Interview with R.A. White
TJ: Hello! Welcome to Author Spotlight where both new and veteran authors share a little about themselves and their work. Today we have Cozy Paranormal Women’s Fiction author R.A. White. Let’s get into it. Care to tell readers about yourself?
R.A. White: Sure, thanks, and thanks for inviting me!
I live in Central Florida with my husband, son, dog, cats, and ducks. We live in a nice little neighborhood outside a city called Clermont, where my current book series is set. It’s a diverse neighborhood, although not as diverse as the neighborhood in my books (meaning, at least to my knowledge, there aren’t any vampires, leprechauns, or warlocks.)
I’m forty-something and raising a medically (and all around) complicated kid. I spend time every week tending my ‘garden’ in the hope of attracting fairies, but so far we’ve only spotted butterflies and other mundane pollinators. I try to live a life of balance, which is to say I do consume dessert a couple of times a day, but I also eat a lot of fruit.
I get bummed if I’m around grumpy people or dark media, so I read and write stories with humor, hope, and happy endings.
TJ: What inspired you to become a writer?
R.A. White: I started writing when I was a teen, mainly inspired by all the fantasy novels I read. Reading and daydreaming were an escape from the pressures of real life. We always had a full house, and my introverted self needed to shut it all out.
All of that is still significant inspiration, but now there’s more to it. I enjoy the challenge of turning a daydream into a good, solid story that other people can read and love. I love that it forces me to step forward and meet new people and learn new skills.
Another important thing for me is that I want to see more diverse representation in books. My characters come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages, and one of my main characters shares the same medical diagnosis as my son.
T.J.: If you could meet any person dead or alive, who would it be and why?
R.A. White: Geez, I hope this doesn’t sound tacky, but I think I’d have to say Jesus. I’d sure love to get his take on modern religion and a better idea of what he was actually trying to get at. Because I’m pretty sure we screwed it up. Others would include Maya Angelou, Fred Rogers, Gandhi, Hellen Keller, Rob and Kristen Bell, and anyone who played an Avenger. Better yet, writers and creators of the Avengers.
T.J: Now, is my favorite part of the interview, hearing all about your work. Can you tell readers about Just West of Orlando?
R.A. White: I would absolutely love to!
As you might have guessed, the Just West of Orlando series is set west of Orlando. As I already mentioned, it’s a cozy series set in a neighborhood outside of Clermont. Yeah, they call it a city, but it’s not very big.
The books are told from Renee’s point of view, and revolve around her family and their experiences with the paranormal. If you’ve ever read Janet Evanovich, you have a pretty good idea of the tone, except that it’s a lot more family friendly and the characters develop throughout the series.
These are hilarious and lovable people dealing with impossible situations. It’s a whole lot of fun.
TJ: Thank you for visiting my blog. Hope to have you back again!
R.A. White: Thanks again! I appreciate the opportunity.
Where to follow R.A. White:
Website/blog: You can find me at rawhitebooksandmore.weebly.com, but the best place is in my facebook group, below.
Facebook Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/r.a.whitebooksandmore
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