April White

Biography

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.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find April White online

Books

Death's Door
You set the price! Words: 35,300. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In the fall of 1849, Edgar Allan Poe disappeared. He was missing for five days, and was then found wandering near Gunnar's Hall in Baltimore, delirious and possibly drunk, wearing strange clothes and carrying a cane. Poe died four days later in a Baltimore hospital, never having regained proper consciousness except to call out for a mysterious person by the name of “Reynolds.”
An Urchin of Means
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,570. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
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.
Cheating Death
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 140,010. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
The thrilling conclusion to The Immortal Descendants series, a life has ended, the future is lost, and a war has just begun.
Waging War
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 121,140. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
A desperate manhunt drags Saira, Archer, and Ringo into World War II where they come face-to-face with a Monger assassin on a suicide mission to split Time.
Changing Nature
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 132,640. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
(5.00 from 1 review)
In book three of the Immortal Descendant series, Bishop Wilder may have fled to medieval France, where marauding wolves and Joan of Arc are just the beginning of the dangers facing Saira, Archer, and Ringo. Repairing a time stream split drops them into the Hundred Years' War, and in the end, Saira must confront her greatest challenge yet: the truth about her changing Nature.
Tempting Fate
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 125,500. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Book two of the Immortal Descendants series takes Saira and Archer to the Tower of London to rescue a princess and stop a madman from stealing a Seer's blood. The world of Clockers, Seers, Shifters, Mongers and Suckers is more dangerous than ever for Saira and her friends as they run for their lives ... through time.
Marking Time
Price: Free! Words: 146,510. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
17-year-old tagger, Saira Elian can handle anything... until she accidentally time-travels to 1888 London on the night of Jack the Ripper's double murders. She discovers she's part of a world where the Descendants of Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death have skills that set them apart from normal people... and Saira's one of them.