J.T. WHITE, or Tim to those who know him, had a successful career as an Atlanta attorney before retiring and turning to creative writing. He completed the undergraduate Creative Writing program at Georgia State in 2009.
“I took up fiction writing at my daughters’ urging,” said White. “I suspect they feared I would have too much time on my hands once I curtailed my law practice and would become a nuisance to their mother.”
White’s daughters are well-known in the literary world. Lauren Myracle is a New York Times bestselling author of middle school and young adult fiction, such as The Winnie Years and the ttyl series. Atlantan Susan Rebecca White is the author of critically acclaimed adult fiction such as A Place at the Table and her newest, We Are All Good People Here.
“My daughters,” White remarked, “accurately predicted that creative writing would be a productive way to spend my retirement.”
White has been writing since high school. His father owned a small town newspaper and encouraged him to contribute articles. He also contributed to the student newspaper in college and in law school and wrote professional articles during his legal career.
For the first two years after Georgia State, White wrote short stories, then for four years worked on a novel. Unfortunately, that novel, according to his daughters, wasn’t up to publication standards. The last six years he labored over Riley & Ben, a fictional story inspired by experiences in his life. He called the process cathartic and engrossing.
White has been married to Ruth Campbell White, a portrait and still life artist, for 47 years. They have a blended family of six children, plus two King Charles Spaniels, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
After completing the pre-law curriculum at the University of Tennessee in Martin (Magna Cum Laude) in 1960, White obtained a JD degree from Vanderbilt (Law Review and Order of the Coif) in 1964, and an LLM from Emory in 1972 (Uniform Commercial Code and Bankruptcy). He still does pro bono work, primarily for the Eritrean community in Atlanta.
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