Thanks for taking the time to visit Manic Readers, Neal.
Thank you for featuring me. I am truly honored.
As a journalist covering assignments all over the world you seen and experienced a lot. What was it about the white buffalo birth in the mid ‘90’s and the Native American prophesy surrounding its birth that captured you imagination and inspired your trilogy?
It was the people. For some reason beyond my level of comprehension, many of the chiefs, spiritual leaders and elders who visited the farm permitted me the honor of taking part in many of the ceremonies. They shared their stories with me and welcomed me as a friend. I learned a great deal about Native American culture, about spirituality and most important, about the journey we all walk in life. I saw things that had I not been there, I never would have believed. But they happened. It would take nearly 20 years for me to truly understand all that transpired and the meaning behind it before I could begin to write the story in a way, that I hope anyway, would have an impact on everyone. While millions around the world were fascinated by the white buffalo story as my stories were picked up by the wire service and published in newspapers around the world, at the time, most believed it only relevant to Native Americans. The fact is the white buffalo was the fulfillment of a prophecy and is directly related to everything going on in the world today. Unfortunately, we’re quick to put a label on people (and cultures), quickly dismissing thoughts and ideas out of hand instead of taking the time to listen, research and make an independent decision. During the two years I spent covering that story, I learned you shouldn’t dismiss a man out of hand unless you first walked a mile in his shoes. When you can do that, you have a completely different perspective on life. That’s what “Crosswinds” is all about. The story continues in the second book, “Wind Speaker,” when Bobby, well, I don’t want to give too much away. But I can say the white buffalo story comes to life in “Wind Speaker.”
What’s the top three differences between the writing you do as a journalist and that you do as an author.
There is a huge difference. Journalism is fact-based reporting – reporting the facts in a clearly defined format in as few words as possible.
As an author, you have an unlimited canvass to paint with words. At first I found it very difficult because I kept trying to wrap up every story in less than 1,000 words. After a while, though, working on the book was very liberating. Once I allowed myself to color outside the lines that I had spent my entire career working in, I loved being able to tell the story behind the story that enables you to bring your characters to life.
Did you always want to write a book?
Always. My earliest memories are of my mom teaching me to read and sitting on the front porch swing with my Granny at house on the side of the mountain and listening to her tell stories. I’ve always loved telling stories and I’ve been writing them down since I was able to string words into sentences. In nearly every grade at school, I would have at least one teacher encourage me to consider writing as a profession. Until it came time to start paying my own bills, I always wanted to be an author. After college, and realizing how difficult it was to raise a family and pay the bills by writing books and only receiving rejection letters in return, I chose a career that allowed me to write everyday and get paid to do it.
What has been your favorite part of finally getting your book published, seeing it “out there”, and discovering what readers think?
The feedback from the Advance Copies for Review have absolutely blown me away. Every comment that I’ve received has not only been glowing, but each one said they couldn’t stop thinking about the book long after they finished the last page. They said the book made them reflect on their own life and actually think about the unexpected crosswinds that impacted their life – which is the exact reaction I hoped “Crosswinds” would have on those who read it.
Please tell us about CROSSWINDS.
The book takes place at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport during storm when all flights are delay. Bobby, a 19-year-old sailor fresh out of boot camp is on his way to his first duty station overseas and is flat broke because he’s not able to get paid until he reaches his ship. After several hours of waiting in the terminal, he walks into the airport’s only smoking lounge and bums a smoke from an older man in a blue jacket, Jack.
For Bobby, the book is very much about coming of age during a time in his life filled with uncertainty about the road ahead. For Jack, an old salt who has seen and done it all, the fluke wind that allowed his path to cross with Bobby’s provides an opportunity to impart valuable life lessons he wishes someone had shared with him when he was Bobby’s age. Those lessons are subtly passed along in form of stories as Jack takes readers back into his past, along for the ride.
You’ve already started on the second book, Wind Speaker. What can you share with us about it without giving too much away?
While I’m extremely proud of “Crosswinds,” I feel “Wind Speaker” is the best thing I’ve ever written (and that’s saying a lot). The story begins four years later as Bobby is getting out of the Navy. His best friend aboard ship is killed on a mission and before leaving on the mission, he asks Bobby to promise to check on his pregnant wife who is living on a reservation in Oklahoma if something were to happen to him. That’s where the story really begins. It has the same flow as “Crosswinds,” with about ten times the goose bumps.
Do you have another trilogy or series waiting in the back of your mind?
Yes. I have a notepad full of notes. Every time I have an idea for a storyline or a character I jot it down. Actually, it’s more of a folder because a most of the notes are written on scrap paper, napkins, receipts and whatever else I can find to write on.
But I have to finish the Crosswind Series first. That’s priority number 1!
Have you read anything lately that you’d highly recommend?
“She Cries” by Alexandra Allred. Alex is an extremely gifted writer.
What are you currently reading?
A lot of newspapers. Between work and my book projects, I’ve gotten behind on my reading. All I’ve really had a chance to read lately are periodicals, and I read several every day.
Thanks for stopping by Manic Readers, Neal. I’ve enjoyed meeting you.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and thank you very much for introducing me and “Crosswinds” to your readers. As a first-time author, I am greatly honored that you chose to feature “Crosswinds.” I hope we can do this again soon.
The Next Chapter Publishing and Author N.R. White announce the blog stop for Crosswinds
Summary: Stranded in an airport during a storm, a random act of kindness and an
unexpected encounter leads to a life-changing experience for a young
sailor on his way to his first duty station overseas. When Bobby walked
into the airports only smoking lounge and asked to bum a smoke, Jack
knew there was a reason a crosswind had unexpectedly blown the sailor into his path. It wasn’t until several hours later that Jack realized
the exact purpose of their chance encounter.
Release Date – August 28, 2014
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About the Author:
“Crosswinds” author N.R. White is a U.S. Navy veteran and an award-winning newspaper journalists. Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, his family moved to Columbia, S.C. at the age of 10 when his father returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam — at the same time South Carolina was in the process of integrating its public school system. The son of a career soldier, he graduated high school in West Germany before attending the University of South Carolina where he majored in journalism.
Having covered assignments around the world, those experiences are captured in the characters and settings of his manuscripts.
“Crosswinds” is the first of a three-book series. He is currently working on the second novel in the series entitled “Wind Speaker,” which he anticipates being released in 2015. The inspiration for the series originated during the two years he covered the birth of the white buffalo in Janesville, Wisconsin in the mid-1990s, and the Native American prophecy that foretold not only the calf’s birth, but its significance to people of all races across the world.
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Blog – /http://nealwhite.blogspot.com/
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