterious reference. Those are the pieces that make the puzzles interesting. What happened to Elizabeth I’s black pearls, and what’s in the ghost station under the British Museum, or what did Bram Stoker really see at Whitby Abby? I actually can’t write without internet, because there are too many facts, details, maps, photos, and definitions that need to be looked up as I put a scene together, so although I do research before beginning a book, I also research all the way through. I once stopped reading a series because the author got lazy and renamed locations rather than put effort into writing them correctly, so getting facts right is important to me. Everything in my books is as true as I can make it … until I start messing with the truth.
Ringo Devereux knows far too much for a young Victorian man. There's no simple explanation that doesn't involve improbable conversations about the future, and even his origins as a street thief are too dangerous to reveal. An encounter with a ten-year-old pickpocket, and a luncheon with Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle draw Ringo back into the shadows of his criminal past.