I must have the best workplace any horse writer could wish for. My library (office) is in the corner of the house and has windows on two walls looking out over the paddocks. This means that as I write my horse stories I often have horses cantering by the window. Very inspiring.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Did I grow up? I certainly grew older. My school years were spent in England and Canada. The former influenced my writing as I learned to ride very formally at riding schools, and worked at riding establishments at weekends and holidays. Patti McGrath's horse establishment in the Brumbies series in based on a place I worked at for years. My Canadian experiences are influencing the horse fantasy series I am currently working on, with the mythical land being based on the geography, plants and animals of Canada. After moving to Australia in my late twenties, I fell in love with the Australian bush and the iconic brumbies, hence the Brumbies series being written.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
My best book sales come from face to face meetings. A local bookstore runs competitions such as for art or photos of horses (domestic and wild). I give away copies of the Brumbies series as prizes. I also give away books for horse endurance events, charity functions and other worthwhile causes where I attend the event.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing for as long as I can remember, but I only started writing novels in my late forties when ill health forced me to give up writing. Now I write about what I wish I was doing instead, galloping across country on my favourite horse, a flea-bitten Arabian called Spotty.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Brumbies in the Mountains, my latest published book, is the final of the five books in the Brumbies series and sees Ben and Louise, the main characters, sort out what they are going to do with their horses, their lives, and the wild horses that they love so much.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle wrapped in a green leather cover to make it look like a luxurious book. Green is my favourite colour - grass, trees, freshly mown hay, mmm, I can smell them now.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am traditionally published by IFWG Australia, not self-published. IFWG are a very supportive publisher that really care about their authors and give me a lot of input into editing, cover design, marketing and so on.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is being read. Getting feedback, good, bad or indifferent, is worth all the hard work.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're why I write! There is no point writing something unless it is going to be read, and preferably enjoyed.
What are you working on next?
A horse fantasy trilogy for young adults. There are unicorns and dragons too, but not in the traditionally accepted roles for these characters.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robin Hobb is my current favourite fantasy author. Barbara Kingsolver would be my favourite 'literary' author. I also loved all of Elyne Mitchell's 'Silver Brumby' series.
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