Karin Mabry


I am happily married to my husband and, together, we parent three dogs and also drive horse-drawn carriages together in Memphis. I received B.A. in English Literature and, soon after being graduated, began driving a horse and carriage. I also opened a used bookstore, which was the perfect fit for an English Major. 'Horses in the City' is my first published book, the second is a book of poetry. I intend on publishing works of fiction in the future, although a follow up to 'Horses in the City' is a distinct possibility!

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Judy Blume. I was in the fourth grade and we had just moved from Virginia to Michigan that year. I was having my tenth birthday party and one of the 'cool girls' gave me a set of Judy Blume books, replete with 'Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret.' I thought it was a nice present but my mother took in upon herself, in the coming days, to abscond with the entire collection, which of course, only made me want to read them more. As it turned out, when I did sneak into my Mom's room to read them, I had no idea what all the fuss was about as I didn't understand what was taking place. It took years for me to realize why my Mom thought the gift inappropriate for a fourth grader but those books had a lasting impact. Perhaps I should write romance books?
How do you approach cover design?
Since I have only published one book and it was a non-fiction book about commercial carriage driving, I felt like the cover didn't need to be a professional piece of art. I followed Smashbook's guide to cover art in that, if you removed the name of the book and there was only a picture left, would it describe what the book was about. I had a friend take a picture of me on the carriage with my horse, Scout and Scout is the predominate image you see. I, as the driver of the carriage, am present and the carriage is in the picture with an obvious cityscape behind us, but Scout is what you notice about this cover. He is a horse, in tack, attached to a carriage, in a city. My book's name is 'Horses in the City' so I thought the picture covered that nicely.
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Horses in the City -Tales and Reflections of a Memphis Carriage Driver
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 29,010. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
Ever wonder what it's really like inside the commercial horse-and-carriage industry? Let me, a long-time carriage driver, take you on a journey through the ins and outs of life on the carriage. This book is a meaningful study of my relationship with my carriage horse working in an urban environment (Memphis, TN) and why it is so good for working horses to work. Come take a ride!

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Smashwords book reviews by Karin Mabry

  • Peach Power: An Essay on Feb. 09, 2015

    'Peach Power' was my first of your publications that I read. I just self published, here, my first book and thought I would have a look at what other people were self publishing. Actually, I really wanted to see what other people's covers looked like compared to mine ('Horses in the City-Tales and Reflections of a Memphis Carriage Driver', btw) Anyway, your use of the word 'peach' for 'white' was quite interesting and your poems in The Sex one (I forgot the name) were quite creative. I look forward to reading more of your stuff as I thoroughly enjoy the fact that you've only made $26 in all the self publishing you've done. It proves that, because you've published so much, you really in it to give, not receive. I admire that as it is a rare trait these days.
  • Orangutan Spin -E-Zine on Feb. 19, 2015
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this ezine. Any publication of any sort that says,"Write Poetry!!" is okay in my book. I liked the stories and the other poems as well. Well done! Karin
  • The Secret - Manifesting the Law of Attraction – Learn to Attract Your Life Goals in Love, Wealth and Success on March 06, 2018

    I really enjoyed this book about the power of the Law of Attraction. Very genuinely told, simple, easy to grasp and enthusiastically written.