Paul W. White was
born on October 9, 1959, in Roswell,
New Mexico, to Ed and NancyWhite.
He also has a sister, Janan White
Little. As Janan is quick to point
out, she may be five years older
than Paul, but she looks ten years
Shortly after his first birthday,
the family moved to Casper, Wyoming.
In 1963, they relocated to Midland,
Texas, where they remained
throughout Paul's formative years.
After graduating from Midland High
School in 1978, Paul attended the
University of Texas at Austin. He
graduated from U.T. in 1982, and was
accepted into the St. Mary's School
of Law in San Antonio. He received
his law degree from there in 1985.
From 1985 -2000, Paul had a
successful career as a trial lawyer,
primarily in his hometown of
Midland. After that, he worked in
the mental health field in several
different capacities. He still works
in the Oil & Gas industry as a
independent oil operator.
In 2006, Paul decided to pursue his
life long dream of being a writer.
He promptly became successful a
free-lance journalist. His two
favorite subjects are Texas sports
and Texas politics.
In the summer of 2007, he decided it
was time to write his first novel.
Drawing from his own personal
experiences and observations, he
created Drawing Straight With
Crooked Line - A Tale of Redemption.
His second novel, The 7th Flag Over
Texas, should be out in the summer
Paul now lives in the Texas Hill
Country. In his spare time, he
enjoys cussing and throwing things
at his television whenever one of
his two favorite sports teams, the
Texas Longhorns or the San Antonio
Spurs, are playing. He is also an
accomplished fly fisherman.http://www.paulwwhite.com
PAGEONELIT.COM: Where did you grow up and was
reading and writing a part of your life? Who
were your earliest influences and why?
PWW: I was
born in Roswell, New Mexico. However, after my
third birthday, we moved to Midland, Texas. That
is where I grew up. My parents were both avid
readers, so I picked up the habit at an early
age. The first book I remember reading wasCharlotte’s
Web, by E.B. White. I was around six years
of age, and I was moved to tears when Charlotte
loved crime novels and would always pass them
onto me when he was finished. Joseph Wambaugh’sThe
two books which made an impression on me.
my biggest early influence was Dan Jenkins. I
was raised in a family of sports fans, and when
I was around ten or eleven years of age, my
grandfather gave me a subscription toSports
Christmas. Jenkins wrote for the magazine, and I
quickly became a fan of his. He went to TCU with
my mom, so I had an indirect connection to him.
he published his first novel,Semi
–Tough. I somehow convinced my parents to
let me read it. It was a very racy book for that
time, so this was a pretty progressive move on
my parents’ part. This book blew me away. I had
never read anything like it. The characters were
so real – you actually felt like you knew them.
It is still one of my favorite novels, and
Jenkins is still one of my favorite authors. I
have read every book he has ever published.
PAGEONELIT.COM: Why do you write?
short answer is because I love it, and it is
comes naturally to me. I have a very vivid
imagination and writing is one way to harness
that and share it with other people. More
importantly, I just seem to communicate better
through the written word.
PAGEONELIT.COM: Briefly tell us about your new
Straight with Crooked Lines. Who is Rocky
PWW: It is
a quirky little book, set in San Antonio. The
main character is Rocky Gates, a drug addicted,
disbarred lawyer who has totally ruined his
life. He has lost all hope and tries to commit
God has a different plan. He takes on human form
and personally intervenes to save Rocky’s life.
The pair spends a week together, during which
God (who likes to be called “Pops”) teaches
Rocky how to stay clean and gives him a special
message to deliver to the rest of the world. In
addition to Pops, Rocky also meets Jesus Christ,
Satan, the Apostle Paul and Judas Iscariot.
It is a
fast paced and action packed read. It also deals
with a lot of dark themes – drug addiction,
relapse, blackmail, murder, betrayal,
prostitution and homosexuality, just to name a
A lot of
people assume that Rocky Gates is just a thinly
disguised version of me. This is simply not the
case. Granted, there are some common elements. I
am a recovering addict, a chronic relapser and a
former attorney, just like him. But Rocky is
really a composite character, combining the
different personality traits of dozens of
recovering addicts I have known. Like Rocky,
these addicts are intelligent, often brilliant,
PAGEONELIT.COM: Explain the titleDrawing
Straight with Crooked Linesas
it relates to the book?
believe that when God created man, He gave us
this amazing gift of free will. He literally
gave us the ability to create our own lives.
Unfortunately, we often misuse this gift. We
make decisions based on fear, rather than love.
And God is a gentleman. He never takes this gift
back. He lets us make whatever decisions we
choose, and allows us to suffer the consequences
of those choices. He has a perfect plan for each
of us, but He never forces it upon us.
once we awaken to this fact, and acknowledge our
fearful and selfish agendas, God can use our
mistakes to further His perfect plan for our
lives. He can literally make something perfect
out of something flawed. But you have to invite
Him to do it.
PAGEONELIT.COM: Discuss your faith as it relatesto Drawing
Straight with Crooked Lines.
faith is very simple and somewhat
non-traditional. I believe Jesus is who He said
was. I also believe we are who Jesus said we
were. But I think a lot of folks are afraid to
take God out of the box. We limit what God can
and will do for us by being close-minded. We are
often asleep to the fact that we can have a
vibrant relationship with our Creator. However,
in order for me to have a personal relationship
with God, my finite human mind had to
personalize the infinite God and give Him a
face. That is what this book is ultimately based
upon – my personal conception of God.
PAGEONELIT.COM: If Hollywood called
and asked you to cast Drawing Straight with
Crooked Lines for feature film who would you
cast and why?
Harrelson would be my first choice to play
Rocky. Rocky is a complex character, so you need
an actor who can embrace both his goodness and
his dark side. Although we have not mentioned
her, Rocky has a love interest, Gretchen Baylor.
I would cast Connie Britton in that role. She
did an outstanding job in both the movie and
television versions ofFriday
Night Lights, and she understands the Texas
someone to play God is always challenging, but I
think Bill Murray would be a great choice. His
personality is exactly like Pop’s. My version of
Jesus is cool, charismatic and in control. I
would pick Matthew McConaughey for that role.
two primary villains, Bones (Satan) and Beau
Walker, a corrupt District Attorney. Steve Van
be a great Satan and James Spader would be
perfect as Beau. There are still over thirty
different minor characters to cast, but time and
space prevent us from doing that now.
PAGEONELIT.COM: What was the last book you
Bill Myers. It is one of the most thought
provoking novels I have ever read. In my
opinion, Myers is the best Christian author of
PAGEONELIT.COM: What's next?
should have two books out by the end of the
Over Texas, my second novel, will be out in
the late Fall. I have high expectations for this
novel. It is a blend historical fact and
fiction. It is centered around the
growing influence of the Mexican drug cartels,
and explores how the state of Texas could soon
find itself in a state of war with a powerful
and corrupt enemy south of the border.
25 Greatest Moments in Texas Sports History.
And although I can’t give a firm release date
yet, I hope to publish a sequelDrawing
Straight with Crooked Linessometime