New Novel Release!!

My novel revamped in this brand new dual edition! 😲😍 Introducing an entirely new cover design with full, unseen illustrations inside! It also includes INTERACTIVE COLOURING IN PAGES! 👀😲

I still can’t get over it. I’m in love! ✍🏼 A sequel (or is it now considered a trilogy? Lol) is in the works, and I can’t wait to bring the next chapter of Dinah & Alden’s journey to life!

~ this book is for people who are interested in lucid dreaming, fantasy and dark fairytales!

I want to specifically thank @missgrace for her wonderful colouring page designs (scroll to see), and being through the editing process of the novel with me! @krbowman I couldn’t have done without your advice! 💕 thank you @illustrasu for once again creating such a stunning cover that combines both elements of my novels together! 🙌🏻

🌹Purchasing info:

You get 2 books in 1 in this new edited version! If you fancy having the older first edition covers they are still available to order too☺️

🌹For those who want signed copies, you may DM me (excluding p&p costs to your country!) ✨

🌹BETA readers:

If you’re interested in being a reader in exchange for a Goodreads/IG/Amazon review, I’d be happy to send you a copy! Please also DM me! 🙏🏻

If you want to support me, all books are available through Amazon (link below!) Scroll to read the blurb, thank you friends!!😘

Colouring pages included in the novel!
Link to order on Amazon!

Novel illustrations!

Hello friends! You may or may not have seen my new illustrations via Instagram, they are now included in the hard copies of “Labyrinth of Souls” available on Amazon (shipped internationally!)

Here is a sneak peak. Which is your favourite?

The battle of the Dream Devils

Credits go to @illustrasu_

Competition Winners

Winners of the ‘On the Bus’ Competition- University of Kent 2012

Stink Bug

You can touch it; pin pricks that crawl among the stems. Fragile, bruised like a peach with puffy eyes. You hold it, transport it, box it.

Like the eclipse of a vein it begins its ascent. Closer it approaches, ever moving, ever testing the air. Takes flight-

Change places; you and it can reverse. Channel a whisper through your limbs and lose yourself, split like the contours of a leaf.

The Missing Piece

It’s not as insignificant and sacrificial as the pawn with its one step, two step cross over take.

Not as whimsical as the diagonal bishop, the first people remember in conversation but the last in a game.

It’s not as independent as the knight with its ‘L’ darting; carousel across the board. Not so much a strong and steady protector but an aid; an aid for the-

Ice queen, with her aloof dignity that makes grown men cry, a ruby underwater.

And not like the king at all who hides, face pressed to the wire when war approaches; but houses all his courtiers and people.

It’s nothing but a barrier.

-A game that’s not a game, but a darkened board.

Copyright © 2012 by Kate W J White (All Rights Reserved)

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Reader reviews for “Caskets of Ice”

‘For she had seen him before, this voice in the shadows. The night her father died.’

“In Caskets of Ice, the author pulls you in with her detailing and dark mystery of the dream world. Within her dream world, you encounter horrors and fantasy. The characters have to battle the ultimate antagonist, who controls the horrors within their dreams, keeping them contained. The author delivers such a beautiful dark fantasy. The way she paints a picture with her words is inspiring. Such a beautiful read. There are even a few illustrations inside. Can’t wait for the next one!” ~ K.R. Bowman

“Kate’s writing is INSANELY beautiful. You can really tell that she writes poetry. Every sentence is lyrical, with really original similes and metaphors. The entire concept of a dream world was fascinating, and I loved the snippets of darkness we were told, from flesh eating witches to the fact that dreamcatchers are just a gate away for the Dream Devil! Reading this literally feels like you’ve fallen into a deliciously dark dream.” ~ A. Bismillah

“This book was utterly captivating, from the unique storyline to the eloquent use of the English language and the images within the story. I for one am so glad the author decided to illustrate her book because it gave so much more value to the story being told. I loved the uniqueness of the storyline, it is so unlike a lot of other fantasy novels out right now.

Casket of ice follows Dinah, who has spent her life troubled by the dream realm. Her life has been anything but normal, especially since her fathers passing, and mystical talking shadows follow in her wake, until she closes her eyes and the dream world sucks her deep into a vortex which is comes to realised is more real then she first believed. Alden the dream devil will stop at nothing to raise his army of dead, In his ice caskets he keeps his greatest creation. Alden has been invading the dreams of his victims terrifying them, but he encounters something he hasn’t before the sheer determination of Dinah, Alysia, and Orion to stop the dream devil, who will stop at nothing even killing the ones they love.

This book is a must read. You will fall in love with the characters and the storyline.” ~ Caroline Masci

“Wow this is such a lush, dark and beautiful world. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story, but I found it was much more of a horror novel than I expected, which I really enjoyed. I don’t normally like the horror genre, but Dracula is one of my favorites and this has major Dracula vibes. Imagine Dracula meets Inception all set in a fairy tale.
I loved the combination of these vibes- definitely a very original and creative world.

The writing in this was gorgeous- dripping with luscious descriptions and metaphors. It was reminiscent of Stephanie Garber’s prose, which I love. I also really appreciated how the writing felt dreamlike- having the scenes and POVs switch around so it felt like being in a dream while reading the story.” ~ J. Aldous

“Where is it that we go when we fall asleep? It is when dreams turn to nightmares, when we hear nothing but the throb of our uncomfortable thoughts to stop ourselves from fearing the darkness.”

Caskets is Ice by Kate W.J. White is a dark fantasy novel where dreams can be the horror of reality. Dinah seemingly has a normal life, full of friends, school, and the typical pitfalls of growing up. However, in her world of sleep, there is a dream
devil preying on all that she holds dear – steeped in a past that goes much deeper than Dinah ever imagined.

Things I liked:
– White’s lyrical writing. You can tell that Kate is a poet just in her prose: “Faith… It is nothing but the hues of grey between the black and white of clarity.” There were so many lines that were lovely.
– The unique concept of the world building and plot. I liked the idea of a dream world that can harm our reality – or even allow us to entirely escape the truths of reality permanently.
– The book turned out to be creepier than I had thought initially – I love being surprised as a reader.
– While this book is YA, some of the elements of the story felt so elevated and mature, I wasn’t missing anything. I reached for this ebook more than the other books I was reading.” ~ E. Scott McMullen

~ Author spotlight & Interview by the Self Confessed Book Eater~

Spotlight on Author Kate White – Interviewed by the Self Confessed Book Eater

Hi guys,

If you have seen my latest youtube video, i did an unboxing of Kate White’s debut novel ‘Caskets of ice’, a beautiful Caskets of Ice is vivid, unique story concerning dreams and darkness, magic and utter mayhem. With writing prose that has beautiful imagery and illustrations that sucks you into the story. It is obvious Kate White  is a writer who loves the written word and knows how to wield them. 

I decided to do a spotlight on Kate and interview her with a few questions about Caskets of ice. 

What made you want to put the images as accompaniments to your storyline? 

One of the ideas i played around with was to have my book as an illustrated novel, but i always found it hard to find an illustration/one who shares the same vision. I’m happy with how the images played out using their own flair, which brings something a bit different to the characters!

What was the inspiration behind your characters?

I had inspiration for the characters since i was 16. I went to an all girls grammar school so there were no guys there! it really was based on a lot of things i read (I used to be in the library most of the time!) and the character Peter was my ‘ideal’ guy/imaginary friend. The character of the bully Alex was actually a main character up to the latter years of editing and the story took a different day to day approach with conflicts (Less of a fairytale aspect it has now). They all had a log of their own backstories that needed to be modified as the plot took a different, darker course. 

Are there plans for a second book in the series?

I have been encouraged to do a sequel, however, realistically if i do, it would be a prequel based around Alden’s backstory to the present day we meet him. However, the main idea mulling around in my head is to have a series of dark nightmarish short stories that could potentially link to some of the themes, (side characters we come across in Caskets of Ice, the parasol girl’s, Dream Devils and so on). I am open to suggestions!

How long was the idea behind the storyline swirling in your mind? 

Though i tell people it was a lifelong process, as much as this is true – it didn’t actually take me long to write ideas down, once i had them. The written parts on and off in total probably took a course of a few months! The editing process, however, the re-writing, axing…(yes, the abandoning!) dragged it on for years. The blessings and curse of being a writer!

Other than that, i write as the ideas come to me, until they form a cohesive, linear storyline that could work with an over-arching theme or moral to teach the reader. 

Check out the full interview at:, and her review of my book on her channel:

IG: @caroline_bookeater


My life being a Writer & Teacher- Interviewed by Mimi Wong

Have you ever imagined your life as being a NET teacher and a writer? Miss Kate White, who was a former NET teacher in K S Lo, speaks to Mimi Wong about herself and being a NET teacher and writer.

You have been teaching in Hong Kong for seven years. Why did you want to be a NET teacher?

Initially I wanted to be a writer more than a teacher. However, after I graduated university in UK,  it seemed the natural thing for me to try. (My father was teaching in Hong Kong at the time.) Though it wasn’t something I imagined I would be doing for the next 8 years, I enjoyed the experience greatly, and I learnt a lot!

What do you like about being a teacher?

Being a teacher is an interactive job. It’s not just about facing a computer or having a desk job, but also talking to students. I can laugh and have fun in classes. Teaching is a learning experience as well. A secret is that I don’t care much for public speaking – something I had to do in school morning assembly quite often. But after facing a class every day, it gave me the confidence I needed and speaking in front of a crowd became a lot easier. Yet, one challenge is that it can be unpredictable. You can’t always control other’s behaviour or reaction- even the best lesson planning doesn’t always go your way.

Why do want to become a writer? 

When I was younger, I thought that writing was like a form of escapism. Reading was my main hobby and I borrowed three to four books every Saturday from the public library. Writing provided an opportunity for me to release my negative emotions! I guess it’s also the influence from my parents as they encouraged me to read from an early age. When I was about 15, I had the idea for my book. The characters kept appearing in my head, waiting to be introduced into the world. As a result, it took me many years to publish the book through the intensive editing process- it never seemed good enough; something all writers experience! Even if I encountered many bad things in reality, I can always escape from reality by writing.

Have you faced any challenges when you became a writer?

I would say writers block, and not being able to fulfil the snapshot of random ideas I had in my head. I have edited the novel for many years but nothing new recently. Also, there can be internal struggles and lack of confidence that might hinder or stop you from writing- for example do we write for ourselves or for the reader? A lot of the time it’s to share personal things (as through Caskets of Ice), yet once it’s out in the world, you can’t predict or control how others will react.

These days, I have been quite busy. Finding time to write is a challenging task. Interestingly, I have more inspirations when I am busy, or listening to music that puts me in the mood. When I am bored, I find I cannot come up with many ideas.

Could you tell us about your new book?

The new book is called “Casket of Ice”. It is about reality and the terrors of the dream world. Imagine you can control your dreams in your ‘ideal’ setting, to escape to somewhere far better than the troubles you experience every day. However, there is a dream devil that rules the dream world, plaguing and collecting people’s souls. He may appear your friend at first, but he hides more unsettling secrets of his own. One of the main characters – a secondary school student called Dinah realises she gets more than she bargains for once she enters this new, scarier realm she cannot wake from. Though the story is a bit dark and creepy, it is very realistic to our lives- which is often complicated, and far from pretty or nice. It encourages us to have determination and face our problems with strength and unity.

Did you have any difficulties when publishing your new book?

 Yes. I approached many publishers in the past when I was eighteen. They required me to cut out many parts of the book that weren’t relevant to pushing the storyline along. As a result, the finished form is a lot shorter than what people may expect. Unlike J K Rowling and her extensive Harry Potter series, I find that my writing is a lot different in that it is shorter and focuses on specific snapshots of events. I think it is something we have to find out for ourselves.

Publishing your own novel can be very hard, as you need to find an agent or publisher willing to take on your work, especially to sell commercially. Eventually, I decided to self-publish, after debating on what I wanted as a writer. To self-publish, you have to do everything by yourself include promotion. I uploaded and edited on Amazon. Also, I asked around if anyone was able to design the front cover of my book. Luckily, the illustrator was able to produce my vision in a dramatic and eye-catching way.

Yet, I needed to find a printer in Hong Kong. The hardcover books cost me HK$350 to make each book, as opposed to the paperback book which cost a third of that amount! To be honest I earn little profit from the book because the publishing cost is very high. However, I knew it was about achieving my dream over making this my main source of income!

Why did you want to write a dark fantasy novel (Casket of Ice) instead of other genres?

I think everyone likes a bit of creepiness! It can attract more people to read. Strangely enough, I don’t read a lot of fantasy books or other genres such as sci-fi books. However, I am interested in fantasy movies so this is what attracted me to this genre. A reviewer of my novel said it was “Dracula meets Inception set in a fairytale setting”, which I found quite apt… can see for yourself! But otherwise, my book is a combination of everything- mystery, adventure, with some romance. People want to categorise books, and so, I have to say it is a dark fantasy book suitable for teens and adults alike.

What is your plan? Will you write the same genre of books again or write something new?

A lot of people asked me to write a sequel or prequel of my new book. That’s an option. I am thinking about writing a dark fantasy collection. If others can collaborate with me, I can even make a whole novel. From now on, I would like to concentrate on writing poetry, prose poetry or short stories. I have always been attracted to old-style nature poetry written by the romantics such as Keats… When I was stressed in the past, I would write poetry describing the wonderful sights of nature around us, the colour and calmness it inspires. Perhaps it can even turn into a collection or anthology! There are many options, but I hope that I can write more in the future- as well as doing more promotion for my current book.

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Tuition Services Offered

Kate is a Native English teacher with 10 years of experience in enriching the English Learning Environment in Secondary Schools, through to GCSE & A Level. She has a detailed knowledge of the current HK and UK syllabus and can provide one on one exam practice to bump up student’s performance to give them that edge in such a competitive environment. (She also caters to Kindergarten & Primary clients.) Her expertise is in Literature, Creative Writing & Grammar.

What Services does Kate offer?

Kindergarten & Pre School

  1. Reading a comprehensive range of books together to increase vocabulary
  2. Speaking to improve pronunciation & phonetics (through general chat or topic based!)
  3. Listening to songs, movies & other resources (audiobooks etc)
  4. Writing to improve sentence structure, creativity & grammar (in the form of story writing and so on)

Each lesson will be tailor made to suit the child. Supplementary materials will be provided in the form of worksheets, activities, videos, matching games, Youtube and so on. Msg for sample lesson plan and rates. Please state the child’s age in your e-mail.

Primary & Secondary


  1. Tailor made material (comprehension passages & exercises on a range of topics catered to students learning pace and weaknesses)
  2. Vocabulary using real life English
  3. Grammar practice
  4. Language Arts through literary analysis
  5. Examination Skills – reading for content vs specific detail


  1. P6 to S1 Interview training 
  2. SBA & HKDSE (HK syllabus)
  3. IELTS (International)
  4. GCSE (AQA/OCR/ Pearson Edexcel exam board etc for UK syllabus)
  5. Debating
  6. Speech Festivals (Solo Verse)


  1. Creative Writing & the use of literary devices in Literature to get higher marks
  2. Exam focus e.g) Short to long essay writing (with focus on organisation and formal structure)


  1. BBC learning websites
  2. Podcasts, Audio recordings, Youtube and so on
  • Kate has also published her own series of Grammar Textbooks “Grammar Practice & Common Mistakes” for S1-S3, along with a YA novel “Caskets of Ice“.
  • Kate offers one to one, group and online tutoring sessions through Zoom. Message for quotation.

For parents, please send a brief overview of what your child is learning, their strengths, weaknesses and hobbies. This may be modified over the weeks to cater to the student individually. This can be included in the main body of your message under ‘Contact Me’.

For further information regarding payment & availability, refer to the ‘Tuition Rules’ tab.


Welcome Friends!

My name is Kate and I’m a writer, teacher and all rounded literature nerd who loves to review, upload book photos and bring the joy of reading!  So what can you expect from my page?

I have created a platform not only to bring my passions together but also to offer my services for proofreading, editing and in time, online tutorials for students who need that extra bit of practice to get their grades up to scratch. (More info will come later!)

It’s so important to have a community willing to share and help each other grow- I am in the process of publishing my novel “Caskets of Ice”. Head over to the “My Novel” tab to have a sneak preview of the front cover design and read the blurb!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates over the coming months, and thanks again for those who follow me and receive updates! If there is anything you would like to contact me about, either to collaborate, offer content suggestions or request services, then don’t hesitate to message me! 🙂

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Robin Hood ~ the return of a legend?

I’ve probably analysed all adaptions to death in my previous post, but here’s another update! (This doesn’t help the ‘nerd’ image in the slightest…)

*spoiler alert*

So what comparisons can we make?

This movie takes the darkness of the Russell Crowe version, combined with the humour of the TV show (Marian looks the spitting image of Lucy Griffiths). It delivers the action, the evil, and combines it with a lot of assassins creed. Riding horseback over rooftops, shooting 100 arrows a second, their modern outfits, buildings that look more eastern than medieval 🏰 … we know how unrealistic this is going to be, but that’s also what keeps us riveted to the screen. It isn’t going to be accurate. But we also know that RH didn’t exist in his ‘current form.’ RH is a great bowman, (my jealousy knows no bounds) and if nothing else, it’s good to have a heroic figure to believe in.

John takes over Azeem’s role in ‘Prince of thieves’, that of mentor and companion, Will Scarlet actually becomes the new sheriff (bet you didn’t see that coming!) There is no gang, at least not without a beginning and each has a story to tell. The dynamics have shifted between them, and they’re not the beloved characters you remember them to be.

The concept of RH to me isn’t just the rich robbing to give to the poor. It’s about the idea of justice, of doing what’s right, and caring for those around you. It might seem two dimensional, (he is a killer, and surely has done some terrible things during the crusades. Isn’t stealing from the law equally as deplorable?) But to this day, and what makes it such a popular legend to portray, is that it shares some important qualities~ of staying loyal (Robin & Marian throughout the time he’s at war), of friendship (in this case striking a bond with those you fight/ work alongside and having a common cause), fairness and sacrifice- death seems but a notion, if its fighting for what you believe in/ those you love.

Yes all versions have a bleak view on the corruptness of the church. The crusades were dark, horrific times and nothing is pretty about heads being lopped off, or peppered by a thousand arrows. They fight for a cause directed by another’s hand and it’s only upon his return home does RH realise the corrupt villains at his own door.

So isn’t he justified in taking action? To strike at the root of evil? No matter what face he wears over the years, he represents an ‘idea’, to stand up against tyranny.

All along it seems a tug of war between RH and the sheriff, of deception, both equally dependent on the other. So it’s interesting to see their relationship throughout the process.

For this movie, RH keeps his personae as robin of Loxley (rich Lord of the Manor) as well as his doppelgänger Robin of the hood. His disguise is never doubted and the sheriff trusts him all too easily. Which is what makes it so intriguing. You’re always waiting for that moment when he’ll be found out.

So what if you found a role reversal, with RH as the villain, the sheriff as compassionate, albeit flawed man caught between his duty & personal affairs who isn’t fixated on capturing Robin Hood at all but merely surviving and protecting his family-what then? 🤔

Overall, it did fulfill what I can only describe as the RH ‘criteria’ and pay homage to the essence of what he represents. The true core of it stays the same, no matter how modern or glitzily revamped the adaptations are. It’s easy to be a critic of the movie, but the reason it stays in people’s minds is down to one thing. Whether he existed or not, he’s been turned into a household name that inspires courage and imagination through the years … and that’s the true legend of Robin Hood.