R.W. White


After having lived for many years in England and traveled the world, R.W. White returned to the U.S. to make his home on a hillside above the Susquehanna River in upstate New York, along with his wife and the animals of the forest.
He has successfully published and marketed two novels, two novellas, a biography, memoir and e-mystery. His third novella is in beta editing for a summer release. Prior to writing fiction he published dozens of articles, essays and editorial commentaries. He has been a return guest on a local NPR FM station, has been interviewed by local television stations and is featured in a AOL/Huffington Post video on retirement. Known for his public speaking, he frequently appears before readers’ and writers’ groups, historic societies, library groups, community groups and in bookstores for discussions and signings.
R W White holds an undergraduate degree in Aeronautics and Meteorology and graduate degrees in Ministry. Please connect with him on http://www.booksbybobwhite.com.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find R.W. White online

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Ben and Francesca Adventures
Ben and Francesca Hamilton unwittingly become covert agents for the British Foreign Office while on their honeymoon in Abetifi, the highest habitable village in West Africa, and are thrust into a terrifying adventure of life-threatening twists and turns while discovering a ‘Fountain of Youth’ drug. Three years later, while on their first family honeymoon with two-year-old Sarah and much to Francesca’s objections, Ben becomes involved in multiple murder investigations. Francesca is mugged while protecting Sarah and Ben comes to believe he is the murderer of Francesca’s assailant. Together they are able to help a wily detective solve the murders and associated crimes before returning home to London, and looking forward to the day when they will be able to have a peaceful, non-adventurous, holiday. Third in the trilogy due later this year.

The Secret of Abetifi

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Deadly Ice

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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

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