Today, I’m welcoming CF White to my blog. Author of six m/m romances across three series of novels, she writes love stories with humour, drama and heat set in often gritty urban landscapes. So join me as I find out more about CF White – her characters, her influences, and more.
- How long have you been writing? Can you tell us a bit about your journey to publication?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. Since a very young age I wrote stories and novels. I used to rush home from school to write and whenever I’d go on holiday with my folks I always had to have a pen and paper to write on the beach instead of building sandcastles. By the time I was around 14 I’d written two novels. My parents were super supportive and did send off to a couple to publishers. Rejection is hard at any age but at that time, the rejection kinda stopped me in my tracks. Then, as is inevitable, life took over for a while (or I should probably say teenage social life). I went off to uni, studied film production and switched to writing scripts. Then the pressures to get a paid job on graduation thwarted any chance of writing for a living, so I got a job, I got a husband, kids followed and writing all but stopped.
Then a few years back, an idea I’d had roaming in my head for years came back to haunt me – it was about a footballer and his path from the academy to the professional playing field all while discovering his sexuality and falling in love with a man he couldn’t hide in the shadows. I had no idea about mm romance then, but a burning desire to write the story. So I did some research and found the mm community. I devoured books and suddenly became an instant fan. Knowing there was a market for gay romance novels, I slowly started to write my first book in fifteen years – The District Line. I was guided to the online platform Wattpad and plucked up the courage to post my chapters on there, just to see if there was anyone even vaguely interested in my book and if I had any talent at all. Cutting a long story short, The District Line became quite successful on the site. It was featured by the platform staff, excerpts taken up in Cosmopolitan magazine and suddenly I had a decent following. I came up with a few more ideas and posted more regularly. It was after a year or so of doing that, that I looked into publishing for real.
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