Wrath James White is another amazing author that I have had the pleasure of getting to know recently. He is a kind man who is willing to help others and is devoted to his family. He has written many books and had one turned into a movie. He has a finely tuned writing style that will leave you wanting more and wondering why did the book have to end. If you have not picked up one of his books I suggest you do so immediately. You do not want to miss reading one. I am proud and honored to welcome Wrath James White to Roadie Notes…..
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
I have no idea when I wrote my first story. I was 12 when I wrote my first story with the intent to have it published. But I was 17 before I worked up the nerve to actually submit a story to a magazine for publication. It was rejected, but I rewrote it decades later and it has since been published.
2. How many books have you written?
Between novels, novellas, and short story collections? Roughly two dozen.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
I won’t write anything that glorifies child sexual abuse in any way. That’s my only hard rule. Everything else is a matter of aesthetics. I don’t really enjoy comedic horror, so I don’t write it. I tried once. That was enough.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m 46 years old. Born in Philadelphia in 1970. I have a lovely wife that I adore, and four kids, including a son in college, and a step-daughter. I still have a day job, a necessity until I sell a whole lot more books.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
It’s hard to choose a favorite. Yaccub’s Curse, because it was my first. Succulent Prey, because it was my first published novel, and my first mass-market book deal, and introduced my most popular character, Joseph Miles. The Resurrectionist, because it was my most popular and was made into a movie. 400 Days of Oppression, because it was my most controversial. I like them all for different reasons.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
I wrote a poem when I was 9 or 10 called “The Easter Fright”. It was about kids getting attacked by the Easter Bunny. I was praised by my teachers for it and was asked to read it at an assembly of the entire school. That was the first time I was praised for my writing ability and I was hooked from there.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I run 5ks, 10ks, half-marathons, and the rare marathon. I lift weights. I read horror novels, watch horror movies, cook, and have lots and lots of kinky sex.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I immediately start the next one.
9. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I can’t write with music playing, except blues or classical, but I prefer none at all. I can write anywhere though. I write with the TV on and kids running through the house. I’ve worked on novels in the middle of parties. I’ve written chapters on my phone at work then typed it into the computer at the end of the day. If I need to write, little stops me.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
Everything. I have a lot more growing to do as a writer to refine my craft.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
Every writer wants to be rich and famous. I want to be rich, famous, yet relatively anonymous. I don’t want rock star fame where I can’t walk down the street without being mobbed or live in a regular neighborhood. I want to pass unnoticed, but have enough success where I can write full-time and live comfortably.
Other than that, I want to write books that will endure for centuries and be taught in universities. Pretentious? Maybe. But that’s what I want.
12. Where do you live?
Somewhere in Texas.
I have a British Staffordshire Terrier, a Yorkie, and two little mutts that we rescued from an owner that was neglecting them. I don’t understand why anyone would want a cat. Useless beasts.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Transmitting my thoughts and emotions across years and miles to people I’ve never met. Causing a reader to think or feel the exact same thing I thought or felt when I was writing. That’s the goal of true art.
You can connect with Wrath here:
Facebook: Wrath James White
As always, thank you so much for letting us get to know you better. I wish you much happiness and as always continued success. Wrath you are amazing!