Katherine L. E. White

Creator of Worlds

Category: Katherine’s Assorted Updates

WIP: Children of the Phoenix

When working on a series, or even a stand alone book, it is easy to forget about titles.  Most writers have working titles, and some are lucky enough to have the working title end up being the actual title.  I stink at titles.  I always have, even when I was a baby writer.  In this series, that is dear to my heart and yet to come out, the first book is called Ashes.  I didn’t even come up with that title, but rather a dear friend of mine wrote a poem about the series, and the title came from it.  Here’s what she wrote:

Ashes were all that was left

forgotten, Rising, left to

Smolder until they turned cold,

needing only
a little nudge
to once again Ignite
Blaze to life
and bask all around it in Light.



Darkwood Feathers Episode 4: Rent-To-Own-Feather now available

The next installment of the DWF serial is out and available at most online retailers!


Senna makes a risky move in an effort to find the abducted children. Meanwhile, Lively is forced to deliver the kids to Ross. She’s done all she can, but will the rogue show in time to save them?


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WIP Wednesday

I get to talk about a work in progress that y’all haven’t read yet–It’s called The Children of the Phoenix.  It’s a sci-fi series, and I am totally in love with it.  Book one is in the editing phase, and book two is in the works.  It has anthropomorphic characters in it, which is super fun to write (and think) about.   The world in which it takes place is rich and full, and sometimes overwhelming.  I’m brimming to share with you, my loyal readers!  I’ve got a little of the information on it at www.childrenofthephoenix.com, and shall add small bits and pieces as I get a chance to.

Music on Mondays

Inspiration comes to us in many ways, and one of the ways it comes to me is through music.  So I will share songs every so often on a Monday, that struck me when I heard them.This song reminds me very much of when Senna and Leslo started their life together.  (Don’t forget to follow Senna Hawkman on twitter @senna60460127)Counting Stars by OneRepublic

Creating the Setting

Often times, when one thinks of the setting of a book, one thinks of  time and place.   Writers, especially of fiction, know better.  When setting the stage of the story, an author is to use all of the senses.

We are moving house, so our house has been cleared out of any items that would denote someone actually lives there.  Oh, it is still livable, it has furniture and the beds and dressers, but nothing personal.  Nothing  that shows actual people are there.  It is, for all intents and purposes, a generic house.  My best friend was over, and she told me, “Your house doesn’t smell like your house anymore.”

I will admit that this slightly worried me.  Did all of my cleaning and clearing make the nasty smell, that I had, perhaps, become nose-blind to, disappear?  “Is that a good thing?” I asked with trepidation.

“No!” answered by BFF.  “Your house always smelled like bread baking, and all thing little things you were growing.”

Admittedly, I lean a bit toward the crunchy side of life, so I usually have sourdough starter and kefir brewing in the kitchen.  Since we had to make the house saleable, those items are now in the freezer, hopefully hibernating peacefully until they reach their new home.

“It doesn’t smell like that anymore.”

Smell is the sense most associated with memory.  Something that a visual could never bring to mind, a scent can bring to the forefront of one’s brain.  As an author, my BFF’s comment reminded me that I must be mindful to put scent into my writing.

Welcome To My Worlds!

Welcome to the many worlds of Katherine L. E. White.  Whether you’re here for the Chicago inhabited by The Phoenix and her children, the Feathers of Darkwood, Inc.,  The National Libraries of the world and their underground divisions, or the many planets of those stranded behind the Curtain, you’re sure to find something to entertain you.  Explore the site, see what your favorite characters (and author) are up to.

I’m always interested in what you think, so drop me a line.

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