Storyteller at large
A Blog by Author J.R. White
To Frighten, Amuse, Entertain and Enthrall.
Coming soon! - Hail of Brimstone
The next Kit Barker novel is nearly done! The first draft is currently going through proofreading and copyediting, after which I’ll be working on any necessary revisions and polishing.
Titled Hail of Brimstone, the new book introduces a fresh host of vivid characters and unleashes a new terror into the world. [Read More]
Shadow of Wolves Makes the "Best Review Books" list for march 2021
Shadow of Wolves made it onto the “Best Reviewed Books” list for March 2021 over at IndieReader. If you’ve got a moment, go check out their review of my book as well as several other indies that earned a place on the Best Reviewed List. [Read More]
Shadow of Wolves is IndieReader Approved!
I am extremely excited to announce that Shadow of Wolves has been awarded 5-Stars by IndieReader!
“An endlessly fun and immersive adventure novel that perfectly mixes horror and western all the while telling an entertaining yarn… White’s writing is punchy and never resorts to purple prose. Action and dialogue are prized over exposition… SHADOW OF WOLVES is pure, distilled, and unfiltered American pulp. Its tale is unhinged in the best way, with the supernatural mixing with the ultraviolent” – IndieReader
Screenshot and Full Review link in blog post [Read more]
Creative Outlets: The Live Edge Sink
The grizzled old sawyer looked down at the rough-cut slab at his feet. “Dang,” he muttered. “I didn’t want you to find that one.”
I had spent the morning at a private lumberyard secreted on an old homestead in the middle of Gainesville, Florida. The property was a riot of live-edge slabs and planks. The lumber was mostly cedar and cypress, stacked under the eaves and into the rooms of the old farmhouse. I had been crawling through the piles in the back rooms – my ears tuned for the menacing hum of wasps – as I looked for the perfect piece.
All of this started because my wife got me a damn cookbook. [Read More]
Creative Outlets: The Axe
Since the pandemic, I’ve been trying to get into the woods more. This led me to reconnect with some of the old outdoorsman skills that I hadn’t had a chance to use since childhood. And that led me to… UK based bushcraft videos on Youtube…. which led to – you know what, the details of this particular rabbit-hole aren’t important.
What is important, is that now I needed an axe.
And of course, I couldn’t just buy one. Where’s the fun in that? So the obvious answer was to start digging through barns and scrap-heaps until I found what I wanted. [Read More]
Creative Outlets: The Kuksa
Here in the intermittent series of “Creative Outlet” posts, I hope to share some non-writing projects and adventures with you, and I hope they inspire your own.
For this project, I decided I wanted to make a Kuksa, which is a traditional wooden cup most associated with the Sami peoples of northern Scandinavia. Like all handmade things, they come in a wide array of styles and what’s considered ‘traditional’ varies by region.
This will mostly be a photo-essay on how I did mine. I enjoyed the process, and I love the final product (despite its many deviations from ‘tradition’, which I’ll address below).
Let’s check it out. [Read More]
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but every last one of us does it. That’s why the cover is there, and it’s why a great cover is so important. It’s your first chance to make an impression on potential readers, convey the uniqueness of your work, and establish expectations – so you’d better get it right!
Here’s how I did it, and at the end I’ll list some advice based on my experience and the learning curve I encountered.
For my the cover of my first book, I knew I needed to make a statement…. [Read More]