Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Ms. White has four earned degrees including a Masters in Theological Studies and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.
She relates to the skeptics of the world – those who need to ask questions and challenge the status quo in order to find the truth. (Her favorite disciple is Thomas, otherwise known as “Doubting Thomas”).
She currently leads a small group Bible Study for people in her neighborhood. Her background allows her to draw insights from multiple disciplines and to integrate them into a cohesive whole.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Prodigal’s Wilderness: When the “Wrong” Path Really Is the Right Path
This book is based on a paper I wrote when I was in seminary, but a lot has transpired in my life since I wrote that paper.
It’s been a difficult journey for me – one filled with lots of health challenges, multiple job changes, and several relocations.
But the experiences I had while on my journey and my own personal “wilderness experiences” have taught me many important life lessons.
I have always been the studious type, a “bookworm;” I’m a lifelong learner, and I have an eclectic background.
Over the years, I have acquired four earned degrees including a Masters in Theological Studies and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I studied psychology because I like to figure out “what makes people tick”. (I had planned to become a psychotherapist – until a serious illness derailed that plan.)
I relate to the skeptics of the world – those who need to ask
questions and challenge the status quo in order to find the truth.
My favorite disciple is Thomas, otherwise known as “Doubting Thomas”.
I remember, as a child, asking questions in Sunday school, but seldom receiving answers that satisfied me. Eventually, God sent me to seminary so that I could learn to search out Scriptural answers for myself.
I currently lead a small group Bible Study for people in my
My background allows me to draw insights from multiple disciplines and to integrate them into a cohesive whole.
I’m the kind of person who sees patterns and looks for the “big picture”.
I take a holistic view and try to put all the pieces together into a coherent whole, and I love to incorporate different types of media to make the material more easily understood.
When I’m teaching, I love having people ask lots of questions. I
find that people learn best when they’re engaged and asking questions increases engagement.
I especially welcome the skeptic (the one who is honestly searching but just not convinced) to join in wholeheartedly
with the discussions.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to write a lot at night – when most people are sleeping.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Timothy Keller – the Prodigal God
Kenneth Bailey – Finding the Lost Cultural Keys to Luke 15 & Jacob & the Prodigal: How Jesus Retold Israel’s Story
Henri Nouwen – The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
L. William Countryman – Dirt, Greed, and Sex: Sexual Ethics in the New Testament and Their Implications for Today
What are you working on now?
A Study Guide for The Prodigal’s Wilderness book.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Amazon – using KDP Select right now.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be persistent and don’t let any of life’s little obstacles prevent you from completing your book!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Be true to myself.
What are you reading now?
I read several books at the same time:
I Knew You – Elizabeth Harvery
A number of mystery novels … too many to list
Books about writing and self-publishing
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m trying to hone my marketing skills.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Bible would be #1 for sure!
Probably a survival guide of some sort – how to find food, create shelter, etc.
A first aid book