Amy Maltman began riding at the age of 9 and competing at the age of 11. After graduating from the University of Guelph in 1997, she worked as a live-in groom for three-time Olympic medalist Eric Lamaze.
Now a disabled pharmacist with a rare spinal cord disorder (syringomyelia), she is no longer able to ride. Her passion for the sport, however, has not dimmed.
A passionate animal lover, she lives with her pets in Ontario, Canada.
What's the story behind Ride Every Stride?
In my final year of high school (1993!), I took a class called OAC Writer's Craft. Our teacher handed us a list of project ideas for our Independent Study, which would comprise a large percentage of our grade, but I didn't want to do any of them. I wanted to start a novel. He gave me permission, and later said he anticipated about 10 pages. I believe I turned in around 75. Surprise, Mr. Chiappetta!
Entitled "State of Grace" back then, I didn't work on it again until I graduated from the University of Guelph in 1997. I wrote in longhand while working at Torrey Pines for Eric Lamaze, and ultimately finished the first draft while working as an office temp in 1998. The manuscript sat during my 4 years of Pharmacy school and during my brief career as a pharmacist. I picked it up on and off after becoming ill in 2005. Because of my physical limitations, it took me longer than most to get it ready for publication.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I live with chronic pain and fatigue, and my activities are extremely limited. Writing is an escape. It also gives me a way to vicariously enjoy things I can no longer do (such as riding), and it helps to pass many long hours that would otherwise be spent staring at the TV (which I do enough of as it is!).
Jed Carver flees across the country and finds refuge in his new job at a prestigious stable, committing himself to his goal – the Canadian Equestrian Team. Jed is confident in his riding ability, but the obstacles outside of the ring could be his undoing.
Will his dark secrets come to light? Can he ride every stride until his dream comes true? Or will his demons unseat him?