S. J. White grew up in the suburbs of Dublin in an impoverished part of Dun-Laoghaire. A student who studied Dramatic Arts in the Dublin region for several years, it was always his dream to be a published author. White had a great difficulty learning English as a child as he is dyslexic. As a child he wrote a small book, Locked Out, which won an award from the Department of Education. Although it was never published, he felt that this was the first step for him.