Fine-tuning an enchanting fantasy plot is all part of a good day’s work as far as Wade Albert White is concerned.
“I have a head full of ideas. I have all kinds of stories and it’s enjoyable trying to get it out there,” the New Minas resident said in a recent interview.
White began working on the book that would change the course of his own story in 2013.
“I had a story in mind so I thought I’d start writing and see what happens,” he said.
He’s long held a passion for writing, but started dreaming of his name boldly displayed on the cover of a published book in roughly 2001.
White gradually worked toward achieving this goal, selling several short stories to magazines before securing a literary agency to help take his first draft of The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes to the next level.
The end result was published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers in September 2016, and received numerous accolades. It is now the first book in a trilogy White plans to bring to a close with a third installment scheduled for release in November 2018.
The series following the humour and drama that unfolds as the main character, Anne, embarks on an epic adventure.
“Anne has spent most of her thirteen years dreaming of the day she and her best friend Penelope will finally leave Saint Lupin’s Institute for Perpetually Wicked and Hideously Unattractive Children. When the big day arrives, a series of very curious happenings lead to Anne being charged with an epic quest. Anne, Penelope, and new adventuring partner Hiro have only days to travel to strange new locales, solve myriad riddles, and triumph over monstrous foes–or face the horrible consequences,” reads a description of The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes published on White’s website.
The sequel, The Adventurer's Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me), hit shelves in September 2017.
“I enjoy taking different ideas and kind of mashing them together. The series is a little bit of fantasy and a little bit of science fiction,” said White, noting that he draws inspiration for tone and theme development from his childhood favourites, Anne of Green Gables and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
The trilogy has allowed White to travel throughout the United States promoting his work, and turn a beloved hobby into a source of income.
“I’ve been fortunate enough that it’s become, more or less, full time,” he said, adding that he teaches some post-secondary courses in biblical studies and history on a part-time basis when time permits.