JL Whitaker


JL Whitaker is an American Australian author who lets her characters tell their stories their way, setting them loose in places from metro Melbourne to small town USA to reach 'The End'. Whether men or women, young or old, her main characters are in transition, often in helping professions, and even sometimes cloned for space exploration. She is not a one-trick pony, writing in several genres including women's fiction, mystery, YA and speculative fiction. It's much more fun that way.

Having pursued a career in many levels of education and IT consulting, in both the US and Australia, her books share a lifetime of observations of people coping well and not so well with what life throws at them. Lessons are always learned along the way.

Besides writing, JL also volunteers for a local computer user group, and as President and long time member of a local women's club, raising funds for disadvantaged students.

"On A Life's Edge" is her debut novel. More coming soon!

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in midwest America in the 1950s and 60s on a small farm near a very small town near a larger college town. These places and their people influenced my writing greatly and are the settings and models for some of my books, although as they say, the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Seriously, though, all my my characters are imaginary, but I'm sure aspects of real people turn up now and again. I sometimes imagine real places and adjust them for the story's purposes.

I also think the subject matter that is dealt with in the books are deep and subconscious expressions of patterns and cultures I've seen over the years, not just in my original home area, but also in other cities I've lived in, both in America and Australia. Some of my stories are set in Australia, with Australian voices, while others are purely American. Since I spent the first half of my life in the US, I'm sure my Australian characters have a bit of 'Yank' in them, but it's purely subconscious because of who I am. I have a multi-cultural view now which does influence my writing in possibly some unusual ways. Only the readers can tell, though. I'm just writing what I write.
What are you working on next?
This is always a challenge because I like writing so many different kinds of stories and have a few different ones nearly ready to publish. I will either do a last run-through of Sins of the Children (finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards a few years ago), which is a coming of age story of unrequited love, or Lost Anchors, which is about a missing husband, or Starving for Life, a story about an anorexic teenager who is running away from a robbery gone bad.
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Where to find JL Whitaker online

Where to buy in print


On A Life's Edge
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 84,130. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Shawna Charity is a young single mother, trying to escape an abusive partner to establish a future for herself and her three kids. With the help of a gracious English gentleman next door, Max Candle, Shawna fights her stalking ex, the mayor's son, a drug kingpin, and a back-stabbing childhood friend who has her own dark agenda.

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